Ontario craft brewers are creating unique and delicious brews

Dad and his beer. Stereotypical? Perhaps. But there is a reason beer companies target their advertising where adult males are known to watch, read or listen.

“Father’s Day is a fantastic opportunity to take Dad on a new beer adventure,” says Minto Schneider, Chief Executive Officer of Waterloo Region Tourism. “Ontario craft beers are becoming increasingly popular, and with good reason. They are delicious, they are unique and they are local.”

Waterloo Region is home to a burgeoning local beer scene, with several new craft brewers joining the ranks of some of the more established creators of Ontario brews. This Father’s Day, take Dad on a road trip to discover new tastes and flavours (and please be responsible and don’t drink and drive — allow Dad to do the sampling, or bring along a designated driver).

Abr Erb Brewing Company. Located in uptown Waterloo this microbrewery & beer shop is dedicated to intergrity, solidarity & craftsmanship.

Bitte Schon Brauhaus. A brand new boutique brewer in New Hamburg, Bitte Schon Brauhaus specializes in German-style beers. It will be open this summer.



Block Three Brewing. In historic St. Jacobs, Block Three believes great things come in small batches. Complimentary tours, a tasting bar and on-site store are available.


Descendants Beer & Beverage Co. This award-winning brewery in Kitchener just opened in April, but is a great spot for a night out or to pick up some bottles to go. Descendants offers a bierhalle atmosphere, with a shop, private event space and seasonal patio.


Grand River Brewing. From a historic former knife factory along the Grand River in Galt (part of Cambridge, Ontario), Grand River Brewing offers award-winning beers created with the firm belief that craft brewing should reflect the local community.


Innocente Brewing Company. Family owned and operated in Waterloo, Innocente is about quality, craftsmanship and the science of beer making.


If a complete beer tour may be a bit too much, the Waterloo Region Museum will bring seven craft brewers together on Father’s Day for a Craft Beer Festival, to be held June 19th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

We had some amazing brewers serving up suds to thirsty dads today. Thanks to all for coming out! #BeerTheExhibit

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“Touring Waterloo’s breweries is a perfect day for father’s and grandfathers,” says Minto. “It is good bonding time, and the beers are simply amazing.”

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