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Niagara Falls Gets Cold – Stay Warm with the Best Canadian Beer!

Beer and poutineNiagara Falls is one of the coolest places in the world to try out a variety of home-grown, seasonal beers. Visit these breweries and bars in Niagara Falls, like the Niagara Brewing Company, for the very best Canadian beer.

1. Niagara Brewing Company

The Niagara Brewing Company is just a short walk away from Niagara Falls. Grab a growler and fill up on several beers brewed here, like the Amber Eh!, a blend of toasted grain, North American hops and light caramel notes. Head here for hoppy hour, live music and other events. Pair your beer with a pub bite from the kitchen, like a charcuterie board or salt and cheese pretzels.

2. The Merchant Ale House

The Merchant Ale House has been brewing beers for more than 20 years. Its house brews list contains more than a dozen varieties of beers, including brews made with fresh blueberries and strawberries, chocolate malt and locally roasted coffee. There’s a full kitchen food menu and live music events, too.

3. Bench Brewing Company

Glass of beer and Canadian flagThe Bench Brewing Company’s brewery facilities span eight acres and include a beer garden, a barrel aging facility, a hops field, a brewing system and a tap and tasting room. Sip a beer outside as you take in views of the Twenty Valley vineyards, sample a flight inside and learn how the beers were made, or book a tour for the whole she-bang.

4. Exchange Brewery

The Exchange Brewery has a tasting room where you can sample flagship brews, seasonal beers and specialty beers. Nosh on snacks as you imbibe craft brews like amber ales, porters, IPAs and stouts. The Exchange Brewery serves up innovative selections like the double IPA, with layers of tropical fruit flavours.

5. NC Teaching Brewery

See what the next generation of brew masters is brewing up at the NC Teaching Brewery, a Niagara Falls micro-brewery facility. You can head in and support the students who are learning how to brew by tasting and purchasing their homemade craft beer. Stop by to sample beer styles including saisons, ciders, pilsners and stouts.

6. Oast House Brewers

Oast House Brewers boasts an historic barn that was raised in the late 1800s. Today, it’s a facility to make beer, as well as includes a tasting room and events space. There are plenty of standard and seasonal beers to try, solo or as part of a beer flight. Sample unique selections like the Watermelon Gose, with a 6.2 ABV and hints of melon care of local watermelon infusion.

7. Silversmith Brewing Company

Silversmith Brewing Company has been in business since 2011. Its stunning brewery is a converted church that dates back to the 1890s. Head inside, and you’ll be guided through the selection of what’s on tap, from golden ales to Bavarian breakfast wheats. Hungry? The kitchen is open all day, serving a sophisticated bar selection of bites like wild boar bangers and mash and Celtic knot bread.

8. Taps on Queen

Taps on Queen always has a variety of beers brewed on site to go with the restaurant’s full food menu. Try beers like the Charleston Lager, an “easy drinking cottage brew,” the Red Cream Ale with a smooth caramel taste, or the Taps Sinister Sam’s Insane IPA, which has citrus, fruit and floral notes permeating the brew. Check out weekly events like karaoke, trivia, live bands and more.

9. Breakwall Brewing Company

Family brewery Breakwall Brewing has a diverse selection of brewed-in-house craft beers. Peruse the menu, and you’ll see fun ingredients like locally sourced fresh black cherries, Earl Grey tea, chocolate, coffee, banana and brown sugar. The menu is constantly changing as it’s updated with seasonal and new releases.

10. Lock St. Brewing Co.

Lock St. Brewing Co. has a gorgeous outdoor beer garden and rustic interior décor, making the ambiance just as inviting as the beer. You’ll love the artwork on Lock St. Brewing Co.’s beers, too, like the Jealous Mistress English brown ale with an ABV of 6.8 percent. Grab a can or growler of your favourite(s) to go.

How to Plan a Brewery Tour in Niagara Falls

If you want to get your beer on when you visit Niagara Falls, here are a few pointers.

  • Make sure your shoes are made for walking. Lots of the places mentioned here are within walking distance of each other. Leave high heels at home, and slap on some comfy shoes to walk off calories in-between drinks.
  • Or, download a ride share app. Drinking and driving is never cool. If you’re not in the mood for walking, there are ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft available in Niagara Falls. And of course, there are plenty of cabs for pick-ups, too.
  • Book a place to stay. Bring your beer belly to a nice room where you can rest your head after trying brews. The Sheraton on the Falls Hotel can help you with a room, transportation and more.

Creating your own brewery trail when you visit Niagara Falls is a great way to check out restaurants and bars in Niagara Falls and get to know the region. Book your Niagara Falls stay, and cheers! And please, always remember to designate a sober driver.