The craft beer scene in Toronto is growing rapidly with new small breweries popping up all the time. But craft beer in Toronto hasn’t always been popular, who knows why we’ve been so content to drink generic flavoured brew but we didn’t developed like a lot of other progressive cities in North America.
I love it as beer has been one of my newer fascinations traveling as it’s about time Toronto started playing catch up. To learn more about my city I headed out with Dana from Well Preserved and David Ort from the Canadian Craft Beer Cookbook to find his top 3 picks for where to drink craft beer in Toronto.
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Once a casual Italian neighborhood joint, Bar Volo is now the place to go for high level craft beer with an extensive tap and bottle list. There is no table service, but when you get a beer from the bar it will be served perfectly from someone knowledgeable about craft beer. Unapologetic about its dedication to craft beer there isn’t much food served but hey you can always drink your dinner.
Prohibition wasn’t appealed in the Junction until about 20 years ago and it’s interesting that there are now two local breweries in the neighborhood.
3030 Dundas is a bit of a hike if you live central or East like me but it’s worth a trip. The space is quite unique, the front is a restaurant with interesting bites like pigtail torta whereas the back is a concert venue.
A cozy neighborhood bar where beer nerds rejoice, the owner Rob has been involved in craft beer in Toronto long before it was cool. Bar Hop has extensive tap lists which feature some of Ontario’s greatest craft beers but also have some world leaders. It is also one of the few places in Toronto that has a proper fridge for Belgium beers to be stored at 8-9C.
As a side note, get the garlic doughnuts which are fried to order with smoked maldon, bone marrow, aioli and parmesan – you can thank me later.