Beer lovers rejoice! You’ll find your “beervana” in Brant, where the microbrewery scene is about quality, not quantity. Hops-crazed travellers head here to sample the lagers, ales, stouts and pilsners of this area’s handful of sipping spots. We’ve got 10 reasons why beer lovers shouldn’t miss sipping their way through the county:

  • 1. Beer with a kick

    If you’re looking to light your fire, the habanero chili pepper lager, Hielo de Fuego, at Bell City Brewing Co. should do the trick. This in demand beer is usually a sell out.

  • 2. You can taste true farm-to-glass

    Scotland’s Flux Brewing Co., which just opened in the summer of 2020, makes its beer with hops grown just 7 km away in Vanessa and grains produced at nearby farms.

  • 3. You can sip n' groove

    Mash Paddle Brewing Co. celebrates each of its new beer releases with live music events and noshables from tacos to barbecue.

  • 4. Creative combos

    The chocolate and orange porter at Bell City Brewing Co. isn’t the only match made in heaven that is a must-try. The Castaway Beach Orange Ginger Wheat Ale is crafted with summer in mind and fuses fresh ginger, orange zest and coriander to produce an intensely refreshing experience.

  • 5. Forty pounds of mangos

    Steelwheel Brewery adds forty pounds of this tropical fruit to make their dry hopped kettle sour, Steelwheel Mango Sour, producing a unique brew bursting with fresh flavour.

  • 6. Rave reviews

    Mash Paddle Brewing Co. boasts almost perfect ratings in their long list of Google reviews from visitors, who rave about the “great beer”, ”friendly dudes” and “really cool vibe”.

  • 7. Unique one-offs

    Like the sound of Black Liquorice Imperial Stout, Cap’n Crunch Ale, or French Toast Porter? Visit Bell City Brewing, where the list of interesting and unique brews is almost endless.

  • 8. A patio paradise

    Head to Steelwheel Brewery, where the outdoor patio of a century farmhouse is the perfect place to while away an afternoon in the countryside.

  • 9. Relaxed Rural Vibes

    Housed in a former horse stable and riding arena, Flux Brewing Co. serves up picturesque pints on a huge patio that overlooks a pond, rolling farm fields and rustic barn in the distance.

  • 10. Yummy pairings

    The bistro at Bell City Brewing matches a bacon-pepper grilled cheese “sammich” with their own Belgian Ale, and Yorkie Sliders — mini Yorkshire puddings stuffed with stout-braised beef and bacon with creamy avocado sauce — with their stout or IPA.

We Look Forward To Seeing You Safely

As the COVID-19 situation in Ontario continues to change, a minute or two of extra planning is an important step in ensuring hiccup-free fall adventures. Follow the latest travel guidelines for your community and any communities you plan to visit. Check with the places you plan to go to in advance to see if reservations or activity bookings are required. On the day of your trip, do a quick check to verify the places on your agenda are open and serving visitors in the way you’re expecting.

Don’t forget to share pictures of your Brant County brews with us by tagging them with #greatcanadiandaytrip.

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