Headwaters Cheers to Craft Trail 2019

This article is an oldie but a goodie!

Posted: June 21, 2019

Our blog is chock full of great ideas for fun things to see and do in York Durham and Headwaters. We are always adding new content and updating old posts, but sometimes you might stumble upon something from our vault. If this article has inspired you to hit the road, be sure to double-check that the featured stops in this post are still welcoming visitors.

Cheers to Craft

The Headwaters Cheers to Craft Trail is a celebration of small-batch, farm-to-barrel and character-filled craft beverages born from lush agricultural land, a rich history in both temperance and bootlegging, and good old-fashioned local love. Tour the rolling hills of Headwaters as you sip your way through our distilleries, breweries and cideries located on farms, orchards and wineries implementing some of the most contemporary practices in the industry. From carbon-neutral operations, to integrated pest management, to farm-grown botanical ingredients, Headwaters’ craft scene is calling you – hit the trail and raise your glass to Craft!

Main Trail

Spirit Tree Estate Cidery

Spirit TreeHeadwaters’ original cider house, Spirit Tree is a foodie powerhouse. Inside a beautiful straw bale building heated with geothermal energy, cider is fermented and stored underground in nature’s perfect cellar. Taste award winning, seasonal ciders, wood-fired breads and pizzas, and wander the sustainably-managed orchard at this one-of-a-kind cidery. Spirit Tree offers guided tasting tours every Saturday at 3pm, and has a fantastic shop to bring home some local goodies.

GoodLot Farmstead Brewing

GoodLot Farmstead BeerWelcome to the GreenBelt! Goodlot is Ontario’s first farm-to-barrel brewery, and a personal favourite of locals and visitors alike. Since its early days as Winterbrook Hop Farm, Goodlot has evolved into a farm, bottle shop, and now beer garden! Try one of several brews on tap, or take home even more varieties in cans, stubbies and growlers. Come for the beer, stay for the views (and green building design)!`

Adamo Estate Winery

Adamo Estate Winery OrangevilleFamily-owned and operated, Adamo is a small-batch boutique winery, and one of only a few in the Headwaters region. Starting with the best fruit from their estate, as well as from some of the top growers in Ontario, the fruit speaks for itself in Adamo’s terroir-driven wines. This winery produces outstanding wines using biodynamic farming principles that work with our climate, burying vines in winter to protect them, and weeding and harvesting by hand. Adamo even has a section of teaching vines located on their sister property, Hockley Valley Resort.

Heartwood Farm & Cidery

HeartwoodHeartwood is a regenerative farm with fresh air, good soil, healthy plants and animals, and a lively kitchen table. Crafted in small batches by a small-but-mighty team of three, Heartwood creates their ciders with crab apples, chilies and maple syrup harvested from their farm, as well as Ontario hops, botanicals and other local fruits. Stop in to the tasting room for a sip of something different, and for some great conversation. Heartwood is also a working farm that is home to livestock, a young orchard and perennial gardens that all contribute to soil health and regenerative agriculture to help fight the effects of climate change.

Badlands Brewing

Badlands BrewingJust two childhood friends making beer out of an old dairy barn on an incredibly small and inefficient work horse of a brewhouse. They grow what ingredients they can on the farm, and source what they can’t. Badlands makes beer that they like to drink with the freshest local and seasonal ingredients they can get their mitts on. The mission is to get their beer to your mouth as fresh as possible. Visit the Bottle Shed on-farm on Saturdays to pick up your fix!

Downey’s Farm Market & Cidery

Downeys FarmOne of the first to try their hand at making cider 12 years ago, Downey’s is re-entering the craft cider game with a hard cider made from farm-raised apples. Stop by the farm store and winery (yup, they also produce a variety of fruit wines) to pick up some cans of Downey’s Hard Cider!

Restaurants, Pubs & Bars

Visit these restaurants and pubs in Headwaters for more tastes of Craft!

Mill Creek Pub (Orangeville and Grand Valley locations)

The Busholme Inn, Erin

The Barley Vine Rail (BVR), Orangeville

Cabin at Hockley Valley Resort, Mono

The Millcroft Inn & Spa – Headwaters Restaurant, Alton

The Belfountain Inn

Fan/Joy, Hillsburgh

The Globe Restaurant, Rosemont

The Glen Tavern, Glen Williams

Tastes of Craft – only in Restaurants, Beer Stores & LCBO stores

Hockley Valley Brewing

Hockley Valley BrewingEvery time you raise a Hockley, you are drinking the beer that fate conspired – and failed – to deny you. But, when you’re passionate about something, you tend to just smash through the roadblocks.

The Hockley mindset is about doing things as you wish they were done, pushing stubbornly through setbacks to maintain a culture worthy of the audience loyal to the beer and the philosophy that drives the brand.

Sonnen Hill Brewing

Sonnen Hillbrewery in planning, focusing on pale and drinkable beer

Pommies Cider

PommiesPommies Cider is crafted from the juice of 100% Ontario apples at our cidery in Caledon, Ontario. Offerings include flagships Pommies Cider and Pommies Farmhouse, along with rotating seasonals Perry, Cranberry and Red Sangria. Pommies Cider Co. is independent, family-owned and family-operated. Grab yours at your local LCBO store!

Coming Soon…

Holman Brewing Company

CheersThey say you should do what you love, so we brew beer. It is simple, what started as a hobby has become our profession. After enjoying our hand-crafted beer at our cottage in Bear Lake we decided it was time to share our beer with you. Our beer is brewed in small batches with the finest ingredients we can find. Perfect to enjoy any day of the week lakeside, dockside or on the patio. “We love beer as much as you do.”