The strength of Ontario Craft Brewers is based on a
passion to rekindle and keep alive the spirit of traditional
brewing. Throughout history, breweries have been an integral
part of their local communities and the beer produced has
reflected the pride, passion and personality of the brewer and
Brewing in smaller, single purpose batches, and within
accepted craft product quality guidelines, Ontario Craft
Brewing artisans brew traditional styles of beer. They are
inspired by thousands of years of brewing history to create
new taste adventures using a variety of natural ingredients
and innovative recipes.
Local beer crafted by the creative, enthusiastic, community-oriented
Ontario Craft Brewers will provide great enjoyment
to all who share the experience.
COMMITMENT TO OUR BREWING PHILOSOPHY
We, the Ontario Craft Brewers, continually strive to
improve quality and honour traditional craft brewers
through a replication of time-honored brewing styles and a
commitment to this Brewing Philosophy.
We continue to be inspired by their example and remain
committed to individual expression to create high quality,
innovative, and unique beers. The result is a variety of
distinctive, flavourful styles and taste profiles that appeal to
beer lovers with a sense of discovery and adventure.
Local means fresh. Great taste and quality are always at the
forefront of Ontario Craft Beer. Local, small batch brewing
and a freshness guarantee are just the beginning. All Ontario
Craft Brewers also pledge to brew naturally with malt and
other grains, not wort extract, as a foundation for their beers,
maintaining authenticity to traditional styles, and using only
all-natural, pure ingredients. There are no chemical additives,
fillers or preservatives in OCB craft beers.
All Ontario Craft Brewers' beers are brewed in single purpose
batches and once they are fully fermented, a Craft Brewer
does not dilute, blend, or manipulate their beer unless it is to
enhance rather than lighten the flavour. The primary source
of fermentable sugars is derived from the grains used in the
brewing process. Non-malt sugar sources, spices and other
ingredients are sometimes used to accentuate flavour and add
to the distinctiveness of the beer.
Cask and barrel aged beers are great examples of the
enhancement of flavour with the addition of such ingredients
as dry hopping, vanilla beans or residual bourbon flavours
providing wonderful nuances to a beer.
Ontario Craft Brewers currently produce over 250 unique
brands based on either traditional brewing styles such as
Pilsner, Vienna-style Lager, Munich Dunkel, Weiss Beer,
Nut Brown Ale, Bitters, Imperial Stout or the very innovative
styles such as Hemp, Cranberry Wheat, Cask-conditioned
Lager, Mead, Coffee Porter. Note: malt beverages are not
considered to be craft beers.
All of the Ontario Craft Brewers have pledged to share their
ever-growing base of knowledge through participation in
their own Technical Committee and its ongoing education
Ontario's passionate brewers pride themselves on being
part of their community, providing jobs in cities and towns
throughout the province. With their finely crafted brews,
they bring awareness to the historical events of a region, its
people and the unique elements that reinforce local pride in
With more than 30 enthusiastic, innovative brewers working
together, the Ontario Craft Brewers are committed to
building Ontario as a North American centre of excellence
for craft brewing.
DEFINITION OF AN ONTARIO CRAFT BREWER
Ontario Craft Brewers (OCB) are local and defined as:
SMALL Most Ontario Craft Brewers are small and many
are family-owned. The current maximum size of an Ontario
Craft Brewer is 400,000 hectolitres of annual worldwide
INDEPENDENT Locally-owned and is not significantly
controlled by a beer company who does not qualify as an
Ontario Craft Brewer.
TRADITIONAL Pledge to brew traditional and innovative
beers according to the Ontario Craft Brewers' Brewing
Philosophy. The original Philosophy was signed on April 12,
2006 and was updated in September 2013. It is set out on this page.
Ontario Craft Brewers must locate and run their primary breweries
in Ontario, close to the markets and the communities they serve. The
breweries are open to the public, other brewers and beer enthusiasts.