Who Doesn’t Love Microbreweries?

We love microbreweries and some of our favourites are right in our own area.  Having said that, when we travel, we always search out and drink at area breweries.  One of our favourite breweries we discovered on our Lake Superior Tour in 2016.  And it was…drum roll please………..Split Rail Brewing Company.

762 BreweryMadoc, Ontario

Well I have found my people and they make beer!   We stopped in to this place before the Apocalypse hit and at that time they had four beer to try.  Clint and I liked all of them and that is unusual; normally I like one or two and he likes different ones.  But we both liked them all ! and What are the all?  Best Bitter, Canadian Ale, Dark Red and Irish Red.  Great beer and Al and Scott run a nice place with a beautiful bar inside that was reclaimed but I forget where from…………and a nice seating area, inside and out.  Since then we have been back to pick up beer. We order/pay over the phone and drive to Madoc to get it, about a 30-40 minute drive.

A while back they presented a new beer on their menu, an IPA called Isolation IPA.  And as I love IPA’s, this was right up my alley.  It’s a very good IPA but sells out fast, when I know they are going to bottle (well can as their beer comes in cans) I pre-order a case.

So if you are in my area and haven’t checked them out, please do !


Signal Brewing Company Corbyville, Ontario   This is a fantastic location.  They renovated the old Corbyville Distilleries and made it into a brewery/restaurant.  They did leave as much original as possible and it’s a fantastic venue.  Beautiful brick walls and a terrific view out of their many windows.  Set on the Moira River, they have a wonderful outdoor seating area right on the water.  We tried three of their beer that they had on tap.  There were two I liked but one tasted a tad watery and not much flavour.  So Radiowave, no go;  but the Wave New England Pale Ale and Byte IPA were quite tasty.  They are releasing another beer soon, a Stout or Porter I think.   The owner is a very nice man and when he came over to talk to us, he asked how we liked the beer and we told him.  He was not offended at all that we did not care for his one brew.  That is a sign of a good business person and someone that truly wants to know what his customers think/like.  It was a pleasure to talk to him.  The food is okay, a lot of people have told me they think it’s quite expensive but I thought for the most part, their prices were reasonable and in line with other restaurants.  For example, a bowl of soup and a half flatbread were $12; just a bowl of soup was $6.  I think their entrees might be a little overpriced but you know, you aren’t eating there every day.  I do love this spot and will definitely be making it a place to drop in on for an afternoon.

Update:  We have been to this brewery several times now.  We spent a fun St Patricks Day evening here, drinking beer and throwing axes.  Who knew that could be so much ?  Here is a beer, here is an axe, go have fun.  The Fiddleheads played and as usual they were terrific.

We like their flatbreads and have spent a few afternoons partaking of brew and flatbreads with soup.  I do love their flatbreads.

My son and daughter-in-law were down for Mothers Day weekend and they had never been to Signal so we took them and they bought us lunch !   Yup, flatbreads again.  The patio is really nice, right on the Moira River.  It’s a large patio and the view is great.


Split Rail Brewing Company  –  Manitoulin Island, Ontario  The owner was super friendly and we loved the building and location. They make a beer using a local berry, Hawberry.  Which I have to admit I had never heard of before.  It’s called Hawberry Ale and was a pretty good darn beer !  We enjoyed that one and they also had a stout, lager and another ale.  Maybe by now they have expanded their collection.  I believe they were going to do renovations on their building as well.

Half Pints Brewing Company –  Winnipeg, Manitoba    They were doing renovations inside when we were there but they did have a trailer set up outside for purchases.  It may be changed now, but when we there in September 2016, the province of Manitoba had a law that there were to be no tastings in the microbreweries.  Say What Now?  So we had to buy a 12 pack of a variety of their brews to try.  Well, we didn’t HAVE to but you know, we love microbreweries !

Barley BrothersWinnipeg, Manitoba    If you want to try all kinds of different beers, you can go to Barley Brothers.  Its a restaurant and they have, steady now……….150+ beers on tap !  So yeah, we went there.

Barley Days Brewery   –  Picton, Ontario     Not sure how long this brewery has been around…….well seems like forever.  They have several types of beer and do seasonal brews as well.  Some of our favourites are the Royal George Brown Ale, Loyalist Lager, Wind and Sail Dark Ale, and Harvest Gold Pale Ale.  During maple syrup season (March) they brew a maple beer !

Churchkey Brewery Campbellford, Ontario  Great beer and their brewery is awesome.  John Graham founded the brewery in 2000 and it’s located in an 1878 Methodist Church on the outskirts of Campbellford, Ontario.  Every time I go to a beer event, he’s there !  They also have a terrific spring revival the first weekend in May every year.  Lots of beer, food and music.  Some great bands and a fun time if you are in the area.  They have a beer called Holy Smoke (a Scotch Ale) which is a great name for a beer made in an old church!  They also have a nice ale and several others.