What a fantastic time to live in Hamilton. Home to an exploding food scene, incredible cocktail scene, diverse art scene and one of the country’s best music scenes. What more do we need? Beer! And more beer! Step aside steel, we have beer, and some of the best in the country.
Hamilton boasts 5 craft breweries that started with Collective Arts Brewing taking over the old Lakeport site on Burlington Street and one by one, they popped up. The latest addition is Clifford Brewing.
Located in a former mattress factory, Clifford Brewing is anything but asleep at the switch. Boasting some award winning brews, the brewery is easily accessible from the QEW and the Red Hill Parkway and is a welcome addition to the east end of Hamilton. The taproom boasts 7 taps flowing with some tasty beers. It quietly opened in January and has enjoyed a steady stream of craft beer fans. It’s award winning Clifford Porter, Pinball Wizard IPA and alike are worth the quick detour.
On the day I visited, Jeremy was behind the bar and was happy to answer questions. This seems to be a common characteristic of craft breweries in Hamilton; staff members are always friendly and happy to share their knowledge.
The taproom is quite large and can accomodate a few good sized groups with ample seating. When I was there last, they only opened Friday – Sunday. It would be great to see them open all week! hint…hint… Now back to that award winning Porter.
This is probably one of the best porters I have had. A bonus for all you porter fans, they also have this at the brewery as a nitrous porter. The nitrous is so creamy, with a big hit of coffee and chocolate and tasted great with the peanuts in the shell offered in the taproom. But here’s the catch…sole brewmaster and owner Brad Clofford only makes the nitrous one keg at a time and it’s only available in the taproom. Sounds like our Irish friends at Guinness hold the rights to the widget. Canning is done in sessions and cans of Brad’s other delicious brews are available onsite for purchase or bring your growler. Flights are 6oz pours and full 12 oz glasses are also available. They also have shirts, glassware and we encouraged Brad to expand into other merch.
On May 12 they are celebrating with an open house. 8 taps, Curbside Grill food truck, new beer releases, including Devil”s Punch Bowl India Session Lager and a special cask event. Great stuff coming out of East Hamilton. While
you are there you can even throw some darts or play some pinball…see if you will be crowned Hamilton’s newest Pinball Wizard.
If you are a craft beer enthusiast, you will enjoy having a seat at the bar, sampling a flight and discussing all things beer with these guys. They are friendly and happy to talk beer and really, that’s what it’s all about! Cheers!