Amsterdam Brew House
245 Queens Quay West, 416-504-1020, amsterdambrewhouse.com
Its sprawling, state-of-the-art lakefront digs may be new, but Amsterdam’s been a key player in downtown’s brewing game since opening its first brew pub in the mid-80s. Shake the chokehold of mid-July humidity by planting yourself on the ginormous patio and letting a cold pint and the lake breeze work their magic. Dip into standards like Boneshaker and Downtown Brown, select something special from the cellar (a bottle of the award-winning Spring Bock, perhaps?) or sip from a list of limited weekly releases like the Darjeeling Wit (brewed with spices and tea leaves) or the Testify (Encore) brett pale ale. Years in operation The original Amsterdam brew pub opened on John Street in 1986; the Brew House opened last summer. Specialty ’ Dam good beer. Food Something for everyone: pizzas, lobster rolls, burgers, salads, stuff to share. A menu key guides you through beer pairings. Patio Licensed for 300 Hours Sunday to Thursday 11:30 am to 11 pm, Friday and Saturday to 1 am.