The brewery, which will be located at 299 Augusta Avenue (the space formerly occupied by the Electric Theatre and perhaps better known as "that building with the big alien face on it"), is actually just part of a larger development that will also feature office space and apartments. It's always been part of the plan for company owner Brock Shepherd that his beer would be brewed in Kensington Market, and so when he caught wind of a well-suited development just down the road from his unofficial headquarters, Burger Bar (now sold), it seemed fortuitous. "There was a plan in place for this property before we were involved," he told me via e-mail, "but it will be a very unique space."
Granted, it's hard to gauge how much the inability to sell alcohol contributed to the Junction's less-than-desirable reputation, but it would be hard to argue that, in addition to a cooperative community, booze isn't one of the factors currently driving the rebirth of the west-end neighbourhood.
So where do the Torontonians who spend their time writing about, brewing, and pouring beer like to drink? I polled a handful of experts from the city's beer scene to find out their favourite spots to head to when they just need to relax with a pint.
Yes, while skating in the park and snowball fights are not my thing, strong, rich, and dark Canadian beers certainly are. That's why this coming weekend you'll find me at the 1st Annual Rhino Winter Beer Festival.