While The County is famous for its wine, craft breweries have been popping up (hopping up?) all over to offer an alternative for beer-lovers – or just for anyone who wants to enjoy the best of both worlds. Craft beer is a pretty big thing around here, and since we’ve gotten so many requests for beer tours this summer, we’re excited to launch our first guided brewery tours this week.
Whether you’re joining us for a guided craft brewery tour or you’re planning your own stops, here are our top picks in The County:
This is the most recent addition to The County’s brewery scene, popping up in Wellington. Midtown has a great sunny patio and a large indoor space where you can try out their in-house brew, or enjoy other local beers from around The County. They also make a mean Negroni (which you can sip on while you munch on oysters and charcuterie). Bonus: you can shop for local produce and other products in Midtown’s local market shop.
For the hardcore beer lovers, why not stay right where it’s brewed? The Lake on the Mountain Resort offers cozy cottage or room rentals for visitors to The County, and just down the road is their brewery, which started as a small on-site brewery serving just two types of beer. Now the brewery is housed in a much larger facility just down the road, where visitors can taste test and purchase 10 different Lake on the Mountain Brew Co. brews (with a flight available for $8). Pro tip: enjoy a pint on the Miller House patio while enjoying a delicious charcuterie platter and looking out over the water (it’s one of our favourite things to do in The County!).
County Road Beer Co. opened its doors on the site of Hinterland winery, meaning you can kill two birds with one stone when you stop in. Visitors can grab a pint in their European-inspired beer garden, which overlooks the vineyards and is great for people-watching. They have a great menu as well, so come hungry – and yes, they have oysters and charcuterie just like Midtown (they call it their “chef’s night off” menu). They don’t take reservations, so either get there early – or pick up some bottles to take home from their shop (or online).
Launched by the duo that brought The County Canteen to PEC, this past March Nat and Drew Wollenberg opened up 555 Brewing Co. in Picton. The space has a huge manufacturing facility with three beers brewed on-site, a wood-fired pizza oven, and a large beer garden for visitors to enjoy a pint or two in. It’s convenient for anyone staying in Picton, and is a great way to end a stroll down Main St.
Barley Days has been around PEC for almost a decade. These guys come out with a new brew every single season and you can find their beer on tap at restaurants and bars all over The County including the Drake Devonshire, The County Canteen, and Pomodoro. Enjoy live music on their patio with a pint in hand all summer long – or a tour of their facilities on one of our tours. They have a BBQ food truck on-site to make sure you can soak up the tastings before you head home.
This family-owned brewery is passionate about creating authentic craft beer for visitors. Crowd favourites include their Crushable Pilsner, Parsons Pale, and the Devil’s Right Hand Premium Stout series – a lineup of various deep and dark brews. They also have a full menu of southern and Mexican items, so you can wash down your pint with some tacos and guacamole.
Bottom’s up! And if you’re looking to book a guided brewery tour with our team get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.