BEST NEW BREWERIES
Another year, another awesome crop of new T.O. breweries from east to west
Left Field Brewery
36 Wagstaff, 647-346-5001, leftfieldbrewery.ca, @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, rainhardbrewing.com, @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.
22 Cranfield, 416-619-7819, muddyyorkbrewing.com, @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.
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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.
512 Queen West, at Portland, 416-5042334, facebook.com/tequilabookworm
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, victorycafe.ca
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.
1007 Bloor West, 416-519-3139, facebook.com/wisebartoronto
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.
Though not beer bars per se, Porter House (1321 Dundas West, 647-3463000, porterhouseto.com), Bar Isabel (797 College, 416-532-2222, barisabel.com), Northwood (815 Bloor West, 416846-8324, northwoodto.ca), Northern
Belle (913 Dundas West, 416-823-8969, nothernbelle.ca), 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.