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.
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.
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!).
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.
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.
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 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.
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 trail. Other breweries in the region include:
- Merchant Ale House Restaurant Brewpub
- Niagara College Teaching Brewery
- Taps on Queen Brewhouse and Grill
- Syndicate Restaurant and Brewery
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!