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.
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.
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.