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