Take a tour— with tastings, of course— at one of these popular independent breweries.
if you miss either beer week (September 14 to 22) or cask Days (October 19 to 21) during your visit, there’s no need to cry over a spilled pilsner. Visit one (or several) of these breweries for a taste of the city’s independent beer scene.
Head toward Riverside to visit Eastbound Brewing Co., an airy space with a 50-foot long bar. The menu is meant to complement their beers, and includes a slow-cooked brisket sandwich, an eggplant and mushroom melt, plus a brunch menu. Wash it down with offerings such as an oatmeal stout with roasted chocolate malts, the comet APA with notes of grapefruit and lemon, or the Germaninspired Hefeweizen with a hint of banana and clover. 700 Queen St. E., eastboundbeer.com
Further east, Rorschach Brewing Co. is the brainchild of three University of Toronto classmates. A rotating selection of 16 house-brewed beers are on tap including the Truth Serum (a double dry hopped IPA), the Latent Construct (a coffee oatmeal stout), and the Malevolent Benevolence Hawaiian Stout (an imperial stout brewed with hazelnut coffee, coconut, and vanilla beans). 1001 Eastern Ave., rorschachbrewing.com
Start the day at one of the city’s premiere breweries, Steam Whistle, which is best known for its pilsner. Founded in 1998 by three friends, it’s located in the historic John Street Roundhouse by the CN Tower and Ripley’s Aquarium. Thirtyminute tours are offered throughout the day, or enjoy a freshly baked pretzel or sandwich with a beer at the bar. 255 Bremner Blvd., steamwhistle.ca
Head a bit further east towards Leslieville where you’ll find Radical Road Brewing Co.
It has a cosy pub-like feel that’s ideal for sampling the Sling Shot California Common, an Irish red ale, or a key lime gose—a sour lime-flavoured beer infused with Himalayan pink salt and coriander. Take a brewery tour, or make your own beers with the “become a brewer for a day” experience. 1177 Queen St. E., radicalroadbrew.com