The Beer Drinkers’ Guide to Toronto’s North End

You don't have to be downtown to visit a good brewery

Beer is of the masses in Toronto. No matter where you go, no matter where you turn, you will either run into a brewery or a craft beer hot spot. We’re lucky this way — the beer possibilities are endless.

In case you didn’t know just how much beer is in this city, we’ve put together a beer drinkers’ guide to Toronto. Check it out below.
 
Breweries

Brickworks Ciderhouse

Location: 125 Bermondsey Rd

The Brickworks Ciderhouse is embedded in Toronto’s history as the city’s first cidery. You may have seen their branded cider Batch: 1904, which is available at a number of LCBO locations throughout Toronto.


 

Blood Brothers Brewing

Location: 165 Geary Ave

You probably recognize this brand from menus at various bars throughout the city. This local brewery has its own bottle shop, as well as a newly added tap room for all your on tap needs.


 

Amsterdam Brewing Company

Location: 45 Esandar Dr

Everyone knows about the Amsterdam Brewery on Queens Quay, but did you know there’s also a location in Leaside? The Amsterdam Brewing Company isn’t a full on restaurant like its sister brewery, but it does offer a tap room, a brewery, and a store for those not in the mood for missioning downtown.


 

Black Creek Brewery

Location: 1000 Murray Ross Pkwy

The Black Creek Brewery is located in Pioneer Village and recreates the brewing practices from Ontario in the mid-1800s. As part of this recreation, Black Creek brews four styles of beer that were popular in the 1860s in Ontario. Visitors are encouraged to take a tour of the brewery, try samples, and even purchase their own vintage-style take-home brews.


 

Bellwoods Brewery

Location: 20 Hafis Rd

At the end of 2016, Bellwoods Brewery opened a new location in North York that includes a brewery and bottle shop. This location focuses mainly on brewing wild ale, but Bellwoods favourites like Witchshark, Wizard Wolf and Jutsu are also brewed here. Stop by for samples or to stock up on some local craft beer.


 
Brew Pubs

Rainhard Brewing Co.

Location: 100 Symes Rd

The Rainhard Brewing Co. lives in what was formerly a 1940s manufacturing plant. This location offers a bottle shop and bar, along with an on site brewery.


 

Granite Brewery

Location: 245 Eglinton Ave E

The Granite Brewery is an Eglinton favourite. This brewpub sports two patios, one in the front and one in the back, that are both beautifully designed. The Granite also comes with hand-crafted, all natural ale brewed on site.


 
Bars with Great Selection

Originals Ale House

Location: 1660 Bayview Ave

For all your comfort food needs, Originals Ale House is your beer and wings kind of place. This bar is old school and also doubles as a live music venue for added entertainment. Take a sip of one of their many beers on tap while you’re there.

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The Belsize Public House

Location: 535 Mt. Pleasant Rd

The Belsize is a new addition to the Mt. Pleasant neighbourhood and specializes in Canadian draught craft beers and ales. Most of their craft beer offerings come from Ontario, including Toronto’s Amsterdam “3 Speed Lager,” Muskoka Detour IPA, and Guelph’s Wellington Special Pale Ale. Click here for more info.


 

Duke of Kent

Location: 2315 Yonge St

The Duke Pubs prides itself in providing a massive and always changing selection of craft beer, and the Duke of Kent brings this promise to midtown Toronto.

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Feature photo courtesy Blood Brothers Brewing via Facebook.