TOP SIX CRAFT BREWERIES

Junction Craft Brewery

90 Cawthra Ave, Unit 101

Junction Craft Brewery

Established in 2011 and located in the heart of the Junction, this small-batch brewery is “committed to brewing highest-quality, hand-crafted beers”.  No stranger to running a successful business, restauranteur, Tom Paterson, owner of La Hacienda and the Paddock Tavern, partnered with Brewmaster, Doug Pengelly to start this microbrewery in Toronto’s west end. Although well known for their signature Conductors Craft Ale, they also offer a variety of other brews in their Tap Room + Retail Shop located on site. Looking to crack an ice cold one on the dock at your cottage? Pick these three Junction Craft Brewery   varieties available at the LCBO: Conductors Craft Ale, Brakeman’s Session Ale   and Tracklayers Kolch.

 

DUGGAN’S BREWERY

1346 Queen Street West

duggans brewery

Founder and former President and Brewmaster of Mill Street Brewing, Michael Duggan started Duggan’s Brewery  following a 30 year career in the beer and hospitality industries. Committed to using Ontario sourced ingredients such as hops and grains, Duggan meticulously crafts every batch of his specialty beers including American Pal Ale, Phi-Golden Raio, Belgian Triple and 100 Mile Lager which are available at their on site store. If you can’t make it out to their Parkdale location, grab the award-winning, No. 9 IPA on LCBO shelves now.

 

HOP CITY BREWING CO.

Etobicoke

hop city brewing co

‘Craft with attitude’ is aptly the tagline of this microbrew based out of Etobicoke. What started out as a small-batch in one of the co-founders kitchens, has since grown into one of the most sough-after brews on tap in Toronto. With multiple tall boy options on LCBO shelves including Polly Want a Pilsner , and Barking Squirrel Lager, 8th Sin Black Lager  , Hopbot IPA, Big Mouth Pal Ale,  Hop City is sure to have a brew perfect for you.

Check out this video to learn more about the Hop City team and the attitude they put into every batch of beer

 

 

Woodhouse Brewing Co.

Etobicoke

woodhouse brew co

Graham Woodhouse, founder and namesake, started the Woodhouse Brewing Co. in 2014 with “one simple mission; craft honest, great tasting beer that (he) could be proud of and put (his)family name on.” His inaugural brew, simply named Woodhouse Lager is an amber lager consisting of only four ingredients which is refreshingly light with only 5% alcohol. Available in the LCBO and on tap in bars and restaurants throughout the city.

 

AMSTERDAM BREWERY

45 Esandar Drive / 245 Queens Quay West (South Building)

amsterdam brewery

Amsterdam Brewery, which claims to be ‘Toronto’s Original Craft Brewer’ started in 1986 as the Amsterdam Brasserie & Brewpub in the heart of downtown Toronto. Having moved locations in the years to follow, this microbrewery has planted its roots in two unique locations. On the waterfront, indulge at their brewpub with a robust beer-infused menu and wash it down with a pint of their signature beer. And for those curious about the process, visit their Leaside location to take a tour and do tasting, available weekly on Saturdays. Have you already fallen in love with this craft brew? Pick up the Boneshaker, Natural Blonde Lager or Cruiser All Day Pale Ale at the LCBO and enjoy at home.

 

STEAM WHISTLE

255 Bremner Boulevard

steamwhistle

What would this list be if I didn’t include the local staple, Steam Whistle? Founded by Greg Taylor, Cam Heaps and Greg Cromwell, this Toronto favourite is not only committed to green initiatives including using renewable power for 100% of their production but also creates a premium product that could rival any of the publicly owned multi-national breweries. Made with only four natural ingredients: distilled water, malted barley, hops and yeast, Steamwhistle’s Premium Pilsner has been recognized with multiple awards from established industry competitions. Pick-up a six-pack from their Roundhouse store or in the LCBO or enjoy a refreshing pint at your local watering hole.

After all that I think I deserve a cold one! Give me shout and let me know what kind of brew you’ll be enjoying this long weekend.
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