Driving down narrow, winding roads of La Salette you stumble upon Ramblin’ Road Brewery Farm, Norfolk County’s first brewery that is also a farm and grows its own hops. Inside the brewery, it has a homey and cozy feel, with a small retail shop to the left and a sturdy bar to the right. There is a wide variety of merchandise ranging from clothing to beer related accessories to Picard’s Peanuts and house made Extreme Kettle Chips.
Touring the brewery is a fun and eye-opening experience, as we learn how local ingredients are incorporated in their beer and food. The brewhouse is overwhelming with the large liquor tanks towering throughout the room. Moving on to the chip machine, we learn about how the Extreme Kettle Chips are made. The chip making process is fascinating. Potatoes are washed, cut, and then bathed in their Dakota Pearl Potato Ale before being fried, seasoned, and packaged. It’s a hectic time when the chip bags get filled and packed into boxes just fill the room during the 5 to 6 week production time.
At the end of the brewhouse and chip production tour, it’s the perfect time to sip on a glass of Dakota Pearl Potato Ale and take a tour of the field of hops, an activity highly encouraged by the staff at Ramblin’ Road. Infused with Dakota Pearl potatoes grown on Picard’s Peanuts Farm, this beer is light and crisp with a frothy head. The earthy tones of the potato blends nicely with Ramblin’ Road’s floral and citrusy hops, delivering a satisfying finish to this cream ale. All in all, taking a leisurely stroll through the sandy soils through rows upon rows of hops while the sun peaks through the tall vines definitely ends the tour of the brewery farm nicely.
Next visit, it will be worth to head up to their aptly named restaurant, The Roost, to grab a bite to eat for lunch.