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. Heck, one can’t go far in this city without knowing at least one person who brews their own beer. 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.
Left Field Brewery
Location: 36 Wagstaff Drive
Starting out as a married couple’s hobby, Left Field Brewery prides themselves on the simple philosophy that great beer is about great taste and good times. This is why they run various events that range from euchre tournaments to Sunday morning yoga in the brewery, followed by a cold beer of course.
Rorschach Brewing Co.
Location: 1001 Eastern Ave
With much anticipation, Rorschach Brewing Company opened their doors earlier this year in March. They successfully renovated a century old home in to one of Toronto’s coolest breweries with one of the best patios in the city, surrounded by trees and fitting over 100 people.
Eastbound Brewing Co.
Location: 700 Queen St E
With $2 oysters on Sundays and $5 oysters on Tuesdays, Eastbound Brewing Company is sure standing out in the local brewery scene. Although their own beers won’t be ready until later this summer, they’re serving some of their local favourites from around the city for the time being.
Location: 242 Coxwell Ave
With their grand opening this past Canada Day, Godspeed Brewery is officially Toronto’s newest brewery. They currently have three different beers available in their retail store as well as the restaurant/pub that will be opening soon.
Muddy York Brewing Co.
Location: 22 Cranfield Rd
Inspired by the real Muddy York back in 1793, Muddy York Brewing Company takes pride in celebrating the, “culmination of beers’ long and vibrant history.” Founder Jeff Manol opened the brewery in 2013 after winning multiple awards for his home brews, and is the creator of the blog Hoptomology.
Mill Street Brew Pub
Location: 21 Tank House Lane
Located in the beloved Distillery District, Mill Street Brewery was East Toronto’s first commercial micro-brewery to open in more than 100 years.
Louis Cifer Brew Works
Location: 417 Danforth Ave
Louis Cifer Brew Works is out on The Danny serving six of their own craft brews and many local favourites. They also host free movie nights where they play classics like Toy Story and The Neverending Story.
Radical Road Brewing Co.
Location: 1177 Queen St E, Toronto
In the heart of Leslieville is Radical Road Brewing Company, serving eight of their own craft beers and a unique menu that ranges from Caribbean curried vegetable roti to spicy pan fried squid.
Bars with Great Selection
Location: 2116 Queen St E
Opened until 2 a.m. every day of the year, Castro’s Lounge is the place to be for music lovers. Not to mention they have four cask handpumps, eight draught taps and 110 bottles and cans.
Location: 221 Carlton St
Trivia nights two days of the week and a range of board games to choose from will go perfect with their great selection of craft beer.
The Only Cafe
Location: 972 Danforth Ave
The Only Cafe isn’t your typical cafe, unless your typical cafe has 25 rotating craft beers and a pinball machine.
Eulalie’s Corner Store
Location: 1438 Gerrard St E
Not the kind of a corner store to get 10 cent candies, Eulglie’s Corner Store has beers, a wicked patio, and something called Sean’s Super Nachos.
Location: 696 Queen St E
Prohibition Gastrohouse bring in the best-rated draughts from around the world so you can enjoy them in good ol’ Toronto, Canada.
Location: 1382 Danforth Ave
The Wren has 12 draught taps focused on Ontario microbreweries that they rotate weekly, as well as well as southern style food menu that has delicious items like a pulled pork chimichanga and a glass noodle sandwich.
The Dylan Bar
Location: 1276 Danforth Ave, Toronto
The Dylan Bar, inspired by the poet Dylan Thomas, has 16 beers on tap and a ton of bottles from across North America. They live by Dylan Thomas’ quote, “Do not go gentle into that good night.”
The Ceili Cottage
Location: 1301 Queen St E
The word céilí (pronounced kay-lee) is an Irish word for a social get-together of music, song and dance. The Ceili Cottage gives you that to their huge patio with their cold beers and famous oysters.
Location: 1130 Queen St E
Over 10 beers on tap, Stratengers is your family friendly hangout spot with a huge patio. The whole building is a bright purple, there is no way you could miss it.
Pinkerton’s Snack Bar
Location: 1026 Gerrard St E
Just over a year old, the Pinkerton Snack Bar is your classic late night Neighbourhood snack bar for all those night time cravings.
Feature photo courtesy Bellwoods Brewery via Facebook.