Brickyard Brewing Co.
Your Niagara Falls USA beer tour starts in hops heaven. The closest Lewiston brewery to Niagara Falls, Brickyard Brewing Co. is also one of the coolest, serving a unique blend of Brooklyn edge and upstate chill. The vault-style bar (check out that epic stained glass) allows visitors to observe the actual brewing process while sipping on deliciously malty flights.
Woodcock Brothers Brewing Co.
A local pioneer of pale ales, porters and IPAs, Woodcock Brothers in Wilson (and now open in the Wurlitzer Building in North Tonawanda too!) was the original brewery in Niagara County to create and serve its own beers. Brews, many of them neatly inspired by local sites (like Goat Island Maibock and Devil’s Hole) are best paired with salty spent-grain pretzels and gooey poutine from the hip and hearty bar menu.
Blackman Cider Co.
The Blackman family has been farming the fertile soils of Niagara for generations — 160 years and 160 acres to be exact. Blackman Cider Co. uses only hand-selected heirloom apple varieties — delivering a distinctive artisanal taste to the family’s delicious liquid gold.
Becker Brewing Co.
This, 2018, is the year of beer — at least at Becker Brewing Co. The Gasport outfit is celebrating a year-long launch of new seasonal vintages, from a strawberry blonde ale for June to a red Oktoberfest variety for fall. Choose your favorite by ordering a flight of home brews — and save room in your trunk for a take-home growler.
Live Edge Brewing Co.
If you fancy mixing the grape with the grain, head to Live Edge Brewing, set in the heart of the Niagara Wine Trail, USA in Burt. The vibey, rustic taproom features 24 brews on tap, as well as ciders, wine and a full bar. Hungry? Munch on-point pork carnitas and taproom dippin’ chips.
New York Beer Project
New York Beer Project in Lockport is a two-story brewery, gastropub and taproom. Feel like you’ve traveled the world with orders like Aberdeen Tropical Stout – the Quintessential Scottish Summer Ale, Irish Destination Red IPA, and soon, the Hawaiian Destination IPA.
BlackBird Cider Works
Niagara County’s first craft cidery, BlackBird Cider Works, is nestled on an Instagram-perfect farm on the banks of Lake Ontario in Barker. Step inside the cutely converted red barn to enjoy your pick of fruity fare. Try the French oak-aged variety — it’s pure, organic, gluten-free goodness.
Niagara Craft Spirits
Looking for a neat brewery chaser? Niagara Craft Spirits in Lockport is a proud purveyor of small batch whiskeys and gin, tapping into the trendy microdistillery movement. Punchy blends are made with locally sourced ingredients, with bottled highlights that include a silver corn whiskey and cinnamon-flavored gin. If that doesn’t convince you, they also wow with featured cocktails.
Brewery Tours & Shopping
New York Beer Project also offers kicked-back brewery tours of its facility every weekend with $10 tickets buying visitors five tasters and a quirky souvenir can. If you’re a foodie as much as a beer buff, The Roaming Table: Lewiston Culinary Tours runs gourmet cuisine crawls across the historical town (tours from $53). Check out the Prohibition Tour, which includes an insightful local wander and a stop at the Brickyard Brewing Co. And if you’re looking to shop, Brewed and Bottled Craft Beer Shop is known for its beer shop and to-go items.