I basically can’t travel to a place anymore without visiting at least one brewery. I love the local vibe craft breweries have, plus it’s a super fun way to see the city you are visiting.
Recently I visited Ottawa, Ontario for a weekend. Naturally, we decided to go on a little self-led brewery tour around the city, so I thought I would share with you my purposed route and breweries to visit.
Keep in mind that there are a ton of breweries within the city, but also on the outskirts and a short drive away from the city centre. Since we didn’t want to worry about transportation, we only did breweries we could easily walk to or were a short Uber drive from where we were. You also can do this route in whatever order you please. Since our Airbnb was on the westside of the city, we started west and moved east.
Address: 3 Irving Avenue
Hours: Monday-Saturday 12-6pm, closed on Sunday
This brewery is a super cute craft brewery located in the hip Hintonburg neighbourhood. They have a range of beers available, most of which are great for those that love craft beer but don’t like to get too wild with the flavours. You’re guaranteed to find IPA’s, pale ales, stouts, etc. on their menu.
BONUS! Stop for a pint at Vimy Brewing Company that is located between Tooth & Nails and Beyond The Pale. We skipped this brewery as we wanted to head more East, but you could easily add it in. Note that they are closed on Monday’s.
Address: 250 City Centre Avenue
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11am-11pm, Friday-Saturday 11am-12am, Sunday 11am-9pm
Located a short walk from Tooth & Nail, Beyond The Pale had a really cool vibe. Located in a converted truck bay, this brewery had a long list of staple and seasonal beers. They had a massive patio, great food options from their smoquehouse, and their indoor space is really artsy and cool.
Address: 14 Waller Street
Hours: Monday-Thursday closed, Friday-Saturday 3-8pm, Sunday 2-6pm
You’ll likely need to take some mode of transportation from the above breweries over to where Waller St. Brewery is. Unless you are in for a longer walk. This brewery is located in the basement of a old stone building. They have a cute patio off the side and serve a wide range of both seasonal, and staple beers. Lots of unique flavours here!
Address: 73 York Street
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 12pm-11pm, Friday-Saturday 12pm-12am
Head into the Byward Market to Lowertown Brewery. Just a short walk from Waller St. Brewery. This was one of my fav stops. The brewery itself is really nice, with a great heated (and covered) patio. Their seasonal pumpkin beer they had on tap while we were visiting was one of my favs!
Other Breweries to Check Out:
- Bicycle Craft Brewery
- Overflow Brewing Co.
- Evergreen Craft Ales
- Dominion City Brewing Co.
- Kichesippi Beer Company
Don’t want to do your own brewery tour? Check out Brew Donkey in Ottawa for guided brewery tours.
For more Ontario beer content:
- Ride The Bine: Exploring Ontario’s Hidden Beer & Wine Country
- East End Toronto Brewery Tour
- West End Toronto Brewery Tour
- Brewery Hopping in Guelph, Ontario
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Disclaimer: Hours mentioned above may vary during different seasons. Check the brewery websites or call ahead of time for the most up-to-date hours. At the time of writing this post, it was during a phase in the pandemic where indoor dining was not allowed. Check with Ottawa Public Health or the breweries themselves for the most up-to-date information.