If you’re into beer, try brewing it yourself. Whether you brew one gallon once in awhile, or 10 gallons every weekend, it’s a satisfying hobby that may increase your knowledge and enjoyment of beer as a whole. It can also introduce you to some great people, and maybe lead to winning some awards. If nothing else, it’ll probably get you drunk, if that’s your thing.
The best part of the current Ontario craft beer movement is obviously all of the great beer, but second to that is the community that has sprouted up around it. From the beer drinking enthusiasts to the home brewers to those employed by the breweries, the scene is full of people who love to drink local and support local. That’s a great thing to see.
Craft beer is theoretically the antithesis of these macro-brewing corporations. They’re the little guys, brewing interesting beers with heart. When one of them starts to get bigger, it’s like when Rudy finally gets on the football field. They’re still not getting major percentage point shares of the industry, but they’re doing well. And that’s happening more and more often.
Once you’ve piled all your gear and friends/ family into your car, there’s likely a brewery you can visit no matter which direction you’re headed. With a little planning ahead, you can turn a boring drive into a fun brewery road trip and pick up some local beer.