Summer is the season to start trying out great Canadian beer—and no, we don’t mean your average mass-produced six-pack. Microbreweries are crazy hot right now, with more than 500 locations in operation across the country. These small-batch beers are usually brewed by locals, with local ingredients; in other words, this is the perfect way to support small businesses, while also getting your sip on.
Microbrews are all about variety: Tide & Boar Gastropub has 14 beers on tap! But don’t get overwhelmed by choice. To help you out, our Localist correspondent Sarah Duquette rounded up the best microbreweries in Moncton so you know exactly where to spend your weekends this summer. Not on the East Coast for your next bar hop? No prob—we made a Canada-wide list of the best microbreweries from sea to shining sea.
Tide & Boar Gastropub
Location: 700 Main St., tideandboar.com
Open since: 2016
The rundown: Cozy, classy and cool. They serve locally-sourced food and drink and offer great live music.
What to order: Tide & Boar Method IPA
What they’re known for: The Boar Poutine is out of this world and try the Sour OTIS beer, made with only in-season fruit
Beers on tap: 14
Guided tours: No
Location: 5 Orange Ln., pumphousebrewery.ca
Open since: 1999
The rundown: Filled with wooden barrels, this cozy and inviting brewery draws a crowd of all ages.
What to order: One of their sampler trays
What they’re known for: Wood fired pizzas and their blueberry beer
Beers on tap: 12 and one seasonal
Guided tours: No
Location: 382 St. George St.
Open since: 2007
The rundown: This ecclectic brewery and espresso bar is super cozy, frequented by local musicians and writers.
What to order: A growler with something from Nova Scotia or Quebec.
What they’re known for: Delicious homemade date squares and A Picaroons
Beers on tap: 6
Guided tours: No, but they’re often included in local food tours