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
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 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