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The Best Microbrewery in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / June 8, 2016

microbrewery torontoThe best microbreweries in Toronto pour sessional and experimental suds, one off varieties and innovative new brews. While this list used to be pretty short, Toronto's craft beer scene is thriving and new brewers are popping up every which way.

Here are the best microbreweries in Toronto.

Bellwoods

Bellwoods

The upstart microbrewery on Ossington earned a reputation for its exceptional beers. Find an ever-changing lineup of barrel-aged beers, pale ales, bright and hoppy IPAs, full-bodied stouts, and Belgian styles like saisons and tripels at the brewpub and in bottles at the adjacent retail store. More »

Left Field Brewery

Left Field Brewery

The baseball-themed brewery took home a gold at the Canadian Brewing Awards in 2016 for Wrigley, its North American Style pale ale. Sample beers from its starting lineup along with playful experiments and collaborations at its taproom and bottle shop in Leslieville. More »

Amsterdam BrewHouse

Amsterdam BrewHouse

Since 1986, this brewer has been celebrated for its selection of fine craft ales and lagers. While its most popular brews are available at the LCBO and Beer Store, you'll find innovative and interesting beers to try out at its production facility in Leaside Village as well as at its waterfront brewpub. More »

Steam Whistle Brewing

Steam Whistle Brewing

The iconic green bottles and prime location across from the SkyDome have made this beer brand a mainstay in Toronto's craft beer scene. The brewery focuses on making a refreshing and crisp European-style pilsner brewed with only four natural ingredients. More »

Great Lakes Brewery

Great Lakes Brewery

The oldest indie brewer in the city has been at it for almost 30 years and doesn't show any signs of slowing down. The company prides itself on appealing to eclectic tastes, offering everything from unique seasonal ales and premium lagers to its experimental Tank Ten beers and limited Project X releases. More »

Indie Alehouse

Indie Alehouse

The fiercely independent brewpub in the Junction prides itself on making full-bodied, flavourful ales. In addition to its flagship suds, look forward to one hit wonders, collabs and rare releases, including Belgian sours, double IPAs and English porters. More »

Junction Craft Brewing

Junction Craft Brewing

This craft brewery is most famous for its signature Conductor’s Craft Ale. The taproom and bottle shop showcases its love of experimentation with a range of flavourful beers in diverse styles. You should visit in order to purchase small-batch goodies. More »

Burdock

Burdock

This Bloordale destination boasts a microbrewery, music hall and restaurant all on one site. The focus here is on approachable experiments and you'll find everything from the stalwart West Coast Pilsner to funky and sour barrel-aged beers available for limited release. More »

Blood Brothers Brewing

Blood Brothers Brewing

Year round staples, like the Inner IPA and the Shumei, join a rotating roster of seasonal suds at this brewery tucked away on Geary Avenue. Expect the unexpected. Unusual experimental brews are the specialty and the goal is to always keep things interesting. More »

Duggan's

Duggan's

The Parkdale brewpub from award-winning brewmaster Michael Duggan crafts small batches of specialty and seasonal beers from ingredients sourced entirely from Ontario. The house favourite is the No. 9 IPA, though you should visit if you want to try the selection of specialty beers available exclusively in the pub and bottle shop on site. More »

Henderson Brewing Co.

Henderson Brewing Co.

This microbrewery is named in honour of Toronto's first-ever brewery owner, Robert Henderson. Located in the Junction Triangle, it includes a bottle shop and taproom where the flagship beer, Henderson's Best, is available along with one-off batches. More »

Bandit Brewery

Bandit Brewery

Located inside a former auto shop at Dundas and Roncesvalles, this large, open-concept brewery, taproom and patio offers 20 beers on tap, including 15 original brews and a handful showcasing fellow craft brewers. Classic Belgian-style ales are the focus, but expect a repertoire of inventive, experimental craft beer styles too. More »

Halo Brewery

Halo Brewery

Hobbyists turned pros Eric Portelance and Callum Hay operate this open-source brewery on Wallace Avenue. The brewery is outfitted with eight taps as well as a bottle shop stocked with a varied selection for take-home including an Imperial IPA and a Weisse IPA. More »

Rainhard Brewing Co.

Rainhard Brewing Co.

The dynamic brewery and event space in the Stockyards continuously experiments to develop new recipes. It won the 2015 Golden Tap Award for Best Newcomer to the Beer Scene and you should visit to sample and buy signature and small-batch brews on site. More »

Muddy York

Muddy York

This East York brewery doesn't rely on unorthodox ingredients, but rather takes pride in making deliciously drinkable and well balanced beers. The namesake Muddy York Porter is a house favourite, featuring dark chocolate and roasted marshmallow notes with a hint of wood smoke. More »

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