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Two new brew pubs coming to Liberty Village

Posted by Ben Johnson / August 12, 2014

brew pub liberty villageThere will soon be no shortage of places to drink freshly-made beer in Liberty Village. Two brew pubs have recently announced they'll be setting up shop there.

The international franchise Les Trois Brasseurs/The Three Brewers, with locations across Ontario and Quebec, in addition to French Polynesia, New Caledonia, La Réunion, and Brazil, will soon be adding to their Toronto portfolio by setting up shop at 99 Atlantic Avenue.

News also broke this past week that Alberta-based Big Rock Brewery would be making a second venture outside of their home province (the first was in Vancouver) to bring their beer to Toronto, building a brew pub at 60 Atlantic Avenue on the corner of Liberty Street, less than 100 metres away from the new Three Brewers location.

Big Rock CEO Robert Sartor confirmed the news by phone earlier today and told me that outdoor beer-drinking will be a big part of the concept. "It's a pretty cool space," he says. "The building is over 100 years old and we occupy part of the old and part of the new and what's exciting to me is that we're going to have a really large patio."

He's also excited to bring some more of Big Rock's small scale and experimental offerings to Ontario, the kind of beers that his company makes in Alberta and BC but rarely make it out of the province given the small scale of those offerings.

Sartor says he's hopeful the doors will open on their brewpub by March and word is that Three Brewers will also be opening sometime next year.

While a representative from Liberty's eponymous brewing company told me today that they are still "actively scouting" locations for their brewery in the same area, this might be bad news for fans of local craft beer and Liberty Village Brewing Company.

It's never a bad thing when we get more options to have food and beer made under the same roof, but the arrival of two established franchise brewpubs (and Local Public Eatery) in the neighbourhood, likely means competition will soon be fierce (and rents high) for any beer-makers and publicans looking to make Liberty Village home.

Photo of an existing Three Brewers location.

Ben Johnson also writes about beer over on Ben's Beer Blog. Follow him on twitter @Ben_T_Johnson.



ct / August 12, 2014 at 04:30 pm
3 Brewers beer is whatever...can't see it lasting long in LV
Liberty Village Personal Trainer / August 12, 2014 at 05:55 pm
Should be successful just based on the area, but I agree 3 brewers isn't anything special.
Yardl / August 12, 2014 at 07:18 pm
Yeh. Saw big sign for 3 Bras facing Liberty for awhile a few weeks ago - burt disappeared when that new patio 'Local…something' opened up on Liberty & Hanna last month - coini-ki-dink? I don't think so. Let the pub patio wars continue…. we can only all win...
Jeremy / August 12, 2014 at 10:19 pm
lol these shitty brewerys are perfect for a shitty neighbourhood
Chaz replying to a comment from Jeremy / August 13, 2014 at 12:16 am
Come at me bro! Lets do this then!
The Clever Pup / August 13, 2014 at 11:39 am
That's great. But when will "they"
stop the flux of effing condos that's overshadowing this wonderful, whimsical neighbourhood.
Not such a clever pup after all / August 13, 2014 at 02:13 pm
Yes, Condos = Bad. Much better to go back to the good old days with parking lots and sparse population. When are smug people going to stop complaining that other people are moving into a neighbourhood after they did?
Simon replying to a comment from Not such a clever pup after all / August 14, 2014 at 02:34 pm
Once the latecomers stop jacking up the cost of housing for people who work an honest living by swarming neighbourhoods with their daddy's money and real estate scam money. What's that, you say? I can afford to buy a condo before I turn 30 if I convince Mommy and Daddy to give me a down payment? Well fuck them and fuck you. Before city living became "hip" and "edgy" for empty-headed suburban kids I could've bought a house with my savings. My friend was just telling me the other day that in 2001 she was paying $600 a month on a mortgage to live in 4 bedrooms 2 minutes from the subway line. That's barely even a decade ago.
Elizabeth from Etobicoke / August 19, 2014 at 11:32 pm
Attn fans of craft breweries and micro-breweries. This is an exciting time for Liberty Village - and the rest of T.O. - as two new breweries are moving in to the area's heritage buildings and old factories. Liberty Village - Toronto's first industrial park - is slowly shedding its gritty image, as old factoriesbeing transformed into office buildings, shopping plazas, and (part of) condominium buildings - making it one of Toronto's most dynamic neighbourhoods.
Also, new condominium midrises and highrises and townhouse complexes are being built.
Jim / December 23, 2014 at 11:53 am
What a bunch of negative Nancies on here, lol.
Nadia / January 30, 2015 at 11:08 am
The CRAFT is opening at the corner of Atlantic and Snooker this spring. It's going to have over 100 craft beer and the menu will be much better than the boring stuff everyone else seems to have.
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