Another year, another awe­some crop of new T.O. brew­eries from east to west

NOW Magazine - Beer Guide - - TORONTO BEER GUIDE -

Left Field Brew­ery

36 Wagstaff, 647-346-5001, left­field­brew­, @LFBrew­ery

Left Field brews like Ee­phus Brown Ale, Prospect IPA and Sun­light Park Sai­son have been fill­ing glasses and rais­ing spir­its since the brew­ery’s in­cep­tion in 2013, but it was only this spring that Mark and Mandie Mur­phy flung open the doors to their very own east­side brew­ery and tast­ing bar. Roll by to check out Left Field’s new digs, and don’t you dare leave with­out an arm­ful of beer.

Rain­hard Brew­ing Co.

100 Symes, rain­hard­brew­, @Rain­hard­Brew­ing

Founder and brew­mas­ter Jor­dan Rain­hard brewed at home for years be­fore open­ing his epony­mous open-con­cept brew­ing fa­cil­ity in a 1940s fac­tory build­ing in the stock­yards dis­trict. He re­leased his flag­ship brew, an Amer­i­can-style IPA called Armed N’ Ci­tra, last April. Most of the work at this bur­geon­ing brew­ery is done by hand – from mashing to cap­ping – by the com­pany’s sin­gle em­ployee, the man him­self. Rain­hard Brew­ing epit­o­mizes care­fully crafted, small-batch pro­duc­tion, truly own­ing what for many are just buzz­words in hol­low mar­ket­ing cam­paigns: its beer is the real deal.

Muddy York

22 Cran­field, 416-619-7819, mud­dyy­ork­brew­, @MYBrew­ingCo

Toronto’s east end is so hot right now… for new brew­eries, at least. Founded by award-win­ning home brewer and BJCP judge Jeff Manol, Muddy York opened its own fa­cil­ity early this year and quickly gained trac­tion with flag­ship ex­pres­sions like Muddy York Porter and Un­earthed Am­ber Ale. The young brew­ery cel­e­brated its inau­gu­ral on-site pop-up this past Canada Day. Un­til the bot­tle shop is a fix­ture, look for Muddy York at some of T.O.’s best beer bars.


12:30 am, Fri­day 4 pm to 2 am, Satur­day 1 pm to 2 am, Sun­day 1 pm to 12:30 am.

Ac­cess One step at en­trance, wash­rooms in base­ment.

Te­quila Book­worm

512 Queen West, at Port­land, 416-5042334, face­­labook­worm

This might be the most re­laxed bar on Queen West. Feel no guilt if you visit for post-work pints of lo­cal beer (and cider), and linger late: the kitchen’s open till 2 am.

Hours Mon­day 5 pm to 2 am, Tues­day to Fri­day noon to 2 am, Satur­day and Sun­day 11 am to 2 am.

Ac­cess En­trance bar­rier-free, wash­rooms in base­ment.

Thirsty & Mis­er­able

197 Bald­win, 647-607-0134

A dar­ling Kens­ing­ton dive bar serv­ing lo­cal craft and im­ported gems. In short: heaven.

Hours Tues­day to Thurs­day 5:30 pm to 2 am, Fri­day to Sun­day 3 pm to 2 am.

Ac­cess Steps at en­trance, wash­rooms in base­ment.

Vic­tory Cafe 581 Markham, 416-516-5787, vic­to­

A long-stand­ing An­nex favourite, the Vic is a re­laxed haunt for the lo­cally in­clined beer lover.

Hours Mon­day to Fri­day 1 pm to 2 am, Satur­day and Sun­day 11 am to 2 am.

Ac­cess Five steps at en­trance, wash­rooms on sec­ond floor.

Wise Bar

1007 Bloor West, 416-519-3139, face­­bar­toronto

This tidy, in­ti­mate Bloor­court bar pours strictly On­tario draught and packs its lov­ingly cu­rated fridge with ev­ery­thing from sours to farm­house ales.

Hours Daily Mon­day to Fri­day 6 pm to 2 am, Satur­day 7 pm to 2 am, Sun­day 6 pm to 2 am

Ac­cess En­trance bar­rier-free, wash­rooms on main floor.


609 King West, 416-703-7775, wvrst. com

A mod­ern beer hall (tasty house-made sausages and all), Wvrst of­fers a fluid se­lec­tion of mostly lo­cal brews. Check in for tap takeovers and new re­leases.

Hours Sun­day to Wed­nes­day 11:30 am to 11 pm, Thurs­day 11:30 am to mid­night, Fri­day and Satur­day 11:30 am to 1 am.

Ac­cess Flight of stairs to en­trance, wash­rooms on main floor.

Honourable men­tions

Though not beer bars per se, Porter House (1321 Dun­das West, 647-3463000, porter­, Bar Is­abel (797 Col­lege, 416-532-2222, baris­, North­wood (815 Bloor West, 416846-8324, north­, North­ern

Belle (913 Dun­das West, 416-823-8969, noth­ern­, the Four Seven (1211 Bloor West, 647-348-4500) and Phar

macy (1318 King West) are req­ui­site des­ti­na­tions for diehard beer geeks. All of the above stock trendy and hard-tofind brews, stick­ing to qual­ity over quan­tity.

Flag­ship brews at Jeff Manol's Muddy York are win­ning fans.

Jor­dan Rain­hard does most of RBC's mashing and cap­ping by hand.

Chow down on house-made sausage and suds at Wvrst.

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