GoodLot Farmstead Brewing is located in the heart of Caledon, Ontario, a few minutes drive northwest of the hamlet Belfountain, and is one of three new craft breweries in the region.

After bureaucratic wrangling that lasted over a year, GoodLot now has their tap room and bottle shop open located in a shipping container. 

While best known for their Farmstead Pale Ale, GoodLot also brews a super smooth take on the English Special Ales or Brown Ale as we know and love.

GoodLot Brown Ale

Pouring into the glass you get the classic dark brown with the very pale tan head colouring and you can smell the malts, mostly chocolate notes. What’s interesting is the choice of bottle, a stubby no less which you don’t see too often. 

Tasting is a sophisticated combo of chocolate and bit of nut notes. GoodLot uses Cascade Hops, and uses a bit more than average for a brown ale, taking a bit of the edge off the sweetness and ends with a dry finish.

What is really interesting is GoodLot grows their own hops on site for all their beers.

I would classify this as a year-round brown ale, not just for the winter months. 

GoodLot Farmstead Brewing did a great job with their brown ale. Staying true to the classic recipe with an ever so small bump in Cascade hops does wonders for the beer taste.

To my understanding, it is part of their core offering and I’ll be buying more when I run out of my current stash in the fridge. 

The GoodLot Farmstead Ale is available in 500ml stubby bottles and growler fills at the brewery bottle shop only in Caledon.

It’s a nice excuse to get out of the city for the day, hike Forks of the Credit Provincial Park and stop by GoodLot afterward. 


  • Style: Anglo American Brown Ale.
  • ABV: 5.2%
  • IBU: 26.3
  • Taste: Chocolate, nutty
  • Rating: 4 out of 5
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