Saulter Street Brewery Toronto

Saulter Street Brewery

Saulter Street Brewery is a small indie brewery, taproom and bottle shop housed in a barn-like building at the end of the street that gives it its name.

Follow the clink of glasses and the chatter of lively conversation past the sound of GO trains whizzing right by, and you’re sure to find the semi-hidden space.

Saulter Street Brewery TorontoAlso look for their logo outside, featuring a clock evoking the one on the bridge that marks entryway into this neighbourhood, theirs pointing to 5 p.m.

The taproom is meant to feel homey and almost cottagey, all reclaimed wood and tables made from barrels.

Saulter Street Brewery TorontoAn impressive bar top is made from one solid piece of live edge wood.

Saulter Street Brewery Toronto

All brewing equipment is completely exposed, not even a transparent barrier between drinkers and the 25 hectalitre system, to which Saulter can always add more fermenters.

Saulter Street Brewery Toronto

Bands even play live in front of the part of the brewhouse area. The equipment here is brand new, from BC supplier Ripley.

Saulter Street Brewery Toronto

At the very outset of the business, offerings were minimal, the flagship beer a drinkable but memorable 4.7% Riverside Pilsner meant to be a neighbourhood beer staple.

Quality ingredients are used, adding a Munich malt to a traditional Czech style pilsner to give a little more complexity and colour.

Saulter Street Brewery Toronto

Pilsner is a rarer offering in the craft community as it’s more expensive to make because it takes longer, but the result is a crushable beer that’s still hoppy and flavourful.

Saulter Street Brewery Toronto

The other beer available during my visit was a rye pale ale that was a little stronger than the pilsner at 5.5%, uniquely offered as part of an experimental new beer Thursdays program using a fifty-litre small batch brewing system to create beers that will be available once then never again.

Saulter Street Brewery Toronto

The brewery aims to at least have four beers on tap at a time typically, so they can serve flights, but while I was there the two were available in 12 ounce ($5) and 6 ounce ($3) pours.

Saulter Street Brewery Toronto

Plates of complimentary pretzels and peanuts dot every surface, but there are also more high-end snacks available from Leslieville Cheese Market in the form of cheese ($12) or cheese and meat boxes ($15).

Saulter Street Brewery Toronto

The rich, strong, creamy cheeses on our board include a classic semi-firm Beemster, an aged asiago washed with balsamic, and a 3-month aged semi-firm Manchego, paired with an oily spicy pork sausage and crackers.

Saulter Street Brewery Toronto

Howlers, basically smaller, easier to carry growlers are $5.50, just the pilsner available for take out for me.

Saulter Street Brewery Toronto

That didn’t stop me from picking up a couple sleek $2.90 tall cans.

Saulter Street Brewery Toronto

This neighbourhood bar is also especially baby and dog friendly.

Saulter Street Brewery Toronto

Photos by

Hector Vasquez


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