If you’re on the hunt for some of Ontario’s finest locally brewed beers, look no further than Clifford’s proudly brewed porter. This award-winning brewery has a taproom and retail store in East Hamilton where visitors can try a selection of beers, many available only on site.
Local beer lovers and students alike feel at home in this dog and kid-friendly open space in West Hamilton, which features a tap room and retail store. A family-run craft brewery, the focus here is on unique and balanced beers in small batches. The constantly rotating line-up of beers boasts a new beer released each month.
Creative spirits won’t want to miss a visit to Hamilton’s Collective Arts, where each beer is a work of art on the inside and out. In addition to featuring visual art on the label, scanning the label with a smart phone unlocks music and videos by featured bands and filmmakers. Experience brewery tours, a store and taproom and the Collective Arts Gallery, featuring artists and musicians who have been on the labels since the brewery’s launch.
Built on the philosophy that “beer is best with friends”, this brewery offers private tours and traditional bottled beers paired with doughy soft pretzels in an intimate but vibrant tap room. You’ll find their tap room and bottle shop in a revitalized warehouse in West Hamilton, near McMaster University.
Guided by a team of ambitious friends, Merit Brewing is a brewery, kitchen, and bottle shop located in the heart of downtown Hamilton that strives to represent the heart, art, and soul of Hamilton in every beer. In addition to its creative beers, Merit offers a sausage based menu fit for any hungry beer drinker.
A brewery inside a former curling and skating rink? It doesn’t get much more Canadian than that! Home to the winning Canadian brew from the World Beer Awards, this brewery in Dundas is overflowing with history and personality. Try their signature brew, gently aged in wine barrels to produce a unique flavour.
Rust City Brewery is a family run urban coffee house and craft beer pub – soon to be brewpub – combining a love of coffee, beer and people. Their goal is to become one of Hamilton’s best destinations for coffee, independent craft beer, healthy café food and charcuterie.
Helmed by the former Chef at Spencers’ at the Waterfront, West Avenue’s ciders are hand crafted using traditional methods and were awarded 2014, 2015 and 2016 Best Cider in Ontario. From June to October the cider house is open for tastings, where you will want to sample their year-round staples and more innovative barrel-aged and cask-conditioned ciders.
At their 213 year-old family fruit farm, Puddicombe offers a taste of the country, including a full slate of whites, reds, fruit wines and fruit ciders. Tasting musts include the popular, yet rare, Muscat and Colombard whites, as well as Sir Isaac’s Premium Ciders. During the spring, summer and fall season, the winery features a unique orchard and vineyard train tour, general store, bakery and licensed cafe.
Located right on the edge of the Niagara Escarpment and adjacent to the Bruce Trail, Ridge Road is the ideal place to take a self guided tour of the vineyards and experience the natural beauty of this unique location. The rustic winery also offers seated complimentary tastings at their tasting room.
What began as a virtual winery is now a quaint tasting room in Winona that welcomes visitors to taste wines made from interesting single vineyard blocks. The founder and winemaker has worked with some of Niagara’s best known wineries, and now focuses on producing distinctive, terroir driven wines of his own that embody his passion.