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OCTOBER 25, 2018

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It’s beer o’clock somewhere!

Ontario is in the midst of an explosion of craft beer and micro breweries. In the past 18 years, Ontario has grown from 12 breweries to >260 with 100 more in development. While ‘microbrewery’ and ‘craft brewery’ are often used interchangeably, they differ according to size: a microbrewery’s maximum worldwide annual production can’t exceed 50,000 hectolitres, while a craft brewer can’t exceed 400,000 hectolitres. Craft brewers also have to be locally-owned & use no added chemicals, fillers or preservatives. Both create unique flavours/styles and both often have creative beer names.


article1_oct252018.jpgWe could list so many Ontario brewers here  - each is different and each is worth a visit or a taste. We’ll just highlight a few that appear on Summer Fun Guide’s websiteMuskoka Brewery Inc offers yet another reason to visit the region. Taste the beer and take a tour of their Bracebridge facility to hear the story of how they began. Walkerville Brewery (Windsor) handcrafts unique styles in small batches and also offers tours. Ramblin’ Road Brewery in La Salette (Norfolk Cty) is Ontario’s first brewery farm, growing their own hops and using pure spring water from their land to make small batch, handcrafted beer.


article2_oct252018.jpgIf you are a REAL beer lover, it can be super fun to go on a tour that visits multiple breweries. Beer Lovers' Tour Company GTA tours combine beer education, history & culture & are led by beer experts with a passion for story-telling. They offer international tours too! Brew Donkey offers several different tours of 3-5 breweries in both Ottawa as well as Kitchener/Waterloo. Ontario Group of Touring Companies provides unique, behind the scenes tours of Ontario craft breweries in Toronto, Guelph/Waterloo and Niagara. Ride the Bine’s owners want to share their love of the beverage and food industry with anyone who will listen! They offer tours across Norfolk County and London, ON. Labatt London’s Hometown Brewery Tour includes a guided tour of the brewery & sampling session. You must pre book by email or phone.

Brewery Discovery Routes

article3_oct252018.jpgThere are 9 self- guided craft beer, cider and culinary itineraries that let you explore Ontario and its protected Greenbelt. Ontario’s Greenbelt spans almost 2 million acres, and permanently protects green space, farmland, forests, wetlands, & watersheds in S Ontario. Check the list here to find itineraries of routes such as Windsor Essex: Barrels, Bottles and Brews, HOP thru Ontario’s Southwest, the True Brew Path (Niagara Escarpment), Brews, Bites and Barns in Peterborough and the Kawarthas (Central ON), Backroom Deals and Muddy Wheels Trail (Ottawa) and more. Each itinerary lists a bunch of places to stop, and what is cool about the area.

Beer Festivals

article4_oct252018.jpgThere are lots of Beer and Brewing festivals and events, all over the province. Check out a few below, and visit the Summer Fun Guide event calendar for more. The following are annual events but if 2019 dates are not here yet, mark the month on your calendar and check back for more details later. Toronto Beer Week celebrates craft beer with a whole week of events plus offerings at bars and breweries (Sept).  King City Craft Beer & Food Truck Festival (June) has been around for several years, featuring Craft Beer, Food & non-stop entertainment! BrewHa! Craft Beer Festival on the Thunder Bay Waterfront in August has food vendors, live-local music, demos, & craft beer tastes.  Canadian Craft Beer Festivals has 4 “Craft Beer” only events throughout Ontario, featuring the best small batch brewers in the province as well as local food and music.


Featured Events

Haunted Hallowe'en Adventure Train Ride

Friday Oct 26 & Sat Oct 27, 7pm and 8pm departures
Tottenham, 20km w of Hwy 400 on Hwy 9 (SW Ont)

featuredevents1_oct252018.jpgThis is a perfect Halloween train ride for the whole family! Everyone is invited to dress up. Prizes are awarded to the best kids’ costume and best adult costume. There are plenty of candy treats and ghosts to ensure that everyone has a great time on the train!

Pumpkinfest at Downey’s Farm

Daily until October 31st (some activities only available on weekends)
13682 Heart Lake Rd, Brampton (GTA)

featuredevents2_oct252018.jpgPick a pumpkin from thousands during Pumkinfest at Downey’s Farm! And while you’re there, hop on the wagon for a ride, get lost in an 8-acre corn maze, watch a puppet or magic show, pet the farm animals, pedal a kart, jump on a bale of straw and so much more.  A weekend family outing made for enjoying Fall in Ontario!

Historic All Hallows' Eve at Lang Pioneer Village Museum

Oct 26 & 27, 2018.  6-9pm
104 Lang Rd, Keene, (15 min east of Peterborough)

featuredevents3_oct252018.jpgWatch as the kids are mesmerized by the fascinating stories and history behind Halloween! The event features storytelling, Hallowe’en games, tractor rides, palm reading, treats and more, all in an authentic Pioneer Village.

Featured Attraction: Aquatarium

featured_oct252018.jpgThis is a fun, 27,000+ square ft aquarium & discovery centre on the shores of the St. Lawrence River, with interactive, hands-on things to do year-round! There is also a reconstructed 18th century warship, a Ropes Course and 4 story AquaDrop, live animals, & historical exhibits! Don’t miss OTTER SNACK TIME!



onlyinont_oct252018.jpgBeau's All Natural Brewing Co.
Did you know that Canada’s largest craft producer of organic beer is located right here in Ontario? Beau’s All Natural Brewery was founded by father-and-son Tim and Steve Beauchesne, and began pouring organic craft beer in 2006. The family-run brewery won numerous awards for outstanding achievements in brewing, sustainability, and overall business practices. In 2013, Beau’s was recognized by Canada as having elevated standards of social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability. As Ontarians, we are proud to be home to Canada’s largest craft brewery and even happier to taste its delicious, organic creations!

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