With 16 Brunswick Gold Crown pool tables, The Break Room offers amateur and expert sharpshooters a comfy and friendly place to practice their skills. Along with the sea of felt-green open spaces, the bar boasts a 16-foot high definition projection television and two dedicated areas for darts. Parties large and small spread out over a 12,000 interior, and enjoy pints of draft beer along with hot and cheesy finger food.
Voted one of the city's best wine- and beer-making establishments by Waterloo Chronicle readers, The Brew House guides future pour-masters into the fermented arts of concocting beer, wine, coolers, and cider. During the cocktail experience, cocktail makers either mix 15 bottles of two flavours, or 30 bottles of their single favourite flavour. The cocktail then sits and The Brew House masters filter the tasty concoction and add the flavouring. You then return and distribute your cocktails into 30 750-mL bottles not otherwise occupied by genies (customers can bring their own, or purchase new bottles for $1.41 each, including HST). Strawberry- and lime-margarita varietals burst through mouth-doors and gift tongues with a zesty, fruity bouquet and a touch of tequila; the mojito wets whistles with mint and citrus overtones. Call ahead or send a sober carrier pigeon to schedule a class.
Brisa Fine Wine & Gifts gathers worts from around the globe to grant hops hounds an opportunity to craft fine microbrews themselves. The Festa Brew premium beer kit batches your choice of one of six brews in 36 500-millilitre bottles to quench genial thirst and take the edge off of a long day of narwhal noodling ($78.50). On the first visit, you mix the ingredients yourself before tearfully taking leave, as the baby beverage steadily grows in age, wisdom, and alcohol proof over the course of three weeks. On your second visit, the beer is bottled and ready to take home for refrigeration.
F&M Brewery makes its carefully balanced Stone Hammer craft beers with malted barley, fresh hops, and water sourced from local artesian wells. Each small batch is fire-brewed in a copper kettle before slowly aging in the cellar’s horizontal tanks. The resulting beers have garnered numerous awards, including a gold medal in the 2009 Canadian Brewing Awards’ pilsner category and a silver medal in the 2013 Canadian Brewing Awards’ stout category.
In addition to hosting events and operating restaurants throughout Canada, F&M Brewery sells their suds at a retail store alongside swag such as glassware and beer soap, which can be used to scrub down in the shower or add extra froth to drafts. The store also stocks pieces from the Craftbrewers Recycled Art Project, which transforms malt bags and brewery waste into art pieces, wallets, and other useable items.
One of Ontario's largest brew on premises facilities, Better Bitters gives intoxicant enthusiasts the chance to craft their own libations with a fun, easy process that creates drinks worthy of picky palates at a lower cost than can be found in-store. Today's Groupon equips purchasers with their choice of the strawberry margarita or mojito wine cocktail kit, both of which produce 23 litres of devilish drinkables. The easy two-step process only requires the customer to come into the store for a 5–10 minute mixing session. After five weeks of marinating in a lucky bucket, the elixir is ready for in-store bottling, labelling, and a cotillion ball debut (the price of bottles is not included in this deal–customers can bring their own or purchase them on-site for $10 per dozen). Either convivial consumable is tasty frozen or mixed and makes a great holiday gift or New Year's Eve cocktail. For more information on Twisted Mist products, visit the info page.