It’s no secret the Niagara region has become a craft beer haven. But every time a brewery wins another national or international award, it’s a fresh reminder that the brews coming from southern Ontario aren’t just good, they can compete with beers across Canada and the entire world.
Silversmith Brewery, out along Niagara Stone Road, is one of the ‘new-wave’ breweries that have opened in the past few years to create that craft beer culture. Only operating since 2012, Silversmith is an institution that takes both beer culture and local culture seriously. One of its quirks is the site of operations: a church dating back to 1894. The structure has been preserved and the interior now houses a brewery and beer hall.
The place is made for visitors. The beer hall has a kitchen open until the evening, with food specially picked to complement the beers. Seafood enthusiasts in particular will have plenty to pick from, with ‘Tide and Vine Oyster House’ serving up their delicacies. The hall regularly runs events and free entertainment, hosting live music and supporting small festival fare. Beer enthusiasts can take tours of the brewery, and anyone with a thirst can try both the Silversmith staple varieties and some unique extras.
The pride and joy of Silversmith is the award-winning Black Lager, malty but crisp and already picking up gold-standard accolades in national competitions. Other regular blends include the dry but refreshing Hill 145 Golden Ale, the slightly fruity Bavarian Breakfast Wheat and a balanced English pale ale called the ‘Dam Buster’.
In addition to the regular range are cycling ‘limited edition’ brews. If you’re visiting the brewery, be sure to make it a Tuesday when special cask-conditioned beers are available to try.
The brewery is open seven days a week and has been building a strong local reputation as a great entertainment venue, as well as for the team’s dedication for making good beer. It’s the basic definition of a solid microbrewery with its blend of quality beers and rich atmosphere. Even if you’re not a big beer drinker Silversmith is worth visiting.
Try a Silversmith Beer when out towards Niagara-on-the-Lake. When in Niagara Falls try another award winning Niagara Craft Brewer: The Niagara Brewing Company. Located on Clifton Hill, inside Falls Avenue Resort, the Niagara Brewing Company brews their beer in-house, has a seating area overlooking Niagara Falls, and is right in the heart of Niagara Falls tourist district.
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