Specialty Ales 2016

May - Apricot Ale: May 21

June - Ginger Ale: Father's Day Weekend - June 18/19

July - Maple Brown Ale: Canada Day - July 1

August - Simcoe Hopped Ale: Civic Holiday - August 1st

September - Fresh Hop/Wet Hop Pale Ale: Harvest Festival - Sept 17/18

October - Whiskey Barrel Aged Brown Ale: TBD,
Honey Brown Ale: Thanksgiving - October 7/8/9, 
Pumpkin Ale: Howling Hootenanny/Ghost Walks
- October 22/23, 29/30

November - Gingerbread Stout: mid November

December - Winter Warmer: All December long

The Beer

Here at Black Creek Historic Brewery, we regularly brew four styles of beer that were common beverages during the 1860s - India Pale Ale, Brown Ale, Porter and Stout. Between May and December, we also offer a lineup of specialty single batch beers. Enjoy!

Growlers are available for sale in the Black Creek Historic Brewery daily from 3:00 p.m. to closing, or by appointment. Please call 416-736-1733 for more information.

The Black Creek Historic Brewery is open for beer sales between May 1  and December 23. Planning a visit? Please call 416-736-1733 for details about the available beer selection.


Featured Beer

Benson's Strong Ale bottle and glass
Photo by James Bowers   

Introducing...Benson's Strong Ale!

Beer recipe hidden for 200 years! Now available, thanks to Black Creek Historic Ales and the Archives of Ontario! Available at the LCBO.

See more Benson's Strong Ale, including the recipe in Thomas Benson's notebook.

December Specialty Beer: Winter Warmer

Winter Warmer, available only at our brewery, launched on December 5.


Our Beers

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India Pale Ale - The flavour of India Pale Ale comes from its hops. India Pale Ale, our most bitter style, dates to when the British Empire had thirsty troops stationed in India. Hops, as a natural preservative, kept the beer fresh on its voyage east. Available only at Black Creek Historic Brewery.

Brown Ale - Brown ale is characterized by a warm caramel chocolate flavour drived from the roasted malts used to make it. Brown Ales, also known as Dark Ales, were the most popular beer in the 19th century. Available only at Black Creek Historic Brewery.

Porter - Porter's deep-mahogany colour comes from a darkly roasted malt. The flavour varies from slightly nutty with burnt grain hints to bittersweet chocolate and coffee. Originating as a distinct style in the 1700s, its name comes from the hardworking porters of London who enjoyed this inexpensive, fortifying drink. Available seasonally at Black Creek Historic Brewery.

Stout - Stout is a Porter gone mad. In fact the style was known as "Stout Porter" well into the 19th century. Using extra-darkly roasted grains means chocolate and coffee flavours are more intense, and the sweetness that one finds in Porter is lacking. Available seasonally at Black Creek Historic Brewery.

Other Beers - Through the year, we will also be offering special single batch beers such as Raspberry Porter and Pumpkin Ale. Check out our blog for the latest news on specialty brews.


Develop a Taste for History


You can enjoy a sampler of authentic Black Creek Historic Brewery ale here at our pub or pick-up a growler of ale to enjoy at home. Keep the growler as a souvenir, or bring it back for a refill anytime!

Beer is a pretty simple drink and the basic recipe hasn't changed much: water, malted barley (or some other grain, such as wheat), hops and yeast. The art of brewing lies in slight variations in temperature, timing or ingredients. This is how we get the many different varieties of beer available today.

All of our ingredients are locally sourced, and other than hops, (which was originally introduced as a preservative), we use no artificial additives or preservatives. Our beers ferment in real wooden barrels.

Our bottled beers are bottle-conditioned, meaning that the carbonation arises naturally from the addition of yeast to each bottle.