Fredericton’s best breweries & the Taproom Trail

by W. Andrew Powell
Fredericton Breweries

New Brunswick is home to a number of fantastic breweries, and Fredericton’s Taproom Trail is really impressive. Per capita, the region boasts the most taprooms anywhere in Canada, and there are also a number of cideries, wineries, and distillers around Fredericton.

It’s hard to pick only a few favourites, so you should definitely check out the full list of taprooms on the Fredericton Tourism website, but here are my top picks for when you visit the area this summer.

Graystone Brewing

Graystone Brewing

221 King Street

Graystone Brewing stands out for their range of beers, their atmosphere, and the location.

Right in the heart of the city, and close to hotels, Graystone is family and dog-friendly, with outdoor patio space in the summer, and a dozen of their excellent beers on tap. Of all the taprooms, Graystone feels like a popular hangout that’s inviting and everyone is having a great time.

Find your new favourite beer and take home some cans, or a growler. A few favourites include Burning Rock Red, The Grind Coffee Stout, Single Track Pale Ale, and Graystone IPA.

Grimross Brewing

Grimross Brewing

600 Bishop Drive

Grab a pint and get ready for great music at Grimross Brewery. The taproom offers a large, open space that’s a mix of industrial with lots of wood, with local snacks and often a food truck outside.

Grimross hosts bands and singers, trivia nights, an open mic night, and even yoga, with ten brews on tap.

A few of their best brews include the Brunswick German Pils, Maritime IPA, the award-winning Belgian-inspired Cheval D’or, Maritime Cream Ale, and in the fall look for their Oktoberfest.

Picaroons Brewing

Picaroons Brewing

912 Union Street

Picaroons Brewing is a New Brunswick institution. They’ve been brewing since 1995, and in addition to their Fredericton Roundhouse location, that serves food with 504 North, you can find them in Saint John at the Picaroons General Store. Their beer is also served at bars and restaurants across the province.

Some of my favourites from the brewery include 506 Dark Wheat Ale, Yippee IPA, Golden Ale, Dooryard Summer Wheat Ale, Irish Red, and lots more.

TrailWay Brewing Co.

TrailWay Brewing Co.

280 Main Street

The Northside’s TrailWay Brewing has served their community and beer fans since 2016, with unfiltered American ales and great, chill vibes. In the summer, visit for a chance to relax on their patio, and they often have a food truck on-site for bites.

Nearby, you can also enjoy their beer at the Drome, a 12 lane, craft beer bowling destination.

Try some of their best brews, like Pipe Dream Session IPA, Urban Sabrero, The Blend Smoothie Sour, and Ramifications Helles.

Other breweries and distillers

The full list of Fredericton breweries and distillers is seriously impressive, especially when you look around the nearby Fredericton region. The four breweries above are some of the best, but there are so many more to check out.

Make some time to visit with Red Rover Craft Cider, The CAP live music space and nano-brewery, Big Axe Brewery in Nackawic, Gagetown Distilling & Cidery a few kilometres south of Fredericton, Black Galley Distillery in Hanwell, and Motts Landing winery in the village of Cambridge-Narrows.

More information

For more ideas on New Brunswick breweries visit Tourism New Brunswick.

For more travel ideas for Fredericton and New Brunswick, visit our NB Travel section.

And plan the perfect New Brunswick road trip with my suggestions on routes, activities, and more.

Looking for more travel stories? Visit our Canadian Travel Guide for ideas across the country.

All photos courtesy Fredericton Tourism.

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