The warm weather and sweet scent of summer hints at only two things: patios and craft drinks. And what could be more refreshing on a hot summer day than sitting on a patio, sipping on a cool ale, cider or wine?
Experience your summer weeken d in the best way, with a craft brews and spirits crawl at all your favourite local breweries, distilleries and cideries in Lanark County. Sip and savour your way through 11 stops on this itinerary for the adventurous.
*We have a lot of craft and artisanal drink locations in Lanark County! Plan ahead to bring along a designated driver.
Stop #1. Cartwright Springs Brewery (239 Deer Run Road, Pakenham)
Located near the charming village of Pakenham, Cartwright Springs uses environmentally friendly techniques to create the unique flavour profiles of their refreshing bottled beer made with natural spring water.
Taste test your way through their craft brew selection to find your favourite to enjoy either on their patio beneath the trees or to bring home to your own backyard or patio.
Stop #2. Crooked Mile Brewing Company (453 Ottawa St., Almonte)
This brewery is only a 20-minute drive from Pakenham, and crafts British-inspired, balanced ales with complex flavours. Savour your favourite ale, or enjoy a taster paddle of four, 5 oz glasses.
While You’re Here: Pair your British-inspired brews with an English fish and chip meal from The Cheeky Chippy, located in the parking lot of the brewery.
Stop #3. Dairy Distillery (34 Industrial Dr., Almonte)
This innovative distillery is making waves in the distilling world. This distillery is unlike others that you may have visited, as they transform unused milk sugars (milk permeate) into vodka, or Vodkow as they call it. Using the milk sugars is both environmentally friendly and helps out our local dairy farmers.
The unique tasting traditional Vodkow and their Vodkow Cream Liquor is a refreshing treat on a hot day.
Stop #4. Braumeister Brewing Co. (19 Moore St., Carleton Place)
Next stop is Braumesiter Brewing Co., only a short drive from Almonte. This Bavarian-inspired brewery, embraces everything German which is reflected in their brews and snacks. Savour a traditional German-styled lager while snacking on some authentic German pretzels on their beautiful patio.
While You’re Here: You know what goes great with beer? Donuts. Stop by Maverick’s Donuts right in Carleton Place to pick up some of their fun mini-Mavs.
Stop #5. Stalwart Brewing Company (10 High Street, Carleton Place)
The next stop in Carleton Place is Stalwart Brewing Company, a one of a kind experience where you can listen to some vinyl while sampling strong and flavourful brews like their Thriller Chocolate Porter or the Zigzagger IPA.
Stop #6. Ashton Brewing Company (113 Old Mill Rd., Beckwith)
This stop is worth the trip to the small village of Ashton. The Ashton Brewing Company is a family run business where they have been brewing authentic English-style ales for more than two decades. Sit at the pub and have a bite to eat with your brew, or do a sampling and get back on the road.
Stop #7. Top Shelf Distillers (14 Warren Cr., Perth)
It’s now time to head to Perth, where you can visit the next three stops on the itinerary, starting with Top Shelf Distillers. This is a stop that you won’t want to miss, as the craft distillery has resurrected the whiskey tradition in Perth. Enjoy small batch gin, vodka, moonshine, and whiskey.
While You’re Here: Perth Pie Co. will have your favourite pie waiting for you to pick up to take home with you.
Stop #8. Laketown Beer Co. (29 Beckwith St., Perth)
Stop number two in Perth is Laketown Beer Co., Perth’s newest brewery. This small team here is passionate about beer and committed to the small community of vibrant Perth. Sip on one of their signature beers and learn about the history of the location of the brewery.
While You’re Here: Satisfy your sweet tooth at The Rideau Candy Shoppe on Foster Street downtown.
Stop #9. Perth Brewery (121 Dufferin St., Perth)
The last stop in Perth is the Perth Brewery, Perth’s very first brewery! Opened in 1993 by Terry Steeves, this brewery offers more than 10 different kinds of beer for you to taste. Enjoy some taste-testing before choosing your favourite ale from fun flavours like mocha stout, Bonfire Black Lager, or the Oh! Canada Maple Ale.
While You’re Here: Don’t miss a chance to visit Perth Chocolate Works to select your own artisanal and hand-crafted chocolates.
Stop #10. Ugly Apple Cider (1940 Concession 4B Dalhousie, Lanark)
Unique to the Lanark region, Ugly Apple Cidery is definitely worth the trip out to Lanark Highlands. Call ahead to book a tasting and savour their award-winning dry and uncarbonated cider, made from wild apples gathered from the surrounding farm areas.
While You’re Here: Visit Village Treats in Lanark village for some chocolate to accompany your cider.
Stop #11. 4 Degrees Brewing Co. (275 Brockville St., Smiths Falls)
Don’t cut your trip short for the last stop on the itinerary! 4 Degrees Brewing Co. is Smiths Falls’ first brewing company, and is definitely worth the drive. All the ales at 4 Degrees are named after local events and experiences in Smiths Falls and are made from original recipes. Cap off your day with a cold brew while lounging on their outdoor patio before heading back home at the end of the day.
While You’re Here: A gelato will cap off your day of food and drink. Get yours from The Pickled Pig in downtown Smiths Falls.
For more unique, locally run stores, fine dining, chocolateries and more visit the Sip and Savour Trail to plan your next visit!