5. Indie Ale House
It’s indie – just like it’s name. This is a cool little microbrewery dedicated to making hard to find beers with unusual ingredients.
They are especially proud of their Belgian Sour, a double IPA and their English Porter. The food is eclectic and adventurous like their beer. Nosh on crispy truffled polenta, a Shanghai Fried Chicken Sandwich or amazing ribs.
The beer names are as intriguing as the ingredients. Try a Broken Hipster made with lavender, ginger and ‘other stuff’.
Indie Ale House is famous for stronger beer so be prepared!
4. Steam Whistle
When three friends found themselves unemployed after the closing of a major commercial brewery, they took everything they had learned and set out to achieve one simple goal, create a world class Canadian pilsner. They achieved this the day they opened Steam Whistle Brewing Company.
Now one of the best craft breweries in Toronto, Steam Whistle sits in the heart of the city in a historic building surrounded by old train cars, rail tracks, the CN Tower and the Rogers Centre.
Steam Whistle is famous for great food, atmosphere, and a crisp Pilsner packaged in signature green bottles. What makes it so good? This famous pilsner is made with only 4 natural ingredients; water, malted barley, hops and yeast. Brewery tours available daily.
3. Henderson Brewing Company
If you are going to have a beer at Henderson’s, you better have Henderson’s Best.
Like many of these great little Toronto breweries, this started as a neighborhood favorite and has grown to have customers from all over the city. Named after the first man to brew beer in Toronto, Robert Henderson, many of the brews made here harken back to recipes from the early 1800’s. If you can get a bottle, try their Gold Medal winning stout from the 2018 Canadian Brewing Awards.
With seasonal specialty small batch brews always in rotation, you’ll never get bored. BBQ and pub fare available.
2. Great Lakes Brewery
A little bit out of the way but well worth the trip, Great Lakes Brewery is one of the GTA’s oldest and best craft breweries and a two-time Canadian Brewery of the Year award winner.
The appeal of this brewery is the open air patio that allows you to visit any of the great restaurants in the area, grab takeout, bring it back to the brewery, buy your beer inside and then relax at the picnic tables to eat and drink your beer! The beer is fresh and innovative and has playful names like Limp Puppet Session and Pompous Ass English Pale Ale.
This brewery has been around for 30 years and definitely gets better with age.
1. The Amsterdam Brew House on Queens Quay
Open since the 80’s, The Amsterdam Brew House is big, loud and full of beer. It not only has the size and selection going for it, but it’s got a great waterfront location to boot. Lake Ontario out the back, CN Tower in the front, and a huge selection of beer inside.
Try the award winning Boneshaker India Pale Ale or the retro and fresh tasting Space Invader IPA made with citrus hops. The beer is so good, ‘dam good’ as they say, it is used in their sauces and to braise their meats. Try the breaded cauliflower and the all-Ontario Hand cut Poutine, a unique dish with cheese curds, gravy and fries.
A deadly combination of good food, great beer and a killer location make it one of the best craft breweries in Toronto.