While walking in Niagara Falls mid July, down in the world famous Clifton Hill district, I am not finding that much has changed over the years of coming to the tourist capital of Ontario. The sounds of circus music, kids screaming along with the same smells of a carnival atmosphere. When all of a sudden a big silver sign beside the Guinness Book of Records caught my eye… Niagara Brewing Company..
Underneath those glorious words were “Ice Cold Beer”. My kind of tourist trap.
We wandered into the front entrance and were greeted by a friendly staff, who lead us to the outdoor patio on the side of the raised garage doors of the bar. We sat at a table which was surrounded by Clifton Hulls staples such as the MGM Studios and the Rain Forest Café.
The Brewery was just brand new being only three weeks old and the place was bustling to say the least. The beer is brewed onsite and there is another floor where the beer vats are kept. The interior is a very open and modern décor and all I could think was, I wish this was here when my kids were younger, as I could have given them money and sent them on their way into the Clifton Hill playground as this was right in the heart of it all.
The location was brilliant to say the least. And now for what I came for.. The Beer..
I ordered a pint of Beerdevil (62 IBU) and what a beautiful smash of big hop flavor. It had a smooth finish with a hint of hoppy bitterness. A great beer for all Hop Heads alike. I had opportunity to try the Niagara Premium Lager ( 20 IBU) and the Amber Eh (28 IBU). Both were well crafted beer with the Premium Lager being the perfect thirst quencher for beer fans alike. My wife thoroughly enjoyed the beer and she is picky to say the least, when it comes to craft beer.
My experience was that of relaxation and enjoyment. In the middle of the never ending hustle and bustle of Clifton Hill, where millions of tourist visit each year was a place where you could relax and enjoy great beer and fantastic food. Where one would expect that in a tourist town of that magnitude the prices of the beer would be more than most other places, I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn’t. So when you go to Niagara Falls with your friends or family please take the time to rest your weary feet and have a pint or two at the Niagara Brewing Company. You will defiantly not be disappointed. When you are on your way out you can take a growler or two to your hotel room from their cooler at the front of the brewery.