Ottawa has seen a growing popularity in craft beer breweries over the past few years. Currently, Canada’s capital city has more than 25 craft breweries and the numbers continue to grow each year. We’ve picked our top favorite Ottawa breweries for 2021 below!
What are the top breweries in Ottawa?
Ottawa has a rich history in Canada. It’s long since been an important center for business and travel so it makes sense that this city would have a growing craft beer scene. With new craft breweries popping up every year bringing unique beer names and flavours to the scene, we’re always excited to see what comes out of Ottawa’s local breweries.
While the craft beer scene in Ottawa might not be as “crafty” compared to those in Toronto or Vancouver, you won’t want to miss out on the unique brews and breweries that Ottawa has to offer. We’ve chosen our top 8 breweries in Ottawa for you to start your exploration of the craft beers of our nation’s capital.
How we picked the best Ottawa 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 Ottawa.
However, we know we aren’t perfect and if we’ve missed an Ottawa brewery that you think should be on this list, please write a comment below and we’ll consider adding them!
THE BEST OTTAWA BREWERIES
Ready to find out who we chose for this year’s top Ottawa breweries? Keep scrolling to find out!
Bicycle Craft Brewery
Started by a husband and wife duo who share a love of bicycles and beers, this craft brewery is a favorite amongst Ottawa locals. Dedicated to creating beers with natural and well-crafted ingredients, their lineup is always fresh and exciting. So if you’re in the area, grab your bike and head on over to enjoy a couple of pints in their taproom.
- Address: 850 Industrial Ave #12, Ottawa, ON K1G 4K2
- Beers to try: Velocipede IPA and Pineapple Mange Milkshake IPA
Tooth and Nail Brewing Company
Tooth and Nail Brewing, located in the hip “artsy” district of Ottawa is focused on nailing down the staples of beer. Though you’ll find some experimental beers here, you’re most likely to enjoy a classically brewed Pilsner or English Strong. This is the perfect brewery to grab a pint and relax while you enjoy the coming and goings of Hintonburg visitors.
- Address: 3 Irving Ave, Ottawa, ON K1Y 1Z2
- Beers to try: Vim & Vigor Pilsner and Steadfast Porter
Waller St. Brewing
Located underground in a basement, this craft brewery pays homage to its prohibition-era inspiration. With its speak-easy style decor and 20’s inspired beer names, you’ll feel you went back in time as you enjoy their lineup of flavourful, balanced, and innovative brews.
- Address: 14 Waller St, Ottawa, ON K1N 9C4
- Beers to try: Speakeasy Red Rye Session IPA and Hideaway Hefeweizen
Beyond the Pale Brewing Company
Beyond the Pale has a strong reputation for producing quality beer. Since opening in 2012, this craft brewery has continued to release unique beers in house, but you can also find their beers at over 30 local restaurants and bars.
- Address: 250 City Centre Ave Bay 106, Ottawa, ON K1R 6K7
- Beers to try: The DarkERness Imperial Stout and Tropicale Breeze New England Saison
Dominion City Brewing Co.
This brewery has a unique “coming of age” story as it is the first brewery in Canada to be funded through Kickstarter. How cool is that?! Offering up an everchanging lineup of tasty brews, this is a must-visit brewery stop in Ottawa.
- Address: 5510 Canotek Rd Unit 15, Gloucester, ON K1J 9J4
- Beers to try: Paper Salesman Pale Ale and Darkest Hour Dark Lager
Flora Hall Brewing
Located in one of Ottawa’s trendiest neighbourhoods, The Glebe”, in a former garage building, Flora Hall Brewing is a must-visit for both the beer and their space. This brewery is built on the foundations of quality beer and quality food and is the perfect spot to enjoy an evening of snacking and conversation.
- Address: 37 Flora St, Ottawa, ON K2P 1A7
- Beers to try: English Ordinary Bitter and North East IPA
Overflow Brewing Company
The name Overflow Brewing Company stems from the word “flow”. Flow or the state of being “in the zone” is something that the brewers at Overflow believe everyone is looking for in life and they are here to help us achieve flow with great beer. They are a newer brewery in Ottawa but have built a passionate following with their lineup of great beers.
- Address: 2477 Kaladar Ave, Ottawa, ON K1V 8B9
- Beers to try: PumpKING Pumpkin Kevik and Biggs & Barr Brew Vienna Lager
Stray Dog Brewing Co.
Though technically not located in Ottawa proper, Stray Dog Brewing made our list. Located in the nearby suburb of Orléans, this brewery, like many before it, was started by two homebrewers. Their passion for well-crafted beer, cool indie-music, and a desire to chase a dream led them to open Stray Dog Brewing in 2017 and business has been booming since.
- Address: 501 Lacolle Way Unit 4, Orléans, ON K4A 5B6
- Beers to try: This One California Common and Jeanne D’ark Oatmeal Stout
Make sure to go and check these Ottawa breweries out, grab a pint (or 2), and tag @craftbeer_guide in your photos!
Ottawa has so many great breweries we had a hard time choosing our top favorites.
If we’ve missed any of your favourite Ottawa breweries and you think they should be added to the list, share it with us in the comments below!