Steam Whistle Biergarten Toronto

Steam Whistle Biergarten

Steam Whistle Biergarten is Steam Whistle's German-style beer hall, complete with eats by Food Dudes.

Housed in a former bottling area for the brewery, seating in the space with a capacity of 100 is provided by 12-seat communal benches. 

Steam Whistle Biergarten Toronto

Real plants and wheel-shaped light fixtures in the high-ceilinged space bring a European feel.

Steam Whistle Biergarten Toronto

Place food orders at the stall and you'll get a number to hang on a line strung above the tables.

Steam Whistle Biergarten Toronto

Cards that keep track of how many litre steins you've managed to empty are also pinned to these lines.

Steam Whistle Biergarten Toronto

Smoked wings ($15) set the tone for a menu of food designed to encourage marathon beer drinking, a home run of spicy and sweet thanks to spicy mustard and maple syrup, scattered with an array of what the menu terms "pickled things" to break up the heat.

Steam Whistle Biergarten Toronto

Roasted brussel sprouts ($15) are also a winner, the combination of Tabasco vinaigrette, beer nuts, clouds of citrus honey ricotta, and pops of pomegranate, cilantro and chive resulting in a similar sweet, spicy and bright effect.

Steam Whistle Biergarten Toronto

Spatzle n' cheese ($16) is the usual North American take on this dumpling/pasta dish, made with Limburger, aged cheddar and mozzarella, plus salty fatty bacon chunks and spicy pickled jalapeno that keep you reaching for beer.

Steam Whistle Biergarten Toronto

A bratwurst ($16) is one of three sausages from The Butcher shop, served on a soft brioche roll with Steam Whistle honey mustard, arugula, pepper relish, coleslaw, pickles and a ton of very dry and crispy fried shallots.

Steam Whistle Biergarten Toronto

A 12-hour hock ($26) is your classic shareable pork knuckle, a giant fatty ball of meat that necessitates at least two to four people to take down. 

Steam Whistle Biergarten Toronto

Smoked and cooked sous-vide for 12 hours, it's an exemplary version of the dish, the meat molten, dense and rich, served with a sweetly luscious Steam Whistle hock sauce, crispy German-cut potatoes, tangy cider-braised cabbage and a sort of giardiniera. 

Steam Whistle Biergarten Toronto

A s'mores pretzel ($10) tops a salty, bready pretzel available on its own as a savoury snack with fudge, crumbled graham crackers and a ton of gooey, sticky toasted marshmallows.

Steam Whistle Biergarten Toronto

You can order of any of the Steam Whistle family of beers here like their Pilsner or Von Bugle Munich Lager in 12-ounce ($6), 20-ounce ($8) or litre sizes ($15).

Steam Whistle Biergarten Toronto

They also do beer cocktails here like shandies ($15) and radlers ($10), as well as an unusual mix of Von Bugle and Boylan cola that's apparently popular during lengthy Oktoberfest drinking sessions.

Steam Whistle Biergarten Toronto

You can actually add beer to-go from the bottle shop to your bill, starting at $3.15 for a tall can of Von Bugle and going all the way up to a 12-pack of Steam Whistle Pilsner bottles for $26.95.

Steam Whistle Biergarten Toronto

Photos by

Hector Vasquez


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