As with many places, Newfoundland has seen a rise in the popularity of craft beer breweries in recent years. Actually, Chris Conway of newfoundlandbeer.org believes that summer 2019 will be the “birth of beer again in Newfoundland” with up to 20 breweries set to be operating in the province.
In the past there has been Quidi Vidi Brewery, although as the largest craft-brewer in the province, some may argue that it’s in a different league than the newer craft-breweries, which are usually smaller and fall under the microbrewery label. There has also been the longstanding Yellowbelly Brewery & Restaurant which brews more at the scale we’re seeing nowadays with these microbreweries.
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So far, some microbreweries that have opened in the province have struggled to meet demand. Bootleg Brew Company in Corner Brook had to shut down temporarily after their first weekend because they ran out of beer! It’s clear that tourists and locals alike are seeking to try some locally made brews. Compared to other provinces, Newfoundland was slower to the scene with these smaller breweries, so there’s no surprise for the pent up demand.
The neat thing is that many of these microbreweries are in rural areas, bringing in traffic to smaller towns who are benefiting from people who took a detour or special trip just to try the beer. It’s fun visiting new places and trying local beers, now you can be sure Newfoundland has plenty to offer!
If you want to check out some (or maybe even all!) of the craft breweries in Newfoundland check out the list below.
- Quidi Vidi Brewery – St. John’s (also offers tours)
- Yellowbelly Brewery & Restaurant – St. John’s (downtown)
- Mill Street Brewpub – St. John’s (downtown) (not locally owned, but there are always some brews unique to this location)
- Landwash Brewery – Mount Pearl
- Storm Brewing – Mt. Pearl (no public access. Available in some bars and NLC stores)
- Baccalieu Trail Brewing Company – Bay Roberts
- Dildo Brewing Company – Dildo
- Newfoundland Cider Company – Clarenville
- Port Rexton Brewing Company – Port Rexton
- Western Newfoundland Brewing Company – Pasadena
- Bootleg Brew Company – Corner Brook
- Split Rock Brewing / Stage Head Pub – Twillingate
- ScudRunner Brewing – Gander
- Secret Cove Brewing Company – Port au Port East
- Crooked Feeder Brewing – Labrador (Found on the island in Corner Brook at Sorrento and New Found Sushi. Avalon area availability varies, check Green Door, Jack Axes, Guvnor, Landwash, Fort Amherst Pub)
- BONUS: Newfoundland Distillery Company (spirits, no beer)
Featured photo: Landwash Brewery Instagram