Rural Routes and Dirty Boots

Brewery Discovery Routes

This article is an oldie but a goodie!

Posted: November 1, 2018

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.

Rural Routes & Dirty Boots

Durham is developing a reputation for its award-winning craft beer and cider scene. Follow our Brewery Discovery Route to visit six outstanding breweries and cideries and experience their artisanal flavours. You’ll travel along the waterfront shores of Lake Ontario to the rural countryside of Ontario’s protected Greenbelt. Take a tour, sample the latest recipe, and discover fall favourites like beer butter tarts, spent grain bread, cider doughnuts, and cheesy ale soup.

This self-guided map has a total of 18 stops including Feast ON™-accredited restaurants, robust farmers’ markets and head-clearing hike options.

Rural Routes and Dirty Boots

Plan for a weekend stay and check the many options at The Piano Inn 1884 which is centrally located along the Route. The Piano Inn 1884 offers comfort and luxury in private, upscale efficiency suites. This historic and superb location in Port Perry offers the convenience of being steps away from the downtown boutiques, dining and a waterfront view from the main street. Dine downstairs at the popular Piano Cafe.

Teardrop Plate of Food

Whether an outdoor enthusiast, craft brew connoisseur or Sunday driver, remember to drive with care; you are sharing the road with bicyclists, farm equipment and other motorists.

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Brewery Discovery Routes

Nine Brewery Discovery Routes showcase Ontario’s independent craft brewers, cideries, distillers, Feast On restaurants, farmers’ markets and the bounty of Ontario and its protected Greenbelt. Curated by a partnership of eighteen food and beverage Associations, tourism organisations and the Greenbelt Fund, the Brewery Discovery Routes Map recommends hand-picked itineraries to help you explore the best of Ontario’s tasty craft beverages and fresh local food.

Learn more about Discovery Routes

Ontario’s food system is huge, generating more than $63 billion in sales of local food products each year. Let’s support our farmers and artisanal producers by choosing local more often and contributing to thriving rural economies and the creation of sustainable jobs.