Craft beer has grown into a huge industry here in Canada and with the warm weather coming craft brewers are about to see another summer boom. So when we were chatting with our friends at Travelocity.ca recently we asked them what their favorite breweries in Canada were, and why.
1. Steamwhistle Brewery – Toronto, Ontario
For: Being a tourist for the day
Steamwhistle Brewery is located on the grounds of Roundhouse Park, next to the Toronto Railway Museum. Doubling as an event venue, Steamwhistle also offers tours to the public every day of the week. Unlike many other breweries, Steamwhistle aims to perfect the one beer it makes, only a pilsner. As such, their beer selection is limited but worth the visit. Stay in the centre of all the action at Hotel Le Germain in Maple Leaf Square.
2. Yellowbelly Brewery – St. John’s, Newfoundland
For: The Canadian History buff
Located steps away from St. John’s Harbour and originally built in the 1700s, YellowBelly Brewery and Public House was re-built after the fire of 1846 and went on to withstand the Great St. John’s Fire of 1892. Yellowbelly produces four beers year round, offers seasonal beers like their Cranberry Apple Cider for Thanksgiving, with suggested pairing – turkey.
3. Wild Rose Brewery – Calgary, Alberta
For: The Beer snob
Available only in Alberta, Wild Rose Brewery is crafted with natural ingredients and a little bit of Alberta attitude. Voted Calgary’s favourite brew pub six years running, a passion for craft beer is what drives these beermakers. Tours are available for a fee, but include a Beer Tasting lesson and samples.
4. Terrasse St-Ambroise – Montreal, Quebec
For: A romantic getaway
The St-Ambroise Terrace opens up for the season in May and offers tired cyclists, joggers and wanderers a place to take a rest and enjoy some of the city’s finest cream ale. If you’re not a fan of cream ale, St-Ambroise offers over 12 different varieties of beer so whatever your beer tastes are, you can enjoy your selection while peering through the window into the St-Ambroise brewery to see how it’s all brewed. Complete the trip with an upscale B&B like Le Terra Nostra and book your stay through Travelocity.ca for the best deal.
5. Moon Under Water Brewery – Victoria, British Columbia
For: Twenty-something Lumberjack hipsters
Inspired by centuries of European brewing and brought forward by Canadian passion, Moon Under Water’s German brewhaus allows for challenging processes which lead to unmatched balance and depth in their beers. Try a cold bottle of their Victoria’s Sticke, in-season and only available for a short time.
So there you have it. Have a suggestion or a great brewery you want us to know about? Tweet to us @WeRAddicted and let us know!