Looking for a fun day out? Grab some friends, nominate a designated driver, and hit the road for a day of touring and tasting at amazing craft breweries, cideries and wineries along the True Brew Path in the Hamilton Halton Brant.

The guide below will direct you to all of the tasty stops throughout our region. If you’re short on time, consult the Ontario Greenbelt’s Brewery Discovery Routes which features a curated selection of ‘must-sees’ from our full list of recommended stops.

To help you make your itinerary into an incredibly happy (and hoppy) day, don’t forget to ask the staff at any tasty stop for dining and shopping recommendations and be sure to put our local cideries and wineries on the agenda to round out your tasting trip.

 

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    Raise your Glass in Milton and Area

    ORANGE SNAIL BREWERS

    This Milton craft brewery is owned and operated by two friends who have turned their passion for home brewing into a booming little business. Drop by and visit these energetic young brewers from Wednesday through Sunday.

    FURNACE ROOM BREWERY 

    Furnace Room Brewery started exactly where the name suggests – downstairs in the basement of a home right next to the furnace. Today, production has moved to a new brewery building in Georgetown, the only brewery in Halton Hills. The brewery is open to the public and is the production site for Furnace Room’s four award-winning signature beers.

    ANDREWS’ WINERY

    The award-winning fruit wines of Andrews Winery are made from fruit grown right on the farm, including strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, cherries, apples and currants. You can also enjoy your day on the farm with a taste of their hard cider.

    THIRD MOON BREWING

    Milton’s Third Moon Brewing crafts modern beer styles like hazy, juicy and hop-forward IPAs, big, bold stouts and exploratory sours. Currently, their Bottle Shop is open on Fridays and Saturdays.

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    Say Cheers in Hamilton and Area

    THE CLIFFORD BREWING COMPANY 

    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.

    GRAIN AND GRIT 

    Local beer lovers and students alike feel at home in this dog and kid-friendly open space in West Hamilton, which features a taproom 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.

    COLLECTIVE ARTS BREWING

    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 smartphone 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.

    FAIRWEATHER BREWING CO.

    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 taproom. You’ll find their taproom and bottle shop in a revitalized warehouse in West Hamilton, near McMaster University. They also have a large, dog-friendly patio, where guests are welcome to bring food along from some of the stellar local takeout places nearby.

    MERIT BREWING

    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 city’s heart, art, and soul in every beer. In addition to its creative beers, Merit’s food menu features delicious sausages, snacks and sides fit for any hungry beer drinker.

    SHAWN & ED BREWING COMPANY 

    A brewery inside a former curling and skating rink? It doesn’t get much more Canadian than that! This brewery in Dundas is overflowing with history and personality. Try their signature brew, gently aged in wine barrels to produce a unique flavour, alongside one of their delicious wood-oven pizzas.

    WEST AVENUE CIDER HOUSE AT SOMERSET ORCHARDS

    Helmed by the former Chef at Spencer’s at the Waterfront, West Avenue’s ciders are handcrafted made using both traditional methods and innovative new techniques like barrel ageing and cask conditioning. The cider house is open for tastings seven days a week, and popular local food trucks regularly make appearances on the weekends. There are also delicious sandwiches and snacks available at The Cider House and Bakeshop.

    PUDDICOMBE ESTATE WINERY

    This centuries-old family fruit farm 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, Viognier and Colombard blend, as well as Puddicombe Family Tree Ciders. During the spring, summer and fall season, the winery features a unique orchard and vineyard train tour, general store, bakery and licensed cafe.

    RIDGE ROAD ESTATE WINERY

    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 tastings flights and snacks to enjoy in their tasting room and on their patio.

    LEANING POST WINERY

    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.

    TALL POST CRAFT CIDER

    Tall Post sources new spices, flavours and Ontario-grown fruits for their signature cider blends, like Jordan Juice, a combination of fresh blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, currants and gooseberries, fermented over pressed apple juice. Store walk-ins are welcomed, and private tastings and tours can be arranged on request.

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    Make a Toast in Oakville

    CAMERON’S BREWING COMPANY

    Get to Oakville to pick up your growler at Cameron’s retail store or choose from their three different brewery tours offered on Saturdays. Cameron’s Brewing Company has been creating delicious craft brews since 1997 and has won over 200 awards for its classic ales and lagers.

    3 BRASSEURS

    This brewpub offers a variety of traditional and specialty beers, as well as the Brewer’s Tap, developed and brewed with care at its Oakville location. A menu of carefully crafted food is designed to pair perfectly with the extensive beer selection. Small groups can book beer workshops, where you can make your own beer with your selected ingredients in their brewer’s workspace.

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    Fill a Glass in Burlington

    NICKEL BROOK BREWING CO.

    Are you looking for an exclusive? Nickel Brook’s Bottle Shop always has rare bottles available. Leading players in Ontario craft beer, Nickel Brook has transformed their original Burlington brewery into the Funk Lab, a facility dedicated solely to small-batch funk and sour beers.

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    Taste Away in Brantford and Brant County

    BELL CITY BREWING CO. 

    This friendly Brantford brewery will be happy to pour you a taste of their brews in their Tap Room. You’ll also find seasonal selections and creative one-off brews that in the past have included unique flavour combinations like a chocolate and orange porter and a Habanero chili lager.

    MASH PADDLE BREWING CO.

    Mash Paddle Brewing Co. started in a small kitchen where its first batches were brewed with love on a small stove. Founder Theo Scholten quickly outgrew his setup and met a fellow brewer that shared the same interests and passion. Together with his wife Nicole, they are now creating some of the freshest local beer available in Brantford. The taproom is open to the public from Wednesday through Sunday.

    STEEL WHEEL BREWERY 

    Get an authentic farm-to-glass experience at Brant County’s first on-farm brewery. Located on the hop farm of long-time local residents, this is a place to sip and socialize. Its unique, fully renovated 1890’s farmhouse features a comfortable tasting room and an adjacent outdoor patio where visitors are invited to try a variety of small-batch brews.

    HOWELL ROAD CIDER CO.

    Find this cidery in the small town of St. George, where a visit to the orchard is a recommended pilgrimage. Try their small-batch dry cider, made from a custom blend of fresh apples grown right on Howell Road’s farm.

    FLUX BREWING CO.

    This craft brewery celebrates its country roots. A former horse barn transformed into a rustic modern brewery and taproom, Flux also welcomes guests to enjoy its diverse collection of brews on its large patio overlooking a beautiful pond.

    THE PARIS BEER CO.

    Paris’ first taproom brewery offers quality craft beer and a tasting room where beer, food and entertainment blend to create a friendly experience for locals and visitors alike. They grow their own hops and source other locally grown ingredients for their signature brews.

    MANNS DISTILLERY

    In addition to a diverse range of flavoured gins and vodkas, Manns Distillery crafts their own line of bitters. Stop by to check out the tasting bar, cocktail lounge and patio between Wednesday and Sunday.

     


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