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Tasting is Believing
Brewery Lane in Port Hope has a story too tell. Photo by Justen Soule

Kawarthas Northumberland has a proud heritage of family-owned and operated craft breweries, distilleries, cider mills, and vineyards. Each has its own heritage & stories. Each is uniquely connected to its locale. Even if some of these award-winning craft brews are available at the L.C.B.O., you need to be here to experience their full range of unique flavours.

Scroll down to enjoy a sample flight of some stories that’ll wet your whistle. Plan your trip – each of our local breweries, cider mills, vineyards, and distilleries has its own story waiting for you to discover.

The Calcutt Family

James Calcutt was born in Ireland in 1792 and he began brewing at the ripe old age of 14 in his home country. (Don’t believe us? Read the history here.) In 1832, James arrived in Cobourg, Ontario, where he became beloved as “one of the town’s architects and directors.” He built a brewery, a distillery, malt houses and kilns, workshops, and a steam flour mill.

Henry Calcutt was born in 1837, James’s fifth son and his first child to be born in Canada. At 18, Henry moved to Peterborough & began buying breweries and building his own breweries. He bought the original Olde Stone Brewing Co., one of the first breweries in Peterborough (after which the current Olde Stone takes its name). Henry invented and patented a cooling device that is still, in principle, used by breweries to create lagers today.

Heritage Tasting Notes:
– Most of the breweries and other buildings built by James Calcutt do not survive. But his own mansion still stands today as Cobourg’s oldest surviving brick residence. Now known as “Lakehurst,” you can drink in this & other historical notes on the Cobourg Architectural Conservancy of Ontario Walking Tour – click here. 
“Henry’s Irish Ale” by the Publican House Brewery is named in honour of Henry Calcutt and has won multiple Ontario Brewing Awards.

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