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A Craft Beer Lover’s Guide to St. Catharines

Sip and savor your way through these breweries that are making their mark in the St. Catharines craft beer scene.


Lock Street Brewing Co. | Port Dalhousie

Lock Street Brewing Co. keeps things simple. Following the German Purity Law of reinheitsgebot, they focus on four key ingredients in the brewing of their beer: water, malt, yeast and hops. Should a particular beer require something additional, they source an option that is from Niagara and 100% organic.

Must-Try Brew: Port Side Pilsner is a very light, clean, crisp-bodied beer with a noticeable earth and spicy presence of hops.

Must-Try Chew: Shareable plates and boards from local caterer, CHZPLZ, make for delicious pairings with your pint.


Coldbreak Brewing | St. Catharines

Coldbreak Brewing’s 15-barrel brew house serves up interesting, consistent, sessional and great tasting beer to a 125-seat taproom and spacious patio.

Must-Try Brew: Niagara Vice IPA’s bright citrusy orange and grapefruit pith blend with dark tones and spice for an IPA that is both refreshing and satisfying for those craving hops.

Must-Try Chew: Honey Butter Hot Fried Chicken

Credit: Cold Break Brewing / Amos Photgraphy

The Merchant Ale House | St. Catharines

A founding father of Niagara’s craft brewing scene, The Merchant Ale House has been crafting signature brews in their downtown St. Catharines location since 1998.

Must-Try Brew: Drunken Monkey Oatmeal Stout is one of the brewery’s original house beers, and there’s no question as to why it has withstood the test of time.

Must-Try Chew: The delicious Smoked Mushroom Sandwich is proof that “The Merch” stands behind its commitment to vegan meals that feel right at home beside a pint of craft beer.

Credit: Merchant Ale House