Niagara wine

A sneak peek inside the new Bench Brewing Company, which opened its doors Friday in the heart of Niagara wine country.

It was all hands on deck at the new brewery, located on King St. between Vineland and Beamsville at the foot of Cherry Street, as the taps ran non-stop, Chef Erik Peacock (Wellington Court) and his kitchen team churned out tasty charcuterie style boards of deliciousness (a wider menu is coming from Peacock, shown below, something with an ethnic flare to the dishes), and tours ran non-stop.

Niagara beer

What a fabulous addition Bench is to Niagara and the facility will prove to be a very special destination for beer fans from all around Ontario, Canada and the U.S.

Beers that were being poured on tap included:

• Ball’s Falls Session IPA
‪• Twenty Mile Farmhouse Ale
‪• Stone Road White Ale
‪• Citra Grove Dry Hopped Sour
‪• Simcoe Grove Dry Hopped Sour
‪• Oak Grove Barrel Aged Sour
‪• Clean Slate Brett Saison
‪• VIO Brett Saison with Viognier Grapes
‪• Bewilder Brett IPA

I had a quick impromptu tour of Bench Brewing with Chef Peacock as my guide (he does it all!)

Here are some photos I took on the tour.

My absolute favourite of the tasting. A Viogier/beer blend with grapes coming from the Stouck farm right across the street.

Ever wonder whatever happened to Le Clos Jordan's big oak vats? Wonder no longer.

The barrel room and stainless steel rooms are kept separate by an airlock between two doors.

Leftover wall from the original school the brewery worked into the design.