Food & Drink

Take on Toronto's 12 finest craft breweries in one crawl

Published On 10/16/2013 Published On 10/16/2013
Steam Whistle Brewing Toronto
Steam Whistle Brewing
Renée S. Suen
Granite Brewery
Renée S. Suen
Adriano Onorati - Bayou Design Studios Inc.
Beer Academy
Steam Whistle Brewing
Renée S. Suen
Renée S. Suen
Tim Oakley
Indie Alehouse
Junction Craft Brewing
Black Creek Pioneer Village
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1. Mill St. Brew Pub 21 Tank House Ln, Toronto, M5A 3C4 (Distillery District)

Located in the Distillery District, stop by this brewpub and try one of their 15 beers on tap.

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2. Granite Brewery 245 Eglinton Ave E, Toronto, M4P 3B7

This Toronto brewery is family run and they're known to produce some of Ontario’s best cask ale.

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3. Bar Volo 587 Yonge St, Toronto, M4Y 1Z4 (The Church And Wellesley)

Bar Volo boasts the region's best selection of beer, offering more than 125 in bottles and many more on tap.

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4. The 3 Brewers 275 Yonge St, Toronto,

Located on Yonge St, The 3 Brewers is where you want to head if you're into French microbrewery-restaurants and non-pasteurized beers.

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5. Beer Academy 75 Victoria St, Toronto, M5C 1M5

The Beer Academy is home to a small-batch tasting room, event space, and retail shop.

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6. Steam Whistle Brewing 255 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, M5V 3M9

Steam Whistle is one of Toronto's most popular breweries, the proof being its European-style pilsner got a gold medal at the Canadian Brewing awards.

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7. Amsterdam BrewHouse 245 Queens Quay W, South Building, Toronto, M5J 2K9 (Harbourfront)

With over 800 seats and waterfront placement, Amsterdam Brewhouse offers plenty of breezy and relaxed socializing opportunities for beer drinkers and their friends alike. Inside, the place is huge -- it's got two floors, and a second-floor open kitchen devoted entirely to food prep -- and all in all houses two separate dining areas, a bar, a running brewery, and a retail store selling exclusive brews. Beer is obviously the great unifier here (though food is also on offer), and the alehouse offers an extensive list of non-pasteurized bottled, draft, and canned beer. There're also cocktails of the classic and frozen variety, and, an extensive wine list, because no lakeside hang is complete without a glass of rosé

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8. Bellwoods Brewery 124 Ossington Ave, Toronto, M6J 2Z5

Small-batch beer and quality food have been Bellwood’s mission since opening in 2012. This craft brewery has a rotating list of taps highlighting their own creations as well as those of other local brewers which changes seasonally or according to demand. Reserve bottles, kept back from popular batches or brewed specially, are available for a higher (but worthwhile) price. The candle-lit bar setting and patio adorned with fairy lights befit its hip Ossington location, as does its long wait at peak times, but the food and the drinks are stunning. Small plates and snackable bar food keep the focus where it should be—on the beer.

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9. Get Well 1181 Dundas St W, Toronto, M6J 1X4

Featuring old arcade machines and a great selection of beers that are always changing, Get Well certainly helps you do so when you step through its doors.

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10. Indie Alehouse 2876 Dundas St W, Toronto, M6P 1Y9 (Junction Triangle)

Located in Junction, the Indie Alehouse is a 110-seat upscale pub serving a variety of craft brews.

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11. Junction Craft Brewery 90 Cawthra Ave, Toronto, M6N 3C2 (Junction Triangle)

Junction Craft Brewing has a seriously impressive beer selection and tap room, even if their Cawthra Ave neighborhood is less than hip. The train-themed Junctionbrewery opened in 2011, and has since expanded to producing a rotating variety of more than 10 distinct beers. The tap room at Junction Craft Brewing is a simple, train-themed space with utilitarian pricing at $2.25 per five ounces of beer, available to drink there or to take home in growlers and tallboy cans. There's no food served at this tap room, but that keeps the focus on the beer itself—which the friendly and knowledgable staff is only too happy to talk about.

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12. Black Creek Historic Brewery 1000 Murray Ross Parkway, Toronto, M3J 2P3

Located at the Black Creek Pioneer Village, Black Creek Brewery concocts some delicious beers using methods, tools, and recipes from the mid-1800s.