Kitchener-Waterloo Winery and Brewery Attractions and Tours

Craft Breweries & BrewPubs The Kitchener-Waterloo & area has a number of Craft breweries, brew pubs, wineries and even craft distilleries (subject to local liquor board approval). We were VERY surprised by the number we have found! There is a lot of interest in what is called "Beverage Tourism". This is perfect for those taking a kid-free vacation or weekend.

These establishments typically use locally-sourced inputs from their own or very nearby suppliers (some even using certified organic sources). Local barley, grains, grapes, etcetera can have a unique flavour due to the "terroir", imparted from the special soils, ground water, and rains to the crops that grow here.

Vineyards & Wineries Also, they are smaller, and apply their education, skills, and experience to create small batches of very special beverages. Because they are not trying to "maintain a brand" (which would require them to be scientifically consistent), they can afford to experiment, and try new and different combinations of materials, different timings, and sometimes non-traditional techniques and technologies to come up with something unusual, interesting, and VERY LOCAL. Consumers should consider themselves fortunate to be able to have the opportunity to enjoy such locally-produced drinks.

Kitchener-Waterloo & area has a number of craft breweries and wineries that create unique beverages. Most welcome you to take a tour (bring your I.D.), and visit their shops afterwards (samples may only be served, and alcoholic beverages may only be sold to those of legal drinking age or older).

DISCLAIMERS: (1) you must be of legal drinking age to consume any of these beverages; (2) exercise your own judgement about which drinks may be suitable for you; (3) when sampling, accept the host's judgement of appropriate sample sizes, and (4) drink responsibly, and DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE.

For a COMPLETE local beverage tour, but here is a sampling (pun intended):

Beverage Attraction

Here are some featured local brew pubs, craft breweries, craft distilleries, wineries or vineyard. They use the freshest, local (even organic, in some cases) ingredients for an appreciable local flavour.

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Here some featured local listings, but are SO FAR from the full list. See feature stories, linked at the top of the page or use the Search form at right.

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view listing for Stonehammer Brewing - Beer, Brewery Tours, MicrobreweryBeverage TourismStonehammer Brewing - Beer, Brewery Tours, Microbrewery

Makers of the award winning Stone Hammer Pilsner and Dark Ale. Fire-brewed in small batches in our authentic copper brewhouse.

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view listing for Sleeman BreweriesBeverage TourismSleeman Breweries

Brewing since 1834, the Sleeman family started the Silver Creek Brewery, now known a Sleeman's. Brewery. Tours can be booked for groups of between 10-20 people.

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view listing for Brick BreweryBeverage TourismBrick Brewery

Brick is Ontario's largest Canadian-owned brewery. The Company is a regional brewer of award-winning premium quality and value beers and is officially certified under the Global Food Safety Standard

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view listing for Brick Brewing Company Beverage TourismBrick Brewing Company

Visit Ontario's First Craft Brewery! Drop in any Saturday between 12 noon and 3pm for a complimentary tour, tasting & souvenir. You can also host your own event at the Red Baron Lounge .

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view listing for Cox Creek Cellars Estate Winery Beverage TourismCox Creek Cellars Estate Winery

Wellington County's only estate winery. Guelph's own winery offers fruit/grape wines, custom gift baskets, accessories, private picnic area, gift certificates, and can handle dinners, private parties and weddings. Tastings and tours in season.

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