Sip and Savour

Craft Gin Trail

The Craft Gin Trail invites you to explore up to six different distilleries located in Waterloo Region, Perth County, and Wellington County in Southwest Ontario. An hour’s drive from the GTA, this brand-new experience takes you to the historic towns of Guelph and Stratford, the heritage town of Elora, and the quaint villages of Arthur and Ayr. Meet the people, hear the stories, and open up to new experiences in the world of Gin! Explore our rural heritage, enjoy great hospitality, and stamp your passport along the way for a chance to win!

The distilleries include Elora Distilling Company, Silver Fox Distillery, Willibald Farm Distillery and Brewery, Junction 56 Distillery, Dixon's Distilled Spirits, and Spring Mill Distillery!


Happy Hour

Craft breweries have evolved to become true community meeting places while craft distillers are bringing back an almost lost tradition to the local beverage scene. Experience the best of Guelph-Wellington beverages:

Distilleries  Cideries and Winery  Craft Breweries  Non-alcoholic Beverages

Distilleries

Gin, vodka and whiskey are back on the menu and the distilleries are worth a visit!
Dixon's Distilled Spirits

Award-winning small batch distillery offering a variety of gin, vodka, moonshine, coolers and spirit infused bbq sauce, mustard and maple syrup. Tours, tasting and space rentals for events.

Guelph | www.dixonsdistilledspirits.com

Elora Distilling Company

Small batch, grain-to-glass distillery, focusing on local ingredients. Offering gin, vodka, rye, liqueurs, and cordials made with ingredients from their market garden. In house cocktail bar, cocktail classes, tours and space rentals available.

Elora | www.eloradistillingcompany.com

Silver Fox Distillery

Award-winning distillery offering a wide variety of gin, vodka, moonshine, rye, liqueurs and gift items. The museum-like showroom is worth a visit boasting Doctor Who and other memorabilia. Spirit tastings available and seasonally offering slushies those under age.

Arthur | www.silverfoxdistillery.ca

Cideries and Winery

Take your own picnic or sample wine and cheese at the fireside or sip small-batch ciders in a forest-edge tasting room.
Cox Creek Cellars

Cox Creek has been open since 1998 and has consistently produced award-winning grape and fruit wines made with low-impact production methods on a picturesque farm. This multigenerational company combines the beauty of Wellington County and the taste of locally crafted wines and ciders. Book an indoor or fireside tasting where you can visit and try their products while exploring the on-site orchard.

Guelph/Eramosa | www.coxcreekcellars.on.ca

Heartwood Farm and Cidery

Heartwood Farm and Cidery make delicious small-batch craft ciders, using ingredients from the farm and local community — apples from the forest garden, maple syrup tapped from the trees, and other ingredients like currants and peaches (even hot peppers!) for signature flavours or seasonal offerings. Heartwood ciders are sophisticated and somewhat adventurous, but still accessible, like a craft cider should be. Book a patio table and visit the farm store to purchase some of your favourites from the tasting!

Erin | www.heartwoodfarm.ca

Revel Cider

Revel started in 2014 as a solo passion project that evolved into a great and growing wine and cider business. Whether you are into classic, funky, fruited, or botanical ciders, Revel Cider has something for you. All blends are spontaneously fermented and have zero residual sugar. They are sold online and in-person at the cidery.

Guelph | www.revelcider.ca

Craft Breweries

Go for samples, visit the bottle shop and stay for tours, live music and events.
Brother's Brewing Company

Cox Creek has been open since 1998 and has consistently produced award-winning grape and fruit wines made with low-impact production methods on a picturesque farm. This multigenerational company combines the beauty of Wellington County and the taste of locally crafted wines and ciders. Book an indoor or fireside tasting where you can visit and try their products while exploring the on-site orchard.

Guelph | www.brothersbrewingcompany.ca

Fixed Gear Brewing Company

Fixed Gear Brewing Company is a fresh small batch craft beer store and bar located in Guelph. With at least 10 draught beers on tap, Fixed Gear Brewing is always able to satisfy any beer lover with IPA’s, Lagers, and Stouts. Their famous outdoor patio provides a unique setting that is both family and dog friendly with specialty nights like Tuesday and Friday Live Music, Wednesday Trivia Nights, and Thursday Bingo. For those in a hurry, the express beer store is always loaded with fresh cold beer with ice available to go.

Guelph | www.fixedgearbrewing.com

Elora Brewing Company

Elora Brewing Company started as a group of guys who loved beer and turned into the go-to place to eat, drink, and hang out with friends in Elora. Now known as a gastro pub, brewery, bottle shop, and music venue Elora Brewing Company is a bustling environment to enjoy a cold beer and take in the live entertainment and events. They offer both year-round classic beers as well as seasonal brews.

Elora | www.elorabrewingcompany.ca

Royal City Brewing Company

Royal City Brewing is a small batch brewing company in the heart of The Ward neighborhood in Guelph. We focus on fresh, interesting yet approachable beers. Drop by The Ward Room and check it out for yourself. There is always something new pouring with their wide variety of beers as well as a beer subscription service so you can always be stocked on the favourites you tried at the brewery!

Guelph | www.royalcitybrew.ca

Wellington Brewery

Wellington Brewery is one of Canada’s original craft breweries known for producing award-winning beers with a focus on quality, sustainability, and creativity. Founded in 1985 in Guelph, they are creatively transforming Ontario’s brewing culture to stand for people and planet. With beer products such as year-round brews, small batch and seasonal flavours, and non-alcoholic options, there is truly something for everyone to appreciate.

Guelph | www.wellingtonbrewery.ca


County Cocktails

Explore the thrilling history of bootlegging, prohibition, temperance, and alcohol production in Wellington County AND get a behind the scenes look at some local distilleries and cideries! Local business partners have created a signature cocktail inspired by the history of each township in Wellington County. Learn to make a signature cocktail inspired by your community, take a peek behind the scenes of our local distilleries, and hear fascinating stories about the history of alcohol in Wellington County in this new video series – all from the comfort of your own home!

Learn more about County Cocktails


Queen of Craft

A group of passionate women who use their diverse talents to teach others about beer. They provide a safe space for those seeking to increase their knowledge of and experiences with beer by offering bold, fun and informative events that keep beer education approachable, build and support community, empower and celebrate women on their beer journeys, and create lasting impressions and friendships!

Learn more about Queen of Craft

Local Non-alcoholic Beverages

Heartwood Farm and Cidery

Made with 100% organic apples, Heartwood's non-alcoholic sparkling cider is bursting with fruit character and apple aromas. It's entirely free of added sugars or preservatives; all you're tasting in your can of Sparkle is the fresh-pressed apple blend, harvested right off the tree.

Erin | www.heartwoodfarm.ca

Hitchhiker Beverage Company

Hitchhiker Beverage Company consists of a mother and daughter team; Leanne and Brooke. Our delicious flavours of lemonade, cold tea, and Hard Hitchhiker are a labour of love, which we've carefully crafted for Canadian Life.

Guelph | www.hitchhikercompany.com

Laza Food and Beverage

Laza Food & Beverages is an Ontario based company founded in 2009 and is the developer of unique lines of hibiscus tea and frozen treats.  The beverages line consists of two distinct flavour profiles, hibiscus tea and lemon, and built upon them with zesty flavours like ginger, turmeric and mint. 

Guelph | www.lazafandb.com

Lighthouse Lemonade

Lighthouse Lemonade is crafted using the simplest of ingredients and the original recipe from the 1800s. They sell original lemonade cordial and lime-lemon cordial.

Fergus | www.lighthouselemonade.com

Planet Bean Coffee

Planet Bean began roasting coffee in downtown Guelph in 1997. It was the first roastery in the city for at least half a century. From the beginning the focus was on certified Fairtrade and organic gourmet arabica coffee. The scent of the coffee roastery became a part of the downtown experience and was an aromatic beacon for anyone with a fine sense of flavour.

Guelph | www.planetbeancoffee.com

Wellington Brewery

Looking to enjoy the refreshing taste of locally grown Ontario hops without the alcohol? Try Wellington Brewery's Sparkling Hop Water in both Cascade and Chinook hop versions. They are a refreshing non-alcoholic treat that can be enjoyed anytime, anywhere!

Guelph | www.wellingtonbrewery.ca

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