The Granite Brewery
Long before the Toronto craft beer craze enveloped this great city, the Granite Brewery has being doing it since its humble beginnings back in Halifax, N.S., in 1985. A unique concept at the time (a pub that brewed its own beer), they took their hometown success story and brought it to the big city long before it was popular, opening their second location at Mt. Pleasant & Eglinton in 1991. The beer business was mostly dominated by the large commercial breweries at the time, which made it extremely difficult to get people to sample truly unique craft beers. In the face of this, proprietor Ron Keefe still brought his passion and commitment for crafting unique, English ales to a market where craft beers simply didn't exist. Over the next ten years, as consumers’ tastes expanded and the craft beer boom took off, the Granite Brewery has maintained its position of providing quality, traditional English ales and contemporary styles to an ever growing base of adventurous beer drinkers. Utilizing a unique brewing style called “open fermentation” and the Ringwood style brew process, used only by a small handful of other breweries in the country, has slowly helped them in attaining their very loyal following. This process helps convert the sugar to alcohol and gives the beer a particularly fruity taste. The brewpub has since become a neighbourhood favourite, attracting both families and young professionals to gather with friends over food and drink in their cozy interior or on one of their 2 fabulous outdoor patios. With the help of Ron’s daughter, Mary Beth Keefe, taking over as brewmaster, they have grown their roster of ales from seven to over sixteen rotating drafts and a specialty in cask-conditioned ales, ensuring there is a flavour that will please any palate. A retail beer store is also at the brewery, selling their craft beers in both growler and tall can formats, and is open every day until 11 p.m. The success of the Granite Brewery is in large part due to its loyal employees. In an industry with a typically high employee turnover rate, you can always count on a familiar face when visiting. A large portion of the staff has been there for many years, and several have even been employed since the Granite first opened its doors. During that first week the Granite opened, a customer bet Ron $1 that the business would not last six months. He took the bet, and now that $1 bill hangs proudly in the brewpub — a testament to the pioneering past this brewpub has experienced.
245 Eglinton Ave. East 416-322-0723 granitebrewery.ca