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Back downtown and freed of the car, it's time for an impromptu tour at Swans and a sampling of their largely British-inspired ales, including the rich and warming Riley's Scotch Ale. Enjoy a relaxed dinner in either the pub or the hotel's bistro, Wild Saffron, before heading down the road a half-block to the somewhat hidden Canoe Brewpub. Weather permitting, grab a chair on the terrace and enjoy the breathtaking view of the harbour while ending your beer tasting day with a sampler of Canoe's four regular and single seasonal brews, including the off-dry, slightly spicy River Rock Bitter.

Pack your stein

GETTING THERE

Chambly, Que.:The town is a 30-

minute drive from downtown Montreal on the South Shore. For bus information, visit .

Neustadt and Hanover, Ont.: About two hours west of Toronto by car.

WHERE TO STAY

The Westin Nova Scotian: 1181 Hollis St., Halifax; 1-888-679-3784; . Within walking distance of several breweries and brew pubs in the city's downtown.Rates start at $159 a night (all hotel rates based on double occupancy).

Hôtel Godin: 10 Sherbrooke St. W., Montreal; 1-866-744-6346; . For a central location in Montreal, you can't beat the new, chic boutique-style property. Starts at around $200, including breakfast.

The Victorian Manor Bed & Breakfast: 500 9th Ave., Hanover, Ont.; 1-866-317-0563; . Starts at $85.

Spinnakers Brewpub and Guest Houses: 308 Catherine St., Victoria; 877-838-2739; . Starts at $129.

Swans Hotel & Brewpub: 506 Pandora Ave., Victoria; 1-800-668-7926. Starts at $89. WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK

Nova Scotia Propeller Brewing Company: 2015 Gottingen St., Halifax; 902-422-7767; drinkpropeller.ca.

Rogues' Roost Ale House and Microbrewery: 5435 Spring Garden Rd., Halifax; 902-492-2337.

The Granite Brewery & Ginger's: 1662 Barrington St., Halifax; 902-422-4954.

John Shippey's Brewing Company: 1869 Upper Water St., Halifax; 902-423-7386.

Cheval Blanc: 809 Ontario St. E., Montreal; 514-522-0211;

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L'amère à boire: 2049 Boulevard St-Denis, Montreal; 514-282-7448; .

Dieu du Ciel!: 29 Laurier Ave. W., Montreal; 514-490-9555;

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Unibroue: 80 Des Carrieres, Chambly, Que.; 450-658-7658;

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Fourquet Fourchette: 1887 Bourgogne, Chambly, Que.; 450-447-6370; fourquet-fourchette.com.

Neustadt Springs Brewery: 456 Jacob St., Neustadt, Ont.; 519-799-5790; .

Wellington Brewery, 950 Woodlawn Rd. W., Guelph, Ont.; 1-800-576-3853; .

Mill Street Brewery: 55 Mill St., Building 63, Toronto; 416-681-0338.

C'est What: 67 Front St. E., Toronto; 416-867-9499.

Lighthouse Brewing Company: 836 Devonshire Rd., Victoria; 250-383-6500.

Vancouver Island Brewery: 2330 Government St., Victoria; 250-361-0007.

Canoe:450 Swift St., Victoria; 250-361-1940 .

MORE INFORMATION

Ontario Craft Brewers:

ontariocraftbrewers.ca.

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