Brewers, Taverns, Saloons & Hotels

As a young city, Berlin, now Kitchener, had its fair share of brewers, taverns, hotels and saloons and the stories to go with them!

Black & white image of Kuntz Brewery Headquartes, Berlin Ontario

Drinking in Berlin’s history follows a walk through downtown Kitchener reveals the locations and names behind the city’s earliest breweries and establishments where people gathered to socialize over a drink.

Discover the stories of the prohibition era, the brewery that made Canada’s first lager and accusations of tax evasion against local brewers that threatened the whole industry!

**Can be extended to include smoking and cigar shops/makers.

Led by: Todd Bowman

Accessibility: Route follows paved surfaces on city sidewalks. Accessible for scooters & wheelchairs. Route is adapted around construction. 

Drinking in Berlin Walking Tour Details

Of course, we have the obligatory Liability Waiver and Release form that must be signed by each person in advance of joining the walk.  Why a waiver for a walking tour, you ask? Couldn’t get insurance without it. Stroll pays insurance… you sign the waiver. 

A sense of curiosity, a few questions and a willingness to learn something you didn’t know before.

Of course, dress for the weather; bring a hat, water bottle, umbrella, solid walking shoes (no flip flops!) and anything else you need to be comfortable on the walk. 

We walk rain or shine or snow! 

However, we do heed storm watches and warnings and would never put you in danger. Stroll may cancel and reschedule a walk due to an issued weather advisory. 

We don’t make scheduled bathroom breaks along the walking route. Please attend to personal needs before or after the walking tour. 

Twice a year Stroll hosts a series of public walking tours in the spring and fall. Make sure you are on the Stroll newsletter list so you know when they are available! 

Absolutely! The walking tour guides have chosen routes with the best possible accessibility in order to accommodate as many people as possible. However, construction happens and we do our best to re-route safely.

If you have any questions about the accessibility of a specific walk, please contact us in advance of booking. 

We’ll say it again… Always arrive 10-15 minutes ahead of time! If you arrive exactly at departure time, you’re already late! If you arrive really late, your walking tour will likely be shorter than you planned for. 

Public Tours: We start on time so you might miss the introduction. If you’re really late, you might miss the tour if we’ve already moved on. 

We know you’re a curious bunch so we’ve been preparing blog posts with additional resources from many of the walking tours. Happy reading!

I did the Drinking in Berlin's History tour this weekend and it was a super cool experience. Our guide was a local history teacher and was able to communicate unique buildings and areas with ease. Would definitely recommend and would go again!
Alicia M