WHERE TO DRINK BEER IN TORONTO RIGHT NOW
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.