Is your summer beverage routine starting to feel a little been there, done that? Shake things up with a Hamilton Halton Brant stock up. Staff at our region’s craft breweries, wineries, cideries, and distilleries are a creative crew with delicious new drinks always in the works. Branching out your beverage game is as easy as starting with something you love and letting that inspire a fun new choice. Here are some fun suggestions to try this summer.

Love craft beer? Try craft cider.

Stop in for a tasting at The Carlisle Cider Company, Tall Post Craft Cider, Howell Road Cider Co., or West Avenue Cider House. You’ll quickly discover why Ontario’s craft cider market is booming. Crisp, dry and refreshing, hard ciders are an ideal summer sipper.

Typically drink hard cider? Opt for a fruit-forward craft beer instead.

If you already love the crisp, fruity flavours of hard cider, maybe it’s time to broaden your horizons with beer. This season’s crop of sour beers is sure to please cider fans. Grain & Grit Small Batch Beer’s Dog Days IPA with Mango, Guava and Raspberry has a delicious grapefruit flavour with hints of tropical fruit and raspberry. Their Fresh Faced Sour Lager is bright, clean and fruity with flavours of pineapple, lemon and orange bitters.

 

Tend to stick to the city sipping scene? Taste what’s happening in the country.

Hamilton Halton Brant is happening when it comes to urban craft breweries, but our region is also home to some very rocking rural breweries and cideries. For a pint that tastes like pure country, pull up a chair on the patio overlooking the acre-long pond at Flux Brewing Co., enjoy the gorgeous orchard views at Howell Road Cider Co., or sip your way through a flight with an on-site hops farm in the background at Steelwheel Brewery.

Always buy at the LCBO or The Beer Store? Escape on a weekend-long tasting tour.

If shopping for your favourite beverages has started to feel like just another errand on your long to-do list, Hamilton Halton Brant’s True Brew Path is calling. 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. Download the Craft Beer Passport app before you go to enjoy a $2 craft beer at selected stops. Stack those savings with our StayTripping hotel offers to score $50 or $100 VISA gift cards to put toward your tasty travels!

Used to sipping wines from California? Give an Ontario winery a swirl.

You don’t have to drive all the way to Niagara to get excellent Ontario wine. Visit Ridge Road Winery in Stoney Creek to enjoy a delicious cheese board paired with a flight of the winery’s wines. Leaning Post Wines in Winona has a delightful tasting patio where you can sip their reds, whites, sparkling and experimental wines. Andrews Winery in Milton has been perfecting its robust collection of fruit wines, dessert wines and signature red and white wines for over three decades.

Always opt for wine? Try a beer with a strong vineyard vibe.

Wine drinkers who think beer’s not their thing may be surprised at the taste that awaits with today’s creative takes on craft brews. Merit Brewing in Hamilton’s Wild Years 2022 underwent mixed fermentation before being conditioned on Muscat grape skins from Fielding Estates. Naturally conditioned in bottles since November, Wild Years displays bright white wine aromatics of bright citrus and peach with a dry and refreshing finish.

Not willing to give up your summer gin and tonic? Stir things up with a fresh Ontario take on your gin.

Collective Arts Distilling in Hamilton and Mann’s Botanical Spirits in Brantford are slightly gin obsessed! In addition to creative concoctions like its Cucumber, Lemon and Thyme Gin and Rhubarb and Hibiscus Gin, Collective Arts offers a wide range of canned gin cocktails that are also delicious. Mann’s Tasting Bar and Cocktail Lounge is the perfect place to find your next favourite gin, with options like White Tea Gin, Grapefruit Gin and their traditional London Dry Gin.

Has all this summer sipping inspiration got you excited for a stock-your-trunk getaway? Visit our Pick Pack Go page to build your perfect escape.


Know Before You Go

We’re thrilled that Ontario is reopening and can’t wait to welcome you to Hamilton Halton Brant. As a few of our region’s tourism partners may take some additional time to return to their pre-pandemic operating capacities and protocols, feel free to reach out to the places you plan on visiting in advance to confirm that they’re ready to serve you in the way you’re expecting.

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Dundurn Castle – National Historic Site

610 York Boulevard, Hamilton, ON, L8R 3H1

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Winter Break Drop-In Activity Centre: Victorian Toy Makers

Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology – National Historic Site

900 Woodward Avenue, Hamilton, ON, L8H 7N2

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680 Plains Road West, Burlington, ON, L7T 4H4

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521 Concession Road 6 East, Hamilton, Millgrove, ON L0R 1V0, Canada

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680 Plains Rd W, Burlington, ON, Canada

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Whitehern Historic House & Garden – National Historic Site

41 Jackson Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8P 1L3

11:00 AM to 11:45 AM

Now thru December 31

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Throughout the City of Hamilton, Hamilton, ON, L8R 2K1

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Bake, Find, Feast! A Family Friendly Historic Cooking Workshop

Dundurn Castle – National Historic Site

610 York Boulevard, Hamilton, ON, L8R 3H1

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1240 North Shore Boulevard East, Burlington, ON, L7S 1C5

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Corn Wash Basket Workshop at Chiefswood Park

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1037 Highway 54 Ohsweken, ON N0A 1M0

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123 King Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8P 4S8

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Hamilton Beer Tour

The Beer Tour Company

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1333 Lakeshore Road , Burlington, ON, L7S 1A9

Now thru August 28

Sketchbook Sundays

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123 King Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8P 4S8

Now thru December 31

A Day of Play Experience

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2498 Chiefswood Road, Ohsweken, ON N0A 1M0

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Christmas Evening Tours

Dundurn Castle – National Historic Site

610 York Boulevard, Hamilton, ON, L8R 3H1

Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Ages: All Cost: $35 per person. Pre-registration required.

Now thru December 31

Where Cultures Meet

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2498 Chiefswood Road, Ohsweken, ON N0A 1M0

$70.00/person for a group of less than 20; $60.00/person for a group of 20 people...

Now thru December 31

Serial Production

McMaster Museum of Art

McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8S 4L6

Now thru August 26

Aspire Climbing Summer Camp

104 Bronte St N, Milton, ON L9T 2N5, Canada

Now thru September 18

Turbo Tubing For Beginners: Five Oaks Trip

Grand River Rafting Company

119 Jennings Road, Brantford, Ontario

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Now thru October 2

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Grand River Rafting Company

119 Jennings Rd, Brantford (Brant Conservation Area)

Now thru September 25

Wake Up the Wild

African Lion Safari

1386 Cooper Road, Hamilton, ON, N1R 5S2

Available on select dates from June – September, 2022. Tour subject to availability. Advanced reservations...

Now thru August 16

Intro to Urban Gardening

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Rd W, Burlington, ON, Canada

6 to 9 p.m.

September 24

Contemporary Art Bus Tour

Art Gallery of Hamilton

123 King Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8P 4S8

Now thru December 31

Fire Over Water Exhibit at Crawford Lake

Crawford Lake Conservation Area

3115 Conservation Road, Milton, ON, L9T 2X3

9am - 7pm.

Now thru December 31

Art For Victory

Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

9280 Airport Road, Mount Hope, ON, L0R 1W0

Wednesday to Sunday - 9 am to 5 pm. Exhibit is FREE with admission. Regular...

Now thru August 19

Children’s Gardening: Sow and Grow (Ages 5 to 7)

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Rd W, Burlington, ON, Canada

August 18

McMaster Museum of Art: Central Campus Sculpture Tour

McMaster Museum of Art

McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8S 4L6

Now thru June 1

Brant County Beer Tour

The Beer Tour Company

All patrons must be 19yrs of age or older. By booking you are accepting our...

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Fun Farmyard at Springridge Farm

Springridge Farm

7256 Bell School Line, Milton, ON, L9T 2Y1

$12 +HST weekends and holidays $9 +HST weekdays Admission to Fun Farm Yard is per...

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Downtown Milton Flashback Tour

Downtown Milton BIA

251 Main Street East, Milton, ON, L9T 1P1

August 24

Sunset Photography

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Road West, Burlington, ON, L7T 4H4

6pm - 9pm.

Now thru December 31

Guided Walking Tours in Milton

16 James Street, Milton, ON, Canada

Now thru December 31

Hamilton Civic Museums Virtual Tours

28 James St N, Hamilton, ON L8R 1A1

Now thru December 31

Trail Mix

Tourism Brantford

Hardy Road, Brantford, ON, Canada

Now thru September 15

Virtual Guided Hike: Summer Edition

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Road West, Burlington, ON, L7T 4H4

Fee: $10 + Service Fee. (Members 10% off*) Please pre-register by September 15**

Now thru December 2

We Are Made of Stardust

McMaster Museum of Art

McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8S 4L6

August 20

Large Pack Basket Workshop at Chiefswood Park

Chiefswood Park Cabins

1037 Highway 54 Ohsweken, ON N0A 1M0

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Now thru September 18

Seeing the Invisible at RBG

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Road West, Burlington, ON, L7T 4H4

Adult: $19.50 Senior: $16.50 Youth/Student: $16.50 Child age 4 to 12: $11.50 Child under 4:...

Now thru August 19

Summer Day Camp with Museums Burlington

Ireland House Museum

2168 Guelph Line, Burlington, ON, L7P 5A8

Please email museumeducation@burlington.ca for more information or if you have any questions.

Now thru August 23

Kelso Mountain Bike Series 2022

Kelso Conservation Area / Glen Eden

5234 Kelso Road, Milton, ON, L9T 2X7

Now thru September 25

Fit in the Core

450 Nelson Ave, Burlington, ON L7S 1N3

Now thru September 30

On The Water Experience

Six Nations Tourism

2498 Chiefswood Road, Ohsweken, ON N0A 1M0

Cost: $110.00 per person

Now thru October 18

Walk Through the Seasons

Chiefswood Park Cabins

1037 Highway 54 Ohsweken, ON N0A 1M0

No need to pre-register for this FREE event, sign in when you arrive. Wear proper...

October 28

Steam Museum After Dark – Adult Flashlight Tour 2022

Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology – National Historic Site

900 Woodward Avenue, Hamilton, ON, L8H 7N2

Time: 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM Ages: 14+ years Cost: $15.00 per person. Pre-registration required....

Now thru September 4

Historic Garden Tours at Dundurn National Historic Site

Dundurn Castle – National Historic Site

610 York Boulevard, Hamilton, ON, L8R 3H1

FREE outdoor event Saturdays and Sundays, 2:00 to 3:00pm. Regular admission rates apply to the...

Now thru August 28

Garden Tour

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Road West, Burlington, ON, L7T 4H4

10 to 20 Minutes. 11am, 1pm, 2:30pm.

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