Cultivate a Taste for History

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.

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. 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.

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!

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.

Our Beers

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’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 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 Gingerbread Stout and Pumpkin Ale. Check out our blog for the latest news on specialty brews.

Specialty Ales 2017

May June
Apricot Ale Ginger Ale
July August
Maple Brown Ale
Simcoe Hopped Ale
September October
Fresh Hop/Wet Hop Pale Ale
Potato Stout, Honey Brown Ale & Pumpkin Ale
November December
Gingerbread Stout Winter Warmer