Canadians can’t help but celebrate beer’s iconic status without its own day. Canadians brew 85 per cent of the beer that they drink! The beer market in Canada supports 19,000 people who work in the industry. Since Canadian Beer Day is on October 6th, what better way to celebrate than to highlight breweries in the Kingston, Ontario area!
The city of Kingston is home to eight breweries and one cidery that all carry the Canadian craft brewing tradition. The first breweries in the city operated in the 1790s, now 150 years later, Kingston remains one of the best places to crack a cold one. Here is a round to get the best beer in Kingston whether you like it in a draught, fixer, or half-rack!
Kingston Brewing Company
The Kingston Brewing Company is Ontario’s oldest brew pub with beer, cider, and soft drinks. For over 35 years, this company has been crafting all it’s drinks on its own property. Their famous Whitetail Cream Ale and Dragon’s Breath Ale is a must try that is sold at select LCBO locations.
Stone City Ales
Enjoy a small-batch beer with food made with ethically sourced meat and seasonal, local produce at Stone City Ales. They popular beer on tap is the Wolfe Island Common, which is made from hops grown nearby at Wolfe Island Hopyards.
Skeleton Park Brewery
In honour of Kingston’s long brewing history Skeleton Park Brewery founder, Trevor Lehoux, has recreated 150-year old recipes. Here you will get a mix of heritage featuring English ale, Bohemian pilsner, and an amber ale.
Darft Brewing is where the beer tasting gets better at the end of your glass. The awesome atmosphere, makes their wide selection seasonal die-hard aficionados of grisettes drinks more entertaining. Enjoy a range of entertainment on their patios from DJs to drag shows.
Riverhead Brewing Company
A variety of IPAs, amber ales, a milk stout, a Hefeweizen, and fruity hardseltzers are on offer at Riverhead Brewing Company.
Fine Balance Brewing Company
Fine Balance brews malts foreign places from all over the globe like IPA and ale including a New Zealand pilsner. Additionally, a Weizen (German-style wheat beer), and its Raven Meets Wolfe lager, from Czech Republic.
Spearhead Brewing Company
Brewing meets a balance of unique flavours and traditional beer making at Spearhead Brewing Company. Their five menus mainstays are complemented by their seasonal special brews. Which include a chardonnay summer ale, and “Queen of Wheat,” a Belgium-style white beer. Guest can experience brewing by taking part in Spearhead tours of its brewers!
Hardway Cider Co
At Kingston’s newest beverage maker, bewaring is far from anything ordinary. At Hardway Cider Co. a variety of Ontario apples, aged in oak barrels from distilleries and wineries, make a selection of six dry and bone-dry artisanal ciders. Guest must try the delicous Catawampus! It is a premium cider that has a hint of black cherry and is aged in Kentucky Bourbon barrels
MacKinnon Brothers Brewing Company
This family brewery, makes beer from all from local ingredients (hops, wheat and barley) grown on their family farm just outside of Kingston. Carrying many traditional beers like Canadian ale, an English pale ale, and a unique peppermint stout.
Good Time Tour Company
For looking to crack multiple cold ones on tour in Kingston, Good Time Tour Company has a Kingston brewery tour. This tour is a mix of Prince Edward County winery and brewery tours. Here you will have the chance to enjoy a number of Kingston favourites on a three hours long tour. The tour price starts at costs $150/head for groups of six or more.
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