WHERE TO DRINK BEER IN TORONTO RIGHT NOW

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BAR VOLO 587 Yonge, at Glouces­ter, 416-928-0008, bar­volo.com

Ralph Mo­rana has trans­formed this Yonge Street café into a cozy club­house for Toronto’s beer scene. Four­teen taps and three hand pumps fo­cus on lo­cals, with an em­pha­sis on spe­cial beers and one-offs, along­side 150 dif­fer­ent bot­tles, in­clud­ing rar­i­ties like the sour Le Trou du Di­able from Que­bec and Bel­gium’s Westvleteren. But this isn’t enough for Mo­rana and his two sons. They now pos­sess a brew­pub li­cence and a rel­a­tively tiny brew­ing sys­tem in the kitchen that turns out house-made beers and will even­tu­ally of­fer up eight reg­u­lar brews. “This is the third phase of my life”, says Mo­rana. “I started off as a land­scape ar­chi­tect, then a restau­rant owner and now a brewer. For the next 15 years, that’s what I want to do.”

BEERBISTRO 18 King East, at Yonge, 416-861-9872, beerbistro.com

If you have any doubts about beer’s up­ward mo­bil­ity, be sure to pay a visit to this deluxe down­town suds stop. The taps pay suit­able at­ten­tion to lo­capours, aug­mented by im­ports like Kon­ing­shoeven Dubbel and Fuller’s London Pride. But BB stakes its claim to fame on the im­pres­sive doc­u­ment that is their 150-bot­tle list, fea­tur­ing sour beers, aged ales, im­pe­rial stouts and exclusives like Can­til­lon and Avery.

Lau­rie Hill serves ups the suds at Bar Volo.

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