Niagara On The Lake Beer Guide: Your Niagara On The Lake guide to beer, beer bars, breweries and brewpubs

Latest reviews from Niagara On The Lake

80 /100 7 QUEEN STREET
“Really nice brewpub in the downtown NOTL strip. A small bar and some tables. No TVs. Bartender was very friendly, knew the beers well. There was a pretty extensive tap list with a focus on Belgian styles and sours. They have some bottles available for purchase as well. Beers were quite good. Small food menu but they did have a guy making sushi on site (didn't try it). Definitely a place you can spend a few hours...“
LilBeerDoctor 295 days ago
80 /100 2017 NIAGARA STONE ROAD
“Nice, rustic brewpub in NOTL. Large place, has outdoor seating and an outdoor bar (indoor also but I didn't see it). Nice view of vineyards/fields. Website was misleading as I thought there was a Sunday brunch but apparently that's only certain times of the year. Anyway, worth the wait until it opened at 12. They didn't have a lot of taps, but what they did have was excellent. I tried a milkshake IPA, fruited sour IPA, pale ale, and toasted walnut stout. They also had BBQ plates, really good food. Overall good quality beer and food, worth a stop.“
LilBeerDoctor 295 days ago
70 /100 1523 NIAGARA STONE ROAD, VIRGIL
“Cozy brewpub in NOTL. A smallish place, a bit crowded. The tap list is not huge. We got an English pale ale, smoked ale, and saison, which were solid. Food menu was small, don't remember everything on it, ended up getting nachos which were good. Not a terribly memorable place and probably not somewhere you'll spend a ton of time, but a decent stop.“
LilBeerDoctor 295 days ago
72 /100 135 TAYLOR ROAD
“a toclers' delight. lots of taps to cheaply try. lots of tourists..lots of inexpensive cans. lots of styles “
Sammy 349 days ago
72 /100
LCBO Queen & King (Beer Store)
20 QUEEN ST
“Nice store with very frindly and helpfull staff. Nice selection of regeional craft beers and cider, lots of intresting ice-wines. Worth a visit if you are in town.“
dunklermessias 468 days ago
68 /100 7 QUEEN STREET
“Visited on June 15, 2019, in the afternoon. Located on the in the touristy part of Niagara on the Lake, next to the historical Niagara Apothecary (free to visit btw), far more upscale as a brewery than Niagara Oast House and Silversmith, in fact the most fancy brewery/brewpub I've ever been so far. It's a two story establishment, with more seating space on the second (with a patio), the inside looks like a high end bar and it's very narrow. The beer selection is mostly barrel aged and sour stuff, the foreign stout was nice and so was the heffy. The service was very nice and knowledgeable, we even got a free sample. Only two down side to the Exchange, a bit pricey and too fancy for my taste!“
Quevillon 490 days ago
84 /100 7 QUEEN STREET
“A must for sour kettle beer lovers. Small place on the main strip of Niagara on the lake. Nice enterieur and helpfull staff. I am always a little carefull about beers in a noble packing (good marketing), but thos beers where very nice. Belgian sours, wild fermented, brett and aok aged. Everything you need! Absolutly worth a visit (and a detour).“
dunklermessias 500 days ago
66 /100 1242 IRVINE ROAD
“2018-10-27. Stopped in as part of a winery/brewery tour and sampled a couple of their ciders and their wines. Our tasting guide was friendly. The winery is less fancy than some but nice enough. Selection includes a handful of ciders in addition to the wines. Worth a visit, but more so if you are also interested in trying the wines. “
jercraigs 719 days ago
80 /100 7 QUEEN STREET
“Beautiful space on the main drag of Niagara on the Lake. First floor with a modern bar, well decorated, with store, and second floor with more seating and a beautiful terrasse outside. The beers are are solid, very Belgian in inspiration, and flights are available at 2$ for 3 ounce pours, served in a cool clock style. Good service. No food but sushi caterer was there exceptionally.“
Lubiere 817 days ago
76 /100 7 QUEEN STREET
“Spent a chilled hour here sampling a 6 beer flight. Lots of distressed wood and brick. Barman helpful and informative beers renged from competent to delicious. Kudos to the barman for the way he dealt with a loud brash American lady seeking to buy wine in a brewery. Worth a visit if you’re in town. Growlers available.“
Martin243 1164 days ago
74 /100 7 QUEEN STREET
“2017-03-04. Downstairs has a glamourous polished entrance into the brewery with a tall wall of bottles leading up past the second floor. Limited seating at the bar, more tables upstairs. One section overlooks the wall and main floor - iphone chargers at some seating is a nice touch. The table area feels a touch less polished than the rest, in a way I can’t quite pin down, but has nice view out over the park and looks like they open it up in warmer weather. Good selection of their own beers, with about 10 taps in a range of styles on today, and even more in bottles to go. Bottles are on the pricier side. Food menu is primarily snacks. We shared a meat and cheese board that was delicious but had significantly less cheese on it that I had hoped for, and some popcorn. Enjoyed our visit, well worth a visit if you are in town and combined with the other breweries/wineries in the area makes for a good excuse for a day out/road trip.“
jercraigs 1324 days ago
70 /100 2017 NIAGARA STONE ROAD
“2017-03-04. Huge barn of a place that has ping pong in the back, and a view of the brewing equipment. The long bar obviously towards the winery weekend crowds sampling their way down Niagara Stone Rd. There is a small seating area and what seemed to be a kitchen that was closed while we visited. Large selection of their own beers on tap or in bottles, it’s definitely a good way to try their stuff at $2 / sample before committing to relatively pricey bottles. Staff was friendly, we didn’t really test their beer knowledge. (More variable on a return visit unfortunately.) Menu gives good descriptions of all the beers. Overall it’s a nice stop and well worth including in a beer/wine tour of the area.“
jercraigs 1328 days ago
74 /100 1523 NIAGARA STONE ROAD, VIRGIL
“2017-03-04. Renovated church space is nice. Stained glass windows, stools at a long bar and lots of seating. The tables are a bit closer together than my preference especially on a surprisingly busy Saturday afternoon. They offer a decent selection of their own beers as well as a few guest taps. Server was friendly but not super attentive - though in fairness we lingered on our drinks so she may have assumed we were good. They have a small food menu with the food prep area situated at one end of the building. We had already eaten lunch at The Pie Plate across the street - which also sells baked goods to go. Overall it’s a nice space and well worth including in a beer/wine tour of the area but how much you enjoy their house beers will likely be the determining factor in how often you return.“
jercraigs 1328 days ago
78 /100 135 TAYLOR ROAD
“This is just a retail store. Really large selection of different styles, and a fair number of one-offs. Very helpful staff. You can get samples of a large number of their beers before committing to buying anything. Their "Beer 101" series is a nice way to educate people about different styles of beer.“
crazy_cat_lady 1342 days ago
70 /100 1523 NIAGARA STONE ROAD, VIRGIL
“Lovely old converted church. We’ve been here a few times over the past year, and every time it’s busier than the last. They have a small selection of their own brews that doesn’t seem to change. Occasional seasonal beers appear, but they seem to reappear year over year. I find most of their beers good but unremarkable, except for the great Black Lager. Food is provided by Tide and Vine in the back of the church; pretty good food, though it seems a bit pricey for the portions.“
crazy_cat_lady 1342 days ago
74 /100 2017 NIAGARA STONE ROAD
“Great big red barn in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Nice farmhouse feel inside. Big wooden bar where you can get samples, pints and growlers to go. Wish they had smaller format growlers or crowlers. They have a small area that serves food, but we haven’t tried it yet. Definitely a place we go to every time we are in the area.“
crazy_cat_lady 1342 days ago
68 /100 1523 NIAGARA STONE ROAD, VIRGIL
“Small brewpub in an old church with hop vines hanging outside - ambiance is pretty much perfect. Service was a little slow and disorganized, but they seemed to be extra busy (with bachelor parties) when we came (dinner time on Saturday). Acceptable selection of beers - 6 different ones. Dark Lager and Breakfast Wheat were the winners. Food was fine, but nothing special. Overall recommended if you’re a beer fan in the otherwise wine-filled Niagara-on-the-Lake area.“
kevinsenn 1434 days ago
74 /100 7 QUEEN STREET
“Lovely upscale bar area. There’s a small seating area upstairs toward the back of the restaurant. There’s a solid selection of classic and some experimental styles. They are doing nice experiments with barrel aging that work pretty well. The servers were friendly and happy to chat about the beer. Fairly pricy bottles (although no worse that Oast House up the road). Good location downtown as well.“
JoeMcPhee 1475 days ago
70 /100 7 QUEEN STREET
“Small upscale brewery right on the main tourist strip in Niagara on the Lake. Obviously catering to the tourist trade bottles are priced accordingly. They also offer growlers.“
jksipa 1651 days ago
72 /100 7 QUEEN STREET
“Classy though small area. A bit more space upstairs open during the day.750 bottles though all pricey. Only the one server, could definately use a second.only open for 3 months beers are ok, with a couple worth trying.“
Sammy 1662 days ago
70 /100
Olde Angel Inn (Restaurant)
224 REGENT STREET
“Off the main street Olde Angel serves local beer, from some Ontario micros and some from the UK. No Moosehead and no Heineken. Wonderful atmosphere and great service and the building itself is pure beauty. It’s like travelling back some hundred years in time.“
mzaar 1836 days ago
70 /100 135 TAYLOR ROAD
“2015-08. Stopped in on a Sunday afternoon on our drive home. It’s a fairly small store and sampling area, just two fridges of bottles and cans, about a dozen (more?) taps available for samples or growler fills. The recipes on offer change frequently so there will almost definitely be something new available each time you visit. Quality of the student beers varies, but are mostly at least decent, some are quite good. Worth a stop! Bartender was one of the students and knew his stuff.“
jercraigs 1884 days ago
66 /100 1425 LAKESHORE ROAD RR3
“Small tasting room at the winery where you can sample their fruit wines, including some cider and perry. Servers were friendly, the wines were generally enjoyable. Worth a visit while touring the area. Some nice wineries and breweries in the neighbourhood.“
jercraigs 1884 days ago
76 /100 135 TAYLOR ROAD
“Visited on June 26, 2015, in late morning (10 AMish). Located on the far side of the Taylor Road entrance, pass the winery, next to the greenhouse. It’s very unassuming place, compared to the winery (obviously, this is wine country after all). It’s a simple straightforward bottle shop, with a few merchandise. About a dozen beers on tap that day, there was nice dark Belgium ale of the Certified Originals line, but it was not available in single bottle. In fact there was not a lot of single, some 6 packs and growlers, it kind of suck but I imagine they are doing well. Next time I’m in the region, I hope they have more!“
Quevillon 1923 days ago
62 /100
Olde Angel Inn (Restaurant)
224 REGENT STREET
“Visited on June 25, 2015 in the evening. Located just off Queen Street (the town’s main street), with a parking lot on the left and a lot of street parking. From the outside, it’s a lovely circa 1825 inn (their website mentions 1815). But from the inside, an old, cramp style pub. Wood and a bit of stone is the dominating feature, with a lot of typical pub decoration. Although you do have your tourist, most of the patrons are locals, load locals. The food is your typical pub fare, nothing adventures, at less not what I had so far. The beer selection is so so, they have their own house brew, but I have no ideal who makes them and their micro selection is weak. It’s a local hangout more than anything else!“
Quevillon 1923 days ago
82 /100 1523 NIAGARA STONE ROAD, VIRGIL
“Visited on June 25, 2015 for lunch. Located in the heart of the village of Virgil (almost the center of Niagara-on-the-Lake), in a former church, the pub section that is with an extension on the side for the brewery. Despite its small size, it feels big, wide open, long bar, there is some church elements, mix with your typical comfy pub look. They only had four of their beer on tap, plus four invited taps, the Damn Buster English Ale was nice but the Bavarian Breakfast Wheat was really good and I bought a bottle of Black Lager. The food menu is limited, offered by Tide & Vine, their speciality is oysters (yes the brewpub do have a oyster stout as a seasonal), but I had the bratwurst and for the first time in my life, I ate sauerkraut, which is braised with their Bavarian Breakfast Wheat and does not smell like a bucket of vinegar, it was good. This is no doubt a cool place and not bad for a brewery in wine country!“
Quevillon 1926 days ago
66 /100 1523 NIAGARA STONE ROAD, VIRGIL
“Adorable smaller tasting room, with a half a dozen taps on including a couple of guest taps. Bottle shop, decent daily hours. Cody is the manager and an relate to newbies and beer nerds alike.“
Sammy 2202 days ago
76 /100 135 TAYLOR ROAD
“A retail store with taps and bottles, located on campus. Service was nice and friendly, but from the hospitality side of the college, not the brewing. Selection was great with tons to try. Quality varied drastically. Prices were reasonable. Lots of samples to be had that change quiet often, a tickers delight.“
Ferris 2241 days ago
70 /100 1425 LAKESHORE ROAD RR3
“A fruit wine destination, this little tasting room is typical and uninspired. Tasters and reasonable, but quality is just OK. Under new ownership so things will change soon, but only worth the ticks as it is close to other places.“
Ferris 2243 days ago
74 /100 2017 NIAGARA STONE ROAD
“A fun old barn that is a landmark in the area. Very smart and friendly service. Prices are good and tasters available. A great little stop with some nice beer. No food except for certain evenings.“
Ferris 2243 days ago
76 /100 1523 NIAGARA STONE ROAD, VIRGIL
“A stunning church restoration that is worth the visit unto itself. Service was good with staff that knew their stuff. Beer was their own and was the only weak point. They are getting a new brewer which may change things. Worth a few ticks and a nice atmosphere.“
Ferris 2243 days ago
76 /100 1523 NIAGARA STONE ROAD, VIRGIL
“What a great place. Only beer is house beers and when I was here had 5 to pick from tried all,all good one was great it was a strawberry peppercorn saison that was limited edition and should be brewed year round so good. A very unique brewery because it is in a old church and is laid out well.“
bigguns22 2258 days ago
80 /100 2017 NIAGARA STONE ROAD
“Nice little place, excellent staff and pretty good beer.“
sic1314 2353 days ago
70 /100 2017 NIAGARA STONE ROAD
“Nice tasting room of a good size. Oast has started as a plan to do business, and it is. Very friendly staff you get mostly outside of the TO area, and lots of tourists. The beers are served good and fresh. An upstairs that will be used for special events.“
Sammy 2587 days ago
64 /100 1523 NIAGARA STONE ROAD, VIRGIL
“A beautiful little brewery in an old Anglican Church. A sizable bar down one side with the brewery itself situated at the back of the room. The server was enthusiastic and chatty (perhaps a bit too chatty) but could have used some more education about what was in the glass. Some of the beers were well dialled in (schwarz and wheat) some less so (a few IPAs that were quite bad). It got a pretty good vibe - I just hope they sort out some of the less appealing products because you could definitely kill a few hours in here.“
JoeMcPhee 2678 days ago
64 /100 2017 NIAGARA STONE ROAD
“Cool little spot on the main drag into town. The place was jumping when I was in with loads of cyclists and tourists popping in. Not a whole lot of selection (only three) but their saison is always a winner. Pretty pricy bottles and merch I have to say, but the guys were very friendly and willing to answer questions. Definitely worth popping in if you’re in the area.“
JoeMcPhee 2678 days ago
86 /100 2017 NIAGARA STONE ROAD
“Great beers and overall vibe! These guys absolutely nail rustic with a very funky interior design. It is in an old red barn with a tasting bar and production area that you can see through glass. These guys are very new but are already making some of the best beer in the province IMO. Try the Saison that they referment in the bottle and a very fresh and hoppy beer that is called the Barnraiser. Will be back as often as possible, but hopefully they make life a bit easier and get into the LCBO stores a bit closer to the city.“
Kadyn 2728 days ago
56 /100 2017 NIAGARA STONE ROAD
“Nice little brewery/beer-store/tasting-bar, apparently in an old barn in a rural area outside of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Surrounded, of course, by grape vines. Nice to see a brewery can flourish in wine county. Only 2 beers available when I went in, but I was able to sample both. Bottles are pricy, but the quality of the beer is good. Good service, and some good looking glasses for sale in the gift shop. I look forward to popping in again when I’m in the area.“
kevinsenn 2785 days ago
80 /100
Olde Angel Inn (Restaurant)
224 REGENT STREET
“very cool little place, packed with older locals! .. amazing fulfiling pies .. very hardworking staff, my bartender was a cool cat .. the taps were varied, great for an out of towner, but not overly interesting .. . my bartender let me have 5 ounces pours of everything then only charged me for a couple of pints, loved that! .. if anywhere near this place, stop by!!“
SudsMcDuff 2828 days ago
60 /100 1425 LAKESHORE ROAD RR3
“got a touch lost on the way, but happy to find this place .. gruff guy pouring, not happy i think to have people drinking his shit .. beautiful landscape .. pricey place .. funny outdoor shitter .. take your wife here, she can have the fruit wine, you can have the awesome perries and iced ciders!“
SudsMcDuff 2828 days ago
80 /100 135 TAYLOR ROAD
“this place was great, a college teaching people how to brew- and you get to drink it! .. small area to drink but legit .. growler fills and small amount of bottles .. nice guys working there .. i liked it, i would go back every weekend if i lived near by!“
SudsMcDuff 2828 days ago
72 /100
Olde Angel Inn (Restaurant)
224 REGENT STREET
“Lunch on a fall saturday with the wife. Large resturuant with lots of tables, slightly cramped but cozy none the less. The fish and chips were great. Beer selection was mostly house beers (the bitter was excellent) and a few other crafts. A couple of uk beers and then the usual suspect macros. Service was good, even more so when you consider every table was seated.“
UDBeernut 2954 days ago
60 /100 1425 LAKESHORE ROAD RR3
“Stopped in after seeing they made cider. Small gift shop geared to fruit wines. My wife picked up a few to store for later. I picked up a four pack of cider to send a bottle out, and drink the remainder. Ok place, if the cider is good... I will surly return.“
UDBeernut 2954 days ago
70 /100 135 TAYLOR ROAD
“Nice, new look and a nice place, good to see a new set of brewers coming up and should be good for the ontario beer scene in coming years, decent selection of experament brews, a good stop in, not far from the highway, worth the stop“
Ontbeertaster 2992 days ago
68 /100
Olde Angel Inn (Restaurant)
224 REGENT STREET
“Worth the visit for beer if your in the area, service lacked a little as it was in tourist season so it was busy, overall a good selection of beers, nothing really to crafty but a good mix is all, nice english pub style inn, nice visit“
Ontbeertaster 2992 days ago
62 /100 135 TAYLOR ROAD
“Fun to visit. The beers aren’t that good; they put a marzen, of all things, on cask; and the brewmaster uses the same yeast for most of the beers (something one of the students decried). The program is wonderful, teaches students not just brewing but the business of beer. So it’s fun to visit and support the program. The Teaching Winery across the way has a gorgeous back patio with view, too.“
Beershine 3058 days ago
66 /100 1425 LAKESHORE ROAD RR3
“Popped in here yesterday to grab a few samples and possibly a bottle or two. This is one of the only fruit wineries in the area, so I was expecting quite a bit from it. I started my flight with their simple cider which was okay, but nothing spectacular. I quite enjoyed their semi-sweet perry but both of the iced offerings quite missed the mark. The servers were quite friendly and chatty though and the tasting room is tastefully done. It’s worth visiting, but their prices seem awfully high to me for most of their product.“
JoeMcPhee 3323 days ago