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Getting Into the Holiday "Spirits"
Snow is falling, Christmas decorations are being hauled from their recesses, and around Northeastern Ontario thoughts have turned to holiday tastes and flavours.
One item that’s a staple in many holiday celebrations? Cocktails, wine, cider, or craft beers. The City of Greater Sudbury has no shortage of locally conceived options for consumers to choose from this holiday season! We’ve rounded up a few of our classic favourites and new styles to sample as the holidays arrive.
Whether you’re in search of local products to highlight at your Christmas Party, or unique gifts and stocking stuffers, you’ll find inspiration below.
Stack Brewing Specialities
In addition to their core line up of Sudbury-themed beers such as Panache Session I.P.A., Saturday Night, La Cloche, and Impact, Stack Brewing (1350 Kelly Lake Road) offers a line of limited edition or holiday specialties.
Cherry Chocolate Stout – 7.0% - This award-winning chocolaty stout is back by popular demand, described by the brewery as “pretty much black forest cake in a bottle”.
Ball Drop Champagne Ale - 11.0% - Perfect for New Year’s Eve, Ball Drop Champagne Ale is a Belgian Triple that uses twice-fermented Champagne yeast, resulting in a light, fruity beer with hints of citrus, pear, and coriander.
Puppers Premium Lager – 4.0% - The official beer of Letterkenny (a Sudbury filmed production) also happens to be a flavourful, smooth drinking golden lager that would be a good addition to any beer-lovers fridge.
Spirit & Beer Tastings
If you’d rather venture out to taste some of the city’s offerings, there are numerous of options to take advantage of.
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Hardrock 42 Gastropub
117 Elm Street
Located in Downtown Sudbury, Hardrock 42 Gastropub boasts 65 beers on tap with daily rotations, including a great selection of Northern Ontario products. This restaurant is a great place to watch the game, or grab a delicious meal from their newly revamped menu. Ask about their daily pint and eat specials.
1347 Kelly Lake Road
One of the newest additions to Sudbury’s foodscape is Crosscut Distillery, located on Kelly Lake Road right across the road from Stack Brewing. From the still to the bottle to your glass, you can visit this distillery on site and taste their locally inspired spirits at their tasting bar. Make sure to sample their Local Harvest Gin, or a variety of other specialties from their Triple Grain Vodka to the seasonal only Spruce Tip Vodka.
M.I.C. Canadian Eatery & Whisky Pub
200 Falconbridge Road
This Sudbury-owned restaurant is all about Canada! M.I.C. Canadian Eatery & Whisky Pub delivers Canadian dishes and ingredients in an environment that celebrates Canadian music, art, athletes, and all around innovators. The menu is accompanied by an impressive list of over 25 varieties of Canadian whiskies; ask about ordering a flight to sample a selection!
Special Nights Out
Maybe you’d like to take someone special for a nice dinner out, or maybe provide a gift certificate for someone else’s special night out. Stocking a healthy selection of wines and spirits, here are a few ideas for special nights out around Sudbury!
1463 Lasalle Boulevard
This Mediterranean eatery in New Sudbury places an emphasis on Greek dishes, and is a fan-favourite amongst locals. It’s not hard to see why. From lush pasta bowls to custom pizzas and veal parmesan, P&M’s Kouzzina brings flavourful comfort food to your table in a recently renovated setting. Ask about daily specials and their Butcher Block selections.
Verdicchio Ristorante Enoteca
1351-D Kelly Lake Road
This fine dining eatery is known for delivering progressive Italian cuisine alongside perfectly paired Italian selections from the vineyards of Italy. Verdicchio emphasizes seasonality and local ingredients, all while paying homage to the Italian heritage that the owners hail from. Ask about their tasting menus and daily specials.
Tommy’s Not Here
1889 Regent Street
For an intimate dining experience consider making a reservation at Tommy’s Not Here. A Sudbury hidden gem, this cozy subterranean restaurant serves up classic favourites prepared with extreme attention to the little details. Patrons can expect an impressive wine cellar selection and a private room for extra special occasions.
Lot 88 Steakhouse & Bar
A relative new comer to the Sudbury restaurant scene, the upscale casual chain Lot 88 Steakhouse & Bar brings searing hot lava cooking stones directly to your table for a unique dining experience. Enjoy a vibrant atmosphere and a diverse menu ranging from top quality cuts of steak and lamb to Szechuan stir-fries.