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Liberty Commons at Big Rock Brewery

Liberty Commons at Big Rock Brewery is bringing the brewing power of Big Rock into an urban gastropub environment. It’s a collaboration between Big Rock Brewery, which originated in Alberta, and Oliver & Bonacini restaurants, the same people behind restaurants like Canoe and Bannock.

Liberty Commons Big Rock Brewery Toronto

The space is humongous at 7400 square feet with a capacity for 140 downstairs in the bar/dining room proper.

Liberty Commons Big Rock Brewery Toronto

The underground vibe gives the place a speakeasy feel, with plenty of flat screens, booths, and cool touches like neon to modernize it.

Liberty Commons Big Rock Brewery Toronto

Downstairs is where all the brewing is done, in a much-miniaturized version of their Ontario brewery in Etobicoke.

Liberty Commons Big Rock Brewery Toronto

Flights (four 6-ounce pours for $10) range from “classic” to an “adventurous” one that includes nano and guest taps, or you can just create your own. I really like their light, refreshing Rhine Stone Cowboy kolsch with an ABV of just 4.6%.

Liberty Commons Big Rock Brewery Toronto

They’re also doing cocktails like a Hop Sour ($12) that ties into the brewery atmosphere using hopped Wiser’s, topped with a float made from Big Rock’s Citradelic IPA.

Liberty Commons Big Rock Brewery Toronto

A perfectly soft-cooked scotch egg ($5) is encouraged fare for an upstairs tap room session, served with mustard made with the brewery’s Warthog ale.

Liberty Commons Big Rock Brewery Toronto

Charcoal root salad ($12) intertwines bright, smoky chunks of roasted rutabaga, carrot, celery and onions smoked in their skins with different types of crisp, delicate shaved carrots. A bean sumac hummus serves as an earthy dressing.

Liberty Commons Big Rock Brewery Toronto

The BBQ jerk chicken platter (half $19, whole $37) is also available on their BBQ takeout menu. It’s served with an ale BBQ sauce, a yummy potato salad, red cabbage slaw and a pilsner cheddar scone. The chicken’s also been brined in Big Rock pilsner for twelve hours.

Liberty Commons Big Rock Brewery Toronto

Madras lamb shoulder curry ($18) is another elevated British pub favourite, served with powerful but tasty lime pickle relish.

Liberty Commons Big Rock Brewery Toronto

You have to get the bone marrow upgrade with the cottage pie ($20): the buttery flavour of the marrow greatly enhances this classically comforting dish made with a carrot and spud mash.

Liberty Commons Big Rock Brewery Toronto

Upstairs is a bit more casual, more of a place to try some different brews and maybe have a snack before selecting something from the bottle/gift shop to take home.

Liberty Commons Big Rock Brewery Toronto

Tall cans go for $2.85 and a six pack of bottles is $13.95, and there are refillable growlers ($11 for a new 32-ounce growler, $7 to refill it) and tees ($25) too.Liberty Commons Big Rock Brewery Toronto

Photos by

Hector Vasquez


Liberty Commons at Big Rock Brewery

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