Worst Ontario Craft Breweries

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Re: Worst Ontario Craft Breweries

Postby seangm » Tue Nov 06, 2018 1:57 pm

Definitely file Trafalgar and Old Credit under the "how do they still exist?" category. Overall though I feel there's just so much middling, unremarkable beer in Ontario. Whether it's the trend chasers looking to capitalize on something popular, or the run-of-the-mill small town breweries catering to a captive market, I've had a lot of mediocre beers. Thing is, a lot aren't necessarily bad, but do little to make me want to buy them again. I'm sure it's the case with most markets though, but I've tried far more beers from Ontario for obvious reasons so it skews the average downwards.

I suppose there's still a large majority of drinkers who've moved to craft, but still prefer very safe styles or just don't care about the beer as much as the ambiance/community aspect of local breweries. It's tricky to list the worst because with a few exceptions, even my least favoured breweries make rather enjoyable beers from time to time.

The constant need for new, boundary pushing flavours for the trend chasing ticker crowds has changed the dynamic a bit now too. Breweries that I love have put out some of the most vile (to me, I know, subjectivity) beers I've ever had because of this seeming one-upmanship of extreme flavour combinations. Hence why it's again tricky, because with exception of a few categorically and objectively bad breweries, I've had beers I loathe to beers I love from almost every place I've tried. There are also a few where I've only had a couple beers, so it'd be unfair to make a sweeping judgement until I try more- the Golden Ale from Norse Brewery I tried a while back was truly awful, but it's all I've had from them.

That said, I could easily list a number of my least favourite beers from Ontario.
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Re: Worst Ontario Craft Breweries

Postby mgmoney » Tue Nov 06, 2018 5:23 pm

I’ll bite ...Brock st...terrible macro themed offerings playing up the local angle, but truly unremarkable beer. falcon brewing in Ajax as well ...just not good stuff
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Re: Worst Ontario Craft Breweries

Postby Blasphomet » Tue Nov 06, 2018 6:23 pm

Isn't Brock St. owned by a group of rich-ass doctors and lawyers or something? And haven't they already sold out?

I went in to Brock once on a Sunday, looking for some stout they had with some kind of pepper in it. Didn't see it in the fridge so I asked the guy at the counter if there was any left and he snobbily laughed at me and was like "No, sold out in like 3 hours". I looked at him and left, just thinking "lol dude I get it, you're so popular. I also understand craft beer, ya dork". Left a really bad taste in my mouth (more so than the beer itself). Have never gone back for their boring as fuck beer. This was a couple years ago. I won't go to the new restaurant either and have no issue voicing my displeasure with them and hoping work spreads. I hate that kind of shit.

Totally worth avoiding if you come to Durham for craft beer. Just hit 5 Paddles, Little Beasts, Chronicle, Manantler, and Town.



And I second the Falcon Brewing. Totally bleh. I was wholly unimpressed the first couple times I went, and also haven't been back. I guess there hasn't been much improvement in that time.
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Re: Worst Ontario Craft Breweries

Postby JerCraigs » Tue Nov 06, 2018 6:40 pm

distr0 wrote:To continue the conversation, everything made in Brantford is bad

Steel Wheel was actually pretty decent on my one visit.
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Re: Worst Ontario Craft Breweries

Postby Coronaeus » Tue Nov 06, 2018 10:38 pm

I have had lots of stuff I haven’t cared for either because it was mediocre, boring, not to style, etc. I can only think of one brewery from which the beer I had was utter garbage. They don’t exist anymore. Practically Irish from Pickering. I’m not surprised they didn’t last very long. The beer I had tasted like a poorly made home brew kit. I swear I could taste the bathtub in my glass.

Like others, I doubt I’d buy any more from Brock Street. The continued existence of Old Credit boggles my mind.

If I’m honest, I’d say that if I never had another glass of beer from 80% of Ontario breweries I wouldn’t complain. Over the last couple of years, I’ve tended to stick to 6-8 local breweries for 95% of the local stuff I drink.
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Re: Worst Ontario Craft Breweries

Postby distr0 » Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:34 am

JerCraigs wrote:
distr0 wrote:To continue the conversation, everything made in Brantford is bad

Steel Wheel was actually pretty decent on my one visit.


I had one beer on tap there which was alright (a kettle sour). The 3 or 4 bottles i got from them were all bad. Zero aroma, nearly zero carbonation, and tasted like un-femented wort.
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Re: Worst Ontario Craft Breweries

Postby beerstodiscover » Wed Nov 07, 2018 10:10 am

I find Railway City consistently disappointing. The latest was the Creamsic Ale which was simply not what it claimed to be. Witty Traveller and Dead Elephant are also to be avoided IMO.
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Re: Worst Ontario Craft Breweries

Postby Urotsukidoji » Wed Nov 07, 2018 2:04 pm

I just posted this in its own thread, nothing else is this bad

http://www.bartowel.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=10991
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Re: Worst Ontario Craft Breweries

Postby JerCraigs » Wed Nov 07, 2018 10:11 pm

distr0 wrote:
JerCraigs wrote:
distr0 wrote:To continue the conversation, everything made in Brantford is bad

Steel Wheel was actually pretty decent on my one visit.


I had one beer on tap there which was alright (a kettle sour). The 3 or 4 bottles i got from them were all bad. Zero aroma, nearly zero carbonation, and tasted like un-femented wort.

that's too bad :(
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Re: Worst Ontario Craft Breweries

Postby El Pinguino » Sat Nov 10, 2018 3:08 pm

Anyone have opinions on Orange Snail in Milton?
I only ever had one of their beers and it was terrible....no desire to try any others...unless it was just bad luck on my part.
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Re: Worst Ontario Craft Breweries

Postby sofakingdrunk » Sat Nov 10, 2018 5:06 pm

El Pinguino wrote:Anyone have opinions on Orange Snail in Milton?
I only ever had one of their beers and it was terrible....no desire to try any others...unless it was just bad luck on my part.



I’ve had their Pale ale once. Not bad, but definitely not good.....just, there. I’d likely never buy it again, but I’d drink it if I was offered it by someone.
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Re: Worst Ontario Craft Breweries

Postby seangm » Mon Nov 12, 2018 10:12 am

Coronaeus wrote:If I’m honest, I’d say that if I never had another glass of beer from 80% of Ontario breweries I wouldn’t complain. Over the last couple of years, I’ve tended to stick to 6-8 local breweries for 95% of the local stuff I drink.


This I definitely agree with. A large number of local breweries aren't necessarily terrible, but leave me wondering why I'd buy more of their beer as opposed to a much better example of the style from the province's best breweries. I still like to try new stuff that pops up because every once in a while I find a gem, but for the most part it's one and done.

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