Before you start on your self-guided brewery tour, work up a thirst by trekking along the scenic trails of Lake Laurentian Conservation Area, just ten minutes from downtown Sudbury. You’ll find numerous lakes, scenic lookouts, wetlands, bird-watching areas and snowshoeing and cross-country ski trails (in winter) spread across 2,415 acres of protected green space.
1. Next, head on over to Greater Sudbury’s first – and only – craft distillery, Crosscut Distillery. This locally owned, grain-to-glass distillery produces small-batch spirits using local and unexpected ingredients and quality grains, cut and blended to create unique flavours such as Peppered Bacon Vodka and Corn Whisky. Enjoy a cocktail or two on their sunny patio and pick up a few bottles of your favourite tipple from the onsite bottle shop.
2. Located right next door to Crosscut and just across the road, Stack Brewing serves up exceptional ales, lagers and stouts. They’ve been serving Sudbury’s craft-beer enthusiasts since 2013 and have even won several provincial and national awards. With names like Shatter Cone, Les Portes De L’Enfer, Nickel City, Saturday Night, and Expansion, Stack beers represent everything that makes Northern Ontario cool, quirky, and unique. For a true ‘Stack’ experience head down to their brewhouse located at 947 Falconbridge Road where you can pair your brew of choice with great food and live entertainment.
3. Visit 46 North Brewing Corp a few blocks away for another pint before heading to Spacecraft Brewery — your final stop on this brewery tour. Their tasting room offers creative beers and hard seltzers that come in refreshing flavours of citrus, grapefruit and peach.
As you make your way to Spacecraft Brewery, be sure to stop by Sudbury’s Big Nickel. The giant replica of a 1951 Canadian nickel celebrates Sudbury’s contribution to the Canadian economy through nickel production. A trip to Sudbury isn’t complete without snapping a selfie under this 13-ton coin!
4. End your brewery tour at Spacecraft Brewery — Sudbury’s first brew pub. Try one of their locally brewed beers in the old Greyhound Station that’s been converted into a brewery, restaurant, and community space.
Written by Dinusha Prasad for Great Taste of Ontario Stories