Kingston is a city that was way ahead of its time when it comes to craft beer. With Ontario’s oldest brewpub located in Kingston, it’s no surprise that as the craft beer wave caught on, Kingston naturally road the wave. Now, Kingston pairs its passion for “farm-to-table” dining with its love of craft beer to be a top city in Canada for dining and beer. We’ve chosen our top favorite Kingston Craft Breweries, but with new taprooms constantly opening up, it’s hard to stay on top of everything that’s new!
What are the top breweries in Kingston?
Since 1986, Kingston has been home to great beer. In the past few decades, this city has only continued to cement its place in the Craft Beer world by continuing to add top quality, local craft breweries. Ontario Craft Brewers’ Association, on average, adds 3 members per month to its roster of craft brewers, and among those are some talented brewers from Kingston.
Kingston is known as a city for having great food. Located close to local farms, the city has flourished in “farm-to-table” dining options as well as craft and microbreweries using local and fresh ingredients. We’ve chosen 6 of Kingston’s finest breweries for you to check out. Enjoy a pint (or two) and delicious food at these top Kingston craft breweries.
How we picked the best Kingston Breweries?
With every ‘top 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 Kingston.
However, we know we aren’t perfect and if we’ve missed a Kingston brewery that you think should be on this list, please write a comment below and we’ll consider adding them!
THE BEST KINGSTON BREWERIES
Ready to see who made our list of top Craft Breweries in Kingston?
Daft Brewing is straight up, a super cool brewery. With a taproom that’s located in an old car garage that’s been transformed into a west-coast inspired brewery, Daft Brewing brings a space for all craft beer lovers to enjoy to Kingston. Self-described as “non-pretentious”, this down-to-earth craft brewery defies traditional beer genres with creative and unique recipes that are ever-changing and always delightful.
- Address: 768 Princess St, Kingston, ON K7L 1G3
- Beers to try: Snug Frenchman Grisette and Don’t Hassle The Hoff Oktoberfest
Spearhead Brewing Company
On a quest to expand the domain of craft beer, Spearhead Brewing is truly “spearheading” the path for top quality, local craft beer. Founded in 2011, Spearhead opened its brewery doors in 2018 to an already established fan base of their beer line up. Since then, they’ve only grown in popularity as a local favorite for Kingston craft beer lovers.
- Address: 675 Development Dr, Kingston, ON K7M 4W6
- Beers to try: Hawaiian Style Pale Ale and Moroccan Brown Ale
Riverhead Brewing Company
Riverhead Brewing operates under the mantra “adventurously brewed”. With a lineup of brews that are a fine blend of traditional and daring, Riverhead Brewing is a standout of Kingston craft breweries. Their craft is about the journey, not the destination, and the journey of enjoying the craft beers that Riverhead has to offer is definitely worth it.
- Address: 631 Fortune Crescent, Kingston, ON K7P 0L5
- Beers to try: It’s Otter This World Cream Ale and Tropical IPA
Kingston Brewing Company
Ontario’s oldest brewpub, this brewery is located in a telegraph office from the 1800s and is truly an ode to the history of Kingston and beer. Offering a menu of traditional pub food with a twist and a reliable tasty beer lineup, Kingston Brewing is not to be missed. Plus, their two patios are a huge draw during the warm Ontario summer months.
- Address: 34 Clarence St, Kingston, ON K7L 1W9
- Beers to try: Whitetail Cream Ale and Dragoon’s Pale Ale
Stone City Ales
Stony City Ales was started with a dream to create a return to craft, both in its beer and food. This brewery focuses on using local, quality ingredients that are fresh and come from the community. With a passion to use beer to bring people together, Stone City Ales uses their brewery as a platform to encourage social interaction and community engagement. So you can feel good drinking the quality crafts brews from Stone City, knowing you’re truly helping build the essence of Kingston.
- Address: 275 Princess St, Kingston, ON K7L 1B5
- Beers to try: Ships in the Night Oatmeal Stout and Winward Belgian Wheat
Skeleton Park Brewing
The brewers of Skeleton Park began brewing overseas in Taiwan before bringing their brews to Kingston. Their mantra “bred-in-the-bone craft beer” – meaning they focus on time-tested, traditional beer styles. Though you won’t find any unusual ingredients or beer style-hybrids here, you will discover delicious classic beers that keep you coming back for more.
- Address: 675 Arlington Park Pl #3, Kingston, ON K7M 7E4
- Beers to try: Bohemian Pilsner and Belgian Tripel
Make sure to go and check these Kingston breweries out, grab a pint (or 2), and tag @craftbeer_guide in your photos!
If we’ve missed any of your favourite Kingston breweries and you think they should be added to the list, share it with us in the comments below!