Niagara is more than just wine country. With our boutique-like breweries all over the region, the craft beer industry is alive and well! The Niagara Ale Trail is your guide to the must-visit offerings in the area, both established and new to the local craft scene. Plan your brewery visits with our Ale Trail map – perfect for your day trip around the Niagara or an extended Beercation!

Niagara is the perfect getaway to quench your thirst, with over 100 wineries, small batch cider companies, growing distilleries and an award-winning craft beer scene.  It is no surprise that with its agricultural roots, Niagara produces some of the most unique craft brews utilizing seasonal fruits and variety of brewing techniques. Over 14 craft breweries to choose from makes Niagara the perfect getaway for any beer lover.  And if you need to work off the cold ones then you have a great selection of bike trails and golf courses – and of course, no visit is complete without checking out Niagara Falls.

Stay in St Catharines, the heart of the region and the birthplace to Niagara’s Ale Trail. The Merchant Ale House has been brewing on site for over 2 decades and has an innovative menu, live music and a great atmosphere to kickstart your beercation!

Where to Stay: Tourism St. Catharines

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What better place to start your Niagara Ale Trail journey than where it all started, in downtown St. Catharines at the Merchant Ale House? With Plan B Beer Works just up the street, and Lock Street Brewery a short drive away, it’s the perfect way to start!

From St. Catharines, whether you head toward Niagara-on-the-Lake and Niagara Falls, south to Port Colborne and Fort Erie, or west to Twenty Valley, there’s a great Niagara brewery to try – and tons of fantastic dining en route!