Two things that we love: Toronto and beer. When it comes to brewing companies, plenty have popped up around Toronto in the last few years. There’s a little something for everyone depending on what your taste is and plenty of great patios to enjoy your beer on. If you want to drink local, we’ve rounded up a few of our favourites to do so:
Amsterdam Brewing Company
Founded in 1986, they’re easily one of the oldest breweries in Toronto. They have their core beers but you can always count on them to innovate and experiment with new things. You’ll often see them at beer festivals around the city sampling their latest creations. During the warmer months, you’ll want to hit up their patio down at their brewpub along the waterfront.
The west end hot spot known as Bellwoods Brewery opened their doors in 2012. Since then they’ve experimented with various beers and established themselves as a quality spot for beer in the city. They have a great (but sadly small) patio in the summer, but there’s a bottle shop right next door where you can stock up on the go.
Left Field Brewery
This brewery came out of left field last year and is located over in Leslieville. While it’s not the most convenient to get to, their beer is worth the trip! They switch up their offerings every so often so there’s almost always something new to try. Also you’ll find some of their beer on tap at some brewpubs around Toronto. After their collaboration with Sweet Jesus on a mocha marshmallow stout, here’s to hoping they have more collaborations coming in the future.
Tucked away in the Entertainment District, Mascot Brewery is worth checking out if you haven’t already. The three-floor location features the brewing facility on the first floor and an amazing rooftop patio perfect for a summer afternoon. They focus on German techniques so it’s a great place to get your Bavarian fix. Also, it’s walking distance to the Rogers Centre and ACC so a perfect spot to pregame.
Steam Whistle Brewing
Last but certainly not least is Steam Whistle. It was founded in 2000 and you’ve probably seen the Roundhouse down by the ACC and Rogers Centre – another spot that’s perfect before or after a game. They’re known for their pilsner which is made from only four all natural ingredients. You can get a tour of their facilities to learn more about it and, best of all, it comes with samples.
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