Breweries throughout Kawarthas Northumberland not only invite you to experience the heritage of local brewing but also welcome you to explore some unique, heritage buildings. Here are some of the most unique brewing locations you can pair with a pint.
History is alive & on tap at this brewery. Located inside the 150-year-old C.L. Bakery Building, the Pie Eyed Monk Brewery is also right across the street from the iconic Lindsay Fire Hall which was built in 1902. (If you want to hear more, you can take the “Lengends & Lore” self-guided audio walking tour of downtown Lindsay by clicking here.) Pie Eyed Monk Brewery is home to a 7-barrel brew house and they are the first restaurant in Lindsay to boast an authentic Italian wood-fired pizza oven.
Have you been to church lately? Founded in 2000 by brewmaster John Graham, Church-Key was the first microbrewery in Northumberland. John has been an influential figure in the craft brew scene in Ontario. After working at Amsterdam Brewing Co. in Toronto, John purchased a 1878 Methodist Church on the outskirts of Campbellford.
A church may seem like an unusual home for an award-winning microbrewery, but John has an innovative, guilt-free experience waiting for you. The church was abandoned & in dire need of some T.L.C. when John bought it. He had the building beautifully restored, protecting the original architecture and stained glass windows, and incorporating the existing structure into how the brewery is designed. John’s also created a brewing process that is energy-efficient and draws on solar energy while also re-using as much heat as possible.
Church-Key is well-known for its aptly-named “Holy Smoke,” an award-winning peat-smoked Scotch Ale. John brews a few staple and award-winning ales, ranging from the flagship deep golden-amber Northumberland Ale to his deep ruby red Irish Ale. He also brews heavy-weights and seasonals in small batches – follow John’s Facebook for updates and check out this video documenting his epic #Canada150 Cross-Canada pilgrimage to unique Canadian breweries.
John’s also found good use for a beautiful 1930s stone building in downtown Campbellford: The Church-Key Pub and Grindhouse offers the brewmaster’s selection of Ontario’s best craft brews, organic coffee, delicious food, and live music.
While the family-owned brewery itself has been around since 2008 (and won several awards), in 2017 they moved into the 170-year-old Peterborough Arms building at 294 Charlotte Street. Check out our blog here to learn all about the local history (and huge patio) of this building and the delicious food they serve.
This story is happening right now! Bobcaygeon Brewing is currently renovating the old post office at 17 Bolton Street, right at the heart of Bobcaygeon beside Lock 32 of the Trent-Severn Waterway. When the renovations are complete, you’ll have a complete production facility, retail shop and tap room in this historic building in downtown Bobcaygeon. Stay tuned to our social media channels for details about their opening date!