The Overcast’s Guide to Beers of Newfoundland

As an avid beer enthusiast with a thirst for new and unique brews, I recently stumbled upon a hidden gem in the world of beer guides – The Overcast’s Guide to Beers of Newfoundland. Intrigued by the prospect of discovering lesser-known craft beers from a region known for its rugged beauty, I delved into this guide with high hopes of uncovering a myriad of delightful surprises.

Compiled by the good people at Newfoundland’s now closed alternative newspaper that focused on the arts and culture scene of St. John’s, this handy guide to the history and emergence of craft breweries will come in handy as you explore the island. (Be sure to research each brewery before visiting as some have closed since the book was published.) 

The Overcast

The guide begins by immersing readers in Newfoundland’s captivating beer culture. It provides information on the brewing process along with an explanation of the various beers available. The authors skillfully weave together historical anecdotes, local traditions, and the challenges faced by brewers in Newfoundland. 

As the craft beer movement gains momentum worldwide, Newfoundland has seen its fair share of enterprising brewers who are pushing the boundaries of traditional brewing. The profiles of these breweries offer insight into their unique brewing techniques, commitment to sourcing local ingredients, and their dedication to preserving the flavors of Newfoundland in every sip.

YellowBelly Brewery & Public House

The heart of the guide lies in its extensive catalog of beer tasting notes. The authors expertly break down each brew into its constituent flavors, aromas, and mouthfeel. From the light and refreshing lagers to the robust and complex stouts, each beer is meticulously described to cater to all palates. What truly sets this guide apart is its emphasis on lesser-known microbreweries and experimental concoctions, ensuring readers can uncover new favorites they might not find elsewhere.

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No exploration of a region’s beer scene is complete without discovering the art of pairing brews with local delicacies. The authors have thoughtfully curated a selection of traditional Newfoundland dishes that complement the unique flavors of the beers. Whether it’s a rich stout with a hearty plate of Jiggs’ dinner or a crisp IPA with freshly caught seafood, the guide takes the reader on a gastronomic adventure that captures the essence of Newfoundland’s culinary heritage. 

We asked Newfoundland’s own Bonita’s Kitchen to provide a dish utilizing beer. Check out Bonita’s Beer Battered Cod in our Recipe section. We first celebrated Bonita’s contribution to the culinary world at and you can find more recipes from Bonita at 

If you’re a beer enthusiast with a penchant for exploration, this guide should be on the top of your reading list. Order your own copy to tuck into your suitcase at and start bar hopping or win a copy in our Giveaway section. Cheers to “The Overcast” for shining a light on the beers of Newfoundland!

Contents and images used with permission by Breakwater Books.