Experience Toronto’s Thriving Microbrew Scene

August 18, 2017

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Leftfield Brewery. Image courtesy of the venue.

Craft beer fanatic? A trip to Toronto is exactly what you need. They’ve had a wealth of microbreweries open up over the last few years and they’re pouring up everything from lagers to ales to sours.

Bar Hop Brewco. Image by Britney Townsend.

From the outside, Bar Hop Brewco doesn’t look like it holds much promise. But looks can be very deceiving. This two-floor taproom has a lovely patio that looks out onto Peter Street, but that’s not the reason you’re here — you came for the 36 taps filled with craft hops on each floor and the fantastic array of bottles and casks. Their peach beer is summery perfection and the West Avenue Cider with cherries is incredible. Want to nosh? There are tons of snacks, sandwiches and sharing plates, including pig’s head nachos. Yep, you read that right.

Bellwoods Brewery is Toronto’s latest homegrown pub.Housed in an enviable converted garage with enough space for tanks, indoor seating, a killer patio filled with picnic benches and an upper-level deck, this place is not messing around. Owners Mike Clark and Luke Pestl got the vibe down pat. As for the beer, it’s got the ideal mix of craft and creed: their award-winning Lost River Baltic Porter is heralded for a reason. This is the real deal. Bottoms up.

When I went to the beer festival Cask Days, I became a woman obsessed with cask-conditioned pints. Friends told me if I loved the event I needed to go check out their organizer’s venue, Bar Volo. It was a beer lovers’ delight. While they’re currently moving to a bigger location, they’re not neglecting their regulars: they opened Birreria Volo, a small, bare-bones offshoot featuring table service and a superb patio, and specializing in sours.

Everyone needs a local, and I feel very lucky that mine is Indie Alehouse Brewing Company. They’re constantly changing up their taps, but the citrusy, hop-heavy Instigator IPA and the Broken Hipster, a spicy Belgian wit, are tried and true. Can’t decide? Order up a beer flight: you can choose five different styles to try. Whatever you go with, you’re in for a good time.

Indie Ale House. Image by Britney Townsend.

Mark and Mandie Murphy love two things: baseball and craft beer. It’s no wonder, then, that they got into the brewing business and named their venture after their favorite sport. Tucked away in an alley, Left Field Brewery this is a place for excellent pints. Try the Eephus, a dark, creamy oatmeal ale named after a rare pitching style, or the Wrigley, an oat pale ale with hints of orange, pine and honey, named after the owner’s dog (and the famous Chicago baseball stadium).

About The HUNT Toronto Writer: Amanda Scriver is a passionate freelance writer, community builder and body image advocate. Between eating and exploring everything the city has to offer, Amanda can be found writing words for publications such as The National Post, THIS Magazine, Buzzfeed, BizBash Magazine and The Globe and Mail. In her downtime, she loves a good cup of coffee, indulging in trashy reality television and communicating via GIF.

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