While Prince Edward County often steals the spotlight for its vineyards and breweries, the areas in and around Quinte West offer terrific spots that craft drinks to rival those in the county. From historic settings to modern innovations, these gems outside Prince Edward County showcase the region’s rich brewing and winemaking culture. Let’s highlight a few notable places that offer unique tastes and experiences to check out in celebration of local businesses!

Church-Key Brewing Co.

Nestled in Trent Hills on the outskirts of Campbellford, in a historic 1878 Methodist church, Church-Key Brewing Co. is a pioneer in the local craft beer scene producing authentic ales using local ingredients. The brewery offers a unique selection of awesome beers perfect for tasting the local flavour. Church-Key offers good vibes in spades with regular events celebrating live music, great food, and great beer.

Potter Settlement Vineyards and Artisan Winery

Wine enthusiasts looking to expand beyond the county should have Tweed on their radar. Potter Settlement Winery is Hastings County’s very first, and it justifies its unique location with award-winning artisanal wines created through a blend of traditional and contemporary techniques. Take a tour of the vineyards for a journey into the art of winemaking through 10 acres of organically grown grapes, and sample an array of fine red, white, rose, ice, and fortified wines. The experience is worth the trip.

Flyby Brewing Company

The awesome Flyby Brewing Company offers an adventurous twist on traditional brewing. Located just north of CFB Trenton, Flyby is appropriately named with Royal Canadian Air Force crafts regularly buzzing overhead. The owners embrace Trenton’s rich military history and presence with their brand, earning them a strong local customer base. The beer is excellent, the atmosphere is fun, and anyone who stops by is sure to agree!

Kings Mill Cider

In the rolling hills of Stirling is Kings Mill Cider, a family-owned and operated craft cider producer. With a refreshing selection of hard and non-alcoholic ciders sourced from local orchards, there’s something for everyone on a trip to the peaceful Stirling-Rawdon area. Kings Mill Cider is also located beside the Kings Mill Conservation Area on Squire Creek, offering a welcome dose of nature to go with the crisp, delicious drinks.

Exploring the breweries and vineyards outside Prince Edward County lets you discover different parts of the Quinte area, where each sip reveals the region’s special character. These local spots are not just places to taste beverages; they are destinations where people come together to celebrate each other through experiences that are as unique as the landscapes around them.

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