Escape the City Once and For All with the Builder’s Reserve
There are numerous benefits to living in the city, but it does not come without its fair share of drawbacks.
For many people, summer means enjoying a cold beer on a nice patio, whether it is your own patio or at your favourite pub. This month we are taking an in depth look at 10 of Simcoe County’s finest breweries. Expand your beer palate and try something new or enjoy an old favourite. Either way, you will not be disappointed about what Simcoe has to offer!
Please remember to drink responsibly and only if you are of age. Call ahead before planning your trip and tip your bartenders!
Beer recommendation: Beach 1 Cerveza (Lager, 4.5%)
Although the iconic Wasaga Beach Brewing Beach Bar has closed, you can still enjoy Wasaga’s local beer right at home! Pick up your brews in your local LCBO or Beer Store to take a bit of the beach home with you—and remember to say Wasaga when you cheers!
Distance from Wasaga Beach: 19 minutes
Beer recommendation: Rockwell (Pilsner, 4.6% ABV)
Stop by for a fresh pint or book their huge taproom and patio for your next event. Either way you will not regret picking up some brews from Collingwood!
Distance from Wasaga Beach: 20 minutes
Beer recommendation: Premium Lager (Lager, 5% ABV)
Creemore Springs is a staple of Simcoe County, being one of the first craft breweries in the area! Grab a flight and try any of their delicious Ontario spring water-based beer.
Distance from Wasaga Beach: 23 minutes
Beer recommendation: Shinny Fuel (APA, 5.2% ABV)
At Black Bellows old becomes fantastically new. Beer, food, art—what could be better? Order one of their daily doughnut specials along with your beer and enjoy everything the Bellows has to offer.
Distance from Wasaga Beach: 24 minutes
Beer recommendation: Pretty River (Lagered Ale, 5.1% ABV)
Northwinds Brewhouse & Kitchen captures the adventurous spirit of Simcoe County through their delicious beers and innovative, locally sourced, and seasonally focused menu.
Distance from Wasaga Beach: 27 minutes
Beer recommendation: Wheat (Wheat Ale, 5.3% ABV)
Side Launch Brewing is a staple of the craft beer scene in Ontario with the awards to prove it! Catch a tour of the brewery on a weekend and try a can of their Wheat beer—but make sure to flip the can once before drinking it!
Distance from Wasaga Beach: 33 minutes
Beer recommendation: Cabin Fever (Gose Sour, 4.7% ABV)
A must-see in Oro-Medonte, Quayles is locally inspired and locally farmed right on their property. They use their own spring water and farm fresh hops in all their delicious brews.
Distance from Wasaga Beach: 39 minutes
Beer recommendation: 12 Minutes to Destiny (Raspberry Hibiscus Lager, 4.1% ABV)
Walk into the funkiest tap room this side of Kempenfelt Bay and enjoy the experience that is Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery. Find their beers in the LCBO or visit the taproom for scrumptious treats with your pint!
Distance from Wasaga Beach: 40 minutes
Beer recommendation: Check Engine (Amber, 5.1% ABV)
You will not regret checking out this family-run craft brewery, taproom and restaurant. Order a flight to find your favourite, and then pick up some cans for your fridge at home!
Distance from Wasaga Beach: 41 minutes
Beer recommendation: Flight Delay (IPA, 6.5%)
Drawing inspiration from the bustle of Toronto and the comforts of Muskoka, Barnstormer Brewing and Distilling Co. creates harmonious beers with absurdly smooth flavour profiles. Try their Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich along with your beer!