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The Best Brews, Hikes, And Bites In Newfoundland

Enjoy some Iceberg Beer!

Enjoy some Iceberg Beer! Photo: Quidi Vidi

Each time an iceberg hits the shores near Quidi Vidi Harbour (locally known as, “The Gut”), Newfoundlanders rejoice. The reason: Iceberg water is a primary ingredient in the popular Iceberg Beer brewed by Quidi Vidi Brewery just outside of St. John’s. The hyper-pure water has very little detectable mineral content which makes for a good beer, but Quidi Vidi isn’t the only high-end brew on the island. Check out our list of some of the best spots in the province to grab a drink.

Quidi Vidi Brewery

Quidi Vidi is the brewery behind one of the most popular brews in Newfoundland & Labrador, Iceberg Beer. The brewery itself is in a reconstructed seafood plant surrounded by granite cliffs and the harbour in Quidi Vidi Village. The rustic building houses an extremely modern facility where you can drop in for a brewery tour and a tasting of their 7 ales and lagers . The Sugarloaf Path, a nearby hiking trail, is also worthy of a quick hike as it towers above the village and along exposed granite cliffs.

Address: 35 Barrows RdSt. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
Hours: 10am – 5:30pm
Phone:  709-738-4040


Mallard Cottage

Not necessarily a brewery but a great spot to grab a pint. You can’t pass up the opportunity to visit Mallard Cottage if you’re visiting the nearby Quidi Vidi Brewery. Located just outside of St. John’s, Mallard Cottage is an 18th Century Irish-Newfoundland cottage that’s a recognized National Historic Site of Canada and one of the oldest wooden buildings in North America. The menu has a wide array of wild game, seafood, and fresh local produce, and of course, plenty of beer options.

Address: 8 Barrows Rd, St. John’s
Hours: Tues-Sat 5:30pm-9:00pm, Wed-Sat 10:00am-2:00pm, Sun 10:00am-3:30pm
Phone: 709-237-7314

Port Rexton Brewery

The town of Port Rexton is located on the East Coast of Newfoundland about 3 hours from St. John’s. This gorgeous seaside town has about 350 year-round residents and features epic coastal views, rugged landscapes, hikes, and whale watching opportunities.  The amazing Port Rexton Brewery lives up to its surroundings. Their Horse Chops IPA, Baycation Blonde Ale, and T-Rex Porter will cover the bases for even the most refined palette and the incredibe Skerwink Trail is just up the road from the brewery and an amazing way to build a thirst.

Address: 130, Ship Cove Road, Port Rexton, Newfoundland
Hours: 2pm-10pm Thurs-Sat, 2pm-6pm Sun-Mon
Phone:  709-464-7807

Located in downtown St. John’s, Yellowbelly Brewery is a gastropub located within a gorgeous stone building reconstructed after the fire of 1846. With five floors featuring a brewery, pub, dining hall, and event space, Yellowbelly serves up great beers and awesome cuisine under one roof. Be sure to ask about the brewery and building tour, and for speakeasy vibes, check out the Underbelly, one of the oldest rooms in North America.

Address: 288 Water St, St. John’s
Hours: 11AM-2AM
Phone: 709-757-3784

Hike N’ Brew Trip Ideas:

Trip Option 1: If you’re staying in St. Johns drive or cab out to Quidi Vidi Brewery. Go for a hike on Sugarloaf Path overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Follow it up with a meal and a beverage at Mallard Cottage followed by an epic brewery tour demonstrating how Iceberg Beer is made.

Trip Option 2: Visit Two Whales Coffee Shop in Port Rexton, then trip on over to the Skerwink Trail and hike one of the most scenic hikes in Canada. Seriously. It’s a gem. Follow it up with a couple of tasty pints at Port Rexton Brewery.

Trip Option 3: If you’re visiting St. John’s, you’re probably going to spend some time on George Street. With the highest density of bars in Canada, it’s a doozy. Take a moment to get out of the chaos and walk a block to Yellowbelly Brewery. You won’t regret it.


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