10 Ontario Restaurants Pouring A Perfect Pint

Happy Craft Beer Week everyone! There’s so many reasons to celebrate, including events, tap-takeovers and the launch of the 2017 Craft Beer Discovery Routes. It’s the perfect time to start planning your next adventure.


To help you along, we’ve gathered up 10 totally-road-trip-worthy restaurants from across Ontario where you can find a perfectly poured pint. Pick your poison and hit the road today!


37 Quebec Street, Guelph, ON      miijidaa.ca

Brewery Discovery Route 4: Taps, Tastes & Trails

More than just pints and pizza, this Guelph hot spot is a mecca for local food (and beer!) lovers. The name comes from the Ojibway language. It literally means ?let�s eat” — a sentiment we can definitely get behind! Stop by for a pint of Royal City Brewing’s latest concoction.

Northwinds Brewery

499 First Street, Collingwood, ON      miijidaa.ca

Brewery Discovery Route 3: Saints & Sinners Trail

Good news beer lovers: One of our favorite Collingwood haunts is expanding into The Blue Mountain Village! Now you’ll have TWO places to sip their delicious beers and chowdown of beer friendly foods like ‘brew-shi’ and hand-rolled, buttered beer pretzels!

PORT Restaurant

1289 Wharf Street, Pickering, ON     portrestaurant.ca   

Brewery Discovery Route 3: Rural Routes & Dirty Boots

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With a rotating craft tap list, an enormous lakeside patio and a slew of specials like 19.00 table growlers of Beau’s Farmhouse Ale, PORT is worth the trip the Pickering. 

Borealis Grille

1388 Gordon Street, Guelph, ON     borealisgrille.ca

4336 King Street East, Kitchener, ON     borealisgrille.ca

Brewery Discovery Route 4: Taps, Tastes & Trails

Whether you’re headed for Guelph or Kitchener, Borealis is a must-try for any beer lover. They regularly have over a dozen craft brews on tap including hyper-local pours like Wellington Brewery and Waterloo Brewing.


30 Vine Street, Hamilton, ON     niquerestaurant.ca  

Brewery Discovery Route 5: True Brew Path

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Nique is constantly pouring small-batch brews from niche breweries like Burdock or Bellwoods. They’ve also got a hefty selection of bottles from their neighbours at Collective Arts Brewery. Bonus for all you fried chicken fans: on Tuesdays they make the provinces crispiest, tastiest fried chicken. It’s just a toonie and pairs perfectly with a pint.

Casero’s Kitchen Table

946 Building A 3rd Ave East, Owen Sound, ON     caserofood.com

Brewery Discovery Route 3: Saints & Sinners Trail

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What goes better with beer than tacos? Nothing. Nothing goes better with beer than tacos. All the more reason to head for Owen Sound and visit the folks at Casero’s Kitchen Table. Have them make you a rhubarb shandy or a spicy michaleda and indulge. You won’t regret it.

Lancaster Smokehouse

574 Lancaster St. W, Kitchener, ON

Brewery Discovery Route 5: True Brew Path

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Good ‘ol fashioned barbeque with a side of micro-brew make this spot a sure bet for beer lovers. We love that they’re pouring hard to find brews like Four Fathers from Rockwood, Ontario. Doesn’t hurt that they smoke a mean brisket either!

Rino’s Kitchen & Ale House

131 Elliott Street West. Windsor, ON    rinoskitchen.com

Brewery Discovery Route 1: Barrels, Bottles & Brews

Last year, we fell in love with a micro-batch of honey habanero ale from FRANK Brewing Co in Windsor and were borderline distraught to find out it was licensee only. Imagine our surprise when our favorite Windsor pourhouse, Rino’s, turned out to be pouring! It’s just one more reason to book a roadtrip.

The Blue Elephant Craft Brew House

96 Norfolk St S, Norfolk County, ON    BlueElephant.ca

Brewery Discovery Route 2:  HOP Ontario’s Southwest

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The Blue Elephant is Norfolk County’s first micro-brewery, but it’s also serving up some mighty fine food. Get a pint of their signature ‘fresh beer’ to pair with your Norfolk grown and raised fare, or better yet — plan a weekend be a ‘Brewmaster For A Day’ at Brew Camp! If you’re visiting in spring, we highly suggest a pint of the Strawberry Lager.

Rhubarb Restaurant

9201 Hwy 118, Minden, ON    RhubarbHaliburton.com


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It really is a brew-tiful thing when a lakeside brewery is also a restaurant. Not only do they pour amazing pints (hello, Boshkung Brewery!), they serve with hyper-local food in a beautiful setting. Bonus: they also do wood-fired pizzas outside in their garden in the summer months.



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