1. Kensington Brewing Company
- Located on the outskirts of the Kensington Market, is Kensington Brewing Company. Their logo represents the delivery crates lining the market streets early in the morning. There are 8 beers on draft and an outdoor patio is currently under construction.
2. Amsterdam Brewing Company
- Located on Queens Quay, the large Amsterdam Brewhouse has a menu created with beer and brewing ingredients, an outdoor patio and balcony, 2 bars, and a large dining area. Choose from a list of pre-selected flights; Richmond & John: a sample of lighter beers, King & Portland: a variety ranging from an IPA to Amber Ale, Front & Bathurst: a sample of hoppier beers, and Leaside: a selection of current seasonal beers.
3. Steam Whistle Brewing
- A short walk from Amsterdam Brewhouse, is Steam Whistle Brewing serving Canada’s premium pilsner. The brewery serves 2 variations of the pilsner: filtered and unfiltered. The unfiltered pilsner, having a thicker wheat bier color and consistency, is only available at the brewery. The large taproom has a small menu and is dog friendly. Brewery tours are every Friday and Saturday from 11:30am – 5:00pm and Sunday 11:30am – 4:00pm. Tours last about 30 minutes.
4. Left Field Brewery
- Left Field Brewery is a popular location to watch the Toronto Blue Jays. This brewery closely monitors their occupancy for both humans and dogs. Get there before the game to avoid waiting in line. Check the schedule for events and food truck appearances. Brewery tours are offered Saturday and Sunday at 1:00pm, $10 per person. We recommend Go Ahead, a raspberry and hibiscus Gose.
5. 3 Brasseurs
- Three Brewers has multiple locations in France, Canada, Tahiti, New Caledonia, Reunion Island, and Brazil. Create your own cask workshops are available.
6. Bandit Brewery
- There are about 10 beers on tap ranging from pilsners and sours to IPAs at Bandit Brewery. The raccoon themed taproom can get crowded during bunch Saturday and Sunday 11:00am – 4:00pm. Next door to the brewery is a small bottle shop selling merchandise and cans.
7. Halo Brewery
- This dog friendly brewery has limited seating. There are about 8 beers on tap at Halo Brewery. We recommend the Event Horizon, a foreign extra stout with Indian sarsaparilla.
8. Godspeed Brewery
- About 9 beers are on draft at Godspeed Brewery created with unique ingredients like Japanese citrus, sea salt, green tea, and Okinawa shikuwasa. Flights aren’t available but 9oz or 13oz options are available for most drafts. The large, open tap room offers a small menu.
The Distillery District
9. Mill Street Brewery
- Mill Street Brew Pub has 2 other Ontario locations; North York and Mississauga. Choose from a pre-selected flight of 4: Permanent Taps, Hopped Up, Organic, Across the Board, or create your own. The flight size is slightly larger than average with 8oz pours. We recommend the Raspberry Oatmeal Stout and Vanilla Porter. Each item on the large menu offers a recommended beer pairing.
10. Ontario Spring Water Sake Company
- Located in the Distillery District, Ontario Spring Water Sake Company, offers warm and cold Sake flights and sake cocktails. Every Saturday and Sunday at 1:00pm and 3:30pm the distillery offers Sip and Learn Sake Classes, including several samples.
11. Spirit of York Distillery Co.
- Also located in the Distillery District is Spirit of York Distillery Co.. Visitors can choose from a selection of vodka, gin, whisky, aquavit, and hawthorn berry gin to create a flight of 3. Signs are posted along the the various stages of distilling for a self guided tour.
Traveling Gingerbread Note: We significantly underestimated the amount of craft beer in Toronto. A few breweries recommended by locals that we didn’t get to check out were: Bellwoods Brewery, Laylow Brewery (only a couple blocks from The Lockhart), Henderson Brewing Company, and Blood Brothers Brewing.