Avling Brewery Toronto

Avling Brewery

Avling is an unabashedly Canadian seasonal and experimental brewery and kitchen, creating a perpetually-changing menu of beer and food using hyper-local ingredients.

avling brewery torontoThe space is segmented into an interconnected bottle shop, restaurant/bar section, brewing area and rooftop garden where ingredients are farmed.

Avling Brewery Toronto

Our meal starts off with a bang with a Savoury Turnip Cake ($14) that’s a bit of a take-off on Toronto’s dim sum culture. 

Avling Brewery Toronto

Personally speaking, it’s a dish that goes great with beer, this version a dense cake of roasted garlic, shiitakes and caramelized onion. It’s topped with a creamy, tangy buttermilk ranch, finely chopped chives, and edible flowers from the roof, and ringed with subtle house smoked paprika and turmeric oils.

Avling Brewery Toronto

The Butcher’s Burger ($14) shows off the fact that there’s actually a butcher on staff here. Avling sources whole pigs and cows from local farms through their animal procurement program and breaks them down here.

Beef is ground in house at least every other day for the patty, made from brisket, chuck, and other scraps that would otherwise be wasted. With a very loose grind, default medium cook, and a soft but toasted custom Brodflour sourdough sesame bun, it’s easy to sink your teeth into. 

It’s all topped off with Ontario cucumber pickles, two-year aged Armstong cheddar, a delicious fancy sauce of roasted garlic and black pepper, and the standard lettuce, tomato and onion, plus bacon they cure, roast and slice in house.

Avling Brewery Toronto

Sides include Salt and Vinegar Spuds by the half pound ($4.50) or pound ($9). Ontario mini red and white potatoes are boiled in salt and vinegar, deep fried and smashed so they’re tender inside and crispy outside.

A malted aioli on the side is made with marmite that’s actually created using yeast left over from brewing a batch of beer.

Avling Brewery Toronto

A Masala Fish Fry ($24) sees a five-ounce filet of First Fish turbot coated in a turmeric and dehydrated curry leaf batter, plated over a pile of these spuds and a base of cooling raita, a sweet and spicy carrot relish on the side.

Avling Brewery Toronto

A Pilsner washes everything down crisply at 4.9%, a tall glass funnelling fruit and spice notes.

Avling Brewery Toronto

A core IPA will likely always be on the menu, packing a punch at 6% and delivering on a full-bodied flavour with notes of honey and biscuit.

Avling Brewery Toronto

Short cans in the bottle shop go for a simple $3, or $15 for a six-pack.

Avling Brewery Toronto

Salad greens, radishes, beets, potatoes, tomatoes, beans, zucchini, hot peppers and more are grown seasonally on the roof.

Avling Brewery Toronto

Design by local agency LAMAS creates an industrial feel softened by large grey sheets of felt, pastel tones.

Graphic design on the labels and other places is by Concrete.  

Avling Brewery Toronto

Mural work is by Madison Van Rijn (also behind art at La Palma).

Avling Brewery Toronto

Photos by

Hector Vasquez


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