There are over 500 craft breweries operating in Canada right now – and the nation’s capital is home to it’s fair share. Here are the 10 we think you should visit on your next road trip!
Small Pony Barrel Works101 Schneider Road smallponybarrelworks.com
We’re a little obsessed with the sour beers coming out Ontario’s breweries right now. The folks at Small Pony in Kanata specialize in small batch fruit sours, like the ‘They Go Up!’ with Montmorency cherries.
Kichesippi Beer Co.866 Campbell Drive kbeer.ca
Kichesippi offers one of the best brewery tours in Ottawa. While you’re there, try the popular 1855 and Heller Highwater. In the warmer months, there’s nothing better than the fruit-infused Radler.
Lowertown Brewery73 York Street lowertownbrewery.ca
Lowertown is one of our favorite spots to eat in Byward Market, a place where local food is seemingly abundant with it’s year round farmers’ market; but can be hard to find once you try and dine. There beers are great, but their Red Fife infused meat loaf burger is better!
Beyond the Pale Brewing Company5 Hamilton Avenue beyondthepale.ca
The folks at Beyond the Pale know how to have fun. The brewery is dog-friendly, regularly hosts pop-ups (BBQ! Hot Dogs! Craft Fairs!) and the patio is on point.
Flora Hall Brewing37 Flora Street florahallbrewing.ca
This is another one of those come for the beer (Strawberry-Rhubarb Gose anyone?) and stay for the food! They also have a wine and craft cider list if you’re travelling with non-beer drinkers.
Big Rig Kitchen and Brewery2750 Iris Street BigRigBrew.com
With two locations brewing up great beer, it’s easy to be a loyal Big Rig Fan. They’ve even got an app to reward you! It’s called Big Rig Brewards and gives you 5% cashback on every purchase! There are no points to collect. Just cashback loaded directly onto your account to use for your next purchase.
Tooth and Nail Brewing Company3 Irving Avenue toothandnailbeer.com
Great beer, great food AND a Mealshare partner. Whenever you purchase a Charcuterie and Cheese Board or a BBQ Chicken Sandwich in their brewpub, Mealshare provides a meal to a youth in need in the community! That’s pretty sweet.
Waller St. Brewing14 Waller Street WallerSt.ca
Located in the basement of a hertiage building on Waller Street that’s also home to a Board Game Cafe, Waller Street does five no non-sense beers and a handful of funky seasonals like the Scotch River Sour brewed with spruce tips and birch sap. Despite it’s downtown location, it’s small tasting room has a real neighbourhood vibe.
Whiprsnapr Brewing Co.14 Bexley Place, Unit 106 Whiprsnaprbrewingco.com
Located in Bells Corners, Whiprsnapr is a friendly, neighborhood brewery that lets you bring your own food and there’s a pretty sweet poutine truck up the road called T&T fries! Bonus: While you’re their, you can also pick up farm fresh eggs and honey from one of the farmers’ they donate their spent grain too.
PSSST, just outside of town, you’ll also find…
Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co.10 Terry Fox Dr, Vankleek Hill beaus.ca
One of a handful of Feast On Certified spots in the area, the Beau’s patio is always a sure bet. Sip on seasonals, enjoy some barbeque and get to know the staff at Ontario’s only employee owned brewery. If you’re sour obsessed like us, you’ll love that Beau’s is also home to Halcyon Barrel House!
Need help navigating the Ottawa beer landscape? There’s a map for that! Use the handy Backroom Deals and Muddy Wheels Trail Map, one of nine Brewery Discovery Routes in the province, to navigate your way to some of the best craft beverage and food purveyors in the region. Find the route here.