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Niagara is known for its incredible wine and food scene, but the beer scene continues to grow and gain recognition across Canada. The Canada Beer Cup is Canada’s newest beer competition and local talent showed up and showed out. If you’re looking for a unique activity to try this season with friends or family, why not hit up one of the winning breweries in Niagara? From beer tastings, delectable menu offerings, and plenty of cozy holiday comforts including firepits, board games, and more, see for yourself why these breweries are winners:

Bench Brewing, Beamsville
Awarded Silver in the Canadian Beer Style category and Best-in-Show Bronze medal. Bench Brewing offers a fantastic array of food and drink, as well as firepits, a yurt, and holiday-themed pop-ups. Try out the Culp on Golden Plums blonde sour ale. Check out their menu here.
Photo by Bench Brewing

Exchange Brewery, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Awarded Bronze in the Grisette/Farmhouse Ale category. The Exchange Brewery is a small setting that packs a big punch with its beer selection. Sit upstairs and break out some board games while you get cozy with a beer flight. Try out the Homestead Farmhouse Ale. Check out their menu here.
Photo by The Exchange Brewery

Niagara College Teaching Brewery, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Awarded two Gold medals in the English Style Old Ale and Bock categories. Nestled in between the vineyards and a stone’s throw from the Niagara Outlet Collection, meet some of the Niagara College brewmasters and students who worked to create these incredible beers. Try out the BEER 101 Strong and BEER 101 Bock. Check out their menu here.
Photo by Niagara College Teaching Brewery