What are the best London Breweries to visit this year? Well, we’ve done the work to figure that out for you! We have sampled all their brews, spent time in their taprooms and read all the online reviews to come up with our take on the top London Breweries to explore this year!
Another city in Ontario that offers a small, but quality, collection of craft breweries is London. As the craft beer scene here continues to grow, we’re excited to see what new breweries come to the scene. For now, the city offers almost a dozen craft breweries for you to explore.
What are the top breweries in London?
The “craft beer explosion” has hit almost every city in Ontario and London, Ontario is no exception. Known for a long time as a brewery town because of the local Labatt brewery and its best selling Canadian beer, it’s no surprise that craft breweries have been popping up in London. This is a great town to visit not only for beer history but for a surprising range of craft beer flavours that are sure to satisfy any craft beer enthusiast.
Each of these London breweries have their own story, their own inspiration behind their brews, and their own unique quality ingredients that make up their craft recipes. In London, you’ll find breweries offering certified organic beers, breweries that pair beers with delicious meals, and breweries that are dedicated to serving the local community. London is yet another great reason to explore the Ontario craft beer scene and taste all that they have to offer.
How do we pick the best London 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 London.
However, we know we aren’t perfect and if we’ve missed a London brewery that you think should be on this list, contact us and let us know who the brewery is and we’ll do our best to include them!
The Best London Breweries
Without further ado, here are the top London breweries to explore this year!
Anderson Craft Ales
The owner of Anderson Craft Ales’ love of craft beer began early in life when he got his first home brew kit at the age of 19. Since then, hundreds of batches of beer have lovingly been brewed to give us the quality beers that Anderson Ales offers today. This brewery is 100% family-owned and 100% worth a visit if you are in London.
You’ll find top notch craft beers in this tap room along with a variety of games to play with friends. Check out their retail store and upcoming events while you’re there and don’t forget to grab your favourite brews to go on your way out!
Customer Review: This brewery is really something special. I’ve tried every brewery in London and this is by far the best. They offer a very good range of beers. Some are pretty simple, true to style brews while others are super creative and interesting. The commonality is that all of them are great. On top of that, their food is also really good. We got the duck poutine and were quite surprised with how good it was. Highly recommend this place!
- Phone: (548) 888-ALES (2537)
- Address:1030 Elias St, London, ON N5W 3P6
- Beers to try: Cream Ale and Anderson Gold
- Website: andersoncraftales.ca
London Brewing Co-operative
The London Brewing Co-op is a worker owned cooperative. It’s unique in that it offers the opportunity to come and actually work with them to learn the brewing process behind the scenes. This is a great way to learn if you have what it takes to be your own craft brewer! This brewery celebrates the hard work and wisdom of local farmers, is fully invested in the community, and seeks to contribute to the growth and spirit of London’s Old East Village.
They’ve got live music, pinball, and a big patio, plus they offer 100% organic beer options! Just down the street from Anderson Craft Ales and Powerhouse Brewing, a great addition to your next brewery tour or pub crawl!
Customer Review: Some of my top favs come from here. Love that they use local and organic ingredients. I also like the brewery, lots of patio space and nice environment. Very friendly place! Love the workhorse IPA.
- Phone: (226) 667-6363
- Address: 521 Burbrook Pl, London, ON N5W 4B5
- Beers to try: London Organic Lager and Downtown Coconut Brown Organic
- Website: www.londonbrewing.ca
Toboggan Brewing Company
London Ontario, AKA, Forest City, began as a tobogganing hub in the 1800’s which quickly became a city wide phenomenon. Toboggan Brewing Co. is an ode to the rich history of London, designed to be a space for the community to come together to enjoy locally made craft beers and great food.
Located right in the middle of Central London, this craft brewery makes an impressive roster of great beer for those visiting downtown London. They focus on small batch, quality offerings, with a small selection available year round. Grab your friends and have a pint at this uniquely decorated brew house next time you’re in the area!
Customer Review: Variety of beers and ciders brewed on site & many other local/regional features available too! Seasonal variation. Unique sharing plates and many street food taco options! Super on their decor theme with the toboggans, from the entire interior ceiling to the beer flight trays! Hot, home made & delicious wood oven pizzas. Lots of patio space and can easily accommodate groups.
- Phone: (519) 433-2337
- Address: 585 Richmond St, London, Ontario, N6A 3G2, Canada
- Beers to try: Lunatic Fridge IPA and Climate Change Summer Wheat
- Website: tobogganbrewing.com
Forked River Brewing Company
What happens when two Biologists and an Engineer walk into a bar? Well, a lovable Forked River Brewing Company is born! This brewery keeps things upbeat and lively, hosting live music, trivia night, weekly “hoppy hour” and other great events for the neighbourhood to enjoy!
They’ve partnered with Kyle’s Fried Chicken to serve mouth watering wings and other BBQ specialties that pair amazingly with a pint of Forked River beer.
Customer Review: Love this brewery. Always trying new things! Love walking in and asking about what’s new. Interstellar is always good, and a regular go-to for me. Staff always courteous, and gives you the feeling they love being there. Always helpful, and a real sense of community!
- Phone: (519) 630-4756
- Address: 45 Pacific Court, Unit 16, London, Ontario, N5V 3N4, Canada
- Beers to try: Riptide Pale Ale and Capitol Blonde Ale
- Website: forkedriverbrewing.com
Powerhouse Brewing Company
Located in Old East Village, Powerhouse Brewing Co. offers Canadian brews made with Canadian equipment, brewed by Canadian boys. A truly Canadian brewery. They bring “chill vibes and cool brews” to this historic neighbourhood and are proud to carry on the legacy of London-strong manufacturing roots.
Their brew house and tasting room is actually a newly revitalized Kellogg’s factory nestled amongst many other factories on Kellogg Lane. They’re proud to carry on the legacy of the manufacturing roots, infused with a little power-up!
Customer Review: It may not be obvious looking at its location on a map, but it’s a really cool place to hang out. There’s a huge patio, and a bit of sitting room inside as well. Being a brewery, there’s always fresh and good beer available at the bar as well as the retail shop. They don’t have a kitchen, but very often there are food trucks.
- Phone: (519) 636-6480
- Address: 100 Kellogg Ln, London, ON N5W 2T5
- Beers to try: Low Voltage Cream Ale and Homecoming Pale Ale
- Website: powerhousebrewery.beer
Storm Stayed Brewing Company
This is a small, community oriented craft brewery in the Coves neighbourhood near Old South, focuses on quality ingredients, sound brewing science, and creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for beer lovers to enjoy.
“Storm Stayed” is a Maritime term that means to be stranded by stormy weather and we can’t think of a better place to be “stranded” while enjoying some great beers.
Customer Review: The greatest local beer with the most variety. If what you’re looking for is character and personality, this is where you go. Beers for every taste!
- Phone: (519) 601-7829
- Address: 169 Wharncliffe Rd S, London, ON N6J 2K7
- Beers to try: Sunburst Pale Ale and Patina Irish Red Ale
- Website: stormstayed.com
Enjoy the best breweries in London!
Make sure to go and check out London’s best craft breweries, grab a locally brewed pint (or 2) and support your local brewers!
If we’ve missed a brewery on our list that you think should be added, contact us and let us know who the brewery is and why you think it should be added to our list of the best London Breweries!
Legacy Brews: Gone But Never Forgotten
As the saying goes, ‘All good things must come to an end,’ and sadly, the same holds true for some of our favorite local breweries. This section is dedicated to those beloved institutions that have closed their doors but left behind a frothy legacy in our hearts and palates.
Each provided unique flavors and experiences that made this city’s brewing scene richer and more diverse. While they may no longer serve their signature drafts, the memories and taste impressions they’ve left behind continue to inspire and influence the craft beer community.
Join us in raising a virtual toast to these establishments – gone but never forgotten.
Curley Brewing Company
Curley Brewing specialized in small-batch brewing and experimenting with unique flavours in their brews. This nano-brewery was London’s first all-vegan Craft Beer Cafe and had one of our favourite sours to date, the Pink Frizzle Raspberry Sour.
More Ontario Breweries to Explore!
But wait! There are more great breweries to discover in Ontario, Canada! If you happen to find yourself on a road trip around Ontario, make sure to check out some of the following cities for great local craft beer!