Taking a detour from the heart of Niagara Region, this week’s brewery is not only close to my heart, but close to my hometown as well.
Nestled between Simcoe and (the best named village ever) Rattlesnake Harbour, New Limburg Brewery has managed to make a name for itself in the craft beer world, winning first prize at last month’s Great Ontario-Hopped Craft Beer Competition for their Belgian IPA.
Operating out of the former Nixon Public School, the unconventional microbrewery has kept much of the interior the same – complete with chalkboards lining the walls, desks in the classrooms, and water fountains adorning the hallways.
Opened in 2015, New Limburg was founded by father and son team Jo and Mischa Geven after realizing that their home brews were “too good to keep to themselves.” Choosing the name was a simple task, as Limburg refers to the province in the Netherlands where Jo comes from. The unique artwork on the labels was created by artist Yvonne Moonen.
“We want to make more flavourful beers – beer that might be an acquired taste,” Mischa said in a 2014 interview. “We’re interested in the Trappist kind of beers. They are more flavourful. They are usually higher in alcohol and they will be darker.”
A popular destination on weekends, New Limburg also has a small offering of traditional pub fair to complement any choice of beverage.
The Take Home
A sample flight at New Limburg allows you to sample four beers from their collection, my personal favourite being the fruity Belgian Blond.
Keep in mind if you are purchasing a bottle (or two) to take home, that New Limburg bottles are slightly larger (500 ml compared to the average 341 ml) and have a higher alcohol percentage (ranging from 5% to 10.5%), so these brews are best enjoyed with a friend.