Brewery Tours: Guided vs DIY (Our Favourites of Each)
With special craft beers brewed for each season, it's always the perfect time of year for a beercation in Ontario. Here’s a list of toast-worthy trails and tours on tap. All you need to do is decide whether to go all-in on a fully guided trip or draw straws for the designated driver on a DIY adventure.
Fully Guided Brewery Tours
Explore the amazing flavours brewed from Ontario’s fresh grapes, apples and hops on an all-inclusive winery, cidery and brewery tour in Toronto or in Collingwood and The Blue Mountains. Tours go well beyond just door-to-door transportation; you’ll also get essential facts and fun back stories, on-board snacks and refreshments.
One of Ontario’s prettiest wine regions also has a notorious brewing and bootlegging past. Explore the history and local craft brew culture in the Windsor Essex region by trolley (so retro!). Stops include The Grove Hotel in Kingsville, a boutique inn that houses a microbrewery, otherwise known as the beer-lover’s shangri-la.
Owners and Norfolk natives Amanda and Susan share their passion for local wine, beer and cider of Norfolk County and London in style. You travel in the comfort of a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter complete with complimentary snacks and water.
Best described as a field trip for adults, Brew Donkey Tours are Ontario’s beer tour trendsetters, with regional tours of local breweries in the Ottawa and Kitchener Waterloo areas, both hotbeds for great brews. They’ve even partnered up with BATL Axe Throwing to up the adventure ante with Sip, Axe and Relax, part of a collaborative monthly event series.
Consider this the Ironman for brew fans – a beer-athon! The Georgian Bay Spirits, Vista View, Cycle & Swim guided day trip leads you to breweries, cideries, wineries and great lookouts (aka: rest stops) by bike. Lunch and a swim are included.
Self-Guided Brewery Tours
York Durham Headwaters invites you on an experiential food and drink adventure unlocking secret stills and storied tales from the prohibition past. Meet modern bootleggers, brewers and winemakers on three different self-guided tours.
Niagara is for lovers … of great ale. In a sea of wineries, the Niagara ale trail is a beacon for beer lovers with featured flavours, seasonal menus and brewery tours.
Nothing says cottage vibe quite like lounging on the dock with a cold one. The pristine wilderness and picturesque lakes of Muskoka, Ontario’s iconic cottage country, have inspired local brewmasters to create flavours that embody the ultimate spirit of chill. Plan your refreshing getaway with beer-inspired itineraries around local festivals, live music, and new product launches.
With over 25 options from the Bay of Quinte across to Prince Edward County, welcome to Canada’s largest rural craft beer and cider region. In a happy coincidence, it’s also home to world-renowned cheddars, so add some artisan cheese to your craft tour.
Reward a fall hike, bike or paddle with seasonally inspired craft brews and locally sourced food. Ontario breweries, cideries, distilleries, Feast ON-certified restaurants, markets, and more in and around Ontario’s Greenbelt have added even more notable stops and activities to their map of spots to visit.
Your options for a craft-filled getaway don’t end here. Download the Craft Beer Passport app.