Who says summer is the only season when a cold beer really shines? There’s something so cozy about sipping a delicious pint while the snowflakes fly outside, especially when you’ve worked up a thirst enjoying some frosty fresh air fun first! Here are some of our favourite combinations of beer, outdoor activities and cold-weather comfort foods for the winter months ahead.

Winter Craft Beer Vibes in Hamilton 

Get Thirsty

Add an afternoon of ice fishing to your winter 2021 bucket list. Hamilton Conservation Authority permits ice fishing at Fifty Point’s marina and Valens Lake. Ice skating is also a fun outdoor activity available at both of these parks. 

Quench That Thirst

Fairweather Brewing Co. has a freshly launched fruited IPA called Fate that will chase away any winter chills with its tropical pineapple, passion fruit and almond flavours.

Grab A Bite

Brux House Craft Beer + Kitchen has an extensive selection of to-go items and beer that you can pick up and enjoy at home until their restaurant reopens for indoor dining.

Winter Craft Beer Vibes in Brantford

Get Thirsty

A winter trip to The Great One’s hometown wouldn’t be complete without a fresh air skate. Brantford has a fantastic collection of outdoor ice rinks currently open with Covid-19 safety protocols in place.

Quench That Thirst

Mash Paddle Brewing Co. is doing some exciting things with beer, including their recent limited release of E-Bike Mafia, an American Wheat Ale.

Grab A Bite

Zanders Fire Grill and Brew Lounge serves up great food with dine-in and takeout options.  Can’t-miss winter warmers include flaming Saganaki cheese, beer-can chicken, and pierogi poutine. Wash it down with a Sample Paddle of three beers from the rotating tap menu.

Winter Craft Beer Vibes in Burlington

Get Thirsty

Royal Botanical Gardens’ nature sanctuaries feature more than 27 km of nature trails in Burlington & Hamilton, with three major trailheads. Find your route with maps and more at rbg.ca/onthetrails. Hiking is free, but parking charges apply.

Quench That Thirst

Pick up something for the kids from the craft brewery? Why not? Nickel Brook Brewing Co.’s craft-brewed Babbling Brook’s Root Beer and Naughty Nick’s Ginger Beer are non-alcoholic and use only all-natural and pure ingredients. While the kids sip their sodas, the adults can enjoy sampling Nickel Brook’s extensive selection of fantastic brews.

Grab A Bite

Pepperwood Bistro’s 2-pound PEI Mussel Pots, which come in Red Thai Curry, Drunken and Neptune variations, are available for takeout and will warm your heart and your cold toes! They pair perfectly with Pepperwood’s house-brewed Cream Ale and Monkey Brown.

Winter Craft Beer Vibes in Halton Hills

Get Thirsty

Conservation Halton offers snowshoeing trails and cross country skiing trails at Crawford Lake, Mountsberg and Hilton Falls conservation areas. A reservation will be required, so be sure to book your time on the trails before you go.

Quench That Thirst

What better place to warm up after an afternoon outside than a craft brewery called Furnace Room? Head to Georgetown to enjoy favourites like Chicken Man Pale Ale, Dynamo Cream Lager, Beardmore Kolsch Style Ale and Wright House Red Ale.

Grab A Bite

The historic Copper Kettle Pub in Glen Williams delivers delicious comfort food classics like Bangers and Mash, Shepherd’s Pie and Steak and Mushroom Guinness Pie. For a pint that pairs perfectly with these hearty dishes, Copper Kettle offers a wide range of beers from small innovative craft masters to well-known beers from around the world.

Are you looking for more craft beer inspiration? Follow the True Brew Path for more ideas for winter fun. If you’d rather stay cozy at home this winter, many True Brew Path partners offer convenient delivery and curbside pickup options. See their websites for further details.

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 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. When visiting, please follow all social distancing and safety guidelines to protect yourself and others.

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