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Where to buy brewing supplies in Toronto

Posted by Robyn Urback / December 3, 2012

Toronto Brewing SuppliesBrewing supplies in Toronto offer a fantastic alternative to your bathtub and that broken oar from the cottage. Yes, there's actually a place where you can buy everything you need to make your own craft brew at home, just in case you feel stifled (who are you?!) by Toronto's existing beer offerings.

Grampa Simpson in The Simpsons stumbled upon his best-selling "revitalizing tonic" when he was trying to find a cheap substitute for holy water. He used a combination of elixirs from his medicine cabinet, which, while I'm sure quite potent, doesn't really work for the everyman trying to impress company with his own home brew (and avoid liability, at that).

Toronto Brewing Co. is an online operation offering aspiring brew-kings pretty much everything they need to make beer at home. For the novice, the site has handy starter kits, which include a recipe kit, fermentation jug, mini auto-siphon, and bottle filler, though you need to supply the bottles and kettle. And for the more experienced (or else, ambitious) brewer, Toronto Brewing offers various types of hops, malts, yeasts, and flavourings to customize your own creation.

Though primarily an online operation, Toronto Brewing Co. does allow customers to pick up from its temporary location at Yonge and Eglinton, which cuts down on shipping costs when ordering a 27-gallon conical fermenter. Though consumption and distribution is totally up to you, I've heard father and son travelling roadshow typically lead to great success.

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35 Comments

Chris Kebbel / December 3, 2012 at 11:20 am
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Not really a complete article... while I know Toronto Brewing Co is an online realtor, they do offer pickup from the Yonge/Eg area...as well, a quick Google search will reveal many more....

I've purchased from:
homebrew-supplies.ca

Which also has an retail store just north of the airport. They also have home keg equipment and sell CO2 refills.

My favourite place is www.ontariobeerkegs.com ... while not in Toronto (they're actually in Mitchell, Ontario -- outside of Stratford)...they offer the best prices by far and also offer flat rate shipping on larger orders.
Cliff S / December 3, 2012 at 12:09 pm
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The the writer just click "I'm feeling lucky" on google and write an article?

One virtual store in a city of 2.6M is a little thin on content.
alan / December 3, 2012 at 12:10 pm
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while i used to brew at home and did for 10 or more years, the past 10 years i've become a fan of the brew on location...currently my go to place is in mississauga...
Deric / December 3, 2012 at 12:18 pm
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Fermentations on the Danforth offers a few limited brewing supplies, such as the kits and simple equipment. I'd suggest calling before heading in, because they're mainly a brew on site kind of place, but when you need something they'll help you find it.

If you're able to get to Mississauga, the Brew Cellar is a good in store option as well.

I'm sure this Toronto Brewing Co. is great, but this was a very poorly planned article. It's more of a poor man's review, than a guide.
Ben / December 3, 2012 at 02:00 pm
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Guys, cut the author some slack. These aren't supposed to be comprehensive write ups, they are paid advertisements that are meant to feature only one business.
Sunny replying to a comment from Chris Kebbel / December 3, 2012 at 02:40 pm
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+1 for homebrew-supplies.ca. Their store is in Brampton at Steeles and Tomken but is a tad pricey. I spent $100 on a starter kit there, similar kit was $70 when I bought it in Vancouver...
The store also has a great selection of recipes and oddly enough has a shelf of hard-to-find hot sauces up front!
Dan / December 3, 2012 at 08:10 pm
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+1 to www.ontariobeerkegs.com

They are without a doubt the best place to get supplies from. Tried the shop in Brampton but was cheaper to just get it shipped from OBK and better service too.
Alaine / December 3, 2012 at 08:25 pm
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The best homebrew shop is easily Ontariobeerkegs. Too bad they are in the middle of nowhere though. He has grains and hops now so starting to become a one stop shop.
holidaygifter replying to a comment from alan / December 3, 2012 at 09:29 pm
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Where in mississauga do you brew? I'm shopping around for potential brewing gifts.
holidaygifter replying to a comment from alan / December 3, 2012 at 09:29 pm
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Where in mississauga do you brew? I'm shopping around for potential brewing gifts.
Geoff / December 3, 2012 at 09:42 pm
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I've used this website on multiple occasions, and have nothing but positive things to say. Best value, highly recommended.
Ashley / December 4, 2012 at 10:18 am
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Thanks never knew about Ontariobeerkegs just got my husband a gift certificate for Christmas from them.
Jamie / December 9, 2012 at 05:16 pm
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Great online store and prices. I ordered Wednesday and had my grain Friday morning. The Article says they are in Toronto but the website clearly says Mitchell. I am the only one confused? http://www.ontariobeerkegs.com/AboutUs.asp
Verne / April 30, 2013 at 01:14 pm
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I will never go back. I have visited several times for purchases over the past few years, starting with a CO2 tank purchase in 2011. I went back for my 1st refill and was told that the tank did not have Transport Canada marking, so could not be refilled. They have a record that I made a purchase of a CO2 tank in 2011, but contend that they did not sell me the tank I have now. This is the single only CO2 tank I have ever had, and has sat in my beer fridge until today. I do agree that the tank does not have Transport Canada marking - but when I made the purchase I assumed that CHS would sell me a legal tank. If you are going to buy a tank, the Transport Canada website shows you how to check for yourself at http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/tdg/moc-cylinder-faqoncylinders-473.html#identify Otherwise, store has good selection but at premium prices.
Dave / May 24, 2013 at 11:02 am
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Don't go here.
I won't go back. I made three orders. Every single one of them was messed up, and I kept going back because he wouldn't fix it until I did go back. I would call ahead and ask if he had everything, he'd say yes, I'd show up, and he wouldn't have everything and would instead make bad compromises with inadequate equimpent/ingredients. When he finally pushed cracked/broken equipment on me was when I gave up. Don't go here.
My brother had the same experience. He ordered a grain mill and it came 5 MONTHS late with constant promises that 'it'll be here soon'. It showed up totally disassembled with no instructions and TorontoHB offered no help. He had to go out and buy feeler gauges and everything to get it put together.
DON'T GO HERE.
justin / June 12, 2013 at 11:35 am
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Thanks for the tips guys. After reading the reviews here I have switched to www.ontariobeerkegs.com and could not be happier. Items arrive to me next day (I live in Toronto). Customer service is second to none. And everything on the site seems to be in stock all the time. No more second rate homebrew shops for me.Plus they have kegging gear!
Lou / June 19, 2013 at 08:56 am
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Thanks folks for your insights!

Any good retailer around Scarborough or farther towards east end.
Jib Halyard / September 3, 2013 at 04:07 pm
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Toronto Brewing Co's Website gives the impression that they have a physical store, complete with a map that puts them on the intersection of Eglinton and Mt Pleasant. Since I have discovered the hard way that this is a fantasy, they have lost my business forever.
Sean / September 22, 2013 at 03:33 pm
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Any thoughts on where I can get supplies for making homemade alcohol? I have a turbo air still and have been unable to find a place I can pick up all the necessary supplies and flavorings at Just moved from Nova Scotia and I'm having no luck whatsoever tracking this stuff down.
Diane / October 13, 2013 at 01:48 pm
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DO NOT ORDER FROM THESE PEOPLE. I placed an order for some parts listed on the site and they immediately took my money. They would not let me pick up from the store (basement?) because the order was so small it was considered a 75 dollar inconvience to them. It took them three days to tell me they did not even have the parts in stock. In fact I learned later they never even had the parts in the store ever. Some sort of drop ship scam I think.

The website shipping rates are a lie. It said online it would ship for 5.99 because of the size but the real cost was 14 and change. I did get a refund but the delay of communication was horrible. It really screwed me up and I had to scramble to find the parts I needed on time.

I took the advice of others and called Ontariobeerkegs.com and explained the situation. They laughed about it and said they heard this all the time. They stayed open late so I could pick up the parts (even priced match Toronto brewing on a part they never had). On the way out Patrick gave me a OBK T-shirt and said he I could buy with confidence from OBK. Class act and he gained a lifetime customer from me.

Diane.
Justin / October 22, 2013 at 05:43 pm
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Placed my second order from Toronto Brewing yesterday, received it today. Outstanding. These guys carry the best selection of supplies in Canada and have the lowest shipping rates. A+ Highly recommended. Not sure what everyone else is talking about, must be a vocal minority as per usual.
jon replying to a comment from Jib Halyard / October 23, 2013 at 06:53 pm
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I went looking for a store as well Jib. Spent 20 minutes driving around asking for directions. Not falling for that again.
Max / October 29, 2013 at 01:17 pm
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+1 for Toronto Brewing. Great selection of malts/hops/yeast, amazing freshness and Toronto location. I went in yesterday for a large order of grains by the sack & a bunch of hops and they had everything. Cheers.
Jeff / October 31, 2013 at 03:00 pm
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Where is this place? I went looking at two different locations and all I could find was a giant Ontariobeerkegs billboard.
Deaner / November 12, 2013 at 10:23 am
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Picked up an order from their new location currently being renovated. Email/call in advance for their address and they will hook you up with all the details. Love these guys, best selection in the city.
Nick / November 12, 2013 at 10:26 am
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BEST QUALITY IN THE PROVINCE. Toronto Brewing only stocks the best quality products.
Bought a kettle from ontariobeerkegs and the welds are rusting on the inside after less than 10 brews, total piece of junk.. OBK has great prices, but the quality is absolute garbage, never again unless I'm desperate.
Jeff Montweith / November 15, 2013 at 02:48 pm
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HAHA, this is awesome thread. Can clearly see how Torontobrewing paid for a article then jumps in trashing the competition when it backfires.
Nick / November 16, 2013 at 05:53 pm
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OBK pot for proof> http://img844.imageshack.us/img844/804/i9e5.jpg

..wish I was getting paid!
James Waterson / November 16, 2013 at 09:27 pm
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A+
Matt Caron / November 17, 2013 at 12:21 pm
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Good selection of hard to find products. Nice to speak with on the phone and by email. Could have more distillation equipment.
James / November 20, 2013 at 09:16 am
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Have ordered successfully from these guys a few times. They forgot an item on an order once but definitely made it right, good customer service.
John Placey / December 20, 2013 at 05:24 pm
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LOL @ people who think torontobrewing paid for the article, you obviously don't know how blogTO works

Every order I've placed arrived within a day and every time I have a question those guys are beyond helpful. They are incredibly knowledgable and obvious are in business for the love of beer.
Jim Dunford / February 3, 2014 at 08:56 pm
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+1 for http://www.beergrains.com. Customer service is incredible and they have everything I need. Fast shipping too!
Nick / February 9, 2014 at 01:30 pm
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Just picked up a starter kit from these guys. Very helpful and knowledgable staff. Lots of good products in store.
Taylor replying to a comment from Chris Kebbel / February 17, 2014 at 03:30 pm
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Do you guys think there is a market for a retail shop in Toronto for home brewing?

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