10 Road Trip-Worthy Canadian Breweries

10 Road Trip-Worthy Canadian Breweries

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Canada has been a big player in the craft beer market, with bars and restaurants catering to crowds with a taste for something different. From epic east coast beers made from iceberg water to a brewery with its own hop farm in Ontario’s wine country, there are 10 great reason to jump in the car and make a weekend of it. Our great Canadian brewery crawl starts here, but certainly doesn’t stop – let us know your favourite Canadian breweries that are worth the drive.

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Banded Peak Brewing Co. (Calgary, AB)

The adventurous, outdoors crowd can quench their post-trailblazing thirst at Calgary’s Banded Peak Brewing Co. in “the shadows of the rocky mountains...” The brewery's clean, crisp aesthetic is showcased in their heavily focused beers that will appeal to both storied craft beer drinkers and recent adoptees alike. With names like ‘Chinook Saison’ and ‘Summit Seeker,’ the dramatic, daring theme of the brewery is worth the trek alone.

Find more information on Banded Peak Brewing Co. here

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Bench Brewing (Beamsville, ON)

Crafted in the Niagara Escarpment, Bench Brewing considers the surrounding ecosystem, terroir, farmlands and orchards when brewing up their highly sought-after beers. Set to open Fall 2017 in the converted historic Maple Grove School, the brewery will have a tap and tasting room, beer garden and exclusive hops field. Bench culls inspiration from the surrounding land, not only in the ingredients, but in their beer names, too, with brews like Ball’s Falls, a session IPA, and Twenty Mile, a farmhouse ale. These beers have quickly become cult classics, available at LCBO locations and on tap at select bars and restaurants. We’re loving “wine country’s” new look.

Find more information on Bench Brewing here

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Little Brown Jug Brewing Co. (Winnipeg, MB)

The recipe for Little Brown Jug, according to Little Brown Jug: “Take one smart, motivated economist desiring to return to his hometown, mix in one derelict heritage building in downtown Winnipeg and then add beer. Voila!” We can’t think of a more unique place to savour a pint in all of Winnipeg. In a time when showing off reigns in the craft beer realm, the livery-turned-brewery’s focus on their 1919 Belgian Pale Ale is as refreshing as their beer. Hop in the car to visit their taproom, and pick up your very own little brown jug of kräusened craft beer to take home.

Find more information on Little Brown Jug Brewing here

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Schoolhouse Brewery (Windsor, NS)

The recently expanded Schoolhouse Brewery in Windsor, NS, practices what they preach, serving up environmentally responsible beers. The brewery started in the basement of an old schoolhouse in Falmouth, Nova Scotia, “graduating” to a larger space in downtown Windsor, where you will find flights, growlers and bottles available to taste and take home. Schoolhouse Brewery’s even does a locally hopped beer series in limited quantities, featuring Maritime malt and locally grown hops.

Find more information on Schoolhouse Brewery here

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Quidi Vidi Brewing Co. (St. John’s, NL)

Quidi Vidi is a small fishing town, home to some of Newfoundland’s biggest beers. Located in a former fish plant, Quidi Vidi Brewing Co. creates a beer with a difference thanks to being made with iceberg water, the same ones drifting off the nearby coast. The scenery will hook you, as will their award-winning beers, which you can taste on guided tours.

Find more information on Quidi Vidi Brewing Co. here

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Brassneck Brewery (Vancouver, BC)

Vancouver has done a tremendous amount for putting craft beer on the map, and Brassneck Brewery, which opened in 2013, has quickly become a neighbourhood gem that beer lovers from across the country come to visit. The popular west coast growler is the ultimate to-go option in their storefront and tasting room where they serve up small-batch, ultra-fresh brews that fans flock to get a taste of. Brassneck’s chocolate mole stout, English-style bitter with douglas fir tips, ginger beer, wild brett wasp sour and many more esoteric varietals appeal to the craft beer aficionado, while focused stunners like their English golden ale, dry-hopped sour and table saison are gateway brews that speak to those new to the craft beer scene.

Find more information on the brewery Brassneck Brewery here

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Yukon Brewing (Whitehorse, YK)

The award-winning brewery’s self-proclaimed slogan, “beer worth freezin’ for,” caught our eye immediately, likewise the story of Yukon Brewing’s ultra-Canadian conception of two guys on a canoe trip with one big idea. The brewery, which started in 1997 (though under a different name) is offering a limited edition Canada 150 Series, along with its regular and seasonal roster of Yukon-made craft beers. On-site tours are available, where you can learn about brewing and fermentation, then cap off the day in their sampling room for a taste.

Find more information on Yukon Brewing here

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Brasserie Dunham (Dunham, QC)

Just a couple of hours outside of Montreal, Brasserie Dunham is making some of Canada’s most unique beers, with wild bottle art to boot. From more sessionable fruit beers to hearty coffee-infused stouts that pack a punch, they're serving up something for every palate, mood and season. Brasserie Dunham’s bottle release days see droves of fans gather on their historic patio, in their pub and around the back for some old fashioned bean bag toss games. It’s worth the trip for not only good beer, but good vibes, too.

Find more information on Brasserie Dunham here

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Le Trou du Diable (Shawinigan, QC)

This Quebec microbrewery, shop and lounge, located in a former textile factory, offers a unique and devilishly dynamic list of beers to drink throughout the year, along with elevated gastropub fare to enjoy with them. Seasonal beer specialties, like Trou du Diable’s Bella Ciao (Oat White with New Zealand Hops), and regular sips like The Bite (U.S. IPA), bring whimsy and charm to the palates and pair with plates such as Deer Carpaccio and Ribs of the Devil. An unmissable stop on your Canadian brewery hop (pun intended).

Find more information on Le Trou du Diable here

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Paddock Wood Brewing Co. (Saskatoon, SK)

The grain fields of the Prairies makes them a natural brewery host, yet Paddock Wood is Saskatchewan’s first microbrewery. The company started from the brewmaster looking for his favourite British ales locally to no avail, then brewing at home before turning into a mail order business, and now, full-on brewery. Try your hand at brewing with Paddock Wood’s brew kits or head to their bottle shop and pick up a fresh pack of their regular and seasonal specials, like the Saskatcheweizen, a fresh a fruity unfiltered wheat beer.

Find more information on Paddock Wood Brewing Co. here

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