Do you love craft beers and fine wines?
Then scroll down to explore tours of wineries and breweries you can enjoy with friends! Download the free PDFs onto your smartphone or tablet, and you’re good to go. (You will also be able to access print versions of the tours soon.)
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BREWERIES OF BLUEWATER
You’ll begin just outside of Bayfield before visiting the main street of that heritage village, then head down Bluewater Highway 21 toward St. Joseph, followed by a stop in Varna.
Spend a day rubbing elbows with like-minded beer enthusiasts on this four stop tour. The drive between producers is only 28 minutes, leaving you plenty of time to chat with the brewmasters as you quaff their unique creations! The producers you’ll be visiting are: Bayfield Bayfield Brewing Co./Bayfield Public House; River Road Brewing & Hops; Bad Apple Brewing Company; and Stone House Brewing Company.
HEADING THROUGH HURON
We begin this tour in a small craft brewery in the pretty town of Goderich, followed by a visit to Canada’s first ‘carbon neutral’ brewery in Blyth, on to a winery on a country road near Clinton, finishing with a microbrewery in Seaforth!
This four stop tour is designed so that you and your entourage begins sampling crafted beer; enjoys beverages and a delicious meal at one of the newest and largest facilities showcased in the Spirits of Bluewater Tours; sips a glass of wine overlooking a young vineyard; and ends the day with a specialty microbrewery in another pretty rural village. The producers you’ll be visiting are: Square Brew; Cowbell Brewing Company; Maelstrom Vineyard & Winery; and Half Hours on Earth Brewery.
GRAND BEND & BEYOND
Let’s see what our friends to the south of Bluewater … in the Grand Bend, Thedford and Forest areas … have prepared for your drinking pleasure!
This tour takes you through lovely Lambton County where you’ll sample a multitude of wonderful tastes. You and your friends will travel along the lakeshore and through the countryside, winding up near Grand Bend where a fine dinner or excellent lunch awaits. Total drive time between producers is around 45 minutes. The producers you’ll be visiting are: Alton Farms Estate Winery; Stonepicker Brewing Company; Twin Pines Orchards & Cider House; Dark Horse Estate Winery Inc.
PINTS IN PERTH COUNTY
There’s so much more to do and see in Stratford than just the theatre!
You’ll begin your tour in the village of Shakespeare at a recently opened brewery before heading into the charming town of Stratford. There you’ll find a brewery and distillery conveniently located within one building! Enjoy this tour with minimal driving and the opportunity to stroll along the shores of the Avon River. The producers you’ll be visiting are: Shakespeare Brewing Company; Jobsite Brewing Company; Junction 56 Distillery; and Black Swan Brewing Company.
WORTH THE DRIVE AROUND GREY-BRUCE
Ales, lagers, and wines … there’s lots to experience just a little farther up the road! We begin in Kincardine, then work our way east to Hanover with three stops in between.
This tour takes you a little farther north and may therefore fill up more of your day than some of the others. But with five points of interest (one being Canada’s most historic brewery!) along the approximate seventy-five kilometres of travel, you won’t be disappointed! The producers you’ll be visiting are: Grey Matter Beer Company; Maclean’s Ales Inc.; Neustadt Springs Brewery; Hoity Toity Cellars; and Formosa Springs Brewery.
WHERE TO GO FOR VINO
Brush up on your wine tasting ABC’s for this big adventure: five producers and 186 kilometres of driving between producers make this tour a ‘tour de force’!
If your palate is geared towards wine (and maybe some cider!), you’ll want to experience the multitude of subtle flavours found in wines made from grapes grown near the shores of majestic Lake Huron. The producers you’ll be visiting are: Alton Farms Estate Winery; Dark Horse Estate Winery; Maelstrom Winery; and Hoity Toity Cellars.