Beers lovers of the GTA – rejoice! This artful and youthful city offers excellent craft beer choices to locals and traveller’s looking for a quality craft pint. We’ve picked out top 5 “can’t miss” breweries if you’re visiting Hamilton, Ontario.
What are the top breweries in Hamilton?
Ontario is a monster when it comes to craft beer, but that’s not just because of the craft brew powerhouse of Toronto. Many of the cities within the GTA are also gems for local craft beer production. Located about 45 minutes outside of Toronto, you’ll find the port city of Hamilton where you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find a community that loves craft beer. With breweries in one-of-a-kind venues (a converted curling rink, anyone?) and unique flavours of craft beer (a boysenberry sour for instance), it’s definitely worth the travel to visit the craft breweries in Hamilton.
We’ve focused on some of the best breweries located right in Hamilton, but located close by are breweries in Dundas, Ancaster, Burlington, and Oakville. With all of these great breweries located so close together, it’s a great area to plan a road trip if you’re in Toronto. Or, if you’re planning a visit out to Ontario, make sure this stretch of craft breweries makes your route plan!
How we picked the best Hamilton Breweries?
With every ‘Best Breweries’ post that we write, we make sure to do diligent online research to determine who makes it on our list. From reading online reviews and reviewing beer selections, to checking other authority websites and of course, sampling their beers. We do our best to take all the information we collect and give you our opinion of the top breweries in Hamilton.
However, we know we aren’t perfect and if we’ve missed a Hamilton brewery that you think should be on this list, please write a comment below and we’ll consider adding them!
THE BEST HAMILTON BREWERIES
Convinced to take a visit out to Hamilton yet? Check out these breweries and we know you will be!
Grain & Grit Beer Co.
Located in west Hamilton, this esthetically pleasing brewery focusing on brewing unique small-batch beers. The small, but mighty, team that makes up Grain & Grit are passionate and obsessed about quality craft beer and you’re sure to become equally obsessed with their brews when you visit Grain & Grit.
- Address: 11 Ewen Rd, Hamilton, ON L8S 3C3
- Beers to try: Play Thing Oatmeal Stout with Chai and Lifeline Sour with Blueberry and Basil
Clifford Brewing Company
This award-winning craft brewery is a Hamilton favourite. Named a 2019 Candian brewery of the year, you won’t want to miss out on trying the brews at Clifford Brewing. Located in a former mattress factory, you’ll notice the comfort of taproom design as you enjoy their quality craft brews.
- Address: 398 Nash Rd N #1, Hamilton, ON L8H 7P5
- Beers to try: Clifford Porter and Pinball Wizard American Pale Ale
Fairweather Brewing Company
Just a hop, skip, and a jump away from Grain & Grit, you’ll find Fairweather Brewing. Since 2017, this warehouse brewery has been helping people enjoy craft beer in their 10,000 square foot space. According to Fairweather, their brews should be “swirled, wafted, clanged together, sipped, shared, gazed at, spoken loudly over, savoured, spilled, and taken everywhere”.
- Address: 5 Ofield Rd Unit #1, Hamilton, ON L8S 2M4
- Beers to try: Witte Belgian Witbier and High Grade American IPA
Collective Arts Brewing
Collective Arts Brewery pays homage to the artist roots of Hamilton. Fusing together craft brewing and the talent of emerging artists, you get the best of both worlds. Founded on the belief that “creativity fuels creativity”, in every beer released from Collective Arts you’ll experience the creative flavour of the craft beer and the creative design of the cans and bottles.
- Address: 207 Burlington St E, Hamilton, ON L8L 4H2
- Beers to try: Guava Gose and Lunch Money Blonde Ale
Merit Brewing Company
Looking for the great combination of sausage and beer? Look no further and Merit Brewing Company. Located in downtown Hamilton, Merit Brewing is a brewery, kitchen, and bottle shop that strives to represent the heart, art, and soul of the city. Their globally inspired sausage menu pairs well with every beer on tap, so be sure to come hungry and prepare to leave satisfied when you visit Merit Brewing.
- Address: 107 James St N, Hamilton, ON L8R 2K6
- Beers to try: Real Real American Sour Saison and On My Way Hazy IPA
There you have it! 5 great reasons to visit Hamilton, Ontario!
Make sure to go and check these Hamilton breweries out, grab a pint (or 2), and tag @craftbeer_guide in your photos!
If we’ve missed any of your favourite Hamilton breweries and you think they should be added to the list, share it with us in the comments below!