Building on two years of success, Ontario’s Brewery Discovery Routes are back, with four new itineraries to explore and hundreds of stops along the way.
Nearly doubling in size since 2016, the routes combine craft beer and cider with local food and stunning natural beauty on itineraries travelling through the countryside, small towns and big cities.
- Windsor-Essex Barrels, Bottles & Brews
- HOP thru Ontario’s Southwest
- Saints & Sinners Trail
- Taps, Tastes & Trails
- True Brew Path
- Rural Routes & Dirty Boots
- Brews, Bites and Barns
- FAB: Artisan Food & Beverage Region
- The Backroom Deals and Muddy Wheels Trail
More than just beer, the routes all have a little something extra to keep even the pickiest traveller entertained. The Windsor Essex Barrels Bottles & Brews route and the Saints and Sinners route feature Ontario�s Prohibition history. Rural Routes & Dirty Boots in Durham region mixes craft beverages with artisanal sweets to offer beer butter tarts, beer brittle and cider doughnuts.
All itineraries can be found at brewerydiscoveryroutes.ca and 250,000 printed maps are being distributed across the Province.
The routes encourage Ontarians to choose more local, more often, supporting Ontario�s $36B agricultural sector and the burgeoning craft beverage industry.
?Last summer we were a brand new company, in a small town tucked away between Toronto and cottage country. The Brewery Discovery Routes literally put us on the map and brought thousands of new visitors to our door � many of whom went on to discover Uxbridge�s shops, restaurants and trails,? said Joanne Richter, owner of The Second Wedge Brewing Co., on the Rural Routes and Dirty Boots route.
Participants are encouraged to share photos of their experience on Instagram or Twitter using #BrewRoutes17 to be automatically entered in a draw to win a gourmet weekend for two on a Brewery Discovery adventure, a dinner for two at Langdon�s Hall or brewery tours for 10 at select breweries.
About Brewery Discovery Routes
This project is a partnership between Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island, Southwest Ontario Tourism Corporation, Grey County Tourism, Simcoe County Tourism, Guelph Tourism, Hamilton Halton Brant Regional Tourism Association, Central Counties Tourism, Addington and Lennox County Economic Development Office, Ottawa Tourism, Prescott-Russell Tourism, Ontario Beverage Network, Ontario Craft Brewers, Ontario Craft Ciders Association, Ontario Craft Distillers Association, Ontario Hop Growers� Association, Culinary Tourism Alliance, the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, and the Greenbelt Fund
While sampling is part of any brewery tour, participants are reminded to drink responsibly and establish a designated driver if touring the Discovery Routes by car. Most breweries, cideries and distilleries have bottle shops on site so visitors can take their favourite craft beverage home to enjoy.