Nothing brings people together quite like a cold beer and in London, Ontario there are plenty of places to find one. However, if you are looking for a truly unique and completely local experience you may want to grab your friends and check out these breweries!
Anderson Craft Ales:
It all started with a Christmas gift and a dream. This family owned and operated brewery was opened by Gavin Anderson and his father, Jim, after Gavin fell in love with craft brews thanks to a gift of a homebrew kit. Anderson Craft Ales serves up a number of different IPA`s and signature brews. Using Canadian grown barley and North American Hops this brewery offers the exception beer crafted by an award-winning brewer. Anderson has won a national brewing award, four regional awards and a number of medals at local competitions. You can check out the brewery and taste anyone one of their signature flavours. The brewery is open Wednesday thru Saturday from 11am-9pm and Sunday’s from 12pm-5pm.
Where? 1030 Elias St, London, ON N5W 3P6
Toboggan Brewing Co.:
Located in the heart of downtown London, on Richmond Row, Toboggan Brewing Co. is steeped in history and a love for all things local. The brewery is in the lower level of the establishment and serves as the foundation of the pub. Life-long resident and founder, Mike Smith, focuses heavily on using local ingredients whenever possible. Small batch brewing allows Toboggan to ensure taste and quality of their beers. There are a few staple brews available along with an ever changing list of seasonal and one-offs to be tried. Toboggan Brewing Company doubles as a restaurant that offers tastes and produce from local growers. Come grab a pint and a bite and find out for yourself why Londoner’s come back time and time again.
Where? 585 Richmond St, London, ON N6A 3G2
Storm Stayed Brewing Company:
Opening its doors in late 2017, Storm Stayed Brewing Company’s name pays homage to blustery Canadian winters and serves as a place to take refuge and gather with friends. Offering up a variety of brews for all types of beer lovers, Storm Stayed also features guest beers from other microbreweries across Ontario. Whether you choose to stay in, enjoy the atmosphere, food, and unique drinks or want to grab a 6-pack for your patio at home, Storm Stayed has you covered. The retail store is open all week, while the taproom is available from Wednesday-Sunday.
Where? 169 Wharncliffe Rd S, London, ON N6J 2K72
Powerhouse Brewing Company:
Although Powerhouse Brewing Company has just opened its doors, it is already making itself known among beer lovers across London. A family owned and operated brewery, Powerhouse prides itself on using only Canadian made equipment and serving up exception brews. Having taken over part of the 100 Kellogg’s Factory in the Old East Village, the founders of Powerhouse Brewing Company are eager and excited to become a staple in the London beer scene. Check them out for yourself with a taste and tour!
Where? 100 Kellogg Ln, London, ON N5W 2T5
Forked River Brewing Company:
Founded by three UWO alumni, Andrew Peters, David Reed and Steve Nazarian, Forked River Brewing Company strives to create “the beer London deserves” according to their website. Priding themselves on serving up premier flavour and unique tastes, Forked River has also made their way into LCBO’s in and around London. The owners also believe in giving back and a portion of profit from sales of their brew, Flanders Red, goes to support veterans charity. The brewery is open from Tuesday – Sunday and offers 3 tours on Saturdays for up to groups of 10, so grab your friends and see why Forked River is quickly becoming a local favourite.
Where?45 Pacific Ct #4, London, ON N5V 3N4