By Mariah McKenney
The tree is taken down, the decorations are packed away and the holiday celebrations are over for another Christmas. These winter days can feel long and endless. But there are fun things to do and great places to visit in the Townships. No matter what the weather is like! Visiting local establishments in the area is a great way to spend your time! Especially when there are new places to discover. My family and I visited La Knowlton Co., a new microbrewery in Knowlton owned by father and son duo Jim and Nick Allen.
One of the first things that caught my attention when I walked in was the pizza oven; followed by the enormous windows overlooking the terrace, followed by the smell of delicious food coming from the kitchen . You immediately notice the large horseshoe-shaped bar with dark green stools around it in the centre of the restaurant. Even the smallest accents, such as the horseshoe coat hangers and the pendant lights hanging over the bar, stand out.
La Knowlton Co.’s menu is filled with local ingredients from farms in the area, and the brewery even has a partnership with the cooperative Le Terroir Solidaire. From the beer to the food, the microbrewery focuses on using local ingredients as much as possible. In fact, one of the brewery’s specialties is its handmade pizza dough, cooked in the wood-burning pizza oven. There are a variety of pizzas on the menu, as well as a handful of pubstyle dishes such as burgers, fish and chips—and
If you’re looking for a beer to top off your meal, you can choose from the brewery’s selection of craft beers. All beers are brewed on site, in the same building as the restaurant. The list of beers includes a Traditional Cream Ale, a West Coast IPA, an English Porter and a Wheat Ale. And the list continues to grow. Each beer has its own unique label printed on the can. You also find some of these labels displayed on the walls of the restaurant.
For those who want to take La Knowlton Co. beer home, no problem! You can bring home cans of La Knowlton Co. craft beer right from the fridge at the brewery. You can also buy select La Knowlton Co. beers off site at various locations such as Tite Frette in Granby, St-Jean-sur-Richelieu and Cowansville.
The Townships are full of exciting, new places to be discovered. If you are looking for a place where the ambiance is warm, the food is comforting and the beer is craft, La Knowlton Co. should be on your list of places to visit in the area.