Toronto is home to several fantastic breweries. Many come with a ton of notoriety and are go-tos when planning craft beer crawls or chill afternoons with friends. And, while the big-name breweries are big-name for a reason, there are a ton of other spots are worth some of your attention.
Here are five Toronto based breweries that you may not know about, but need to add to your next craft brewery tour.
- 75 Victoria Street, Toronto
If you are in the market for a night of elevated pub food, and interesting brews, you’ll want to check out Batch. The small batch Brewery started out in the small town of Creemore, ONT and prides themselves on their fire-brewed small batch beers. And, if eating and drinking local is your jam, you’ll appreciate Batch just that much more. The food, creators, and spring water used for brewing are all source from their own backyard.
You’ve got to try the: Strawberry Cream Ale – Perfect if you are looking to take a break from hoppy IPAs and enjoy something light, fresh, and fruity.
- 818 Eastern Ave, Toronto
Dogs and beer. What more could you want in a brewery? While Black Lab is relatively new to the Toronto brewery scene, they have quickly earned mad love thanks to their interesting brews and dog-friendly venue. The brewery was inspired by the owner’s dog Snoopy back in March of 2018. From there, Billy and Anne Madden have strived to create a friendly, welcoming, and almost Cheers like atmosphere for you, your buds, and your canine companion.
You’ve got to try the: PYNK Hibiscus Pale Ale – $1 from every pour and bottle is donated to the PYNK Young Women’s Breast Cancer Program at Sunnybrook.
- Stackt Market – 28 Bathurst Street, Toronto
While you may not hear the name Belgian Moon and think small-local-brewery, their location at the Stackt Marketplace will be sure to change that mindset. Yes, they do sell their classic Wheat Ale that you can find at most bars and LCBOs, but the micro-brewery location also brews up a number of seasonal exclusives on site. And to make the experience even more unique, the brewery is built within sustainable shipping containers, featuring a (faux) living wall and an expansive patio.
You’ve got to try the: The Shanty – A summer Stackt seasonal that is perfect if you are looking for something refreshing to enjoy while enjoying the outdoor market.
- 36 Wagstaff Drive, Toronto
Baseball fan, and a lover of interesting brews? Then you need to check out Left Field. Founded by a beer and baseball loving husband and wife team, this east end brewery features a wide array of unique beers, ranging from pink lemonade sours to mocha marshmallow stouts. And, on top of offering a large selection of Left Field and fellow local brewery craft brews, the brewery features a tap room that is both family and dog friendly, and offers tours every Saturday and Sunday.
You’ve got to try the: Black Forest Cake Sour – This unique brew is brought to you by The Society of Beer Drinking Ladies and is featured on Left Field’s rotating tap. If it is available, take the leap and try something outside of your usual comfort zone!
- 100 Symes Road #101, Toronto
If you are looking for that perfect drinking-in-a-friend’s-cool-basement vibe, make the trip out to the West End and check out Shacklands. Co-Owners Jason and Dave are passionate about brewing Belgian style ales, ranging from the traditional to the funky, and providing patrons with a fun and relaxing atmosphere. Featuring a wide array of brews and everything from pinball games to comic books, and 8-tracks to classic vinyl, you’re bound to have a chill time.
You’ve got to try the: Wit Saison – This orange, spice, and pepper brew is one of Shackland’s staple beers, so you should not have any issues tasting this crowd favorite!
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