A New Dog-Friendly Brewery and Tap Room is Coming to Toronto

Barks & brews in one spot

Toronto’s newest brewery, Black Lab Brewing, is weeks from opening. As its name suggests, visitors can grab a beer in a dog-friendly space that’s open to cyclists and runners, too.

The brewery is set to open during Thanksgiving weekend, and will be taking over an old iron and woodworking warehouse in Leslieville. This huge watering hole, coming in at 3,600 square-feet with two floors, will have a bottle shop and a 27-foot long bar with 18 taps. To start, they’ll only have between six to eight beers on tap, but that list will be growing quickly as the brewery gains some traction.

According to the couple that runs the place, Billy and Anne Madden, the space will be filled with hanging plants, TVs, and will hopefully be getting a rooftop patio. Although there won’t be a food menu, there will be snacks and occasional pop-ups to accompany their tasty beers on tap.

Black Lab is pet friendly, and you can expect to catch a glimpse of Snoopy, the couple’s nine year old black lab who is the brewery’s unofficial mascot. So bring your doggos on some cozy canine dates while you grab a sip of Belgian beer with some pals.

Some highlights that you can look forward to are the Cornerstone Black Lager, a rye pale ale brewed in their Pilot System, east and west coast IPAs, and at least one sour from their kettle series.

Billy is an active runner as well, so the brewery will be cyclist and runner friendly, with bike racks and lockers for people to leave their stuff while they have a celebratory brew.