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7 must-visit craft breweries in Ottawa

By Tourism Ottawa/

Great Taste of Canada

The Ottawa-Gatineau region is home to over 50 craft breweries, each with its own distinctive character and flavours. From innovative microbreweries crafting small-batch specialties to the established breweries producing award-winning classics, Ottawa's craft beer scene has something for everyone. You can expect to discover everything from tart and sour ales to hop-forward IPAs. 

Flora Hall Brewing 

Located in a beautifully restored heritage building, Flora Hall Brewing effortlessly combines history with modern craft beer innovation. With its wood, tile and dark metal interior, the ambiance is warm and inviting, making it a perfect place to gather with friends. Flora Hall has diverse and inventive beer offerings, ranging from classic ales and lagers to experimental brews that push the boundaries of flavour. Whether you're a seasoned beer aficionado or a casual drinker, Flora Hall Brewing provides an experience where you can savour exceptional beer, along with outstanding food, in a charming and historic setting. 

Dominion City Brewing Co.  

Dominion City Brewing Co. has established itself in the community as a beloved local brewery. The welcoming taproom and spacious patio provide the perfect backdrop for enjoying their diverse range of beers, which includes everything from hoppy IPAs to rich stouts and creative seasonal brews. Beyond crafting exceptional beer, Dominion City actively engages with their community through various initiatives and collaborations, making it not only a place to enjoy great beer but also a hub for celebrating the spirit of Ottawa.  

Kichesippi Beer Co. 

Named after the Algonquin word for the Ottawa River, Kichesippi Beer Co. draws inspiration from the region's rich history and natural beauty. Kichesippi produces classic, well-crafted beer, which includes a range of timeless styles like lagers, ales and porters. The brewery's welcoming taproom and scenic patio offer a perfect place to enjoy their brews while taking in the local charm. A visit to Kichesippi Beer Co. is a journey into the heart of Ottawa's brewing heritage. 

Beyond the Pale Brewing Company  

With a name that suggests innovation and pushing boundaries, Beyond the Pale Brewing Company lives up to its reputation by consistently providing a diverse range of beers. Their taproom invites you to explore a spectrum of flavours, from classic styles to adventurous experiments. Beyond the Pale's commitment to quality and creativity is evident in every sip, and they have garnered a loyal following for their exceptional brews. Beyond crafting great beer, they are known for their community engagement and collaboration with local artists and businesses, contributing to the dynamic culture of Ottawa. 

Tooth and Nail Brewing Company 

Housed in a historic industrial space, Tooth and Nail Brewing Company combines an inviting taproom atmosphere with an unwavering commitment to producing exceptional beers. Known for their bold and inventive brews, Tooth and Nail's offerings encompass a wide spectrum of beer styles and is dedicated to using high-quality ingredients and local collaborations. Tooth and Nail has firmly established itself as a go-to spot for those seeking an authentic and innovative beer experience in Ottawa, where you can enjoy outstanding brews in a welcoming, industrial-chic setting. 

Beaus All Natural Brewing Co. 

Beau's All Natural Brewing Co., located in Vankleek Hill just an hour outside of Ottawa, is a beloved and pioneering brewery in the Canadian craft beer landscape. Their most popular beer, Lug Tread, can be found in restaurants and shops across Canada. When visiting Beau’s brewery, you must try the “Beeramisu,” a fun twist on the classic tiramisu dessert. Beyond the commitment to quality and flavour, Beau's is known for its community engagement, charitable donations and innovative marketing campaigns that have earned them a dedicated following not just in Ottawa but across Canada.  

Brew Donkey Tours 

Looking for a different kind of brewery adventure? Try out a brewery tour! Brew Donkey Tours offers an unforgettable experience for beer lovers and curious explorers. They provide an engaging and educational journey through the city's thriving craft beer scene, taking participants on a guided tour of various local breweries and distilleries. What sets Brew Donkey Tours apart is their dedication to not only showcasing the excellent beer and spirits crafted in Ottawa but also sharing the stories and passion behind each establishment. It's not just about tasting exceptional beverages; it's about understanding the craftsmanship, history and creativity that go into each brew.  

More experiences for the beer aficionados  

Along with the 50 or so craft breweries in the Ottawa area, the region also boasts a vibrant beer festival scene that draws both locals and visitors alike. The Orleans Craft Beer Festival showcases an impressive lineup of local and national breweries and combines beer tasting with live entertainment and delicious food offerings. Additionally, the ever-popular Gatineau Beerfest, held just across the river, brings a taste of Quebec's brewing scene to the region.  

Celebrating a birthday or planning a bachelor/ette? Then you need to book a ride on the Thursty Pedelar for you and your friends! This 15-person bike takes you on a tour of three pubs and craft breweries through the vibrant Glebe or Hintonburg neighbourhoods, two of Ottawa’s trendiest areas!