A newly launched brewpub this year, Bandit Brewery has been creating a buzz in the city – with their pebble-laden outdoor patio lined with string lights and picnic tables, handcrafted brews, and upscale bar menu, this joint has it all. In the heart of Roncy Village, Bandit’s brewing philosophy focuses on Belgian-style ales, though the brewers here are experimenting with plenty of other styles – Bandit launched with eight of their own brews but is now expanding to include 20 beers on tap along with a list of rotating beers from local breweries.
Bandit Brewery, 2125 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 647 348 1002
Halo Brewery, tucked down a small street in The Junction, is the beer gem for well-crafted suds. Grab a flight from the tasting room, decked out with an upscale industrial feel, or opt for bottled brews from the shop to take home with you. Started by two beer-loving basement-brewers, Halo features experimental flavors inspired by Belgian and American brewing styles (think Gose with Strawberry and Kiwi or Tart Saison with Apricot and Lemon) that are brewed right on-site.
Halo Brewery, 247 Wallace Ave, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 606 7778
Rainhard Brewing Co.
Located north of The Junction, Rainhard is a new brewery, tap room and event space with a bottle store in Toronto’s Stockyards district – set inside a 1940’s manufacturing plant, it’s fitting to the industrial theme that has reigned over the area since the early 20th century. Featuring an outdoor patio with picnic tables, glass window panes, a chalkboard menu and bar for tasting, Rainhard keeps it simple with well-crafted beers brewed inside the space. Expect beers like the double IPA with Simcoe, Citra and Mosaic or an unfiltered pilsner.
Rainhard Brewing Co., 100 Symes Rd, York, ON, Canada, +1 416 526 7755
Blood Brothers Brewing
Blood Brothers, opened November 2015, is still fairly new on the brewery scene – they’ve been putting out fab brews in local bars since last year, but the tap room just opened this spring. Started by brothers Dustin and Brayden Jones, Blood Brothers is all about brewing beers that would be desirable by friends and family, but also unique in their own right. Choose from beers like the ‘inner IPA’ with notes of mango, pineapple and citrus, or the ‘paradise lost’, a series of ‘kettle sours’ that are always changing. Be sure to check out the bottle shop for ways to take Blood Brothers home with you.
Started by a group of musicians, music lovers and beer aficionados, Burdock is an upscale restaurant with its own microbrewery, bottle shop and live music venue. Using local ingredients from Ontario farmers and hop growers, Burdock is always cranking out new, experimental flavors like the Strawberry Rhubarb Berliner, Mango Berliner, Raspberry Saison, Key Lime Gose and Orange Wine Saison – although, there are plenty of bitters featured like the APA and IPA.
Burdock, 1184 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 546 4033
Henderson Brewing Co.
Henderson Brewing screams ‘industrial’ – set alongside historic, brick-laden buildings in a 9,000-square-foot space in The Junction, Henderson has got that old-school brewery feel with a grey exterior and stainless steel-filled interior. Started by three experienced beer lovers, Henderson has been brewing award-winning beers since 2014, but the tap room just opened this year – visitors can grab a pint while watching the brewing process, or take a bottle or growler home.
Henderson Brewing Co., 128A Sterling Rd, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 863 8822