I love being able to take a break from travelling to enjoy a locally-made beverage and even better is finding a brewery that allows dogs. More rare than the dog friendly brewery is a dog friendly winery. It is such a fun way to experience the local atmosphere and support an independent business. Not to mention the drinkable souvenirs that give you a story to tell.
Needles to say, we have found a few of these gems over the years. This list is far from exhaustive and will be updated as we discover new locations. All information was accurate at the time of our visit. If dogs are allowed in certain areas, I have included that and if there is no notation, then dogs are welcome everywhere.
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The Grizzly Paw Brewing Company, 622 8 St., Canmore (patio only)
Date of Visit: September 11, 2018
The beer here was insanely good. The Beavertail Raspberry Ale was the best raspberry beer I have ever consumed, as in dangerously good. My favourite was the Rutting Elk Red and I loaded up. The staff are very helpful and have a quick hand with the samples. The swag is pretty cool too.
Hell’s Basement Brewery Inc., 522 18 St. SW #102, Medicine Hat
Date of Visit: September 22, 2017
When I brought the dogs here after facing off with dinosaurs and hoodoos, they were welcomed like the superstars they feel they are. The staff were very helpful when it came to choosing a beer and the beer that I did have was delicious. They also had a wide selection of seasonal beers which is nice to see.
Skimmerhorn Winery & Vineyard, 1218 27 Ave. S., Creston (vineyards)
Date of Visit: September 14, 2018
This is an elegant winery with a very classy feel to it and even though I came in after hiking with the dogs in the wilderness, they made me feel welcome. Knowledgable staff help you find the perfect glass or bottle and I was able to walk the dogs through the vineyard which was very relaxing. Talk about a view.
Baillie-Grohman Estate Winery, 1140 27 Ave. S., Creston (tasting room and vineyards)
Date of Visit: September 14, 2018
Located directly adjacent to Skimmerhorn, Baillie-Grohman allowed the dogs to join me inside the tasting room as I sampled the wares. I found it a bit more laid back than Skimmerhorn and the resident dog was a boxer so of course I was smitten.
Farmery Estate Brewery, 480 MB-5, Neepawa (patio)
Date of Visit: September 9, 2018
Talk about a hidden gem. The Endless Summer lager was perfect to enjoy on the large patio complete with a food truck that offered up some fine fish and chips. I was blown away by the Pink Lemonade and Hard Iced Tea. I’ll admit that I didn’t ask if dogs were allowed in the tasting room since I originally hadn’t planned to stay. Whoops.
Windmill Brewery, 5 Newport Drive, Johnstown
Date of Visit: July 4, 2018
It is a small tasting room but dogs are welcome as long as you keep them out of the bakery next door. While this brewery does not have a wide selection of brews, the ones they do have are definitely worth sampling. This brewery is a short drive from Highway 401 making it an easy place to visit.
Arch Brewing Co., 110 Pony Drive, Newmarket
Date of Visit: October 10, 2018
Located in a plaza, it can be a little hard to find but your perseverance will be rewarded. Since they don’t serve food, you can have food delivered to enjoy with your beer. The cheeky names for the beer are as memorable as the beer itself (a glass of Piney McPine Face anyone?).
Market Brewing Co., 17775 Leslie Street, Newmarket
Date of Visit: December 19, 2018
Almost directly behind Arch, you’ll find Market Brewing in what used to be a garage. Not just a brewery, it markets itself as an event space and there is a stage permanently set up in one corner for a show with your beer.
Three Dog Winery, 1920 Fish Lake Road, Picton
Date of Visit: August 19, 2016
With a name like Three Dog, I had to stop on our tour through “The County”. As is typical in Prince Edward County, the winery staff are very welcoming and laid-back and the tasting room has a rustic feel to it. After I had sampled my way through the wares, the dogs were welcome to enjoy a run among the vines. Since my visit, there has been a yoga studio and loft added to the winery.
Sleeping Giant Brewing Co., 712 Macdonell St., Thunder Bay (tasting room)
Date of Visit: September 22, 2018
The tasting room is so large you won’t feel left out since dogs are not allowed in the restaurant side. Enjoy a flight of suds then stand in front of the wall of beer to figure out how much you can fit in your car.
The Second Wedge Brewing Co., 14 Victoria Street, Uxbridge
Date of Visit: Frequently
This is my home base brewery, partly because it is the closest to home but also because I have had some of my most favourite beer here, not to mention the resident brewery dog Sadie is one of the best greeters ever. In the summer, the Uxbridge Farmer’s Market sets up next to the brewery.
Beau’s, 10 Terry Fox Drive, Vankleek Hill
Date of Visit: July 23, 2017
One of the original big-name craft breweries in Ontario, the array of beers offered is impressive and there are plenty of samples available. This is the first place I ever had a milk stout and I’m pretty sure I heard angels singing somewhere. There is a large covered patio outside that serves up some great food.
Baxter’s Vineyards & Winery, 2010 Parley Street, Nauvoo (patio only)
Date of Visit: May 15, 2017
As far as I know, Illinois is not exactly known as wine country but it makes sense given the moderating effect of Lake Michigan. There’s no stuffy wine snobs here and it has a a low-key and welcoming feel to it. After buying some bottles to take as souvenirs, I enjoyed a delightful wine slushy on the patio with the dogs. The fact that this winery is practically stumbling distance from Nauvoo State Park is a bonus.
Empirical Brewery, 1801 W Foster Ave., Chicago
Date of Visit: February 15, 2019
Be still my nerd heart. This was one lucky find on so many levels: I got to watch Start Trek: The Next Generation and Star Wars: Rogue One, I had the opportunity to chat with the sales manager which made me want to move to Chicago, and I was able to enjoy some of the finest beer I have had in a long time. And I got to do all that with my dogs. This is one brewery that I will make plans to visit whenever we are close and is definitely one of my all-time favourites.
Contessa Wine Cellars, 3235 Friday Road, Coloma (patio only)
Date of Visit: May 7, 2018
I never really imagined a winery in Michigan and yet, Contessa is a fine example of the agricultural richness found in the area. The views offered from the patio makes me wonder why anyone would want to be inside if they didn’t have to be. On a side note: the cherry wine is dangerously good and goes exceptionally well with chocolate, especially from one of the two chocolate shops next door.
Tahquamenon Falls Brewery & Pub, 24019 Upper Falls Drive, Paradise Tahquamenon Falls State Park (patio only)
Date of Visit: August 11, 2018
A brewery in a state park is unique to say the least, and they brew the beer using water from the falls themselves. It’s a great way to rehydrate and recover after spending the day hiking the trails as we did on our way through. Be warned: if you’re eating on the patio, they will charge you a “to go” fee.
Greenbush Brewing Co., 5870 Sawyer Road, Sawyer (dogs are only allowed on the patio next to the sidewalk of The Annex)
Date of Visit: May 7, 2018
The fact that a small town like Sawyer could have a bustling brewery is a testament to the quality of the beer. They have the Taproom on one side of the road and The Annex on the opposite side. The Annex will allow dogs but they have to stay next to the fence and you cannot simply walk them in the front door to the patio meaning the only option is to negotiate through the wire strands that define the patio. This is just a short drive from Coloma so you can stop for the beer drinkers and the wine drinkers and keep everyone happy.
Voyageur Brewery Company, 233 W Hwy 61, Grand Marais (patio only)
Date of Visit: August 14, 2018
Don’t let the relaxed atmosphere fool you: the quality of the food and beer is second to none. Even better were the water bowls placed all over the patio for thirsty canine travellers. This brewery allows you to sit back with a beer and enjoy the view of Grand Marais Harbor. Once you leave Grand Marais, there are wide open beaches to let dogs and humans splash and play after being good on the patio.
Sierra Blanca Brewing Company, 1016 Industrial Road, Moriarty
Date of Visit: February 26, 2018
I thought that I had gotten lost driving to this brewery. It seems like it is on the edge of civilization but once you step inside, you are greeted by a selection of different beers and welcoming staff. I was lucky enough to have the limited edition cherry wheat and it blew my mind. The beer garden is one of the nicest I have ever seen and the dogs enjoyed exploring (and rolling in Leo’s case).
Clayton Distillery, 40164 NY-12, Clayton (patio only)
Date of Visit: July 3, 2018
Technically not a brewery or winery but dogs are allowed on the patio which is a fine way to experience the handcrafted spirits made from locally sourced ingredients. If you’re there in the summer, get the slushy.
Childress Vineyards, 1000 Childress Vineyards Road, Lexington (vineyards)
Date of Visit: April 22, 2016
We were passing through Lexington as we explored the North Carolina Historic BBQ Trail, and when I heard that Childress Vineyards made wines specifically to be enjoyed with barbecue, naturally I had to stop for a visit. Unfortunately, they had sold out of those wines but I still picked up a few bottles for souvenirs that I enjoyed later.
Potosi Brewing Company, 209 S. Main Street, Potosi (patio only)
Date of Visit: May 16, 2017
This was one of my most favourite breweries that we happened to stumble across as we followed the Great River Road. A waterfall next to the patio lent a sense of calm in the quiet town and the food was outstanding. This is one place that I would happily return to.
St. Francis Brewing, 3825 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., St. Francis (patio only)
Date of Visit: May 10, 2018
When you’re travelling with dogs, it only makes sense that you visit a brewery named after the patron saint of animals. My tough Canadian brood and I arrived before patio season had opened but that didn’t stop us from enjoying a lovely beer when we passed through.
Do you have any thoughts about our list? Are there any breweries or wineries that we should visit next? I love to hear your thoughts below.