A brewery, like the beach, is a relaxing oasis that allows tired travelers to bask in golden hues, frolic in frothy spumes, and get in splash fights with siblings. Savour sudsy fun with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get a brewery tour, three samples, and a $20 gift certificate at Railway City Brewery ($20 value). Railway City, one of the only craft microbreweries in the London area, handcrafts small batches of beer using a variety of locally grown hops and Ontario-sourced malted grains. As they continue to develop new recipes, the staff stays dedicated to natural ingredients—from freshly ground coffee beans in the Colonel Talbot's Coffee stout to sweet grains and citric hops in the Iron Spike Blonde ale. Tantalize the taste buds with the hoppy and mild malt flavours of the Dead Elephant Pale Ale while taking a tour of Railway City—and afterward, pick out Railway City gear, growlers ($14.00, including deposit), and glasses ($5-$8) at the store. Railway City Brewery pays specific attention to their environmental impact and encourages customers to do so too through use of their refillable growlers, kegs, and love-o-meters. Tours take place daily.
- [Dead Elephant] is one of the most interesting beer labels in Ontario. Nice design, very true to the circus-themed brew. I’m impressed. –¬ Chris, Toronto Beer Blog
- The first two or three times I found myself supping a pint of it at a local Toronto pub I didn't really know what to think of it, but these two bottles I had were quite good. Those two Dead Elephant's were a nice surprise. – [Troy Burtch, Great Canadian Beer]
Railway City Brewing Company
Inspired by the dramatic life of Jumbo, the P.T. Barnum circus elephant, Railway City emblazons every growler of its Dead Elephant IPA with a bold-faced reminder to "live life large." Railway City embodies that motto daily as staff turns Ontario-grown grains and hops into small-batch craft beers. Besides regular brews such as the Dead Elephant IPA and the Iron Spike blond ale, the company also concocts monthly seasonal beers, such as the Cranberry Pilsner and Honey Elixir, which is only made after local bees call to say their honey has hit its peak flavour.
To retain optimal character in each batch by sourcing as many local ingredients as possible in small batch brews, Railway City never dulls robustness through pasteurization. These uncompromising standards complement its environmentally sustainable practices, such as dispensing refillable glass growlers and donating their spent grains to local farmers for feed. An online directory lets fans know where to enjoy Railway's brews, and also share some of their favourite recipes that pair well with their beers.