Ultimate Guide to Hamilton’s Best Craft Breweries & Cider Spots:Map

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Hamilton is brimming with exceptional craft breweries and cideries that are perfect for any occasion. Here’s a thirst-quenching list of where you should go to raise a glass around town.  If you can’t wait to plan a tour, inquire about shipping options and enjoy locally brewed beer and ciders delivered right to your door.

FEATURED BREWERIES

Shawn & Ed Brewing Co.
66 Hatt St, Dundas

We have been told this brewery is in an old lumber mill which became a curling rink which became a brewery (bonus trivia – a dump truck that lost its brakes drove through the side of the building – ask to see where).  Enough of that, let’s talk about the beer.  This unique brewery focuses on pouring the perfect craftsmanship into every pint. From refreshing lagers to darker flavours, you can enjoy it all here. Don’t miss out on their delicious pizzas and fun monthly events.

Collective Arts Brewing
207 Burlington St E


This craft brewery in Hamilton’s industrial north pours plenty of creativity into every can, including the can itself, featuring label designs by artists from around the world. With a range of craft beer, cocktails, and zero-proof options, there’s something for everyone to pour and enjoy.

Grain & Grit Beer Co.
11 Ewen Rd


This family-run brewery is equal parts quality-obsessed and fun. Sip through their balanced brew list, snack on some kettle chips, or enjoy a tasty food truck pop-up. Their large patio is also a must-visit in the spring and summer.

Merit Brewing
170 James St N


Located in the heart of Downtown, you’ll enjoy sipping and tasting your way through Merit’s unique beer list and delicious food menu. Count on Merit’s team to push the boundaries of flavours, whether it’s creative brewing ingredients or crafting the perfect sausage.

Clifford Brewing
398 Nash Rd N


Recognized as Canada’s Best Brewery in 2019, Clifford continues to pour delicious craft beer from porters to their East Hamilton Lager. This east-end brewery also serves up delicious seasonal brews and monthly live music events.

Barrel Heart Brewing
104 King St W, Dundas


Inspired by the traditional saison style of farmhouse beer, the newest craft brewery to set up shop in Hamilton is also one of its most unique. Specializing in oak-aged beer, with locally sourced fruits, every brew is served in a green 750L bottle and full of complex flavours. Visit their bottle shop and tap room for a special experience you won’t get anywhere else.

Fairweather Brewing Co.
5 Ofield Rd, Unit 1


Whether you’re looking for a hoppy IPA or a fruit and oak-aged brew, you’ll have a tough time deciding what to order on Fairweather’s creative and rotating menu. A favourite spot among locals, this redesigned warehouse is the perfect spot to spend the afternoon.

Brewers Blackbird
375 Wilson St E, Ancaster


Blackbird Brewers offers a one-of-a-kind experience with its location inside a stone house dating back to the 1830s right in the heart of historic downtown Ancaster. Think upscale bar menu items such as crispy eggplant or brisket nachos in addition to their own porters, IPAs, and lagers.

SATISFYING CIDERS

Tall Post Craft Cider
1170 Hendershot Rd, Hannon


Get a taste of the country at this cidery nestled in Hamilton’s east mountain farmland. Focused on a small-batch craft experience, ingredients for ciders here are sourced on-site or very nearby. Cheers to local!

West Avenue Cider
84 Concession 8 E, Freelton


Located in a charming farmhouse, this award-winning, small-batch cidery believes in starting with superior-quality fruit. The result is crisp clean flavors that benefit from barrel aging and careful craftsmanship. Sip your way through a flight, enjoy a wood oven pizza, and enjoy the views.

Steel Town Cider
150 Chatham St, Unit 14


This made-in-Hamilton cidery is the brainchild of three friends looking to expand local options for ‘interesting dry rustic ciders’ to keep pace with the wave of quality breweries and natural wine emerging across the city. Enter Steel Town Cider Co. in Dundas, which now turns out very popular ciders like their first release “Session Cider” and more experimental new favourites like “Guav AF” and “Vay Kay”.

Carlisle Cider Co.
1453 Milburough Town Line, Carlisle


Cheers to farm-fresh cider! Take a drive out to the country to enjoy refreshing cider made from apples grown on this family farm. You won’t be disappointed by the views or the cider.

With so many incredible options, you can spend the entire summer planning your routes to support local brewers. See the map below to start your journey. Cheers!

If you want to add any other of Hamilton’s best craft breweries or cider spots please let us know. For more information about Craft Breweries in Hamilton, please connect with Think Hamilton via email at info@perspective.ca or click here.

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