Drinking Through Greater Napanee and Bath
I hope you’re feeling thirsty! The town of Greater Napanee and village of Bath are located at the bottom of Lennox and Addington County, between the cities of Kingston and Belleville. They are home to craft breweries and wineries, that make up a perfect afternoon while touring the county. Not only do these businesses create refreshing alcoholic beverages, they are located near quaint towns and spacious farms; drinks with a view! The wineries and breweries are also full of history, each carrying their own unique origin story.
Napanee Beer Company
Award winning craft beer in the heart of Napanee. Napanee Beer Company started from humble beginnings and is now known in the area for their unique, tasty brews. They have four consistent beers that you can find all year; Deadline premium blonde lager, Mayday Belgian pale ale, Blacklist black German lager and the Extremist Belgian-style IPA. Each one is considered a favourite, depending who you ask. For the most unique of the bunch, I would try the Blacklist, described as ‘if a light pilsner and coffee whiskey had a baby’. You’ll often find limited quantities of seasonal beers as well.
Stop by and grab some cans to go. During non-Covid times they offer tastings and tours on site; stay tuned once things open up again! If you’re in Kingston, Napanee, Odessa or Bath you qualify for local delivery.
Address: 450 Milligan Ln, Napanee, ON K7R 3K8
Hours: 12:00pm – 5:00pm Tuesday - Saturday, closed Sunday Monday
Mackinnon Brothers Brewing
With a fun, modern take on a family tradition, Mackinnon Brothers Brewing grows their own hops, wheat and barley for the beer they create. One of their recent brews, Harvest Ale, is made with ingredients 100% grown on the farm. The variety of beers are crisp and refreshing, but a visit to the farm will provide the full experience. A spacious lawn with picnic tables and barrels scattered as seating, and fields of crop in the distance, make a scenic atmosphere to enjoy a pint. They have a food truck on site offering Texas style BBQ, as well as live music on weekends. They also host concert events at their outdoor stage.
Address: 1915 County 22 Rd, Bath, ON K0H 1G0
Hours: 11:00am-5:00pm daily
What became an abandoned vineyard over time, is breathing new life since it was purchased by the Dunn family in 2019. The vineyard is being well taken care of, and the building itself is turning into a beautiful venue for tastings, parties and events. The wine they offer at 33 Vines is primarily from a stockpile from the years 2009-2015. It will be tough to choose a favourite wine as they’re all easy drinking and tasty. Head inside for a tasting and make sure to ask about the history and previous ‘members’ of the Barrel Room. Grab a glass of your top pick and enjoy it on an Adirondack chair outside near the vines.
Address: 9261 Hwy 33, Napanee, ON K7R 3K7
Hours: 11:00am-6:00pm Sunday-Thursday, 11:00am-8:00pm Friday Saturday (June through October)
Bergeron Estate Winery and Cider Co
A fresh breeze over a vineyard, and a glass of wine or cider await you at Bergeron Estate Winery and Cider Co. This picturesque boutique winery offers award winning wines, made with grapes from their own vines, as well as a dry cider made from locally sourced apples. They provide tastings, glasses and of course bottles to go, as well as homemade thin crust pizza. ‘Nona’s pizza’ is made from scratch, inspired by the owner’s Italian mom. The potato pizza paired wonderfully with the Chardonnay.
Address: 9656 Loyalist Pkwy, Bath, ON K0H 1G0
Hours: 11:00am – 5:00pm Sunday-Wednesday, 11:30am-4:30pm Thursday, 11:00am - 6:00pm Friday Saturday
County Bounty Artisanal Soda Co.
If you’re looking for a local, non-alcoholic drink, look no further than County Bounty Artisanal Soda. Produced and sold in Napanee, the owner, Dodie has roots in farming, and sources as much Ontario grown produce as possible for her drinks. There are over 15 unique soda flavours to choose from including wild grape ginger, elderflower and rhubarb citrus peel. The taste is refreshing and sweet!
Their tasting bar and shop in Napanee has been closed during Covid-restrictions. You can also find County Bounty soda at many local shops from Kingston to Ottawa, including Ellena’s Café in Napanee and The Lodge Coffee House in Bath.
Address: 8 Bridge St, Napanee, ON K7R 1J6
Hours: 2:30pm-5:30pm Thursday Friday, 1:00pm-4:00pm Saturday, closed Sunday-Wednesday
Do not drink and drive. If you plan on visiting multiple brewery and winery stops in one day, have a designated driver.
Looking for more to do in Napanee and Bath? Check out the blog; 7 Quirky Things to Do in Lennox and Addington County.