Summer brews: Quench your thirst at these 11 Lanark County breweries, cideries and distilleries

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Where can you take an epic road trip through scenic landscapes peppered with lakes, rivers, and charming small towns, while making stops at not one – but 11 – craft alcohol producers along the way? Lanark County is the perfect getaway, and our small-batch producers are happy to serve up refreshing brews to whet your palate on a day like today.


Of course, nothing goes better with a fresh brew than some outdoor activity to build your thirst. During your travels, you can combine two of Canada’s favourite pastimes, and pick up a new brew, spirit or cider to enjoy after playing nine or 18-holes on one of Lanark County’s golf courses. Here, you’ll find all the ingredients for the perfect day on the green, plus a fantastic road trip. 


Remember to plan ahead to be sure your road trip includes a designated driver, or takes place on foot. In Almonte you can walk to multiple locations from overnight accommodations, so it’s the perfect scenario to launch your food and drink experience. The same in heritage Perth, where local restaurants, breweries, and a distillery are all within walking distance of a luxurious hotel, inn, and bed and breakfasts.


Golf, explore, and taste the spirit of craftsmanship in Lanark County!


  1. Cartwright Springs Brewery

239 Deer Run Rd., Pakenham | 613-295-3377

Start your road trip in the charming village of Pakenham, where you can pick up cold, refreshing bottled beer made with natural spring water, creating unique flavour profiles you won’t find anywhere else. Located on the same property as the brewery is Cabinscape’s Joni Cabin, where you can spend the night in rustic bliss with a tiny cabin experience.

Golf Here: While you’re in Pakenham, don’t miss a chance to take a swing on the green at Pakenham Highlands Country Club, a 27-hole championship course with three nine-hole courses.


  1. Crooked Mile Brewing Company


453 Ottawa St., Almonte | 613-256-7468

In nearby Almonte, a must-visit is Crooked Mile Brewing Company, a hip, hot and happening brewery where they’re crafting British-inspired ales that will hit the spot at the end of the day. Try their Standing Stone English IPA for a citrusy pick-me-up!


  1. Dairy Distillery

34 Industrial Dr., Almonte | 613-256-6136

Also in Almonte is an innovative distillery that is making waves in both the distilling and agriculture worlds. Dairy Distillery combines science with alcohol production to create “Vodkow,” a vodka made from dairy permeate. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn about this unique product in beautiful Almonte, the friendly town!


  1. Braumeister Brewing Co.

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19 Moore St., Carleton Place | 613-492-2337

A short drive from Almonte is Carleton Place’s newest brewery, Braumeister Brewing Company, a Bavarian-inspired brewery where everything German is embraced, from the brews to the food. Enjoy authentic German pretzels with Bavarian mustards, German and Polish sausages, and a variety of cheese. Braumeister’s flagship beers includes Märzen, a traditional Bavarian beer and Helles, a traditional German-styled lager brewed in the style of the beers found in Munich beer halls and beer gardens throughout Bavaria.


  1. Stalwart Brewing Company

10 High St., Carleton Place | 613-253-2307

Also in Carleton Place is Stalwart Brewing Company, where you can expect a one-of-a-kind experience that combines a love for vinyl, hard rock, and – you guessed it – beer. Stalwart’s beers come with funky and unique names like Bad Moon Rye Stout, Big Papa Peach, Zigzagger IP, or Dr. Feelgood. 


Golf Here: From Carleton Place, you can make the short detour to Mississippi Golf Club, located in the beautiful and nearby hamlet of Appleton. This scenic course is the perfect place to stop for a quick nine before heading back out to the (grueling) brewery trail. Beckwith Golf Club at Franktown is a close option as well.


  1. Ashton Brewing Company

Ashton Brewing Company

113 Old Mill Rd., Beckwith | 613-257-4423

The drive to the small village of Ashton Station will be worth the time to visit Ashton Brewing Company. Only minutes from downtown Carleton Place, you can enjoy a fresh pint and a traditional English meal at Ashton Brewing Company, the first original English pub in the heart of the Ottawa Valley.


  1. Top Shelf Distillers


14 Warren Cr., Perth | 613-201-3333

Top Shelf Distillers is a small-batch distillery that’s resurrected the whisky tradition in Perth, the small town that was once home to half-a-dozen distilleries in the early 1800s. At Top Shelf you’ll find small-batch gin, vodka, moonshine, and whisky – all on the list of available products.

Golf Here: While you’re in historic Perth, you’ll want to take a couple of hours to play on Canada’s oldest golf course. Perth Golf Course offers a challenging 18-hole, or two 9-hole courses that are just right for every skill level. Just outside of town is Mapleview Golf & Country Club; both courses are excellent choices for unwinding on the green.


  1. Weatherhead Brew Co.

29 Beckwith St. E., Perth

Perth’s newest brewery has combined a love of beer with local history to create a business that’s steeped in both. Weatherhead’s name pays tribute to a local historical figure, with its very own pirate tale to add some interest. Visit their online store to purchase a variety of fresh brews.


  1. Perth Brewery

121 Dufferin St., Perth | 613-264-1087

Wet your thistle at Perth Brewery, Perth’s first brewery, and a favourite for locals and visitors to the region. Situated right on Highway 7 in Perth, this family-run craft brewery offers more than 10 different kinds of beer, so a taste for adventure is a must when stopping here. Take home a mocha stout, Bonfire Black Lager, or the popular local favourite, the Oh! Canada Maple Ale.


  1. Ugly Apple Cider

1940 Con. 4B Dalhousie, Lanark | 613-264-6107

Experience cider in its pure, unadulterated form at Ugly Apple Cider. Here, cider is made without carbonation, and without any additions beyond apples sourced from wild apple trees. The result is a dry, sour, and complex beverage that’s reminiscent of a good old-fashioned British “scrumpy” or German “apfelwein.” An experience for those with discriminating palates!

Golf Here: Lanark Timber Run Golf Course is located only 15 minutes from Ugly Apple’s rural location, situated on Lanark Highlands’ typical rugged terrain, and along the banks of the Clyde River. This 18-hole, par 69 golf course will challenge every golfer, from novice to experienced. Another option right in McDonalds’ Corners is Blue Heron Golf, a nice course to play a quick 9 holes.


  1. 4 Degrees Brewing Company

275 Brockville St., Smiths Falls | 613-882-5005

Totally worth the drive! Don’t cut your trip short before making the short drive from Perth to Smiths Falls, where you can pick up cold, refreshing brews at 4 Degrees Brewing Company. At 4 Degrees, their beers are named after local events and experiences in Smiths Falls, and are made from a one-of-a-kind take on traditional recipes.

Golf Here: Learn to play on the same golf course that produced LPGA Champion, Brooke Henderson, at the Smiths Falls Golf Club  located just outside of Smiths Falls.