Imagine swinging a pickaxe, everyday, for months on end, knowing that at some point people on two wheels will really appreciate it. The road builders were true craftsmen who carved out the ribbons of the delicious twistiness that are enjoyed by all riders today.
Another type of craftsman has emerged in Ontario’s Highlands and is delivering a different type of deliciousness… that of craft beer and cider. Clinking that pint of fresh brewed suds or cider and paying tribute to those who swung that axe and built the roads is just a cool thing to do at the end of a wicked days ride. With the hopping craft beverage culture in the region, there are six incredible ways to say ‘cheers’.
We all know that Ride the Highlands’ roads are lined with an abundance of notable attractions, restaurants and accommodations, but have you looked into the assortment of potions and brews? We have selected a few sick breweries and a cidery that deserve more than just a pit stop. We don’t believe there is a better way to stretch your legs than touring a brewery and playing a game of Tetris to see how much lager you can squeeze into your saddle bags to enjoy once you’ve put your kickstand down for the day. Please note that Ride the Highlands does not endorse drinking and riding. Please drink responsibly.
Boshkung Brewing Co. is a small batch brewery that puts all their focus into great tasting beer. This is a excellent spot to stretch directly along Highways 118 and 35. After rolling in, pick up a growler to enjoy at your final destination.
When setting out, we suggest making Boshkung Brewing Co. a target around meal time. This microbrewery has its own upscale casual dining restaurant, Rhubarb. This is a popular watering hole for locals and cottagers so we highly recommend making a reservation for the crew.
Ashton Brewing Company is a classic! When you stop for a bite at one of Canada’s authentic Irish pubs, the Ashton Brew Pub, you’ll understand how their passions have earned themselves a good rep. Right at the Ashton Mill, you will see where Amber, Cream Ale, Harvest Brown Ale and Vanilla Stout are brewed.
If you are looking to refuel your own engine, Whitewater Brewing Company has two great locations to fill up. Locally brewed and sourced, Whitewater Brewing Company works very hard to brew handcrafted beer using the highest quality ingredients to create their four original beers, Farmer’s Daughter, Whistling Paddler, Class V and Midnight Stout, along with their seasonal selections.
At the original location, Whitewater Riverside Brew Pub and the Bottle Shop are open all year round. Be sure to participate in a tour or purchase a few to enjoy later.
Gather the crew and make a reservation at the 24-person community table. Share not only good beer and food but stories of your adventure at Whitewater’s newer location, Lakeside Brew Pub.
Where: 78 Pembroke St., Cobden, ON
Contact: (613) 646-0101
Routes: The Highlands Loop
Similar to our roads, Bancroft Brewery has built handcrafted beer. They have recently opened a craft beer store with Bancroft Brewing merchandise available for sale. You can find their beer exclusively at one of Bancroft’s newest pubs, the Bancroft Eatery & Brew Pub.
As you wind along Centennial Lake road to the 511, make sure to stop at Calabogie Brewing Company. Calabogie’s first ever craft brewery has an unrivaled passion and love for beer. Their founders are humbled to share their joy with a community built with a pioneer spirit.
Next door, you can experience an authentic dining experience at the Redneck Bistro. This motorcycle friendly bistro features a homemade, handcrafted menu and modern/rustic decor, while serving quality food, craft beer, wine and spirits. It is not your typical restaurant as there is a meat shop on site.
Our next stop is the region’s only craft cidery. Coronation Hall Cider Mills features tours of the cider mill, dance hall, and tasting room. Set aside some additional time to try your hand at making your own cider.
Who doesn’t enjoy an ice cold pint at the end of a long hard day of riding? Be sure to leave room in the saddle bag for your purchases. If that means packing extra light and turning your undies inside out on day 2 and backwards on day 3, this is the one and only time we will encourage it.
Cheers to our road builders for gifting us the best roads for our two wheeled machines!