OK, the eastern end of Ontario is not all the way across the country from our B.C. neighbors, but it's still a long ways off. While catching some plays at the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, I happened on one of the new craft breweries in this winery-laden town: Silversmith Brewing.
The pub, pictured here, is in a former church, an Anglican house of worship dating back to 1892 or so. The brewing business began here in 2011 and it primarily serves the on-premise consumption and sales of bottles and growlers here.
The founders, Matt and Chris, proclaim their dark lager the flagship brew and I found it rich and balanced. My companion, here for the wine and the plays, tried the hefeweisen and said she liked it.
The brewing system, also on the premises (I defer to those schooled in ecclesiastical architecture to name the room off to one side of the main chapel) looked to be in the seven-barrel capacity range, although the rating would be in hectoliters as is usually the case in Canada.