Peoples Pint Toronto

People's Pint

People’s Pint is a brewing collective that opens up its taps to home brewers, meaning they’re pouring some of the most local, craftiest beer you’ll ever taste.

Co-owners and brewers Peter Caira and Doug Appeldoorn (who’s also a master beer sommelier) have opened up in what’s becoming a blossoming “Aleyards District” already home to Nickel 9 Distillery, Shacklands, Junction, and Rainhard.

Peoples Pint Toronto

The space is, somewhat obviously, quite industrial like most breweries, but here you really get up close and personal with tanks directly facing the bar.

Peoples Pint Toronto

They actually bought their system (which includes a jerry-rig of repurposed soup kettles) from Junction Brewing, but it’s capable of brewing four hectalitres (400 litres) at a time.

Peoples Pint Toronto

Build a flight of four five-ounce pours while in the taproom. Simply check off options on a detailed paper menu, hand it to the bartender and take away your beers.

Peoples Pint Toronto

We opt for the Helles Island American Lager, Chinook of the North APA made with Chinook hops, Mango Fett Milkshake IPA and El Chupacabra Ancho Cinnamon Porter, all created by the People’s Pint brewers using Michigan hops.

Peoples Pint Toronto

The traditional-tasting Helles and the Chinook are always reliably on tap.

Peoples Pint Toronto

The El Chupacabra is fresh, brewed as the name suggests with ancho chilis and cinnamon for a chocolatey, toasty beer with a hit of warmth.

Peoples Pint Toronto

The Serendipitous Sour ($7 for 12 ounces) is so named because it was supposed to be their infamous Gose Cuervo. They added hops to this kettle sour when the tartness wasn’t quite what they wanted to create a very mildly sour and even fruity beer.

Peoples Pint Toronto

Hallelujah, food is BYOF and they even let you deliver and go so far as to recommend area restaurants and suggest beers that best go with their food.

If you’re just feeling peckish for a bar snack they provide meat and cheese boards ($12). Ours has sliced pork ham, pork cheeks, smoked lamb from Gourmeats and Lindsay goat cheddar, all appropriately salty and fatty to accompany beer.

Peoples Pint Toronto

This is all tied together with some mustard, olives, pickles and deliciously sour and grassy fiddleheads pickled by a Mennonite woman.

Peoples Pint Toronto

Anything on tap can be sealed into a one-litre crowler to go, starting around $11.

Peoples Pint Toronto

500ml bottles of their other mainstay offering, summery English Golden Ale Goldie Boat ($5.75) as well as one-offs like the lactose-sugar-infused Mango Fett ($7) are also available to go.

Peoples Pint Toronto

They also do short cans of Helles Island for just three bucks, and if you’re here to stay but don’t want a beer there’s also nitro cold brew, shrub soda and root beer ($4.50).

Peoples Pint Toronto

Photos by

Hector Vasquez


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