Sunday, 4 August 2013

Quidi Vidi Brewery Tour

The Quidi Vidi Brewery benefits from a really scenic location. It's housed on a "gut" where a stream meets the Atlantic Ocean, in Quidi Vidi Village, a small fishing village which I thought was just outside of St. John's, Newfoundland, but I have subsequently learned is actually a part of the city. It is easily the most attractive setting for a microbrewery that I have ever visited. It's just a quick cab ride from downtown St. John's or, if you time it right, it's near a bus route. The Brewery itself is located in a re-purposed fish packing plant.

The green building in the background is the brewery.
Such a beautiful setting!

My wife and I toured the Brewery during our honeymoon. The tour was led by a knowledgeable and engaging tour guide. We began with a tasting--six small samples, which, unusually, went from darkest to lightest. While we sampled the wares, we were provided with a brief overview of the history of the brewery and of the brewing process. The whole spiel was flecked with lots of local colour, which made it all the more interesting. The tour proceeded into the cannery; however, we never did make it into the brew house, which was a bit disappointing.

From a charm and setting standpoint, the Quidi Vidi brewery tour was excellent. Additionally, they provide you with samples of a wide array of tasty beers. However, in terms of actually checking out the brewery set-up, the tour could have been richer.

Stay tuned to Stout Man over the ext couple of days for reviews of two of Quidi Vidi Brewing Company's excellent brews.

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