The Barrels Bottles Brews Trail


This July we were SO lucky to join Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island (TWEPI) on their Barrel Bottles Brews Trail.  This “Trail” is actually a combination of 11 craft breweries & distilleries with a variety of products & experiences.  There are also a couple of fun ways to visit at least 6 of the 11 stops through the use of this passport.

The other feature about the Barrel Trail is that even if you’re not a fan of beer or spirits  you’ll still enjoy the history lesson behind the product & Windsor’s involvement in the Prohibition Era.  For example….did you know that Windsor was the birthplace of whisky in Canada?  Now that’s a fun fact to share at your next cocktail party!

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Getting There:

  1. Driving – Take the 401 West and keep driving west until you reach Windsor.
  2. VIA Train – VIA offers daily service to Windsor.


  1. There is no cost to visit each stop along the Trail however prices for tastings & food can vary.

 Photo Mosaic:



Important things to keep in mind:

  • The Barrel Trail is a “go-at-your-own-pace” type of experience which is fantastic for anyone who doesn’t like to be on a tight schedule.  NOTE: We were on a real tight schedule on the day we visited and therefore only made it to 4 of the 11 stops 😦
  • The legal drinking age in Ontario is 19.
  • Most Importantly – Please Drink Responsibly.

What you need to try:

  • The Coffee Whisky made exclusively at Wolfhead Distillery – We loved it so much we couldn’t leave without buying a bottle for ourselves.
  • A Tasting Flight at Walkerville Brewery – This gives you a chance to sample several beers before you select which pint or two you’re going to enjoy.
  • A Tour & Tastings of the world-famous Canadian Club at its Brand Centre.  If you’re lucky, you may even run into the CC Godmother, Tish Harcus.
  • The Brew Haus Pretzel & the Brew Proper Lager from Brew – They make a perfect pair!

 Here’s a quick checklist for your next visit:

  • Photo ID with your Date of Birth.
  • Your Barrels, Bottles & Brews Trail Passport – Collect stamps from each stop & don’t forget to redeem the Passport at the TWEPI office.
  • Your Smartphone – You’ll definitely want to take pics, video, tweet & share about all the amazing food & drinks you’re enjoying, #BarrelTrail
  • Plan ahead by choosing a designated driver or calling a cab.  Please Drink Responsibly!

Other cool places to check out in Windsor include the Walkerville District and the Waterfront Trail.  We chose to see & experience both areas on bicycles and loved every minute of our ride! Thanks again to our friends at City Cyclery & TWEPI for hosting us and sponsoring a portion of our visit.

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