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Local Ontario Wines, Spirits and Ciders

Do you prefer apples to hops? Does your palate prefer wine or whisky instead of wheat beers? Whatever your typical favourites might be, expanding your horizons can be fun and rewarding. The local wines, beers, and spirits scene in Kawarthas Northumberland has some stunning taste experiences to offer beyond craft beer.

Cider Breweries

The area around Brighton, Presqu’ile Provincial Park, and Colborne is known for its great apple orchards. If you’ve ever driven that stretch of the 401 Highway just west of Prince Edward County, you’ll remember seeing the Big Apple. The world’s largest apple is home to more than just pies, treats and family fun. The 401 Cider Brewery is also housed there. Brainchild of Amy Baldwin, a local wine producer for Waupoos Estate Winery and Clafield Cider House, 401 Cider Brewery offers a dazzling variety of both classic and experimental craft ciders, including Apple Pie, Oh Honey, and Almond. Friendly staff can help you pair a flight of cider with a bite to eat that’ll increase your appreciation for each local flavour profile.

Empire Cider Co. is another great producer of cider in this beautiful corner of Northumberland County. This small operation grew from a hobby to a business after rave reviews from family and friends. They specialize in extra-dry, traditional hard cider made from Ontario apples. You can check out a list of spots that sell Empire Cider by clicking here.



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