Food & Drink Living


January 11, 2016

A Winter Visit to Two Niagara Craft Breweries.

Last week I talked about a visit to five local wineries in Niagara and after visiting these great places I featured in my blog post we visited two craft breweries in Niagara-on-the-Lake, that are practically side-by-side. There are a decent number of craft breweries in Niagara which I think compliments the wine industry well. While not all beer is for me, I do enjoy trying local beer and discovering more and more what kinds I do like. These two stops showed me some great craft beer options.

Oast House Brewers

A traditional oast house, is also known as a hop kiln is where the kilning or drying of hops takes place as part of the brewing process. I love that Oast House Brewers utilizes this traditional style building for their location, well suited in Niagara, which has a beautiful country-side like England’s. In fact, it was the exterior of their red farm style building, with their big beautiful branding, that made us stop, turn around and head inside for some tasting.

Oast Brewery

The Oast House red and white logo really stands out.

The tastings here are $1 each or $2 each for their farmhouse ales and you will want to have your cash ready, because all of their beers are worth tasting. I tried their Biere de Saison, Biere de Garde, Biere de Mars, Pitchfork Porter and their Barn Raiser Ale. My favourite was the Biere de Garde (by the way biere is beer in French!).

Oast Brewery

Their tasting menu and some of the beer I tried.

They also had some beers for tasting that were not on the menu, so don’t be afraid to ask the people behind the bar some questions about their beers.

Brewery Oast House

Their beer on tap in their aptly named Beer Shed.

The great news for us Hamiltonians is that Oast Beer is on tap at My Dog Joe and Democracy on Locke. Isn’t that great? So once you head out there and try their beer, you can enjoy it in town too!

Silversmith Brewing Company

Silversmith is literally down the road from Oast. They are a brewery and pub style restaurant in a re-purposed church building from the 1800s with beautiful details like stained glass windows.

Silversmith Brewery

The stained glass was beautiful, and the inside was nicely renovated.


The room was quite full when we got there, but they have a great bar area and we did end up getting a table. This place had a great atmosphere, especially on a cold winter night, everyone warming up to beer and food.

Silversmith Brewery

Even the outside was inviting!

Silversmith does a beer flight for $8 plus tax for 4 of their beers which included their: Bavarian Breakfast Wheat, Black Lager, Hill 145 Golden Ale and Dam Buster British Pale Ale. I enjoyed the first two the best, the wheat was very smooth in the first and the porter was crisp, though I thought that the flight overall was enjoyable from start to finish.

Brewery flight

The flight of Silversmith beer.

These two breweries had great beer for those who prefer to avoid bitter or hoppy beer and made a great addition to the wine tasting we did. It would be cool though to even plan a whole trip around breweries in the area with the beer trailOther breweries in the region include:

Another great way to try more local beer in Niagara is at the Niagara Craft Beer Festival.

If you have a favourite Niagara beer or brewery, be sure to share in the comments below!

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  • Reply Carol Davison January 11, 2016 at 3:59 PM

    I love beer on a hot summer day or with a pile of chicken wings! Think we’ll have to check out some of these breweries! Thanks for the info on local spots !

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