Vegan Food at the Merchant Ale House – St. Catharines, Ontario

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Vegan eats at a local pub in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada.

This original blog post dates back to 2013 when Justin and I completed our first Bruce Trail hike. Since then, it’s become somewhat of a tradition that I stop at the Merchant Ale House after every hike I complete in the St. Catharines region. There’s nothing like a cold pint of beer and snacking on tofu hot wings after a day on the trails.

FIRST TIME AT THE MERCHANT ALE HOUSE

After our first Bruce Trail hike, we were hungry for dinner and thirsty for some beverages. We took a little drive up the QEW towards home and made a stop at the Merchant Ale House. This restaurant is a pub that doubles as a microbrewery. Unlike traditional pubs, the Merchant Ale House serves several vegan friendly meals and appetizers that we were thrilled to taste.

The Merchant Ale House offers beer by the pint or the pitcher; however, they also have “beer flights” where you can have a sampling of a variety of different beers. This is the perfect option when it’s too difficult to choose just one. It was a great opportunity to try several of their specialty varieties, brewed right on site.

I tried their Lager, the Blonde Ale, the Strawberry Ale, and the Blueberry Wheat. The blueberry one was by far my favorite, served with a few fresh blueberries right in the glass. The beer wasn’t too fruity with a hint of blueberry flavor, perfect as a summer beer. Their Lager was also very yummy and refreshing. You can only drink their beer at the pub itself as they don’t even have an option to bring any home in a growler. It’s best you head out to the ‘Merch’ and try it yourself. Furthermore, there are other local beers and ciders on tap should you wish to venture past their own brews.

Vegan Food at the Merchant Ale House - St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

Vegan Food at the Merchant Ale House - St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

Vegan Food at the Merchant Ale House - St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

It makes perfect sense to order an appetizer to go with your beer. Thankfully for us, the Merchant Ale House has vegan nachos. They’re easily made vegan by replacing dairy cheese with plant-based cheese (Daiya), substituting the sour cream with extra salsa. Otherwise, the toppings are fairly similar (jalapenos, lettuce tomatoes, onions, and black olives). There’s even the option to add vegan chicken.

For the main course, we both ordered the Vegan Schwarma with a side of fries. It’s a wrap with vegan “chicken” strips inside, along with some veggies and sauce. The sauce was tangy, and even a little spicy. Delish!

Vegan Food at the Merchant Ale House - St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

Vegan Food at the Merchant Ale House - St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

A REPEAT VISITOR

While I’m currently hiking through the St. Catharines area, I regularly visit the Merchant Ale House after an afternoon of hitting the trails. Since our first visit, I’ve discovered their vegan hot wings that are absolutely scrumptious. Served with a side of hummus and veggies, they’re not to be missed. There’s also a vegan quesadilla prepared with vegan chicken and cheese. Sometimes I’ll order a pint and sometimes I’ll order a flight of beer. The Merchant Ale House is now a favorite of my sister’s, too, as she’s dined there after a few hikes with me.

Until my Bruce Trail hikes gradually take me out of the city, I’ll most likely keep going back – if not for the tasty vegan eats, for the beer!

On the weekends and some weeknights, there’s live music here late at night. In fact, I discovered the Merchant Ale House years ago when my old band performed there!

Vegan Food at the Merchant Ale House - St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

Vegan Food at the Merchant Ale House - St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

Vegan Food at the Merchant Ale House - St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

Vegan Food at the Merchant Ale House - St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

The Merchant Ale House

98 St Paul St.

St. Catharines, Ontario

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Merchant Ale House 43.156819, -79.245100 Vegan Eats at the Merchant Ale House98 St Paul St, St. Catharines, ON, Canada (Directions)

Vegan Food at the Merchant Ale House - St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

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Lauren is one half of "Justin Plus Lauren". She loves to travel, take photos, and write all about it! Lauren eats a plant-based diet and seeks out yummy vegan food on her travels. She loves nature, animals, outdoor adventures, coffee, and her cats, Chickpea and Peanut.

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  1. […] the Merchant Ale House. Justin and I have been there before together, and you can read all about it in a past article. It is a microbrewery where they brew their own beer, and there are lots of vegan selections on the […]

  2. Alan
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    Thanks for sharing just love those micro microbrewery pubs.

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