Brews and Beverages in OEV’s Libation District
Updated: Jul 13
There’s nothing like happy hour in the summer! Old East Village has something for everyone to enjoy, whether you like craft beer, fresh cups of coffee, or summer cocktails. OEV’s Libation District passport is the perfect way to discover new spots or visit your favourites. Be one of the first 10 people to visit each stop and submit the passport to win a gift bag! If you submit a completed passport before August 18, you’ll be entered into a draw for a grand prize valued over $600!
This summer, you can also get discounts at participating locations thanks to London Tourism’s Happy Hour. Enjoy an evening out and submit your receipt online to win Construction Dollars.
Keep reading to learn about the best drinks that you can find #OnlyInOEV!
Anderson Craft Ales (1030 Elias St)
This family-owned and operated brewery makes a wide range of beers. There are always 10-12 different beers on tap to help expand your tastes. For those new to craft beer, Anderson’s tasting flights are a great place to start! Enjoy a pour on their outdoor patio or sit inside where their upstairs seating area has a great view of the production process happening below.
Asmara Coffee House (700 York St)
Although alcohol tends to come to mind when you think about libations, OEV’s Libation District boasts many other gems, including Asmara Coffee House. Here you’ll find the friendliest faces around and beans freshly roasted on-site, setting the coffee shop apart from many others in London. Their unique straight-from-seed brewing method comes from the African country of Eritrea, whose capital city is this cafe’s namesake.
Dundas & Sons Brewing Company (400 Adelaide St N)
As a nano brewery, Dundas & Sons emphasizes locally-sourced and organic craft beers. They’re just as passionate about creating a hub for local music fans as they are about beverages. They host karaoke on Wednesdays, open mics on Thursdays, and live music two or three nights a week on top of that. Right next door, you can eat from Squid’s Galley, whose beer-battered fish is made with beer from Dundas & Sons!
Powerhouse Brewing Company (100 Kellogg Lane)
This brewery lives up to its name and is nothing short of a powerhouse in the London craft brewing community. They are always releasing new beers and collaborations, or you can stick to the classics and try one of their Core Four beers. With live music, trivia, and a well-rounded menu, Powerhouse is a place for everyone to enjoy.
Paradigm Spirits Co. (100 Kellogg Lane)
This up-and-coming craft distillery plays with tradition and innovation to manufacture vodka, gin, whiskey, and more. They reimagine the roots of the old Kellogg’s factory by making their spirits using the same types of grains once used to make cereal. Summer drink recommendations include their Whiskey Iced Tea or Hibiscus Lemonade!
Other must-visit stops to check off your passport include:
London Brewing Co-op: as one of only two certified organic independent craft breweries in Ontario, London Brewing is committed to using locally-sourced ingredients to make their dozens of beverages.
Fireroasted Coffee Co.: this specialty roaster offers single-origin coffees, exclusive blends, curated boxes, and a fully customizable coffee subscription program.
Union Ten Distilling Co.: as one of London’s two distilleries, Union Ten offers classes and tours to immerse yourself in the world of distilling. Take home one of their cocktail kits or check out their website for recipes using their spirits.
On the Move Organics: this locally-sourced grocery delivery service brings your favourite beverages right to your front door, including coffee, kombucha, loose-leaf tea, Forest City Botanicals, and more.
Print your Libation District passport today! The first 10 people to return their completed passport will win an exclusive OEV prize pack with local goodies! Everyone who completes the passport will be entered to win a grand prize valued over $600 including:
Four Forest City Botanicals sodas
Tour and tasting at Anderson Craft Ales for 10 people
Paradigm Spirits Merch including a hoodie, rim salt, and Brumate
$125 Dundas & Sons gift card
Coffee from Asmara Coffee House
Powerhouse Brewing Co sweater and 4-pack of Hopped Water (non-alcoholic)
Tour and tasting at Union Ten Distilling
London Brewing Co-op toque, glass, and stickers
Four cold brews from Fireroasted Coffee Co.
Return your completed passport by emailing a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org or dropping it off at the OEV BIA office (316 Rectory St). The deadline is August 18th at 10 am and the winner will be drawn that day.
In the meantime, don’t forget to take advantage of Happy Hour discounts and deals at many of these locations. Visit London Tourism's Happy Hour page to see the list of participating businesses. By submitting your receipt online, you’ll be entered into weekly draws for $100 Constructions Dollars… and the $1000 Grand Prize that will be drawn at the end of the summer! What’s your favourite place to spend happy hour in OEV? Comment below.
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