Silversmith Brewing: A Royal Experience

In an area that’s so well known for its locally-grown food and drinks, standing out in Niagara Region can be hard to do for an independent brewery.

Sticking with last week’s theme of beer [which should be everyone’s theme every week… am I right?], this week’s craft brewery of choice was the award-winning Silversmith Brewing Company in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Co-founders Matt Swan and Chris Pontsioen opened Silversmith in 2012 after the realization that “good beer is hard to find,” given that Ontario was regularly overlooked by craft brewers.

Located in the vibrant downtown of Virgil, the brewery can be easy to miss at first glance. The duo chose a small, 1890’s church that is now decked out in Edison bulbs, exposed brick and hanging ivy.

Stopping in on a Tuesday night, I was surprised to see that the beer hall was packed upon arrival. But between the great beer, the close-knit atmosphere and the historic charm, it’s easy to see why Silversmith is a very popular destination for locals and travellers alike.

Technically it’s still a house of worship. #churchofbeer

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That evening, everyone was treated to an impromptu performance by the talented Choir Nation Niagara, singing Lorde’s hit song “Royals.” The performance had everyone snapping and joining in, further proving to me that beer and pop music have a super special way of bringing people together.

Silversmith offers new, limited release brews every month. They also have a delicious in-house menu by Tide & Vine Oyster House. The menu is designed to complement the different beers offered.

A flight of beers at Silversmith costs about $10 for five samples including: the delicious Bavarian Breakfast Wheat, the Black Lager [often credited as the beer that started it all], the Hill 145 Golden Ale, Dam Buster English Pale Ale and this month’s limited release, the Tide & Vine Oyster Stout, which, surprisingly, had dominant notes of chocolate.

13 thoughts on “Silversmith Brewing: A Royal Experience

  1. Sounds like a nice place to go. I am surprised how many people were there on Tuesday night, I wonder what is going on there on Friday night/weekends 🙂

  2. I like that it is situated in a local church, as it definitely creates a special atmosphere. This brewery seems like a great tourist attraction, and the hashtag, #churchofbeer, suits them well.
    Enjoyed reding the post, thanks Tandi!

  3. I had no idea Tide + Vine provided food! This will be at the top of my list for this weekend’s date night!

    I’ve always wanted to check this place out, the ambiance of an old church is really something special. I heard they do live music every Sunday?

    Thanks for this blog! It is much more trustworthy to me than Yelp.

  4. A brewery in a church? That’s new to me and highly intriguing as is it being packed. I’m not much of a beer drinker but I may end up going to check this place out sometime.

    Thanks Tandi!

    P.S. I love the look of your blog!! So elegant!

  5. Hi Tandi!

    I definitely have to check this place out sometime. Silversmith is always at the local beer festivals and supper markets and I really enjoy their products but I’ve never made it to their location. Sounds like an experience in and of itself.

    Thanks for sharing!

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