What’s better than an Ontario cottage weekend? An Ontario cottage weekend with Ontario craft beer! Here are eight cottage country breweries to help you live your best #DockLife.
Cottage Country: Haliburton
If we gave out an award for brewery with the best view, Boshkung would get it. Hands down. Fill up a growler enroute to your lake of choice with one of many appropriately named seasonal brews. We love the North Country and Campfire Rye!
Cottage Country: Bracebridge, Muskoka
Want the quintessential Ontario cottage moment? At sunset, sit dockside, in a Muskoka Chair, and pop-the-top on a Mad Tom. Let the loons serenade you to a state of pure bliss. Make it extra special: get your draught delivered right to your dock.
The Publican House
Cottage Country: The Kawarthas
Crisp, refreshing and perfectly crafted to cut the heat of Ontario’s summer sun, the High Noon from Publican House is the perfect lakeside sipper. Pick up a growler in Peterborough before heading out to your cottage of choice.
Old Flame Brewing Co.
Cottage Country: Lake Scugog
Port Perry is the gateway to Lake Scugog. Stop into Old Flame, take a tour and leave with a growler in hand. We suggest the Blonde ‘Helles Style Lager’ for your dockside activities. It’s clean and intense with a medium malt body that showcases the bread and dry malt flavours of this traditional Bavarian style brew.
Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
Cottage Country: Lake Simcoe
Looking get a little crazy next weekend? The folks at Flying Monkeys have crazy in spades. They also have more delicious, intriguing, craft beer than the Queen of Hearts has flamingo’s to play croquet. We love the ’12 Minutes to Destiny’. It’s light in all the right ways with a little hint of hibiscus.
Side Launch Brewing Company
Cottage Country: Collingwood
Besides brewing supremely crushable, yet rich and complex, beer; Side Launch also serves up delicious Radlers in their taproom all summer long. Never had a radler? Well, you’re in for a treat! It’s a refreshing mix of pale ale and grapefruit juice perfect for a sunny afternoon.
Gananoque Brewing Co.
Cottage Country: 1000 Islands
Besides having fun, Ontario-inspired names like the Naughty Otter, Black Bear Bock and Eager Beaver Lager; Gananuque Brewing Co. offers those heading for the 1000 Islands in The Great Waterway a taste of Ontario’s terroir. They use locally grown Red-Fife whear, rye, oats and spelt to craft their regionally driven brews.
Cowbell Brewing Co.
Cottage Country: Lake Huron
Okay, so technically this tap room isn’t exactly open yet… but you need it on your radar! At the corner of Highways 4 and 25, in Blyth, the Sparling family are building an ambitious craft brewery. Huron-bound cottagers take note, it’s set to open this summer; and it’s going to be amazing!
It’s Ontario Craft Beer Week! How are you celebrating? Find an event, tap take-over or brewery near you by visiting the Ontario Craft Beer Week website.