Silversmith Brewing Company is found in the heart of Virgil, a village located in the centre of Niagara-on-the-Lake on Niagara Stone Road (Highway 55) just northeast of where the road intersects with Four Mile Creek Road. Housed inside a 200 year-old church, the taproom exudes charm. Stepping into this room, guests are halted in their tracks by the beauty of it. You can’t help but take a moment to look up at the high ceilings, appreciate the pews used as bench seating along the wall, and stare at the large circle of stained glass at the front of the building. Large wood beams, a hardwood floor, and a bar of dark wood under varnish provide a warm and welcoming feel.
I visited the Silversmith brewery on a mild winter’s day with my old roommate from my university days. Julian and I loved to visit brewery tasting rooms together when we were going to school in Toronto. We no longer live in the same area, so getting him out to Niagara-on-the-Lake was a thrill and I was very excited for him to visit Silversmith. Julian has an affinity for history and old buildings—not to mention an unquenchable thirst for great local microbrews. What can I say? I pick friends with good taste!
As this was Julian’s first visit to Silversmith, we both opted for a flight of their beers. I always recommend ordering a flight when it is someone’s first visit to any establishment. A “flight” is a series of 5oz pours. It is essentially a tasting size of each beer selected. Most breweries offer up a flight of three to four beers, but our host at Silversmith on this day insisted that we enjoy a flight of six beers. He said we “had to.” We “have to?” No problem!
Silversmith features four standard beers of which they are always producing more: their signature The Black Lager, Hill 146 Golden Ale, Bavarian Breakfast Wheat, and their Dam Buster English Ale. On the day of our visit they were also featuring two “limited edition” beers. Limited edition beers are made in small batches, and are often only made once. They allow the brew master to branch out from the same old, same old, and give him or her the opportunity to express creativity with their brews. We enjoyed sampling the Paulie Walnut English Brown Ale and the Scout’s Honour American Porter.
In addition to their well-crafted, flavourful beers, Silversmith offers a great menu of gourmet pub food. Tasting beer is hungry business! We both selected a bowl of their bison chili which proved to be a superb choice with our flights.
Beautiful ambiance, superb beers, delicious cuisine, and great service with a smile. Silversmith Brewing Company is a great example of all the best things that Niagara’s food and beverage scene has to offer. And with their limited edition beers, Silversmith always has something new on offer to keep guests coming back. It is exciting to know that the next time my friend Julian is in Niagara, there will be all new beers to try, along with a few old favourites!
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By: Michael Twyman, Sommelier and Wine Smart Guide for Niagara Vintage Wine Tours and Bootleggers.