Silversmith Brewing |  Virgil, ON  [Niagara-on-the-lake] |   Reviewed May 2017


Those familiar with Silversmith Brewing may only know it for its flagship beer, a black lager that has been making the rounds through bars consistently since 2011. But going direct to the brewery, itself a beautifully converted century-old church, you’ll find a larger selection of beers that show they’re so much more than a one trick pony. Longstanding favourites include the Bavarian Breakfast Wheat, with hints of banana, clove, and graham cracker, the Hill 145 Golden Ale, with flavours of apple and peach, with a lovely malt backing and a slight bitter note, and the ever-popular seasonal Tide & Vine Oyster Stout, a collaboration with the brewery’s food partners Tide & Vine. While the many varieties of oysters with house-made sauces are a fan favourite, the biggest hit is the Po’ Boy of the Month.

Robin Leblanc