Finest Canadian Craft Brewers and Distillers
Collected by Flash Parker, AFAR Ambassador
The finest Canadian craft brewers and distillers have been crafting whimsical malt masterpieces for decades. The North American Beer Boom has brought attention to legacy brewers and encouraged younger distillers to push the craft envelope, while new breweries continue to pop up across the country. These are just some of our many favorite Canadian craft brewers and distillers (the finest, if we may say).
124 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J 2Z5, Canada
Bellwoods hasn't been open long, but it has already made an impression on the Toronto craft beer and food scene. Bellwoods and the Group of Seven Chefs put on a brilliant seafood feast that I was lucky enough to be in attendance for; it was the...
1412 Rue Sainte Élisabeth, Montréal, QC H2X 1L4, Canada
Tucked down a nondescript route off a much busier thoroughfare, the building out front isn't something to write home about. But the secret garden out back is one of the best places in town to grab a pint. The bar serves a litany of cocktails and a...
85 W 1st Ave, Vancouver, BC V5Y 3K8, Canada
380 Rue Dorchester, Québec, QC G1K 6A7, Canada
The Saint-Roch neighborhood, a 15-minute walk from Vieux-Quebec (Old Quebec), is a popular place to hang out, thanks in part to this microbrewery and bistro. All the beers are handmade in old-fashioned styles. Try the Malgven, a toasty amber ale....
1149 Marginal Rd, Halifax, NS B3H 4P7, Canada
Located next to the Halifax Seaport Farmers Market, the Garrison Brewing Company opened its doors in 2007 and has been tickling Halifax's tastebuds with its fine brews ever since. At the brewery you can learn how the beer is made, try some taste...
Toronto, ON, Canada
I've heard it said that the non-mainstream beer situation in Toronto is dire. Craft-beer enthusiasts spoiled by choice in other parts of the globe bemoan as oppressive the consumer beer-trade controls in Ontario, where 80% of beer sales is through...
345 10 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0A5, Canada
With more than 100 beers on tap, you could get overwhelmed when choosing from Craft’s beer list. Try sipping one of Calgary’s favorite local ales, the Village Blonde. Village Brewery started making unpasteurized, preservative- and additive-free...
308 Catherine St, Victoria, BC V9A 3S8, Canada
Spinnakers has been quenching thirst since 1984 with their unique beverages. While they brew the expected craft beers on site, they also make their own sodas, ciders, and other creations. In addition the food and setting are worth sticking around...
4355 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4, Canada
The next time you're tired of the mountains and looking for a place to imbibe, check out Brew House, starting with the clever draft board (green means go!) and the choo-choo train that whips around the restaurant. Brew House has a fantastic...
16 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1G6, Canada
Bitter Tasting Room is a thrilling little gastro pub located on the Gastown/DTES border that features a fantastic draft list, a well-curated craft bottle selection, and an accompanying menu with a handful of clever, shareable plates that demand a...
375 Water St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1B8, Canada
Steamworks has been brewing unique craft beer in historic Gastown since 1995, utilizing the building's rare steam delivery system that to this day is the only one of its kind in Canada. The Steamworks craft list is tremendous. You'll find seasonal...
245 Eglinton Ave E, Toronto, ON M4P 3B7, Canada
It seems as though only diehard brew misers know about Granite, which is a shame, considering it's one of the very best brew pubs in the country. It could have something to do with the fact that the pub is located at Eglington and Mt Pleasant,...
117 Chemin de Kandahar, Mont-Tremblant, QC J8E 1B1, Canada
Jazzy blues and a select menu of craft beers set thisbar apart from more boisterous ones in the village.Families and groups of friends come for theunique seven varieties they offer. Among the favorites are: Extreme Onction Trappist-styleBelgian...
2049 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC H2X 3K8, Canada
Outrageously good craft beer and the best nachos in Montreal. A tidy little patio with views of one of Montreal's more eclectic neighborhoods, plenty of Canadian tuxedos, and a disturbing number of toque wearing folk. Good times had by all. I'm a...
45 Esandar Dr, Toronto, ON M4G 4C5, Canada
Toronto's craft beer scene is exploding. Amsterdam Brewing has been at the forefront of the craft scene for many years, but with a brand new brewing facility in an up and coming part of town, and a line of great new suds—some experimental, some...
1658 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC H2X 3K6, Canada
The Latin Quarter branch of this popular brewpub is a fab place for a bowl of delicious poutine and a few pints on a Friday night. I've met plenty of local folk and visitors while chest-deep in cheese curd heaven, and I've always had a good time....
139 Mill St, Creemore, ON L0M 1G0, Canada
While this particular adventure in libation is hardly around the corner, it’s a must-do for a number of reasons. Item: Creemore, roughly thirty miles from Blue Mountain Village, is a picturesque hamlet boasting a handful of great shops, and...
809 Rue Ontario E, Montréal, QC H2L 1P1, Canada
Le Cheval Blanc is a beloved Montreal brewery that was doing craft before craft was cool. In 1986 this was licensed as Montreal's first brewpub. LCB pulls double duty as a busy diner in one of the city's liveliest neighborhoods, so it's worth...
2876 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6P 1Y8, Canada
On the backs of every server in this alehouse (and it truly is an alehouse, no lagers or pilsners allowed!) is the phrase: Better Beer for a Better Life. As a customer, you get the sense that the owners really breathe this philosophy and love what...
2471 Chemin Royal, Sainte-Famille, QC G0A 3P0, Canada
If you are traveling through Quebec and are looking for a taste of locally crafted beer, seek out anything produced by the Microbrasserie de l'Ile d'Orléans. I tried three of their brews, and loved every one (including one made using local maple...
1579 Grafton St, Halifax, NS B3J 2C3, Canada
Halifax is in love with "eat local," and well they should be. With bounty from sea and land, it's a food lover's destination. The Stubborn Goat pairs big flavors with local and other craft beers in a friendly, relaxed environment. Should you tire...
Collingwood, ON L9Y 4B2, Canada
Few breweries can boast a setting as beautiful as the Blue Mountains, though the Northwinds suds do a might fine job of keeping attention focused on craft. Currently outfitting their physical location, Northwinds beers have already hit the Ontario...
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