It’s National Drink Beer Day! On top of that, it’s also Friday – WOO!!! Start rallying the troops and get ready to kick off the weekend by simply raising a glass of your favourite ale or lager.
Don’t know where to start? Here is a list of five great Toronto breweries / brewpubs that just opened up in 2018, that are totally worth checking out!
The Aviary Brewpub
The Aviary Brewpub is the larger sibling of the popular Dundas and Dovercourt neighbourhood sports bar Dock Ellis and home of Longslice Brewing. It’s a great place to enjoy some retro music, shoot some pool, and play some nostalgic arcade games. Also, all Longslice draught is just $7.08 for 16 ounce pours, including their famous Hopta La Vista.
Lot 30 Brewers
Lot 30’s namesake is torn from the pages of the city’s history because the plot of land they sit on was originally called “Park Lot 30” before it was parcelled off in to the vibrant community it is now. Their beer is said to be inspired by the industrial history that once filled this area of Toronto (Lansdowne & Dundas) so if you like history and beer this might be the perfect place for you!
People’s Pint Brewing Company
People’s Pint Brewing Company started back in 2015 and their story is quite unique. They did some serious organic community outreach before actually opening a physical location. They built their following by collaborating with other brewers and hosting small beer tasting events out of local beer focused venues in Toronto like The Gladstone Hotel, Lansdowne Brewery, and even 3030 Dundas. Eventually they saved up enough money and in 2016 they made a deal to purchase 4HL fermenters and brite tank from Muddy York Brewing Company and at the beginning of 2018 ended up taking over Junction Craft Brewing’s old facility after they expanded. They officially opened their doors on March 16, 2018 and are certainly worth checking out!
The Six Brewing Company
Nestled in the hearty of Trinity Bellwoods, The Six Brewing Co., is a great spot to not only enjoy a delicious ice-cold beer but also a great spot to enjoy some tasty eats as well! Their website states that they are dedicated to creating exceptional craft beer that is every bit as unique and cultured as our city and it shows! When you walk in their brew house their dark lighting immediately gives you a sense of an edgy hang out and somewhere you want to be. We really enjoyed their White Squirrel Wit but since the fall & winters seasons are upon us, you might want to give their Trash Panda Porter a try because it’s very tasty.
Von Bugle Brewing
The Bugle was one of the first European instruments to make the journey and was favoured for its simplicity and versatility. Von Bugle Brewing attributes its Brewmasters inspiration to this very instrument while staying true to the same brewing methods and ingredients that travelled with our European forefathers, and the way beer was first brewed in Canada. Their core brew is their Von Bugle Munich lager which is a rich, well balanced amber lager that uses European malts and noble hops. It brings the old world to the new world because some traditions should never change. Be sure to visit their Tap Room just off the Gardiner Express Way in south Etobicoke.
The 2019 edition of Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by the Beer Store happens July 26 to 28 at Bandshell Park Exhibition Place. There will be hundreds of breweries, dozens of food choices, and live entertainment each day. Tickets go on sale December 4 but you can get exclusive presale access if you sign up to our mailing list HERE. It’s all about the #BeerLove.
Don’t miss the highlights from last year: