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Beer Guide - 2015-07-09

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TORONTO BEER GUIDE

Amsterdam Brewhouse 245 Queens Quay West, 416-504-1020, amsterdambrewhouse.com If cold beer and a humongous patio with a lake view don’t pique your interest, check your pulse. Touted as Toronto’s first craft brewery (the original opened in the 80s), the legacy lives on at Amsterdam’s sprawling brew pub. Hours Sunday to Wednesday 11 am to midnight, Thursday to Saturday 11 am to 2 am. Access Entrance barrier-free, washrooms in basement. Bar Hop 391 King West, 647-352-7476, barhopbar.com Love beer? Then Bar Hop is already locked in your personal BPS. Thirty-six taps (plus casks) pour some of the most limited and intriguing beers in Toronto in a warm and bustling room. Hours Daily noon to 2 am. Access Steps at entrance, washrooms in basement. Bar Volo 587 Yonge, 416-928-0008, barvolo.com Toronto’s unofficial beer shrine, family-owned Volo keeps its 36 taps fresh and tantalizing with one-offs, oddities and signature brews from the “house ales nano system.” Come for cask-conditioned ales and one of the nerdiest bottle lists in the city. Hours Monday to Thursday 2 pm to 2 am, Friday and Saturday noon to 2 am, Sunday 2 pm to midnight. Access No barrier at entrance, washrooms in basement. Beerbistro 18 King East, 416-861-9872, beerbistro.com A Belgian-style brasserie specializing in (but not limited to) Old World beer. Where else are you going to find a lineup of Trappist ales on the brink of the financial district? Hours Monday to Wednesday 11:30 am to 1 am, Thursday to Friday 11:30 am to 2 am, Saturday 11 am to 2 am, Sunday 11 am to midnight. Access Entrance barrier-free, washroom on main floor. Bellwoods 124 Ossington, 416-535-4586, bellwoodsbrewery.com With a spectrum of beer as mesmerizing as its branding, a merch-stocked bottle shop and one of the city’s hottest patios, it’s no wonder Bellwoods plans to open a second, much larger location on Dupont to water the thirsty clan of Bellwoods-heads. Hours Monday to Thursday 5 pm to midnight, Friday 2 pm to midnight, Saturday noon to 1 am, Sunday noon to midnight. Access No barrier at the entrance, washrooms on main floor. Bier Markt 58 The Esplanade, 416-862-7575, thebiermarkt.com Yes, it’s the Milestones of beer. But with five locations in the GTA averaging 40 taps per Markt and a legit bottle list, we must respect its noble mission to bring good beer to the masses. Hours Sunday to Wednesday 11:30 am to midnight, Thursday to Saturday 11:30 am to 2 am. Access Steps down to entrance (patio at street level), washrooms on main floor. Bryden’s 2455 Bloor West, 416-760-8069, brydens. ca Bloor West Village’s go-to for craft brew has 17 lines of majority Canadian craft to keep you lubricated. Stop by on a Monday for the hard-to-beat special: $10 pitchers of GLB. Hours Daily noon to 2 am Access One step at entrance, washrooms on main floor. Castro’s 2116e Queen East, 416-699-8272, castroslounge.com A handful of taps at this veg-friendly Beaches local are rounded out by four cask ales and an impressive array of 100-plus bottled beers. Hours Monday to Thursday 3 pm to 2 am, Friday to Sunday noon to 2 am. Access Entrance barrier-free, washrooms in basement. C’est What 67 Front East, 416-867-9499, cestwhat.com Almost 30 years old, the charming and casual C’est What pours pure local brew including seven house beers and eight cask options. Hours Sunday to Monday 11:30 am to 1 am, Tuesday to Saturday 11:30 am to 2 am. Access Steps down to entrance, washrooms on main floor. Duke’s Refresher Bar 382 Yonge (unit 8), 416-979-8529, dukesrefresher.ca A rowdy inner-city spinoff of a Muskoka party bar, Duke’s boasts 40 draught beers. Roughly a third of the options are pedestrian, but there’s some solid local representation plus five rotating guest taps. And seriously, where else are you going to drink at Yonge and Gerrard? Hours Monday to Tuesday 11:30 am to 1 am, Wednesday to Friday 11:30 am to 2 am, Saturday 11 am to 2 am, Sunday 11 am to 1 am. Access Ramp at entrance, washrooms on main floor. Get Well 1181 Dundas West, 647-351-2337, getwellbar.com This is essentially an adult arcade with good beer in place of carbonated corn syrup. Twelve taps spotlight Ontario, and while the in-house nano-brewery is lamentably kaput, North of Brooklyn pizza is on site to satisfy your pint-induced munchies. Hours Daily 5 pm to 2 am. Access Entrance barrier-free, washrooms in basement. Granite Brewery 245 Eglinton East, 416-322-0723, granitebrewery.ca An uptown classic specializing in British-style ales, this family-run brew pub has been a fixture in the Toronto craft brewing scene for over two decades. Beer store open daily. Hours Monday to Thursday 11:30 am to midnight, Friday and Saturday 11:30 am to 1 am, Sunday 11 am to midnight. Access Entrance barrier-free, washrooms on main floor. Indie Ale House 2876 Dundas West, 416-760-9691, indiealehouse.com Big flavour spills out of this small brew pub in the Junction. Sample a flagship flight or dive into pints of rare and collaborative brews. Bottle shop open daily. Hours Monday 5 pm to late, Tuesday to Sunday noon to late. Access Entrance barrier-free, washrooms on main floor. Loose Moose 146 Front West, 416-977-8840, theloosemoose.ca This cavern of Canadiana is more than a watering hole in useful proximity to Toronto’s major sports venues. The Loose Moose keeps over 60 beers on tap, with an enhanced focus on locally crafted goodness. Hours Monday to Wednesday 11 am to 1 am, Thursday to Saturday 11 am to 2 am, Sunday 11 am to midnight. Access Steps at entrance, washrooms on main floor. Mill Street Brew Pub and Beer Hall 21 Tank House, 416-681-0338, beerhall. millstreetbrewpub.ca Mill Street needs no introduction. Visit for flagship brews like the Organic Lager and Tankhouse Ale or more recent releases like 100th Meridian amber lager and Birra Sophia Pilsner and kick it on one of two giant patios. Mill Street pays homage to the ’hood’s heritage, distilling bier schnapps in the Beer Hall’s micro-distillery. Hours Brew pub: Monday 11 am to 11 pm, Tuesday and Wednesday 11 am to midnight, Thursday 11 am to 1 am, Friday 11 am to 2 am, Saturday 10:30 am to 2 am, Sunday 10:30 am to 10 pm. Beer Hall: Monday and Tuesday noon to 10 pm, Wednesday noon to 11 pm, Thursday noon to midnight, Friday noon to 1 am, Saturday 11:30 am to 1 am, Sunday 11:30 am to 10 pm. Access Entrance barrier-free, washrooms on main floor. Monarch Tavern 12 Clinton, 416-531-5833, themonarchtavern.com One of T.O.’s oldest licensed establishments, the laid-back Monarch is home to oodles of local brew, bourbon and Baju BBQ. Hours Monday to Saturday 11:30 am to 2 am, Sunday 5 pm to 2 am. Access Stairs to second-floor tavern, washrooms upstairs. The Only 972 Danforth, 416-463-7843, theonlycafe.com Keeping it funky for over 30 years, the Only is a favourite with locals and beer literati alike. The beer is delicious, plentiful (I’m talking over 200 bottles) and hard to find anywhere else. It’s called The Only for a reason… Hours Daily 10 am to 2 am. Access Entrance barrier-free, washrooms in basement. The Rhino 1249 Queen West, 416-535-8089, facebook.com/therhinotoronto There’s a particular joy to be found in sipping tasty, well-priced craft beer on a divey patio. Parkdale’s original craft beer outpost is an appropriately gritty west-side staple. Hours Daily 11 to 2 am. Access, Entrance barrier-free, steps to washrooms. Stout Irish Pub 221 Carlton, 647-344-7676, stoutirishpub.ca This cozy Cabbagetown local moonlights as a beer trove. Stout blasts past generic pub standards to spotlight quality beer, most of it from Ontario. Hours Monday to Friday 11:30 am to 2 am, Saturday and Sunday 11 am to 2 am. Access Entrance barrier-free, washrooms in basement. Tallboys 838 Bloor West, 416-535-7486, tallboyscraft.com A simple bar with a humble goal: to dish craft beer to the thirsty masses in the most functional (and crushable) of forms. The best selection of tall cans in town, but don’t sweat, Audible Grumbles – there are taps, too. Hours Monday to Thursday 4 pm to

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