Ramblin’ Road Road Gear

With Summer here and the beer season well underway, the Ramblin’ Road beers have been flying off the shelves. Also available at the Brewery Farm, you can pick up your favorite Road Gear!

Ramblin’ Road Bottle Opener & Key Chain

Bottle opener and key chain

Ramblin’ Road 16oz Pint Glass

Ramblin' Road pint glass

Ramblin’ Road Hoodies (Men’s and Ladies)
ramblin' road hoodies

Ramblin' road hoodies

Ramblin’ Road Caps

Ramblin' Road caps

Ramblin’ Road Golf Shirts (Men’s ad Ladies)

Ramblin' Road golf shirts

Ramblin’ Road Tee Shirts (Men’s and Ladies)

Ramblin' Road tee shirts

Ramblin' Road tee shirts


Come by the brewery farm to pick up yours!

French Family Ramblin’ Road Rib Recipe

Delicious Ribs with Ramblin' Road Country Pilsner

Delicious Ribs with Ramblin’ Road Country Pilsner

This is one of the French Family Flavourites! So after years of rib recipe trials and t-ribulations, here’s the recipe they have created and selected to share with the Ramblin’ Road Community!



2 1/2 pounds of pork side ribs (about 1 big side )
1 Tbsp. dry Italian seasoning
2 small cooking onions, peeled and quartered
1-2  bottles of Ramblin’ Road Country Pilsner
1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 cloves garlic (or more if you LOVE IT), minced
1 tsp. dijon prepared mustard
1/4 tsp.ground ginger
1/8 tsp.ground cayenne pepper
1/8 tsp.ground allspice
1/8 tsp.ground cinnamon
1/2 cup pineapple juice
1 tbsp. corn starch

Cooking instructions:
Carefully remove the thin membrane from the bone side of the ribs.
Cut the side of ribs into 3 – 4 equal sections and place in a large deep pot with the onions and seasoning. Add water to just cover the ribs and pour 1/2 a bottle Ramblin’ Road Country Pilsner into the pot. Set the remaining bottle of Pilsner aside (or just drink it because it’s really good!).

Bring to a boil and simmer 1 hour. When done, drain. In a roasting pan or casserole dish place the ribs meat side down and in a single layer.

Ribs soaking in the Ramblin' Road sauce

Ribs soaking in the Ramblin’ Road sauce

While meat is cooking:
Prepare sauce a small saucepan by combining remaining bottle of Pilsner (or pop open a second bottle if you finished off the first earlier) with soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, mustard, ginger, cayenne pepper, allspice and cinnamon.

In a small bowl mix the pineapple juice and corn starch and add it to the mixture in the saucepan. Bring the sauce to a boil and cook, stirring constantly, until thickened.

Pour sauce over the ribs. (You can cover and refrigerate at this point until ready to cook)

Bake uncovered at 375* for 30 minutes (45 minutes if refrigerated) , turn over, and continue cooking an additional 15 minutes or until browned and dazed ( I mean glazed!)

Ramblin' Road Ribbers!

Ramblin’ Road Ribbers!


A very special THANK YOU to Janice French for sharing her Family Recipe with us. We hope that all you Ramblin’ Road lovers will have the opportunity to make these at home. For those creative, we invite you to share your Ramblin’ Road recipes with us!


Tips for Growing Hops – From the Brewery Farm

Hop Garden - Ramblin' Road Brewery Farm

Hop Garden – Ramblin’ Road Brewery Farm

We get a number of people asking in-person and on social media about how to grow their very own backyard hops, so here are a few tips to get you started.

Hops are not terribly picky about where they can grow, but there certainly are places where they grow best. Hop, or humulus lupulus – try saying that 3 times really fast – is grown in the northern temperate regions of North America and Europe. In the past hops plantings were wide spread across South-Western Ontario . While we have one twitter follower that plans to experiment with growing hops north of the 60th parallel, our growing tips are for those of us residing in warmer parts of Canada where we get 120 frost-free days or more in a year.

Step One: Getting your beerly paws on rhizomes

The best place to find a reputable seller for home-growing is asking folks in homebrew forums or getting in touch with your local homebrew supplier. Keep in mind that getting rhizomes across the border would be rather difficult so stick with Canadian suppliers. Choosing one or two varieties is a good start for a home hop garden.

Step Two: Find out what kind of soil you have in your yard

Ideally, well-draining soil that is slightly acidic (PH ~6.0) is well enjoyed by hop plants. Here in Norfolk County, we typically have sandy loam, which is fantastic for drainage. If you’re stuck with soil that doesn’t drain well, it can be amended by mixing in some peat moss and plant material compost with lots of elbow grease. Soil conditions will also improve in subsequent seasons if you’re actively growing plants in the plot.

Hop Rows at the Brewery Farm

Hop Rows at the Brewery Farm

Step Three: Setting up a trellis or locating a fence for the vines

Set up the trellis before you plant the rhizomes so you don’t disturb the roots. If you don’t like getting telemarketers calling you at dinner time then you’ll have a pretty good idea of how the hop plants will feel if you start hammering poles into the ground next to them.

Step Four: Plant, Water, and Watch them Grow

Once the threat of frost is over, you can plunk them into the ground. The buds on the rhizomes should be point up or horizontally and be 1” under the soil. They need plenty of water and fertilizer because they get big, really big. So water often and before the sun is at its peak so they it doesn’t evaporate too quickly. Once the vines sprout, make sure they are on the trellis and not touching the ground.

Ramblin' Road farm grown Hops

Ramblin’ Road farm grown Hops

Step Five: Harvest, baby, Harvest

This is the best part. When the cones are papery and dry to the touch, harvest with small scissors. If you only harvest ripe cones, you can get a harvest every other week. While we have machines to help us harvest the acres, there is something serene about getting up with the sunrise and hand picking the cones – we would do it by hand if we could.

Are you thinking about growing hops? Which varieties are you going to grow? Let us know in the comments.


John Picard

Ramblin' Road Hops

Farm sunshine through our Hop Garden

Picard’s EXTREME Kettle Chips – Available Near You

We all know there is something about those crunchy flavour packed EXTREME Kettle Chips, made fresh at the Brewery Farm, that keeps you coming back for more. You can pick up any of the flavours at the Picard’s stores, located in St. Jacobs, Talbotville, Waterdown, Niagara-on-the-Lake and Waterford. However, if you are not close to any of these Picard’s stores, the Avid Gourmet, a boutique purveyor of finer local fare has now made it even easier for you to get your daily dose of Picard’s EXTREME Kettle Chips. Now they are available at several independent retailers across Southern Ontario and more locations coming soon in the GTA. Check out the locations below to find out where you can satisfy your mouth watering cravings.

Phone Store Location
905-648-6878 Bennett’s Apple & Cider 944 Garner Road East Ancaster ON
519-625-8194 Best Little Pork Shop 2146 Line 34, Hwy #7 Shakespeare
Brandt Meat Packers Ltd 1878 Mattawa Ave Mississauga, ON L4X1K1
519-833-9677 Carvers Block 102 Main Street Erin, ON N0B 1T0
519-291-1094 Carson’s Country Market R.R. #3 5531 Line 86 Listowel, ON N4W 3G8
519-666-0286 Crunican’s Orchard RR #42 23778 Richmond Street London, ON
Davids Gourmet 25 Bruce Street Kitchener, ON
519-434-9893 Doris Family Produce 130 King Street London, ON
519-637-0055 Farmgate Markets Deli & Fresh Meat 19 Elgin Street St. Thomas, ON N5R 3L7
519-669-5403 Foodland 315 Arthur Street Elmira, ON N3B 1Z5
226-383-7374 Fraberts 105 Queen St, W. Unit 3 Fergus, ON N1M 1S6
905-854-5230 International Meats & Deli 11269 Guelph Line Campbelleville, ON L0P 1B0
519-823-8046 MarKet Fresh Meat & Produce 10 Paisley St., Unit #3 Guelph, On N1H 2N6
1-647-435-5340 Multiple Organics 1545 Dundas Street West Toronto, ON M6K 1T6
705-689-5565 Muskoka Meats 2288 A Hwy #11 North Gravenhurst, ON P1P 1R1
905-640-4568 Reesor Farm Kitchen 5758 Main Street Stouffville, ON
Strictly Bulk 2389 Bloor St., West Toronto, ON M6S 1P6
519-653-6661 Sunrise Mills Natural Choice 840 King St., East Cambridge, ON N3H 3P2
905-562-9730 Upper Canada Cheese 4159 Jordon Road Jordan Station, ON L0R 1S0
519-822-2728 Valeriote’s Market 204 Yorkshire Street Guelph, ON N1H 5C1
519-741-1437 Vincenzo’s 150 Caroline St., South Waterloo, ON N2L 0A5
Picard's EXTREME Kettle Chips

Just a few of the incredible EXTREME Kettle Chips

The Brewery Farm Story

If we had a nickel for every time someone asks “what’s a brewery farm?” I’d have a kick-ass bottling line to replace the one I had to leave on the table when we had to challenge the system to get the necessary approvals to launch this project, in the country. Having a brewery in the country, just made sense to a farm boy who grew up in the rural lands of Southwestern Ontario. With all of the interest and support of the community, we decided it was time to tell you the Brewery Farm story. It all started off as a seed of an idea to make a product with a rich agricultural connection and since that time, over the past five years, that seed has grown into the Brewery Farm.

Brewery Farm Hop GardenHaving the good fortune of living in farm country, we are blessed with rich sandy loam that many garden crops thrive in. From this soil, the idea of a Norfolk County microbrewery was planted. Over the past few decades we have tilled Norfolk County’s exceptional soil to grow peanuts; and it is this same type of earth that hops thrive in. Five years ago our family planted our first hop rhizomes, initially six varieties, on a couple of acres just off Swimming Pool Road.

The “farm” in “Brewery Farm” is inspired from the self-sustaining old family farms that stretched across much of Southern Ontario over a century ago. We didn’t simply want a brewery, but rather a brewery that could be self-reliant on the land that it is built on. Traditional farming also means survival by continually diversifying and improving the crops grown in the fields. So, we now grow Dakota Pearl potatoes and eight different varieties of hops – and we can’t wait until the Spring when they start shooting upwards from the thawing grounds. The potatoes are cooked into kettle chips on the farm as well, just recently making a crisp and crunchy debut, in six varieties of extremeness.

John Picard and the Ramblin' Road 6 packsLike any modern family farm we believe that we have to be connected to the community in order to support the community. We want the Brewery Farm to be a place where the folks of Norfolk County and their friends from near and far can gather, sample a freshly brewed premium beer, and appreciate the agricultural roots and innovation of this region. On most weekends, I’m happy to share a sample and talk beer, just ask me a question, it’s a great story.

John Picard