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.

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3 P.M.

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

7 P.M.

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

12 P.M.

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

5 P.M.

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

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