Eatdrink #80 November/December 2019 - The Holiday Issue


The LOCAL food and drink magazine serving London, Stratford & Southwestern Ontario since 2007

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Small Town Treasures

12 Small Craft Breweries Worth a Road Trip


Tiny breweries in small towns are

beginning to dot the landscape of

Southwestern Ontario, waiting to

be discovered by craft beer explorers

These are nano and microbreweries, labelled

as such by the small batches or annual output

they produce. Many sell their beer only from

an on-site bottle shop, in labouriously filled

500 mL bottles or 1.8 mL growlers. Some

hire a portable canning line to package beer

Caps Off Brewing Company

168 Curtis Street, St. Thomas. Opened in

2019, Caps Off was a hobby that’s become a

business for couple Rick and Fran Dunseith.

The low-key brewery on a downtown side

street gives

a tip of the

hat with the

beer names

— Under the

Brim Cream

Ale, Drop of

a Hat IPA, Straw Hat Saison, and Stove Pipe

Stout. A sampler tray is called a Hat Trick, and

it’s an excellent place to start. Caps Off was

at the Truly Local Craft Beer Festival hosted

by London Brewing in September, upping its

local ingredient credibility.

in tallboy cans. Some are farm-based, with a

hops yard literally out back.

They’re never mentioned in the same

breath as Steam Whistle, Mill Street, or

Muskoka and unless you live in or near the

rural towns they call home, chances are you

don’t know they exist.

This is by no means an exhaustive list, but

here are 12 spots to explore, worth a road trip

of brewski discovery.

Natterjack Brewing Company

25929 Talbot Line, West Lorne. A family

brewery inspired by son Matt Soos, Natterjack

was opened in 2016 by a group of six family

members with rural roots in west Elgin

County. The beer

to take home is

Natterjack Toad, a

Belgian-style blonde.

The brewery has also

brewed interesting

seasonal or one-off

beers such as Easy

Breezy Blueberry

Squeezy, which was featured at Truly Local.

This dark ale incorporated fresh blueberries

grown on two West Elgin farms.

The New Heart of Downtown Sarnia





Party Room

for the


The Tin Fiddler Brew Pub

& River Run Brew Co.

146/148 Christina St. N, Sarnia



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