9 simple reasons why beer is better in BruceGreySimcoe

Jul 21, 2017
Beer tastes best when it’s served in an amazing place, with great friends, after a day of epic adventures. In BruceGreySimcoe, our brews are infused by the lifestyles of our brewers. They chose this region for its outdoor adventure, its excitement and its beauty. That passion for the land and the lifestyle makes its way into every craft beer produced here. It’s called local beer for a reason. Read on for some insight into the special ingredients that help create a BruceGreySimcoe brew.
 
We’ve got a Beer Bus
 

That’s right, what we lack in public transit we make up in sheer practicality. With a huge number of breweries cropping up in the region, The Beer Bus showed up just in time to help shuttle visitors between locations without the worry of driving. Run by a couple of passionate beer enthusiasts and with an expanding fleet, The Beer Bus will pick you up, shuttle you to the watering hole of your choice, and even provide snacks and non-alcoholic drinks on board to keep you in check. You now have a wingman for the best day ever. Find out more at www.thebeerbus.ca.
 
We pair adventures with aprés

 

Adventure and beer: It’s the perfect pairing. For safety’s sake, we insist you tackle the outdoor adventure first then tack on the aprés as a finishing touch. We’ve got some amazing beers inspired by the adventures right here in our backyard. Try these out:  
 
Our parties are hoppin’ 
 
 

The hops are growing!! #hopfest #hops #craftbeer

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Add partying in a hops field to your summer bucket list and check out The MacLean’s Ales Hopfest near Hanover on August 26th. Hosted by Ontario’s first independent craft brewer—Charles MacLean—this inaugural event will have you picking hops, taking part in outdoor brewing demonstrations, feasting on local food and, of course, sampling delicious local brews. Their keeping it small for year one so get your tickets now.
 
In recent years, the region has stepped up its hop-growing game. After all, if you’re going to support great local beer, you might as well start at the beginning. The fall is harvest season and you can thank our farmers for many of their role in the latest tasty brews to touch your lips.
 
Our brewers craft ideas on canoe trips
 
 
What happens when two long-time friends embark on an annual canoe trip and start analyzing their lot in life? Thankfully for us, The Black Bellows Brewing Company is born. Envisioned and launched by Peter Braul and Scott Brown, Black Bellows just landed their first 473ml can in the LCBO. If you’re looking for an amazing local-brewed Belgian Style wheat beer, give their Black Bellows White the nod. Read more about the roots of the brewing company right here on Rrampt.
 
We shut down whole towns to celebrate beer
 
Not only do we have towns named after beer (or maybe it’s beer named after towns) we’re quite willing to cordon off the main street to simple celebrate beer. That’s what happens at the Creemore Springs Copper Kettle Festival on August 26th. Creemore Springs is celebrating their 30th anniversary and inviting the whole town to the party. From pipe bands parading down the main street to family-friendly activities, a beer garden, a classic car show and brewery tours, it’s a beer-themed birthday bash you don’t want to miss.
 

We suffered through prohibition for a long, long time.

 

And now we’re making up for it. It’s a little-known fact that the city of Owen Sound outlawed the sale of liquor into the early 1970s, well beyond the end of the temperance movement in most of Canada. In recent years, there’s been a beverage renaissance in the area, with beer, wine and cider producers cropping up across the region. Follow the Saints & Sinners Trail or check out the Saints & Sinners exhibit at Grey Roots Museum and Archives to learn more about our checkered past.
 
Our brewers play well together

 
 
Brewing in BruceGreySimcoe has a great spirit of collaboration. The brewers live here because they love it—and the common understanding that we’re all here for the same thing, great beer and good times—seems to have resulted in a cooperative brewing environment. What that means for you are some mouth-watering collaborative brews that you won’t find any place else. Try the Northwinds Brewery and MacLean’s Ales collaboration, Northwinds X MacLean’s Dry Hopped Pilsner or Pale Rider Mild English Ale, another Northwinds/MacLean’s collab or Mes Amis Belgian Wit – a collaboration between Northwinds and the Collingwood Brewery as well as the Northwinds/Black Bellows collab, Belgian Golden Strong.
 
We’ve got natural springs and we know how to use ‘em

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Both Creemore Springs and Neustadt Springs Brewery use spring water right near the breweries to brew their signature beers. At Neustadt Springs, the original brewer constructed the building over the spring back in 1859, operating as Crystal Springs Brewery until 1916 when prohibition put a halt to things. The brewery reopened in 1997. Today you can head underground to tour the brewery caverns and the original crystal springs from May until September on weekends only. Call ahead to book at 519-799-5790.
 
We’re STILL building more breweries
 
 
With a long list of destination breweries across the region, there are still passionate brewers helping to fill the few remaining gaps. Northwinds Brewery is currently building a second location in the Blue Mountain Village while Orillia will get its first brewery, courtesy of the Koochaching Brewing Company.