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Your first look at Steam Whistle's new traditional beer garden (PHOTOS)

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Kayla Gladysz May 07, 2019 2:34 pm

Steam Whistle has just delivered downtown’s new favourite summer hang out.

Recently soft-open, the brewery’s traditional beer garden will be celebrating its grand opening on May 11.

Which means that now, in alignment with the increasingly warm weather, you can enjoy sipping Steam Whistle brews and beer-based cocktails, munching on sausage like you’ve never tasted before, and snacking on schnitzel with pals.

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The new Biergärten is inspired by the atmosphere, food, and drink of the traditional beer gardens in Munich, where staff of the brewery take a trip every half-decade.

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“To enjoy a real German bier hall is incredible. We wanted to share that experience, modernized and placed right in downtown Toronto, at the Roundhouse,” says Tim McLaughlin, Vice-President of Marketing for Steam Whistle.

Like a traditional beer hall, the new space features beer that adheres to the strict standards of the Bavarian Purity Act of 1516. Look forward to the classic Pilsner, of course, plus the Von Bugle (a Munich Lager) and the New Belgium Flat Tire (an Amber Ale).

Brews are served alongside traditional German fare (that’s made with a Torontonian-flare) by the Food Dudes. We’re talkin’ classics like pretzels, schnitzel, and twelve-hour hock.

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And alongside the German standards, you’ll also find bites that offer a new take on the flavours you know and love.

For example: you’ve never seen (or tasted) Curryworst Sausage like this before.

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Topped with tomato curry sauce and cilantro crema, this sausage is served on a brioche roll with kale, pickles, fried shallots, and coleslaw. It’s as much a feast for your eyes as it is for your tastebuds.

And while the mains are mind-blowing, the sides can hold their own.

German fries are served with double smoked bacon and a savoury caramelized onion mayo, and the roasted Brussel sprouts pack a pleasantly surprising spicy punch.

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Yes, this a traditional beer hall and there’s plenty of meat on deck.

But don’t fear if you’re of the plant-powered variety.

The menu here is about as customizable as it gets, with almost all items able to be modified to suit vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free diets.

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Josh Hillinger, On-Site Experience Manager and Project Manager for the Biergärten, explains that the space is intended to promote openness and sharing.

You’re not going to want to rush this experience, and you’re not going to be rushed away by servers.

Drinks will be brought your way and tallied on a card above your table, and bites can be retrieved on a grab-as-you-go basis.

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Openness, sharing, refreshing beer and juicy schnitzel.

What more could you ask for?

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Steam Whistle Biergärten

Address: Steam Whistle Roadhouse – 255 Bremner Boulevard

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