Toronto’s craft beer scene has been elevated to such a degree that calling the average consumer of craft suds a connoisseur might not be a stretch. Nano breweries and brewpubs are popping up all across the city, though the aim for many is to see their products on LCBO shelves. Bypassing the bureaucracy of the Commission ain’t a bad thing, especially when at some of these spots you can procure your pint-fillers past LCBO closing times. These are some of the best spots (outside the LCBO) to get craft beer in Toronto…
Fast becoming another Junction staple, the Indie Alehouse is sweet up on their growler game. See if you can join the exclusive “Growler Club” for discounted pours and some swish swag.
There’s no other way to describe this Ossington brewery other than delicious. If you’re down with such things (delicious, naturally), shop here for your suds. It’s not the cheapest, but did we mention it’s delicious?
Many midtowners neglect the fact that Granite Brewery has been slinging beer out of their brewpub for over two decades. Their stuff is exceptional and award-winning. Better still, you can buy it until 11pm every damned day of the week!
The Beer Academy
It’s always nice to stay for awhile when you visit The Beer Academy, but don’t neglect the fact that you can get your grab-and-go fix at this Victoria Street mecca of malted beverages.
Junction Craft Brewing
The west side wonders at Junction Craft have an ever-expanding list of palatable brews. So head in and grab a case of their famous Conductor’s Craft Ale, or load up a refillable 2-litre growler. No matter what volume you take home, it probably won’t be long before you’re back.
Amsterdam has done a serious rebranding over the past couple years, amassing a diverse lineup of craft beers that stand up to local taste tests.
Black Oak Brewery
They don’t always advertise it, but if you visit the Etobicoke brewery that won Ontario Brewery of the Year in 2013 they can hook you up with some hoppy takeaways right on site.
Great Lakes Brewery
They’ve got it all at GLB: saisons, sessions, lagers, ales, and growlers galore. All you have to do is go and get it.
Cameron’s Brewing Company
If you’ve gotta be in Oakville, you might as well be drunk. So pop in to Cameron’s retail shop and start popping tops – it will make your suburban visit that much more bearable.
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