The top 5 neighbourhoods in Toronto for a local beer crawl
Beer crawls in Toronto are easiest when sticking to one neighbourhood where breweries abound. Luckily for us, this city has several different pockets with a concentration of beer-makers, meaning you won't have to travel far to drink pale ales, stouts, and IPAs to your heart's content.
Here is where to go in Toronto for a beer crawl.
It's no secret that Toronto's east side is booming with breweries, with a newly opened Avling Brewery just joining the mix, so you can easily group all that Leslieville and Riverside have together.
Bring your dog to Leslieville and try some sours at Black Lab Brewing, then head to Radical Road for their Yuzu pale ale, right from the source, followed by Rorschach with has a sweet patio to try their seasonal brews.
This historic (and slightly foul-smelling) area on St. Clair between Runnymede and Old Weston Road has taken on the nickname the Ale Yards for a reason.
Junction Craft Brewing, Shacklands, and Rainhard Brewing are slowly starting to transform this meatpacking neighbourhood from Slaughter Central into a rugged little area that, while slightly tough to traverse by foot, is still pretty walkable for the adventurous beer-lover.
You can easily group or interchange the breweries in these two neighbourhoods with those in Bloordale and the Junction, given the close proximity.
Maybe start off at the most western option, Bandit Brewery, before heading east and hitting Lot 30 Brewers, followed by Laylow for German-style beers, then Folly for blends of Saison yeast and Brettanomyces.
Breweries become slim pickin's the more north and east you go, but there is some beer-making activity east of the DVP north of the Danforth.
And if you're in a car, make sure not to miss out on a trip to the impressive Common Good on Ellesmere. If you're up for it, you can even hop on the 404 (bring a designed driver with you) to the Rouge River Brewing Company in Markham.
Jesse Milns at High Park
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