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.

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.

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.

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Oakville Museum Guided Tour

Oakville Museum at Erchless Estate

8 Navy Street, Oakville, ON, L6J 2Y5

Tuesday to Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. General admission by donation (Suggested $7 per...

Now thru January 1

Museums Burlington Online Galleries

Joseph Brant Museum

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

Now thru January 1

Woodland Cultural Centre – Virtual Museum Tour

Woodland Cultural Centre

184 Mohawk Street, Brantford, ON, N3T 5V6

April 2

Heritage Workshop: Needle Felting

Ireland House Museum

2168 Guelph Line, Burlington, ON, L7P 5A8

Now thru April 7

Maple Syrup Season at Westfield Heritage Village

Westfield Heritage Village

1049 Kirkwall Road, Rockton, ON, L0R 1X0

Each reservation is for a 2-hour time slot, includes parking for one vehicle, and are...

Now thru November 19

Bruce Trail Iroquoia Day Trip

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

115 Grand River Street North, Paris, ON, N3L 2M4

This trip is offered on: Daily Between: Apr 16, 2022 and Nov 19, 2023

May 24

Learn how to wet-felt a wool “painting” tapestry workshop

Monika Schaefer Pottery & Fibre Art Studio

2 Palomino Drive, Carlisle, ON L0R 1H3

Wednesday May 24, 2-5pm, in Monika Schaefer Art Studio in Carlisle, ON, no experience needed!

March 26, 2023

MicroMosaic Jewellery with Heather Vollans

Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant

20 Ava Road, Brantford, ON, N3T 5G9

Date: Sunday, March 26th Time: 1 pm – 4 pm Location: Coach House at Glenhyrst...

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Ceramic Buttons/Stitch Markers Workshop

Monika Schaefer Pottery & Fibre Art Studio

2 Palomino Dr, Carlisle, ON a L0R 1H3

2-day workshop: Wedensday April 12 AND Wednesday April 19, 2-5pm both days, in Monika Schaefer...

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Pottery workshop: ceramic flowers

Monika Schaefer Pottery & Fibre Art Studio

2 Palomino Drive, Carlisle, ON L0R 1H3

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Mother’s Day Tea: Historic Cooking Workshop

Dundurn Castle – National Historic Site

610 York Boulevard, Hamilton, ON, L8R 3H1

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM, 14+ years, $60 per person. Pre-registration is required.

Now thru May 28

Radical Stitch

Art Gallery of Hamilton

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

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