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.
Parsons Brewery – Picton, Ontario This is becoming a favourite of ours. We stop there when we head to The County. They have a great selection of beer and particularly Stouts which my husband enjoys. They have a great venue and lots of room outside with picnic tables, a firepit, play area for kids and more. They have a great food menu and offer it in vegetarian and vegan as well. We were there the other day and had some great Butter Chicken Empanadas and Sweet Potato Tostados, both priced at $16.00.
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. Richard, the owner is a super nice man and it’s always a pleasure to talk with him. I really like the Firewire IPA. 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.
My son and daughter-in-law were down for Mothers Day weekend, two years ago now, 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 Brothers – Winnipeg, 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.