Bad Apple Brewing Company is owned and run by the Ingram family. Jason and Sarah Ingram were raised in Huron County. They have always loved living by Lake Huron and wanted to raise their two children here as well. In 2011, when a property with a beautiful house and century barn, on a 4.9 acre orchard came up for sale and was just a 10 minute walk from the lake, they decided to make it their forever home. They saw all the potential the property had and spent the first three years learning to care for the property and playing around with ideas of what they could do with it.
Jason and his father Sandy both had a passion for home brewing and during those first three years they planted all different kinds of fruit they could experiment with in their home brews: more apple trees, cherry trees, black and red currents and 5 different varieties of grapes. Jason also began building his own home brewing system and haven in the barn. Jason liked the idea of brewing his creations for others. Sarah enjoyed caring for the orchard and liked the idea of opening a farm gate store to sell the apples as well as other local products. In the end, both ideas turned into what is now Bad Apple Brewing Company.
Bad Apple Brewing Company opened in 2014 as a ferment on premises (also known as a U-Brew). Jason had been home brewing for years and wanted to teach his passion for home brewing to others. He had turned his little brewing haven in the barn into a business. You could say Bad Apple is a business literally born in a barn! In fact, that is what we called one of our first beers! Brewing was fun and something he really enjoyed doing as a side business from his full time job as a sheet metal foreman and estimator. The decision to switch licensing to a Beer Manufacturer allowing Bad Apple Brewing Company to function as a micro or craft brewery was made once Jason was able to increase the size of his brewhouse. He also had many customers coming in asking if they could buy product by the bottle which he was not able to do under the ferment on premises license.
It was September 2016 when Jason and Sarah officially received the new license for Bad Apple, and the business started to function as a craft brewery. Their flagship beer was West Coast White, a wheat beer spiced with a hint of cardamom. It is still one of their best sellers.
In 2018, they were able to grow their brewhouse again. This new brewhouse provided the ability to brew 15 hectolitre batches- still considered small batch, craft beer but greatly increasing the brewhouse output. So after installing the brewhouse himself, Jason made the difficult decision to quit his sheet metal career and go full time as the brewer and president of Bad Apple Brewing Company. Jason enjoys seeing people enjoying his beer creations, talking beer, and telling stories. He also loves giving tours and still loves teaching about the brewing process.
Through the years Jason has worked at perfecting a variety of craft beer recipes. Including the West Coast White, Jim’s Juicy IPA, Apple Blossom Honey Brown, Snappy Apple Sour, Black Monday Dunkelweizen, Irish Red Ale and Bannock Burn Scottish Ale. He also brews for some local neighbouring businesses in St. Joseph’s. Hessenland Inn asked Jason to brew their Hessenland Helles which has become one of the most popular beers sold at Bad Apple as well as at Hessenland. He also was asked in 2020 to brew a light lager for the White Squirrel Golf Club, called the Swinging Squirrel- another popular favourite available at the Golf club or at Bad Apple.
Sarah Ingram, Vice President of Bad Apple Brewing Company still likes to focus on caring for the orchard and gardens but also manages the advertising, social media and event planning side of the business. Sarah opened the orchard as a ‘you pick’ business in 2014 and to this day if you want the experience of picking your own fresh apples off the tree, you can come to Bad Apple in September or October and pick. Only now you can also enjoy a beer while you’re out picking your apples! Sarah also ran with her idea of having a store that sells local products. When you come to Bad Apple you can shop for the latest craft beers they have to offer as well as support other local companies by picking up their coffee, kombucha, meat sticks, hot sauce, maple syrup, spices, charcuterie boards and the list is always growing! Sarah loves helping to organize inventory, choosing what swag to purchase next, and putting on events for the community and Bad Apple patrons. She loves seeing people enjoying themselves and sharing in their passion for great beer, relaxing atmosphere and the beautiful scenery of the Bad Apple Orchard, she likes to call the Bad Apple Badlands!
Jason and Sarah both see the potential for Bad Apple to be a community hub. This vision really came to light in the summer of 2020 when people needed a safe place to reunite with their family after the first COVID lockdown. Picnic tables were spread out through the orchard giving people a place to meet safely with their social circle. It started with Father’s Day weekend and multiple families reporting that their meeting at Bad Apple was the first time they had seen each other in 4 months, as well as the first time they had really ‘gone out’. This encouraged the couple to give people more of what they seemed to need: a fun, safe place to enjoy with their friends and family. They brought in food trucks, live music, campfires, and Yoga and Brew in the orchard.
Fresh Lake Huron fish and chips, tacos, ice cream, frozen yogurt and fresh cut fries. Located in the heart of the village.
Given our location, values and methods, it’s clear that family is very important to us. From planting to maintaining to harvesting, the Durand family is at the heart of it all. We pride ourselves on our dedication and expertise to make each bottle of Cornerfield Wine uniquely personal.
Along with our approach to exceptional wine, the winery itself speaks to the familiar in all of us. With a beautiful setting, it’s a destination for people who live or are traveling within Bayfield to enjoy. Tour the vineyards, meet our family and enjoy some wine grown in the unique terroir of Huron County.
F.I.N.E. a Restaurant opened its doors for business in August, 2005 in the lakefront town of Grand Bend. We specialize in regional cuisine with exciting daily specials, utilizing the local wealth of fresh available ingredients. We are located just south of the main intersection on highway 21 in Grand Bend, and are open year round, with off-season hours.
CHEF and Owner Erryn Shephard is a longtime resident of the Grand Bend area. Together with her friends, they have joined to make F.I.N.E. a dining experience to remember, and remembered often by regular patrons. If you’re looking for a place you would recommend to friends, we will impress them after we have impressed you.
Stop by and visit us when you are in the area or just passing through – for lunch, dinner, dessert, or something just to cool you down – in our comfortable dining room, or our patio.
Grog’s Pub & Grill has been a mainstay of the Port Franks – Grand Bend beach scene for many years. We feature an authentic menu and a fun lovin’ atmosphere. Bring in the whole family and crew for a fun, hearty delicious meal. One whiff from the kitchen or our freshly made signature ZANEY Bread will get your mouth watering.
Great taste doesn’t have to be pricey, either. Grog’s offers meals for any budget. All day, everyday. And if you don’t have time to dine in, take advantage of the GROG’S 2 GO take out service day or night. Just place your order over the phone and we’ll have it ready in a jiffy.
Takeout Coffee Shop located on 18 Goshen st N, Zurich Ontario, serving a variety of specialty coffees, using locally roasted beans. Stay tuned for mobile coffee shop updates as well!
Steeped in history, Hessenland Inn marries two intriguing stories. The first story belongs to the farm itself and dates back to the late 19th century when it was owned by the Bedard Family who were one of the first families to settle in the area. The original Bedard farm house still stands today and is attached to the Inn’s main building. In 1998 the farm’s barn was torn down to its original foundation and carefully restored to what is today, The Coach House. This rustic yet elegant barn-like setting has become one of the most unique reception venues along Ontario’s West Coast.
The second story began in Germany, in the province of Hessen more than thirty years ago and belongs to Ernst and Christa Ihrig. They dreamed of moving to Canada to open a business which combined their passion for hospitality with their hobby of horse breeding. While no longer in the business of breeding Hanovarian Horses, at one time Hessenland’s barns offered boarding to other horses, who would be seen grazing in the 30 acres of pastures and fields surrounding the Inn. Hessenland today now boasts expansive gardens, dining rooms, accommodations, 5 acres of vineyard and the unique Coach House reception hall.
Today the Inn is run by the second generation of Ihrigs. Frank (the eldest son of Ernst and Christa) has taken over the role of head chef and along his wife Liz, who manages the day to day operations alongside the Hessenland team.
In a continued passing of tradition, Frank and Liz’s son Sebastian now helps his parents with landscaping and gardening the beautiful grounds.
Hello everyone! Our story begins in December of 2020 when our family purchased this sweet little café. We are a family of five that love to travel and seek out cafés at each stop. Making connections and sharing coffee and treats with the locals has enhanced our experiences, and we hope to do the same here in Grand Bend.
Heres a little info about us! We have lived in Grand Bend our whole lives, and theres no place we’d rather be! Ingrid and Raegan Hayter are the new owners, we are a mother – daughter duo taking this on to have some fun and share new opportunities together as a family. Raegan is currently a full time student in teachers college at Brock University. Covid-19 has allowed her to study online and work at the café. She will graduate in 2022 as a high school teacher with plans to stay in the Grand Bend area. She is passionate about serving others whether that is through customer service at the café or with her students in the classroom! Ingrid just “retired” from her almost 30 year dental career, ending at the oral and maxillofacial department at University Hospital in London to pursue this dream of her’s to own a café and share yummy beverages and conversation with our community!
Highway Girl Café will continue to offer all of your favourite gluten free and vegan options, along with a couple personal additions. Our signature GF morning glory and chocolate zucchini muffins are a local favourite! Come out, say hi, stay for breakfast/lunch(on our new patio…coming Spring 2021), or grab any of your favourite espresso fixes here.
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Nestled in the heart of Exeter, Ontario the Huron Family Restaurant is one of the longest-running eateries in South Huron. Open for over 40 years, the HFR menu represents the subtle combination of a traditional hearty cuisine inspired by the agriculturally rich roots of Huron County with a modern twist. For the last 6 years, Chef Dimitrios and Georgia pride themselves on continuing the great reputation of quality, hospitality, and comfort that the Huron Family Restaurant has been known for decades. From the moment you walk in, you are guaranteed to feel at home being welcomed by a friendly smile. Truly more than just a restaurant, the HFR is a part of the community.
With a wide variety of breakfast, lunch, and dinner items available all day, you are sure to find something to fill your hunger. The Huron Family Restaurant is open 7 days a week and features daily 3-course meal specials that are sure to leave you happy. Try one of our famous real ice cream milkshakes or finish your meal with either one of our seasonal or classic homemade desserts to satisfy that sweet tooth.
Call the HFR today to reserve a table or to order out. We can accommodate large groups and private functions on select days. We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to our community!