When we’re not playing hockey, canoeing, writing jokes or apologizing for something, Canadians can usually be found somewhere interesting drinking beer. But not just any beer.
We love a well crafted beer with a good origin story. There are 200 breweries in Ontario alone, and over 35 of them in Toronto.
So where do you go to soak up some suds and good eats when you visit this amazing city? Here are the 10 best craft breweries in Toronto.
10. Bellwoods Brewery
With two locations now, this once small brew pub has grown so much in popularity they had to open an off-site brewing facility to keep up with demand.
Rustic wood, metal, clinking glasses and a great alley-side patio make this a long time favorite of Torontonian beer aficionados and worthy of the title as one of the best craft breweries in Toronto.
Bellwoods Brewery separates itself from the masses by trying their hand at ‘wild ales’. These recipes utilize only wild yeast and bacteria resulting in some unusual deep and satisfying flavors. You’ll enjoy ordering your beer as well with fun names like Monogamy, a double dry hopped IPA or, try a Motley Cru, a special barrel blend.
The store is full of cool vintage looking swag as well.
9. Mill St.
Located in Toronto’s iconic Distillery District, Mill St. Brew Pub is a busy destination that offers better than average pub fare along with an exceptional beer selection.
Mill St. was Toronto’s first microbrewery to open in more than 100 years. To better serve customers, they have a beer expert always on site to answer questions.
Grab a seat next to the brew tanks and try a small batch seasonal beer like a Nightmare On Mill St. pumpkin ale in the fall. Look for tastings, tours and events.
With an excellent patio that puts you right out in the cobbled streets of this famed historic area, you can grab a flight, tator tots or even bison meatloaf and people watch all night.
Beer tastings and tours available.
8. Left Field Brewery
Baseball and beer go together just like the husband and wife brew team that own the joint.
This Leslieville brew pub has gone from local hub to a destination for fans from all over the city that worship the winning combination of craft beer and baseball.
The beer is so good and the atmosphere so distinct, fans don’t wait for baseball season to visit. Rotating taps with seasonal small batch beers keep things interesting.
To show their commitment to the baseball theme, there’s even a security dog named Wrigley. From baseball themed beers to memorabilia and kitsch on the wall, you won’t care you’re not at the game.
Try a Squeeze Play Blueberry Pineapple Sour, buy a cool franchise cap and call it a day.
7. Rorschach Brewing Co.
Cheese pairings, dinner beer pairings and music trivia nights are just some of the action you’ll find at Rorschach Brewing Co.
This is a pub that has thought of everything, making it one of the best craft breweries in Toronto. Even the beer names are deep and thoughtful like, God Complex and Collective Unconscious.
The pub was started in 2006 by a group of chemical engineers from the University of Toronto. With a love of food, travel and unique brewing styles, the four friends continue to offer customers not only a good time but some fine crafted and uncommon beers using ingredients that range from vanilla beans to hazelnut coffee to strawberry puree.
Excellent laid back vibe to sit and enjoy some intriguing beer tastings.
6. Duggans Brewery
Mike Duggan took all that he knew about brewing award winning beer from his time with Mill St. Brewing co. and set out on his own in 2007 to open his own microbrewery in one of Toronto’s up and coming neighborhoods, Parkdale.
While the neighborhood still works to build its reputation, Mike’s beer has already got people talking.
Locally sourced food, craft beer, and small batch specialty brews can be counted on at this unique and edgy brew pub. Try a No. 9 IPA classic or, if you want something totally different, Duggan’s has the first beer ever to be marketed as a Barley Wine , meaning it can be laid down or stored like a wine but it’s base is barely.
In honor of the neighborhood, Parkdale, try the No. 46 Parkdale Bomber. Duggans Brewery, a hidden gem, is easily one of the best craft breweries in Toronto.