Toronto has a rich brewing history that has largely been forgotten as a result of prohibition and midcentury consolidation. Unbeknownst to many of its citizens, a significant number of the city’s landmarks were financed by brewers. One of its major thoroughfares, Bloor Street, is even named after one. In recent years, Toronto has seen a new wave of craft breweries, with over 40 now calling Toronto home. Commercial brewing, even at craft or micro levels, is capital and space intensive. As a result, many of Toronto’s breweries now occupy formerly less desirable locations, such as automotive garages, a roundhouse, a brick kiln, or even a municipal incinerator. These breweries have transformed these once-underused industrial spaces into businesses that also serve as cultural and community hubs for their neighborhoods, serving as landmarks and promoting a sense of local identity. What’s more, many of Toronto’s craft breweries are now producing top-quality beers that rival those of other brewing centers of the world. Join us as we explore Toronto’s history, present, and perhaps its future through its beer.
Leslieville, situated just east of the Don River, began as a small village in the 1850s and is now one of Toronto’s hippest neighborhoods. Come walk and experience Leslieville as we taste some of the best microbrews Toronto has to offer. On this tour, we will meet at the historic Leslieville General Store at Queen and Carlaw for a brief history of the area, followed by a visit to the following breweries: Avling, Radical Road, Black Lab, Rorschach, and Godspeed.
Tour Cost: US$75 per person, which includes refreshments.
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