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10 Canadian Microbreweries To Visit This Summer

June 16, 2016

What’s better than enjoy a nice cold beer on a patio in the summer? Well, sure there’s a lot to enjoy about summertime but that’s right up there with the best of them. Canadians especially have a taste for good beer and we as a nation take pride in the brews that we brew. Just look at the craft beer boom in this country. You can hardly go anywhere without running into a locally owned and operated microbrewery. And while these places are becoming as popular as Tim Hortons, the quality of the beer is always of paramount importance.

But with so many wonderful breweries to choose from this summer, how could you possibly know which to choose. Let us lend a helping hand on your tour of some of the best Canadian microbreweries you need to visit this summer.

Quidi Vidi Brewery 

St. John’s, Newfoundland

Best brew: 1892 Traditional Ale

This might be the best looking locations for a brewery you’re likely to find. Quidi Vidi Village, referred to by locals as “The Gut”, is in the heart of St. John’s and the brewery sits right at the edge of the harbour in what was once a fish plant. They brew malt beer with natural ingredients. A great visit to start off a craft beer road trip.

Propeller Brewery

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Best brew: Rye IPA

The oldest microbrewery in Halifax, as well as the best selling of Nova Scotia’s many breweries. Award-winning beer and a quaint neighbourhood brewery in Halifax’s North-end (as well as a second location in Dartmouth). A great selection of brews on tap with nearly a dozen regulars.


Fredericton, New Brunswick

Best brew: Best Bitter

Boasting a variety of “traditional ales”, each one of Picaroons is filled with some amazing flavours. There’s something for beer-lovers of all kinds to enjoy– more than one in fact. Do yourself a favour, pop down to their downtown Fredericton location and treat yourself to a variety pack.

PEI Brewing Co.

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Best brew: Beach Chair Lager

Started in 1997, this Island brewery has grown quite a bit over the years to become the province’s craft beer juggernaut. They have even grown to open a chain of craft beer pubs called Gahan House. While they have selections that can be enjoyed all year round, there’s nothing better than enjoying a nice cold beer in the beautiful PEI summers.


Chambly, Quebec

Best brew: La Fin du Monde

Quebec has a lot of tasty craft beer to enjoy, but I don’t think any of the other breweries in the province can claim to be so quintessentially Quebecois. From its very beginning, Unibroue has proudly and loudly incorporated Quebec culture into their beer and has not gone back on that all these years later.

Indie Alehouse

Toronto, Ontario

Best brew: Instigator

Toronto has a lot of competition in the field of microbreweries, and this is one of the smaller ones. But what they lack in size, they make up for in terms of fresh bold tastes. Stop into their place for a beer and some food and enjoy their proudly independent operations.

Half Pints Brewing Co.

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Best brew: St. James Pale Ale

Another small, privately-owned brewery with a lot to offer. It’s modest operations have grown and extended outside of Manitoba and is now available in Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. But what better way to enjoy it than to visit the establishment in person.

Paddock Wood Brewing Co.

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Best brews: Loki Double IPA

Boasted as Saskatchewan’s first microbrewery and there has arguably been none better since. Strong flavours and refreshing tastes, this brewery has something for everyone.

Big Rock Brewery

Calgary, Alberta

Best brews: Grasshopper Wheat Ale

A great brewery with some fascinating history to its success. In the summer of 1986, only a year after Big Rock opened its doors, both Molson and LaBatt breweries went on strike which meant the little microbrewery was the only place to buy beer in Alberta for an entire summer. Since then it has been a trusted name for the province’s brews.

Driftwood Brewery

Victoria, British Columbia

Best brews: Fat Tug IPA

Local and tasty, that’s the way Driftwood Brewery likes to market themselves. Distinct flavours and a variety of beers on tap and in bottles.

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