As one of Canada’s original producers of traditional-style Farmhouse Ales, the idea of Oast House has always been to follow the Niagara winemaking tradition of crafting a truly unique product that derives both its character and distinction from the land.
Whether it is the natural methods/ingredients (such as our native house yeast derived from the land, on-site well water, hop yards, or local wine barrels) that drive our signature farmhouse ales or the ripeness of the fruit that’s harvested from trees across the street, you will surely distinguish this “Niagara” in the glass. Furthermore, we also remain adamant that the most complex, flavourful beers in the world take not only great care and ingredients, but the proper time. We are so committed to this notion, that from day one, we have only ever traditionally bottle-conditioned our Farmhouse Ales and built Canada’s first permanent cellar for secondary fermentation.
To this day, the perpetual quest to channel Niagara’s truest terroir into our beer remains our passion.
Just a group of industry guys, made up of a brewmaster, a winemaker & a couple of sommeliers, who plied their trades around the world and then came home to Niagara. Once back and comparing adventures, it was quickly agreed upon that for all its greatness, the region had one rather ominous void… no interesting, quality beer! So ideas began flying and soon after the course was set for fulfilling a dream of creating a small batch, farmhouse-focused brewery in their rural hometown of Niagara-On-The-Lake. In 2010 a true brewery of this style did not exist in Canada, so it was felt important that the building express this unique vision. Luckily in early 2011 the iconic “big, red barn” became available and was purchased as the future home of the Niagara Oast House Brewers. Long one of the agricultural hubs of town, this building’s rich history includes its origin as a fruit basket manufacturer in the late 1800s, a fruit packing shed, the Niagara Township Fruit Cooperative, the original Farmer’s Co-op Bank (now Meridian Credit Union) and a long time John Deere Tractor & Farm Supply Dealership.
The Exchange is a premium brewery and tasting room located in Niagara-on-the-Lake's Old Town heritage district. We focus on making exceptional craft beers using only the highest quality ingredients, including local Niagara fruits. Our selection includes a range of American styles along with sour and funky Belgian-style beers and ales.
Located directly on Queen St. the brewery boasts an intimate and versatile event space complete with a private bar and customized catering options for groups of 10 to 55. Specializing in social and corporate gatherings The Exchange is a perfect stop for groups looking for a unique venue to wow their guests. Take your corporate offsite event or special occasion gathering to the next level, our team of event professionals are here to make your next event one to remember.