The Oast House reminds of those great days when you have no plans but end up having the best time. Sitting on the patio looking out at the vines, drinking a lovingly brewed local beer, eating deliciously sticky and smoky ribs that fall off the bone and enjoying friendly, laid-back but attentive service – there are a lot of happy sighs emanating from our table.
Only 20 minutes drive from downtown St Catharines, just outside of Niagara-on-the-Lake, this premium craft brewery is a perfect spot for drinks and a casual lunch or dinner with friends.
Beer lovers will appreciate the brewery’s farmhouse ales, which Oast describe on their website as:
“yeast driven beers with great flavor, depth, balance, ‘ageabilility’ and a little hit of good ol’ fashioned cellar funk!”
They also do seasonal beer releases using local ingredients like roasted chestnut, peach, and, at the time of writing this, Gramma’s Strawberry Rhubarb.
If you’re not a beer buff, you can sample Ravine Winery’s Lowry Brothers Cider, which is actually my favorite. It is the driest cider I have ever tasted, and so refreshing over ice. They also serve a selection of local wines and a tasty Moscow Mule cocktail made with Oast’s home-brewed ginger ale.
The kitchen is run by the folks at Tide & Vine Oyster Co, and their small selection of eats all smell fantastic cooking on the outdoor grills. We sampled the ribs (amazing!), and the sausage, coleslaw, and potato salad. The salads were crunchy and delicious, not just your ordinary sloppy sides.
Live music is served up on Friday evenings on the Federal Stage, an old Federal truck with a stage on the back, from 5pm to midnight.
Gluten-free friendly? While there were no gluten-free foods listed on the menu, the kitchen staff happily recommended the sausage with a side of potato salad, which was delicious. They don’t make a gluten-free beer but the ciders are delicious anyway.
Kid friendly? We brought our kids along for lunch here on one of our visits and the staff members were very obliging with menu suggestions. However, they don’t have highchairs, so we pulled the pram to the table for our one year old. Our five-year-old son had a lovely time playing in the nearby trees while waiting for his meal.
Location 2017 Niagara Stone Rd, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0