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7 Toronto craft breweries you should check out before the end of summer

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Yasmin Aboelsaud Aug 05, 2016 2:50 am

Although August 5 is officially International Beer Day, we like to celebrate beer regularly.

Here in the 6ix, we are fortunate to house a few incredible microbreweries. From the East end to the West end, we love our beers in Toronto, so much so that the craft brew scene is expanding each year. We will continue to update you on new beerlicious spots, and for now, here’s a list of local faves to get you started.

Great Lakes Brewery

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Independently owned and operated, the Great Lakes Brewery is now in its 29th year in the craft beer market. The award winning brewery opened their patio last year, which makes summer sipping that much sweeter.

Address: 30 Queen Elizabeth Blvd.
Hours: Monday – Thursday: 11 a.m – 6 p.m, Friday: 10 a.m – 8 p.m, Saturday: 10 a.m – 8 p.m, Sunday: 12 p.m – 5 p.m

Rainhard Brewing

Rainhard Brewing Toronto

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One of T.O’s newest breweries, Rainhard Brewing is in the city’s Stockyards district. Brewing beer “that we love to drink,” they may be the new kids on the block, but are certainly doing it right.

Address: 100 Symes Rd, Unit 108.
Hours: Friday 4 p.m – 9 p.m, Saturday 12 p.m – 8 p.m, Sunday 12 p.m – 4 p.m

Henderson Brewing

Henderson Brewing Co

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Award winning Henderson Brewing is a local fave since it was founded in 2014. Keeping things fresh, their monthly ‘Ides’ series introduces new beers that reflects a specific Toronto story.

Address: 128 Sterling Rd
Hours: Open daily from 11 a.m to 9 p.m

Amsterdam Brewery

Amsterdam Brewing Toronto

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Since 1986, the Amsterdam Brewery has been providing the city with some of the finest, and most loved, local beers. From John Street to Harbourfront, the Brewery now has indoor and outdoor sating, and of course, lots of beer.

Address: 245 Queens Quay W
Hours: Open daily from 11 a.m – 9 p.m

Left Field Brewery

Left Field Brewery Toronto

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The Leslieville craft brew was started by a husband and wife team in 2013. Located in an alley, Left Field Brewery is family friendly, and you can BYOS (Bring your own snacks)!

Address: 36 Wagstaff Drive
Hours: Open daily from 11 a.m – 9 p.m

Bellwoods Brewery

Bellwoods Brewery Toronto

Bellwoods Brewery/ Facebook

Recently celebrating their 4th anniversary, the small craft brewhouse has a prime location with an awesome space indoors and outdoors. Pull yourself a chair at the bar, and enjoy your fave IPAs or stouts, or saisons, or pale ales… you get the idea.

Address: 124 Ossington Ave
Hours: Monday – Wednesday 5 p.m – 12 a.m, Thursday 5 p.m – 1 a.m, Friday 4 p.m – 1 a.m, Saturday 2 p.m – 1 a.m, and Sunday 2 p.m – 12 a.m

Junction Craft Brewing

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Sample a flight or have a pint at this west end brewery. Whichever you decide, make sure to try their signature brew, Conductor’s Craft Ale.

Address: 90 Cawthra Ave, Unit 101
Hours: Thursday 4 p.m – 9 p.m, Friday 4 p.m – 9 p.m, Saturday 11 a.m – 9 p.m,  and Sunday 12 p.m to 5 p.m.

Awesome, now that’s done. BRB… Going beering.


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Yasmin Aboelsaud
Senior Staff Writer, music aficionado, fueled by coffee, travel & Drake.

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