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Canada's Top 10 Craft Beer Destinations: The Best Cities for Brews

by Brandon Moscrip September 15, 2022

Canada's Top 10 Craft Beer Destinations: The Best Cities for Brews

Canada's Top Craft Beer Routes

Do you love craft beer? If so, you're going to want to check out our list of the best Canadian cities for craft beers. From Victoria to Halifax, these ten cities have something special in store for beer lovers. Here are the top ten craft beer travel destinations in Canada!

BC Top Craft Beer Destinations

Victoria

Victoria, BC is known for its stunning scenery, and its craft beer scene is no exception. With about 20 breweries in and around the city, there's plenty to choose from whether you're looking for a hoppy IPA or a malty stout. Secret time: When spending a day in Victoria if you have a little more time you should head up to Saanich to check out Category 12 for the science approach to brewing or even Twa Dogs.

-Here for a festival? You'll want to check out the Great Canadian Beer Fest September 9th and 10th.

North Vancouver

North Vancouver, BC is home to some of the best craft breweries in the country, including House of Funk, Streetcar, North Point and Deep Cove Brewers. If you're looking for a unique brew, be sure to check out House of Funk's Funk Juice. For something a little different, try Streetcar's Nitro Milk Stout. You won't be disappointed!

Port Moody. Be sure to save some time for Port Moody's Brewers Row, where you'll find Yellow Dog, Twin Sails, Parkside and Moody Ales. If you're feeling adventurous, try one of Moody Ales' sour beers. You won't be disappointed! Be sure to check out Rewind brewing for a retro tasting room.

Vancouver Breweries

Vancouver has a route for you each day of the weekend. Both Brewery Creek and East Van "Yeast Vancouver" have great brewery options that are all within walking distance from each other. Our favourites are Andina, East Van Brewing, Storm, Superflux, Callister, Off the Rail and Bomber brewing.

 

With so many breweries to see in Vancouver you might want to check out Vancouver Craft Beer Week in July to get a chance to try 20-30 new breweries in a weekend.

-You can also visit some of these breweries by beer bike from April 1 to April 30th.

Top Craft Beer Routes in Greater Vancouver: Port Moody, North Van Brewery District, Langley, Brewery Creek, Yeast Van.

Kelowna

Kelowna is more than the west coast's wine country. The city is also home to a number of great craft breweries, including BNA Brewing Co., Boundary Brewing Co. and Funkwerks. For something truly unique, check out BNA Brewing Co.'s S'mores Stout, which is brewed with chocolate, graham crackers and marshmallows.

Ontario Craft Beer Routes

Collingwood and the Blue Mountains, ON is a great destination for craft beer lovers. Be sure to check out Northwinds Brewery, Side Launch Brewery, Black Bellows Brewpub, Collingwood Brewery and Still Fields Brewery. If you're looking for something unique, try the Grisette from Still Fields Brewery. Blue Mountain is a great place to visit all four seasons of the year with concerts, events and always something to do outside its the perfect escape where you can relax at the end of your busy day at your favourite craft brewery!  Looking for a tour? Check out thebeerbus.ca 

Hamilton is a great place to spend the day trying new brews. The city has a number of great breweries, including Collective Arts, Grain & Grit Beer Co., and Merit Brewing. If you're looking for something different, be sure to check out Collective Arts' Ransack the Universe IPA, which is brewed with Galaxy, Citra and Mosaic hops.

 

Ottawa has a number of great craft breweries to choose from, including Dominion City Brewing Co., Beyond the Pale Brewing Co. and Tooth & Nail. The city has something for everyone, whether you're looking for a hoppy IPA or a malty stout. For something truly unique, head to Dominion City Brewing Co. for their Earl Grey Marmalade Saison, which is brewed with Earl Grey tea and orange peel.

 

Last but not least, Toronto, ON is a great choice for craft beer lovers. The city has over 70 great breweries, including Bellwoods Brewery, Collective Arts Brewing and Left Field Brewery. Toronto also hosts many beer centric events throughout the year such as the Toronto Festival of Beer, Toronto Craft Beer Festival and the Roundhouse Craft Beer Festival. If you're looking for something different, be sure to check out Bellwoods Brewery's Witchshark, an imperial stout that is brewed with chocolate and coffee.  Check out Toronto Brewery Tours for beer tours in Toronto.

Alberta Best Craft Beer Destinations

Calgary Barley belt is a must-visit for any craft beer lover. The area is home to over 30 breweries, including Annex Ales, Banded Peak Brewing, and Eighty-Eight Brewing. If you're looking for a unique experience, be sure to check out Brewster's Riding Shotgun Pale Ale, which is brewed with coffee from local roaster Phil & Sebastian. What you have two days to check out Calgary? Be sure to head over to Inglewood. Revival Brewcade, 'Ol Beautiful and '88 are some of our favourites.  Here's a little more about brewery tours in Calgary.

 

Edmonton's Alley Kat Brewery is one of the best in the city, and their Scona Gold Kolsch is a must-try. Other great breweries in Edmonton include Yellowhead Brewery and Blindman Brewing. For something truly unique, head to Blindman Brewing for their River City Witbier, which is brewed with orange peel and coriander.

  

Montreal, QC is another excellent choice for craft beer lovers. With its rich history and vibrant culture, Montreal is home to many great breweries, including Dieu du Ciel!, Brasserie dieu du ciel, Trou de Diable and Brouemont Abbey. If you're looking for a truly unique experience, be sure to check out Dieu du Ciel!'s Peche Mortel, a coffee stout that is brewed with real coffee beans.

 

So there you have it! These are just a few of the best cities for craft beer in Canada. So what are you waiting for? Start planning your trip today! What are your favourite Canadian craft breweries? Let us know in the comments below! Cheers!




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