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Big things are happening in Ontario brewing. The province went from a handful of craft breweries a decade ago, to over 200 this year. What can we say, Ontario loves craft beer � and so do we!
- Beer lovers have been flocking to Collingwood to visit Northwinds Brewery & Eatery since it�s opening in 2014. The brewhouse/restaurant combo captures the adventurous spirit of the area, and the beer is out of this world. Many of the brews are made with local hops and the bottle art alone is worth the trek.
- Named after the area�s historical ?designation�, tucked behind Benjamin�s Restaurant, you�ll find Block Three Brewing Co. — Waterloo regions best kept secret. Their flagship ?King St Saison? has notes of coriander and, brace yourselves, bubblegum!
- Sitting pretty towards the south end of Ossington Avenue, Bellwoods Brewery is home to unique seasonal brews and one of Toronto�s best patios. Toast to summer with a glass of their home brew or a guest tap paired with barbequed sausages and corn from the barbeque. It�s like your best buddies house, without needing to beg him to get you another bottle from the fridge.
- McKinnon Brothers Brewing Co. is an on-farm brewery growing their own hops with a tank room dug out of a limestone hill in Bath, Ontario. These three brothers are foraging wild mint for their peppermint stout and changing the way brewers� source, store and treat ingredients.
- Just outside Minden, Ontario, Steve and Johnny Briggs of Boshkung Brewing Co. are cranking out growlers of seasonal beers like the ?Kungaroo? IPA and North Country kellerbier. They�re pairing them with pizzas, a seasonal on-site farmers market and a view of Mirror Lake. You just can�t get better than that.
Bonus: Beer lover or not, you need to stop into Spirit Tree Cidery & Bakery. Besides baking some of the best bread in the province, the Hopped Cider will satisfy even the choosiest of beer barons.