A GUIDE TO ONTARIO BEER, CIDER, AND SPIRITS
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Associations
Provincial Programs & Information
Federal Regulations, Acts & Information
News
Agriculture
Education
Trails
Tour Guides
Awards
Women in Beer
Podcasts
Home Delivery
Homebrewing Stores
Homebrewing Clubs

Associations

Ontario Craft Brewers: Provincial association representing Ontario’s craft breweries.

Ontario Craft Cider Association: Provincial association representing Ontario’s cider producers.

Ontario Craft Distillers Association: Provincial association representing Ontario’s spirits producers.

Beer Canada: Information and statistics on the beer category and advocates on behalf of its members at the federal and international level.

Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance

 

Provincial Programs and Information

Beer Manufacturers/Microbrewers and Brands List – Ontario Ministry of Finance: This list will enable consumers to identify brands of beer made by microbrewers that are subject to the beer tax rates applicable to beer made by microbrewers.

Beer and Wine Tax Rates – Ontario Ministry of Finance: The beer volume tax is calculated based on the volume of beer purchased, regardless of whether the beer purchased is draft beer or non-draft beer.

 

Federal Regulations, Acts and Information

Canadian Brewery Industry Overview – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Brewery Regulations (C.R.C., c. 565) – Department of Justice

Excise Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. E-14) – Department of Justice

Food and Drugs Act (F-27)

Food and Drug Regulations (C.R.C., c. 870)

Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act (C-38)

Consumer Packaging and Labelling Regulations (C.R.C., c. 417)

CFIA: Food Labelling for Industry

CFIA: Food Labelling for Consumers

 

Agriculture

Ontario Hop Growers Association (OHGA):  Not-for-profit association of hop growers, families and enthusiasts who are interested in supporting the growth of the hop industry in Ontario.

Growing Hops in Ontario [Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food]

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food

Ontario Agriculture:  Advancing agriculture and networking in Ontario.

Ontario Federation of Agricultre: Canada’s largest voluntary farm organization representing the interest of Ontario farm families.

Sustain Ontario: Province-wide, cross-sectoral alliance that promotes healthy food and farming.

 

Education

Prud’homme Beer Certification – A multi-level certification leading to ‘beer sommelier’ for enthusiasts and industry professionals.

Niagara College Teaching Brewery – Canada’s first and only teaching brewery, a 2-year college diploma program.

Trails

Central
Brewery Discovery Routes – Ontario’s Greenbelt
Niagara Ale Trail – Niagara Region
True Brew Path  – Hamilton – Halton – Brant
Waterloo-Wellington Craft Collective Ale Trail – Kitchener-Waterloo

North
Apple Pie Trail – Blue Mountains
Saints and Sinners: Bootleggers Run – Grey County

East
Bay of Quinte Craft Beer & Cider Region

West
Barrels Bottles & Brews – Windsor – Essex – Pelee Island
Hop Me: A Craft Brewery Passport – Huron, Oxford, Perth, Middlesex and Elgin Counties

 

Tour Groups


Backyard Beer Tours – Toronto

The Beer Bus Co. – Blue Mountains & Collingwood

Brew Donkey – Ottawa & Kitchener-Waterloo

Brew Tours – Toronto, Barrie & Muskoka

Kingston Gananoque Beer Tours

Old Toronto Beer Tour – Toronto

Prince Edward County Brew Tours (Coming soon…)

Ride the Bine – Norfolk County

 

Awards

Ontario Brewing Awards

Golden Tap Awards

Canadian Brewing Awards

Canadian Craft Beer Awards

 

Women in Beer

Barley’s Angels Toronto Chapter

BrewGals – Windsor

She’s Crafty YGK – Kingston

Society of Beer Drinking Ladies – Toronto

The Fem Ales – Waterloo Region

 

Podcasts

613BeerCast: An Ottawa Beer Podcast

Hops & Bros

Toronto Beer Podcast

 

Home Delivery

The Brew Box Co. [All-Ontario]

Brew Wagon [Peterborough and surrounding Kawartha area]

See Ontario Brewers Directory for participating breweries.

 

Homebrewing Stores

Beer Grains Supply Co. [Online-only]

Brew North [Toronto]

Brewer’s Pantry [Bowmanville]

Canadian Homebrew Supplies [Brampton]

Shortfinger Brewing Co. [Waterloo]

Surly Leprechaun Brewing [St. Catharines]

Toronto Brewing Co. [Toronto]

 

Homebrewing Clubs

Canadian Amateur Brewers Association

GTA Brews

London Homebrewers Guild

True Grist Homebrewers Club (Guelph, Cambridge, and Kitchener-Waterloo)



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