Barrie-Muskoka Winery and Brewery Attractions and Tours
These establishments typically use locally-sourced inputs from their own or very nearby suppliers (some even using certified organic sources). Local barley, grains, grapes, etcetera can have a unique flavour due to the "terroir", imparted from the special soils, ground water, and rains to the crops that grow here.
Also, they are smaller, and apply their education, skills, and experience to create small batches of very special beverages. Because they are not trying to "maintain a brand" (which would require them to be scientifically consistent), they can afford to experiment, and try new and different combinations of materials, different timings, and sometimes non-traditional techniques and technologies to come up with something unusual, interesting, and VERY LOCAL. Consumers should consider themselves fortunate to be able to have the opportunity to enjoy such locally-produced drinks.
Barrie-Muskoka & area has a number of craft breweries and wineries that create unique beverages. Most welcome you to take a tour (bring your I.D.), and visit their shops afterwards (samples may only be served, and alcoholic beverages may only be sold to those of legal drinking age or older).
DISCLAIMERS: (1) you must be of legal drinking age to consume any of these beverages; (2) exercise your own judgement about which drinks may be suitable for you; (3) when sampling, accept the host's judgement of appropriate sample sizes, and (4) drink responsibly, and DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE.
For a COMPLETE local beverage tour, but here is a sampling (pun intended):
Here are some featured local brew pubs, craft breweries, craft distilleries, wineries or vineyard
All wines produced, manufactured and bottled on site. Winemaker 37 years experience. Bring your charcoal, grill on our grills, enjoy a bottle of wine, watch deer and turkeys come out of woods. See hawks fly above.
Award-winning winery, at the base of the Niagara Escarpment in the midst of vineyards dating back to late 1800's. Free Wine Tasting from our generous list of Native Labrusca and European Vinifera Wines. Gallery and gift shop.
Becker farms is a family owned 340 acre working fruit & vegetable farm that sells its own products directly to the public. The farm market is located in the original farm house and is decorated with antiques and old farm tools
All natural, pure, premium beer. Fresh from the heart of Cottage Country. Come to the historic Granary building and try a sample of their award winning beers.
Highlander Brewery's story begins in 2009 with the brewery's first beer, a traditional Scottish Ale, which remains one of our best-loved beers. Our beer is brewed from pure local free-flowing waters, with barley cracked onsite to ensure freshness.