Cycle Friendly Brewery of the Month: Whitewater Brewing Company Riverside Brew Pub

Cycle Friendly Brewery: Whitewater brewing Co Riverside Brewpub

Each month we are going to feature a different cycle friendly brewery that a) serves up some tasty beer, and b) caters to the needs of cycle tourists.

Brewing good beer is obviously an important part of being an awesome brewery, however being a cycle friendly brewery is just as important.

This month’s Cycle Friendly Brewery is Whitewater Brewing Company Riverside Brewpub in Ontario, Canada.

A warmshowers’ host told us about this brewpub during our cycle trip across Canada. It’s a popular spot with cyclists, and we can definitely see why. The brewpub is located in a beautiful part of Ontario, near several different cycle routes. What Chris at Whitewater Brewing had to say about being cycle friendly is, “Cycling lends well to our “Always time to play” philosophy.”

Whether you’re cycling across Canada and heading through Northern Ontario to Ottawa (like what we did) or you’re on an extended cycle trip for a couple of days from Ottawa, this place is definitely worth checking out.

About the brewery:

Three friends founded Whitewater Brewing Company in 2011 on the banks of the Ottawa River.

Location:             Ontario, Canada

Address:              22 FLETCHER RD. FORESTERS FALLS, ON

Phone:                +1 (613) 582 7227

Email:                  Via website

Website:               http://whitewaterbeer.ca

Opening Hours: Seasonal. The Riverside brewpub will be open weekends starting May 19th. They will be open full time come June. At this point the opening hours are 11:30am to 9pm. The brewery is however opened year-around.

Facilities/ Services: Brewery, growler fills, take aways, shop, brewpub, restaurant, camping, wifi, washrooms

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What makes Whitewater cycle friendly:

Located close to some awesome cycle trails. Offers parking, water refills, bathrooms, wifi, use of bike tools, pallet bike racks and trail information all for free. Besides locally sourced food and beer they also offer camping for $10 per person, and live music on Fridays and Saturdays. The owners also actively supports BORCA trails, a local non-profit that helps restore and maintain cycle trails in the area.

About the Cycle Trails

7km of trails exist right behind the Riverside Brewery (thanks to Wilderness Tours for the land use) and there’s another 18km+ only a few km away. Check out the trail maps on BORCAs to discover more about the cycle trails in the Beachburg area.

If you happen to be in the area on 13th May, then check out the fundraiser, BORCA Spring Chicken.

Camping/ tenting details:

Camping is $10 per person. It is grass camping and allows access to potable water and washroom facilities. Arrivals times are flexible, however it is best to call first in case you are showing up before or after the pub closes. The best number to call them on is +1 613 582 7227.

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If camping isn’t your thing:

There are a few other accommodation options close to the Brewery. There is a nice motel in Cobden and the rafting company, Wilderness Tours has cabins and B&Bs. 

Other locations:

Yes. Whitewater Brewing Co also has a brewpub in Pembroke, Ontario. Unlike the Riverside location, this brewpub is opened year-round, so is an awesome alternative if cycling in the off-season. They don’t offer camping, but there is a motel close by, and they also have parking, wifi and water refills.

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Other pluses:

They support the local community and use local ingredients. Awesome chillout spot! They have a recipe for beer hummus on their website, so they must be legends!

Beers on tap:

4 original beers that they have all the time: Blonde Ale, English Style Ale, IPA and Oatmeal Milk Stout.

They also have different seasonal beers – the watermelon blonde definitely sounds refreshing after a long cycle day. Michael loves the sound of the Chocolate porter.

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Have you been to Whitewater Brewery while on a bike? We would love to hear all about your experience.

Resources

because beer resources

Here are some Beercycle Touring Resources that we’ve found handy during our cycles or that have been recommended to us by fellow beercyclists. We’ll be constantly updating this list as we’re cycling.

Beercyclist Resources

Hop in the Saddle book: A Guide to Portland’s Craft Beer Scene, by bike.

Cycle Touring Resources

Warmshowers: Definitely sign up to this before your cycle trip! Warmshowers is a community of cyclists that host other cyclists. They also have some really useful forums on cycling in pretty much every country in the world.

La Route Verte: All about the cycle routes in Quebec! Definitely great for planning your route through the province.

Trans Canada Trail: Good resources – don’t be fooled that the whole route is bicycle friendly, it’s definitely not. Still provides some good information and some of the trail is amazing! Much nicer than the highway.

Canada Cycle Route Notes: Our in-depth route notes from our cycle trip across Canada trip in 2016. We also published the book Cycling Canada: Coast-to-Coast Trip Notes.

Adventure Cycling: A great resource for planning your route in the USA. You do have to buy the maps, but they are super useful.

Cycle Touring Blogs

Arctic Cycler: Cycle touring blog about cycling from the Netherlands to Australia. Also check out the Green Pedal movement!

The Wandering Nomads: Two bikes, one life, and the whole world to see. This blog has some stunning photos! Love it!

Pikes on BikesAnother blog with some amazing photos and lots of helpful info. They’ve also published a couple of useful books worth checking out.

Universe With Me: Cycle touring blog by a Korean girl on a world tour – she’s been practically everywhere. Love this blog!

World Biking: This website has been running for over 10 years, so you can image the number of useful resources on there. They also have a very awesome cycle touring blog site, called Go Bicycle Touring, which has a whole bunch more resources and different blogs.

Two Wheel Travel: Lots of info and “how to”‘s on bicycle touring. Definitely worth checking out.

Cycle Friendly Breweries

To be updated! For now check out our Beercyclist Map that shows a bunch of cycle friendly breweries.

Other Resources

Couchsurfing: Similar to warmshowers, but for all types of travellers.

Expert Vagabond: Awesome adventure travel and photography. Definitely worth checking out for some inspiration.

itravelnet.com: Travel directory.

Backpack ME: Travel Blog Traffic Exchange.

If you have a cycle touring blog or cycle friendly brewery then we will also consider a link exchange. Email us at info@cycletrekkers.com to find out more.