A Taste of Simcoe County

Wondering where to get a delicious drink in Simcoe County? From Collingwood to Creemore, Duntroon to Clarksburg, there are many unique beverages to try. While future residents at The Brix can enjoy being minutes away from the iconic Creemore Brewery, living in Simcoe County means you can conveniently access many different types of handcrafted drinks, from ciders to wines to beer and more. There are many interesting and rare opportunities for adventure in and around Creemore future and current homeowners can look forward to when moving to this big-hearted village. Plan a weekend trip to any one of these amazing spots, all less than an hour from The Brix!

Georgian Hills Vineyards

Founded 10 years ago by John Ardiel and Robert Ketchin (a 4th generation apple grower and beverage marketing specialist respectively), Georgian Hills Vineyards is known for excellent drinks with an artisanal feel. Great for wine afficionados and cider fans alike, you can pick up both at Georgian Hills. Grab a Cubano sandwich from the weekend-only food truck or order some charcuterie with your wine. Whether you just stop by for a tasting or attend their famous Vinestock, you’re sure to make fun memories when you visit.  

What to Try

2017 Chardonnay

(A 2019 GOLD MEDAL WINNER from the Intervin International Wine Awards!)

Pinot Noir Wismer Glen Elgin Single Vineyard 2017

(A 2019 BRONZE MEDAL WINNER from the Wine Align National Wine Awards!)

Ardiel Dry Cider

Creemore Springs

Since 1987 Creemore Springs has been brewing delicious beer with local ingredients and a lot of love. Perfect for Brix residents, the brewery is walking distance from our buildings, located right on the downtown strip of charming Creemore. Learn how to perfectly pair Creemore Springs brews with your favourite food here, or time your visit to the shop with a trip to the Creemore Bakery to really experience the tastes of town! For now you can visit the shop and pick up your favourite cans and bottles until you can book a brewery tour again. Creemore Springs is responsible for the yearly Copper Kettle Festival, a great place to discover local artisans, musicians, chefs, and more. The brewery is one of the most well-known spots in downtown Creemore, and it’s not difficult to see why!

What to Try

Creemore Springs Original Lager

Pairs great with roasted and grilled meats, spicy food such as curry, stronger flavoured cheese, aged cheddar, smoked Gouda

Lot 9 Pilsner

Pairs great with roasted and grilled chicken, cream-based soups, shellfish and grilled white fish. Nice with young goat cheese or white cheddar.

Creemore Hills Winery

Located just 6 minutes from The Brix, Creemore Hills Winery is the perfect spot to spend a sunny afternoon! Since first purchasing the property in 2007, co-founders Catherine and Stephen launched their first field blends in 2019 and haven’t stopped working. When you book a tasting, you can expect an exceptional experience like no other. Stop by the shop and purchase some of their Creemore Hills maple syrup or honey to have a bit of local flavour with any dish.

What to Try

Creemore Hills Pét-nat 2020

“The world’s trendiest wine. Crafted using the ancestral method (bottled before primary fermentation is finished) without adding secondary sugars or yeasts. This wine completes its fermentation process in the bottle. The result is a lovely, rustic, sparkling, fruity wine. A fantastic spring/summer sparkling white wine. 12.5% alcohol.”

The Black Bellows Brewery

The building that houses the Black Bellows Brewery was originally built in the 1800s. Now the shop is home to a delightful pub with fantastic fare and even better brews. Sit on their pet friendly patio and order a delectable meal to go along with a flight of house-brewed beers. Go for a tour around the bar and enjoy art from local artists with a cold drink in hand. When you get hungry, try the Sangwhich—and if you feel like sharing, order the carbonara popcorn for a unique and distinct flavour palate to complement your beer.

What to Try

Try a flight of these three beers:

YAAAAS QUEEN•  Double IPA     

Honeydew melon, super ripe tropical fruit, wildfower honey

WHITE • Witbier

Citrus, floral, spice

YABAI! • Japanese-style Rice Lager

Crisp, gentle herbal notes and extremely refreshing

Duntroon Cyder House 

Take a 14-minute drive into Duntroon and you’ll find the incomparable Duntroon Cyder* House. Duntroon Cyder House was officially born in 2015, a product of love for the environment and a dedication to the distinct flavour of the cyder. From cyder tasting on the tasting green to yoga and cyder sessions, there’s always something interesting to see or do when you visit. Enjoy a delicious meal from SoCo Food and Bar, a fixture on the tasting green with distinct dishes every weekend. One weekend you could try a spectacular corned beef breakfast hash, and the next, spicy pork carnitas tacos. Stop by and discover the rich history of cyder along with a delicious beverage.

What to Try

Empire Extra Dry All-Natural Cyder 10.5°Bx

All-natural extra dry cyder that is completely dry, light, clean and pleasantly refreshing.

A Taste of Simcoe County: Beers, Ciders, and Wine to Try in Simcoe County

When you’re looking for somewhere to buy wine, beer, or cider in Simcoe County, look no further than your own backyard. There’s plenty of delicious brews to try alongside some wonderful experiences you’re sure to talk about for years to come. When you live in Creemore, there’s a whole world you can experience right outside your doorstep! Minutes from home you can experience yoga and cider tastings, Vinestock, festivals and more, any time of year. The Brix residents can look forward to plenty of fun-filled weekends exploring all that Simcoe County has to offer.

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* Duntroon Cyder House is unique in many ways, one being their choice to use the antique spelling of modern day “cider”. This evokes an old English saying that defines a cyder as a drink “made from a single pressing of vintage fruit and is 100% juice”. Learn more here.