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Best Breweries in Prince Edward County

by Andy Vanr

This is your guide to finding the best craft beer in Prince Edward County.

With an abundance of craft breweries, Prince Edward County is a great destination for those looking to relax in a friendly atmosphere and enjoy a couple brews.

Prince Edward County Craft Beer

The county has a long history with barley and beer. In the late 19th century, local farmers grew and shipped a lot of barley across Lake Ontario to New York State. They profited from the growing American thirst for beer. This economic boom, often called “Barley Days”, sadly ended in 1890 when the US government imposed a high tariff on Canadian barley.

In 2007, a craft brewer set up his tanks, called himself Barley Days Brewery and started the County’s Craft Beer industry. In the last decade they have been joined by a number of new brewers ready to serve you amazing beer.

The County’s 9 fine brewers are all casual with no reservations needed. Let’s see what they have to offer.

Interior bar Midtown Brewing Company
PEC Breweries have both indoor taprooms and large outdoor seating areas. This is Midtown’s spacious indoor taproom.

Best Breweries in Prince Edward County

These are the Best Breweries to visit in Prince Edward County.

  1. Gillingham Brewing Company
  2. Midtown Brewing Company
  3. Parsons Brewing Company
  4. Prince Eddy’s Brewing Company
  5. 555 Brewing Company
  6. Lake on the Mountain Brewing Company
  7. Slake Brewing
  8. Barley Days Brewery
  9. Matron Fine Beer

Prince Edward County Brewery Map

Prince Edward County Breweries Map
Click on the map for an interactive version

Gillingham Brewing Company

Gillingham was our favourite brewery in Price Edward County. 

They are located just off a secondary road north of Wellington surrounded by green fields. We sat on the beautiful patio overlooking a neighbouring vineyard.  There are large fire pits to sit around on cooler days. What a great atmosphere!

Order some food off of the menu or simply enjoy a locally-made pretzel with your beer. On weekends, Gillingham’s offers “Weekend Oysters”, oysters served on the half shell.

Inside, behind the bar, there is an amazing collection of vinyl records which they spin for your listening pleasure.  We enjoyed our flight of 5 beers while listening to both sides of Van Halen’s classic album 5150.

Outdoor seating firepit picnic tables by vineyard
There are a number of outdoor seating areas at Gillingham, set beside the neighbouring vineyard.

After finishing our beers we went inside to purchased a couple of lagers, in Gillingham’s unique brown bottles.

For hours and info, visit the Gillingham Brewing Company website.

Midtown Brewing Company

This popular brewery is in downtown Wellington.  Even though it was busy, we didn’t have to wait long to be seated in their large outdoor patio.  Happily, our table was a “high table” constructed of a beautifully finished split log on top of wooden barrels.  Very cool!

The menu offers pub-style food with a wide selection of unique burgers and pizza.  I ordered the pizza topped with marinated, diced potatoes.  It was so loaded I needed a fork and knife to tackle this excellent tasting pizza. It was perfect paired with their stout. What a great stop for food and drink!

For hours and info, visit the Midtown Brewing Company website.

Parsons Brewing Company

Parsons, just northeast of Picton, has a large outdoor grassed area for you to wander with your beer and relax. Enjoy the sun at a number of tables and at the chairs around the fire pits.  There’s a great unstructured playground for the kids. There’s even a hockey rink and table tennis.

Parsons Brewing sign and location
Parsons has a large outdoor area where you can relax and enjoy a beverage or two.

Parsons’ tap room and bottle shop are former lumber industry buildings, moved to this property and re-purposed for their brewery.

Located right at the end of the Millennium Trail, this is the perfect end-of-day stop after a long day of cycling.

Their food menu highlights Latin American flavours , especially their specialty, the butter chicken Empandas.  If you just want a snack with your beer, enjoy their chips and guacamole.

We really enjoyed Parsons’ Crushable Pilsner and Westy Pale Ale.

Exterior seating area Parsons Brewing Company
Whether you want to sit at a table or enjoy a Muskoka chair, you have lots of options.

For hours and info, visit the Parsons Brewing Company website.

Prince Eddy’s Brewing Company

The first thing you see of Prince Eddy’s, located in Picton’s industrial park, is the beautiful patio and beach volleyball court.  Their 2-storey tasting room gives everyone room to spread out. There’s even foosball and ping pong. A food truck, in the summer, serves up great food. With live music often on tap as well, Prince Eddy’s is where you come for the beer but stay for the fun.

Exterior patio picnic tables Prince Eddy's
Prince Eddy’s have a great outdoor area. In addition to the picnic tables and patio, there is a beach volleyball court.

On the day we visited, the sunny patio was a great place to relax and enjoy a Prince Eddy Session IPA.

For hours and info, visit Prince Eddy’s Brewing Company website.

555 Brewing Company

After a walk through downtown Picton, we wandered over to 555 Brewing at the corner of Picton Main Street and Chapel Street for dinner. The downtown location makes it a bit busy but the efficient friendly staff had us seated on their intimate patio in no time.

555 Brewing prides itself on brewing the best beer in small batches. They’ll proudly fill any growler from any brewery.

Enjoy their excellent wood-fired pizza.

We each ordered a personal pizza with a pint and relaxed, completely enjoying our patio time.  If you’re short on time, order your pizza for take out.

For hours and info, visit the 555 Brewing Company website.

Lake on the Mountain Brewing Company

This brewery, on Highway 33/Loyalist Parkway, makes a nice stop between the Glenora ferry dock and Picton.

Partake of a beverage indoors or out. Enjoy the always free popcorn by the cozy fireplace. Grab a table and challenge your friends to a board game. The property’s large lawn has picnic tables and a fire pit beside a pond.

early 20th century truck with beer kegs by restaurant
Lake on the Mountain Brewing serves their beer at their brewery and at The Inn and The Miller House beside Lake on the Mountain Provincial Park.

Lake on the Mountain’s original, and still loved, beers are their ‘Country Brown’ and ‘Cream Ale’.  Today their tap list has many more delicious craft beers.

Enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner at one of their two restaurants just “up the mountain road”. Both The Inn and The Miller House are beside beautiful Lake on the Mountain Provincial Park.

For hours and info, visit Lake on the Mountain Brewing Company website.

Slake Brewing

While Slake seems to be in the middle of nowhere, it’s only 5 minutes south of Picton. The view from the hilltop brewery alone is worth the drive. The excellent beer is a bonus!

A long, winding driveway climbs to the modern building at the top of the hill. Enjoy a beautiful view of the County below from the taproom’s large windows. The outdoor patio is another great place to enjoy your beer and this incredible view. There are lots of picnic tables and fire pits. If possible, try to visit this location around sunset. The area will glow in the golden-hour light.

Slake prides itself on brewing with 100% Ontario malt.  Their brews are lighter, easy drinking lagers and ales.  We picked up some beer to go. Their beer cans have unique pastel-coloured labels.

For hours and info, visit the Slake Brewing website.

Barley Days Brewery

Barley Days is Prince Edward County’s oldest craft brewery, founded in 2007.  Enjoy a beer in their taproom or at a picnic table outside. 

The Chip Truck located beside the picnic tables is a great place to grab a quick meal.

Mural exterior building Barley Days Brewery
The large, yellow mural on the bright red barn of Barley Days shows the County’s grain-growing past.

Watch for the large, yellow mural on the bright red barn, located on Highway 33 between Bloomfield and Picton. We picked up several cans of Lager and Dark Ale from the bottle shop to enjoy at home.

For hours and info, visit the Barley Days Brewery website.

Matron Fine Beer

This brewery, focusing on delicious lower-alcohol beers, is in Bloomfield.  They have repurposed an old farm building into a nice little brewery.

If you’re cycling the Millennium Trail, Matron is on Barker Lane only about 100 metres south of the trail. Make a detour, park your bikes and enjoy a beer at a picnic table on Matron’s patio.

Matron Fine Beer building Prince Edward County Breweries
Matron Fine Beer focuses on producing delicious, lower-alcohol beers.

We purchased a couple of their unique craft brews, Muff Darkbier and Earl Grey Tea-infused Memento.

For hours and info, visit the Matron Fine Beer website.

Prince Edward County Brewers

Here is a list of the Brewers in the county and the town they are in or closest to.  To see what the breweries currently have on tap, click the links to check out their individual websites.

BreweryLocation
555 Brewing CompanyPicton
Parsons Brewing CompanyPicton
Prince Eddy’s Brewing CompanyPicton
Barley Days BreweryPicton
Slake BrewingPicton
Lake on the Mountain Brewing CompanyPrince Edward
Midtown Brewing CompanyWellington
Gillingham Brewing Company Hillier
Matron Fine BeerBloomfield

Interactive Brewery Map  

Find all of the County’s Breweries on this handy map.

Are Prince Edward County Breweries Open in the Winter?

Yes. Many of the Prince Edward County breweries remain open during the winter months, though often with reduced hours.

For example, Gillingham Brewing has their ‘Winter Beer Garden’ under covered and heated pergolas.  Midtown Brewing keeps their customers happy with their kitchen open year-round.  Parsons Brewing even has an outdoor Skating Rink in the winter!

Yes, the breweries are open, but double check their websites above for specific operating hours.

Prince Edward County Wineries

For the wine lovers in your group, there are more than 30 wineries in the area. We’ve got you covered there too!

In our article, Best Wineries in Prince Edward County, we provide a full list of all of the wineries in the region, plus select the best ones. Enjoy your winery tour!

Prince Edward County Wineries

Prince Edward County – Best Things to Do

Looking to spend some time in Prince Edward County and wondering what else there is to do?

Our article, Best Things To Do in Prince Edward County gives you lots of options as well as places to stay while you are in the County. We hope you enjoy every aspect of your visit to the County.

Aerial View Prince Edward County
Couple enjoying beer and pizza Midtown Brewing


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