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There are few bet­ter ways to end a sum­mer’s day (for adults, any­way) than with a nice cold beer. Re­fined Toron­to­ni­ans don’t ac­cept just any old suds, though: we pre­fer our ales to be ar­ti­san made, our porters to be of lo­cal prove­nance. At least that’s how it seems, given the city’s re­cent ex­plo­sion of small-batch brew­ers. But Toronto’s craft beer tap wasn’t just turned on. A trio of com­pa­nies helped the trickle be­come a tor­rent over the past few decades. First among them was Am­s­ter­dam Brew­ery, which op­er­ated out of a hand­ful of down­town prop­er­ties be­fore a re­cent move to the city’s north­east. The brand’s nu­mer­ous of­fer­ings are also avail­able at its wa­ter­front Am­s­ter­dam Brew House (page 62). Steam Whis­tle Brew­ing (page 39) fol­lowed in the late ‘90s; its pop­u­lar pil­sner is pro­duced in a his­toric rail­way round­house at the foot of the CN Tower. And the his­toric Dis­tillery Dis­trict is home to a pair of wa­ter­ing holes—the tra­di­tional Mill Street Brew Pub and more mod­ern Mill Street Beer Hall (page 62)—whose name­sake beer maker has been craft­ing its well-loved beers since 2002. The ta­ble thus set, even more in­de­pen­dent mi­cro­brew­eries are pro­vid­ing ex­cel­lent rea­sons to or­der a pint or two. Bell­woods Brew­ery (page 62) is ar­guably first among them; its awe­somely named of­fer­ings—like the Witchshark IPA or Far­maged­don sai­son—boast sig­nif­i­cant hipster ca­chet. In­die Ale House (page 62) also fea­tures a va­ri­ety of beers, some more ex­per­i­men­tal than oth­ers, to en­joy in its res­tau­rant or pur­chase from its bot­tle shop. Of course you also have op­tions should your tastes travel far­ther afield. The likes of Bar Volo, Bar Hop (both page 62) and Beer Bistro (page 59) are no­table for their cos­mopoli­tan se­lec­tion of both rec­og­niz­able and harder-to-come-by brews.

Mill Street Beer Hall

Bell­woods Brew­ery

Am­s­ter­dam Brew House

In­die Ale House

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