Grey County is excited to support the Ontario self-guided brewery Discovery Routes. This province-wide guide provides five complete itineraries for folks looking to get out and explore:
- Feast On restaurants
- local attractions
- artisan cheeses
- culinary treats with fresh and local ingredients
- premium craft beverages
- farmers’ markets
- scenic outlooks
First launched in 2015, the 2016 expanded routes include nearly 150 independent craft beverage producers, over 100 Feast On restaurants and addition points of interest across Ontario. Some 225,000 maps will be distributed for free and all routes are also available online at brewerydiscoveryroutes.ca. Grey County producers are prominently featured on Discovery Route #2.
“The Saints & Sinners Trail includes 17 craft beverage producers across Bruce, Grey and Simcoe Counties,” said Philly Markowitz, Economic Development Officer with Grey County. “We’re thrilled to partner with the Greenbelt and other industry leaders to promote them – and our amazing restaurants and natural assets – on one comprehensive map.”
“Brewery Discovery Routes are the full package, showcasing Ontario’s independent, craft beverage producers, restaurants, artisanal cheesemakers, shops and farmers’ markets. They are the backbone of the rural economy and tourism landscape,” said Greenbelt Fund CEO Burkhard Mausberg. “The experiences let you taste the difference local makes from drink to food.”
“There is a great story behind every brewery in Ontario,” says Cam Heaps, co-founder Steam Whistle Brewing and chair of Ontario Craft Brewers. “Ontario Craft Breweries are ideal places for visitors to learn about the local brewing process, tour historical buildings, sample premium, award-winning brands and meet the real people behind the real craft beer in Ontario.”
“In Ontario we’ve seen a major growth in brewery tourism with a new survey showing beer, burgers and gastropubs are the favourite destinations of 32% of food tourists,” said Beth Potter, President & CEO of the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario. “The Brewery Discovery Routes Map is a great new tourism product that builds regional connections to deliver an economic boost to the tourism sector in rural communities.”
While sampling is part of any brewery tour, participants are reminded to drink responsibly and establish a designated driver if touring the Discovery Routes by car. Most breweries, cideries and distilleries have bottle shops on site so visitors can take their favourite craft beverage home with them to enjoy.
The project was made possible with an investment from the Greenbelt Fund to support local food literacy and encourage Ontarians to enjoy local more often.
About Brewery Discovery Routes:
Brewery Discovery Routes is a partnership of fifteen Ontario organizations and tourism partners, including: the Greenbelt Fund, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, Greenbelt Fresh, Greenbelt Farmers' Market Network, Dairy Farmers of Canada, Ontario Craft Brewers, Ontario Beverage Network, Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance, Ontario Craft Cider Association, Ontario Craft Distillers Association, Central Counties Tourism Durham, Grey Bruce Tourism, Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island, Ontario Hop Growers’ Association and the Centre for Environmental Sustainability in Healthcare