245 Eglinton East, 416-322-0723, granitebrewery.ca
The local uptown offshoot of a now-shuttered Halifax brew pub, the Granite has been spreading the good word on locally brewed British-style ales for over 20 years. Its Hopping Mad has cleaned up in the cask-conditioned ale category four years running at Ontario’s Golden Tap Awards. It’s a family affair: founder Ron Keefe recently passed the head brewer’s torch to his daughter, Mary-Beth Keefe. Flagship brews like the Peculiar Ale and Keefe’s Irish Stout have been enjoyed around town for years, but lately the Granite’s branched out with more seasonal and small-batch brews. Years operating 23 in Toronto; the original Halifax pub was founded in 1985. Specialty British-style brews and cask ales; growlers and kegs available at Granite’s store, open Monday to Saturday 11:30 am to 11 pm, Sunday 11 am to 11 pm. Food The large menu covers lots of pub-appropriate territory like burgers, beerbattered fish and chips, Cobb salad and curries. Regular menus are rounded out with rotating weekly specials. Patio Front and back seating 45 and 90 respectively. Hours Monday 11:30 am to midnight, Tuesday to Saturday 11:30 am to 1 am, Sunday 11 am to midnight.