Uncorked Tours, A Fredericton Beer Tour Worth Sampling

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I didn’t know a lot about New Brunswick before I arrived to begin my adventures in Fredericton. What I heard was that Atlantic Canadians are very friendly, they are famous for it. So in my mind great hospitality usually equals a great pub scene which usually means great local beers. There is a great pub scene in New Brunswick, but the Craft Beer market is just beginning with about 15 craft breweries in the entire province. It would take me a week to criss-cross the province to visit them all, so I turn to Uncorked Tours for a guided Fredericton beer tour. 100+ km, four breweries, and a lot of samples means I am really happy I left the driving to Gilliane of Uncorked Tours.

Uncorked Fredericton Beer Tour

Uncorked Fredericton Beer Tour

Ganong Sweet New Brunswick treats on sale

The tours range in size up to a maximum of 16 people but for today’s tour I’ve arranged for a private tour. I may have a lot of questions and I don’t want to ruin the tour for others. Just like every tour though I am picked up by Gilliane at my hotel and off we go.  Straight out to the highway we head towards the village of Nackawic for our first brewery.

1. Big Axe Brewery and Bed & Breakfast – Our first stop is a brewery that is also a Bed & Breakfast. This is a first for me. Have you ever been to a B&B with a brewery attached to it before? I think it is kind of awesome, just think you can come down for a pint before bed no problem.

Stop #1 Big Axe Brewery

Stop #1 Big Axe Brewery

Across from the brewery is the St. John River. They have a dock so boats can moor and come up for a tasting. Now that is the life. Inside the brewery, the living room has been converted into the tasting room. The upstairs are the bedrooms, so it is a short walk from bed to beer.

inside the Big Axe Brewery tasting room

inside the Big Axe Brewery tasting room

Big Axe Brewery is also a Bed & Breakfast

Big Axe Brewery is also a Bed & Breakfast

After meeting the owners, I am poured a picnic sampler of four beers. The choice is mine from their offerings and I select the Shakesbeer Stout, Lizzie Borden Red Ale, Firefly IPA and the Chanterelle Cream Ale. All are delicious but my favourite, believe it or not, was the Chanterelle Cream Ale, just a hint of earthiness from the mushroom but very smooth. A nice drink on a hot day. Don’t you just love the mini picnic table that holds the sample glasses? I told them they need to sell these as they’d make great gifts for any beer lover.

Picnic sampler of Big Axe Brewery Beer

Picnic sampler of Big Axe Brewery Beer

Picnic sampler

Picnic sampler

2. King’s Landing Historical Village – Driving back towards Fredericton our next stop isn’t a brewery, it’s a historical village. Why are we stopping here? Because even though they don’t brew beer they do have a pub and a signature brew called Simeon Jones by Picaroons, one of the best known New Brunswick craft brewers.

Stop #2 Kings Landing historical Village

Stop #2 King’s Landing historical Village

At King’s Landing we meet up with our guide who starts to walk us through the village. King’s Landing is not a park it is a rural museum and a working one at that. A farm produces produce for the pub and they even have a grist mill on site that is being renovated back into working condition. The star of the village is Simeon Jones House. That is our first stop and like me you can walk through the house which has been decorated with authentic to the time pieces and even some artifacts that came directly from the Jones family. This is not your standard house from the 1800’s. Simeon Jones was a very well to do man.

Simeon Jones House at Kings Landing

Simeon Jones House at Kings Landing

Dining Room at Simeon Jones House at Kings Landing

Dining Room at Simeon Jones House at Kings Landing

From Simeon Jones House, we walk up to the King’s Head Inn and Pub. If you don’t feel like walking, you can always hitch a ride on the horse pulled wagon. The King’s Head is also a fully working Pub. You can grab a bite to eat, throw a wedding or just enjoy a pint like I did. Of course, I sampled the Simeon Jones. Two thumbs up.

Horse pulled wagon at King's Landing

Horse pulled wagon at King’s Landing

The King's Head Pub at Kings Landing

The King’s Head Pub at Kings Landing

Pulling me a pint of Simeon Jones at King's Head Pub

Pulling me a pint of Simeon Jones at King’s Head Pub

Enjoying a pint of Simeon Jones Beer

Enjoying a pint of Simeon Jones Beer

You don’t have to be on a beer tour to visit King’s Landing. In fact I think you should set time aside just to visit and explore this cool rural museum.

3. Grimross Craft Beer – Back into Fredericton we go to visit our third stop, Grimross. It doesn’t have the cool character outward appearance of the first two stops, but Grimross is primarily a brewery with a newly added tasting room. In total, there is only seating for about 10 inside, but during our visit at least a dozen people came in to fill their Growlers. This is the first brewery where you can actually see inside the brewery from the tasting room. Here I get a sample of everything starting with Ben’s Country Cousin, Cheval D’Or, Maritime Pale Ale, Pugnacious Porter and lastly the Maritime Amber Ale. My favourite was the Cheval D’Or with its peppery and citrus notes. Of course, if I were looking for a meal then it would have to be the Pugnacious Porter. That is a meal in a glass with its dark chocolate and coffee notes.

Stop #3 Grimross Brewery & Tasting Room

Stop #3 Grimross Brewery & Tasting Room

Pulling me a few samples of Grimross Craft Beer

Pulling me a few samples of Grimross Craft Beer

Sampler of Grimross Beer

Sampler of Grimross Beer

4. Red Rover Brewing – Our fourth and final stop on the Uncorked Fredericton Beer Tour is not a brewery it is a cidery. Red Rover is Fredericton’s Cider, and it is fantastic. I’ve already enjoyed it at a few pubs, and now I am tasting it at the place where it is made. It’s a super small space, but big things come in small packages right?

Stop #4 Red Rover Brewing Company

Stop #4 Red Rover Brewing Company

On tap, they have three Ciders for me to try. Summer, Spring and Fire Cider. The Summer is a bit drier and less sweet than the Spring, but I think the star is the Fire Cider. Brewed with Ginger and Cayenne it has just enough bite to make it interesting but not enough to sting your lips. I love the Fire Cider. By far this is my favourite sample of the entire day. I could see many hours floating on the St. John River with a glass or two of Red Rover Fire Cider. Hopefully they’ve made enough because I’ve already been telling the locals all about it! If I lived closer to New Brunswick, I’d be buying a baby keg it of it right now!

Pull me a pint of Red Rover Cider please

Pull me a pint of Red Rover Cider please

lots of sizes to choose from

lots of sizes to choose from

So there you have a 5-hour beer tour that took me all over the Fredericton area. You could do this on your own, but someone who have to be the designated driver and who wants to do that on a beer tour. Sign up for a tour with Gilliane at Uncorked Tours and leave the itinerary and the driving to her. Enjoy!

map of Uncorked Beer Tours in Fredericton

map of Uncorked Beer Tours in Fredericton

Gilliane outside of Bix Axe Brewing

Gilliane outside of Bix Axe Brewing

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Brewtastic

Gilliane has put together a full afternoon beer tour experience that combines beer tasting with a history lesson. During the drives between stops a lot of information is shared about the area and the craft beer industry. Each spot knew we were coming and were prepared so we got the most from each stop. Well done.

  • Value for $
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    9
  • Variety of Stops
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  • Would I go back?
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Disclosure: Review

This tour was hosted by Tourism Fredericton. My views are 100% my own and this post was not reviewed or seen before publishing.


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Marc Smith is a former event planner turned vagabond adventurer. He loves strong Americano's, great wine, cold beer and zip lining over tree tops. Formerly of Vancouver, most of Marc's time when not travelling is in Canada's largest city, Toronto. Follow along on his nomad adventures and discover places to stay, things to do and where to eat & drink as he explores the world one city and region at a time.

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