Oakville-Burlington Winery and Brewery Attractions and Tours
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.
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.
Oakville-Burlington & 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.
COMPLETE local beverage tours Here is a sampling (pun intended):
Here are some featured local brew pubs, craft breweries, craft distilleries, wineries or vineyard
The key to our success is an unrelenting passion for creating the perfect pint. That's why our beer is brewed in-house, just steps from your table, by brewers who understand that brewing beer is a magical combination of art, science and dedication.
Trafalgar is a craft brewery founded in 1993 and recently added fruit based honey meads thaey are brewing. Visit the brewery for a tour complete with retail store and the Tied House Pub. They have won several awards:
Cameron's Brewing Company is a true craft brewery located in Oakville. brewing all-natural ales and lagers since 1997 in our 10,000 sq. ft. facility, just off the QEW.
The ales at Cameron's have won several awards and garnered some attention with their innovative packaging - a nine-pack, nicknamed the Cameron's Cube. Take a tour (book ahead!), then cart home a Cube, as Cameron's motto is "6 is not enough".
This Oakville microbrewery prepares beers in small batches with the latest technology. The Pale Ale and Nut Brown Ale have won medals in the Great Canadian Brewing Awards competition. Group tours should phone ahead
COMPLETE local beverage tours
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