Do you love beer? I bet you do and if you are like me you same the local brew whenever you are in a new to you town. I’ve never been to Sault Ste Marie before this visit and the first two questions I asked involved finding good local coffee shops and if there was a Sault Ste Marie Microbrewery scene. Coffee shops will be answered in another story as this one is dedicated to the two micro breweries I visited and sampled. You don’t have to go far to find them either as they are both either in the downtown core or a very short drive away. Let’s raise a pint glass or two, shall we?
Outspoken Brewing – the first Sault Ste Marie microbrewery on my list to visit is a short walk from the Holiday Inn Express where I am staying. Located at 350 Queen Street East it is right beside the coffee and craft store Shabby Motley.
The tasting room or Dispensary as they call it serves 5 oz samples or 12 oz glasses which you can enjoy in the dispensary or on their patio. I highly recommend the patio as you can also order some light snacks perfect to pair with your beer. Try the fresh and warm pretzel served with mustard! It is yummy.
As for the beer, I had a four flight sampler which included the Split Shot Ale, Anvil Red Ale, Deadfall Lagered Ale and the Rabbit’s Foot Pale Ale. My personal favourite is the Anvil Red Ale. What will yours be? Only trying them will you find out.
Prices are pretty reasonable and if one strikes your fancy why not fill a growler and then make a picnic of it.
Northern Superior Brewing Company – With a storied history that stretches all the way back to 1907 Northern Superior is more of a place to pick up your beer order than a place to sit and drink with friends. Located at 50 Pim Street it is located next to the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre.
Grab and go is the first room you see, but you want to move into the second room which is set up with a small bar and a mini beer museum celebrating 100+ years of beer brewing in the Soo and Sudbury area.
I hop up to the bar and try all three of the beers on tap, Northern Superior Lager, Northern 55 Lager and the 11 pm. The Northern Superior is an American style Amber lager while the Northen 55 is a Lager and more to my taste. Feel like a Porter then you will like the 11 pm. Tastes like coffee but it won’t keep you up at night.
Northern Superior Brewing is easy to find around town and they make it easy to find. Just click on the link to find where it is served.
If spending the day exploring art galleries and heritage sites isn’t for you then maybe this self-guided tour of the Sault Ste Marie microbrewery scene may be more up your alley. Or you can do what I did and do both! Happy sampling.