What are the best Toronto Breweries to visit this year? Well, we’ve worked to figure that out for you! We have sampled all their brews, spent time in their taprooms and read all the online reviews to come up with our take on the best Toronto Breweries to explore this year.
Toronto is a Canadian Powerhouse when it comes to breweries with delicious and unique craft beer. With over 70 breweries to taste test, you’re guaranteed to find the perfect pint. Check out this list of the best Breweries in Toronto that you need to add to your “must visit” list.
What are the best Toronto breweries?
In search of delicious craft beer types in Toronto? We’ve got you covered. Almost every neighbourhood in Toronto boasts a cool and unique craft brewery with beer types you won’t want to miss out on. Whether you’re looking for a colourful flight to sample or in search of the best stout in the city, you’ll find all that and more amongst the 70+ craft breweries in Toronto.
It’s hard to narrow down our favourite breweries in Toronto. There are so many to choose from, each offering brews that are tasty, complex, unique, and boundary-pushing. So, consider this our favourite brewery “of the moment” and keep your eyes peeled for additional Toronto Brewery posts so you can explore even more.
How do we pick the best Toronto Craft Breweries?
With every ‘top breweries’ post that we write, we make sure to do diligent online research to determine who makes it on our list. From reading online reviews and reviewing beer selections, to checking other authority websites and of course, sampling their beers. We do our best to take all the information we collect and give you our opinion of the top breweries in Toronto.
However, we know we aren’t perfect and if we’ve missed a Toronto brewery that you think should be on this list, contact us and let us know who the brewery is and we’ll do our best to include them!
The Best Craft Breweries in Toronto
Alright, so who made our list of the breweries to visit in Toronto this year? Check out our list below!
Steam Whistle brews their much loved beer at the historic Roundhouse, near the base of the CN Tower. What was once the Canadian Pacific Rail company’s steam locomotive repair facility, is now a place where friends and beer lovers can gather to enjoy a frosty pint. They use pure and natural ingredients, authentic brewing techniques, and renewable energy to make their great brews and always have smiling faces waiting to greet you.
Customer Review: Just went back to Steam Whistle for patio season and they didn’t disappoint! Very organized and caring about people’s safety. Lovely patio, the beer is fantastic, and the staff is super friendly.
- Phone: (416) 362-2337
- Address: 255 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 3M9, Canada
- Best Beer: Steam Whistle Pilsner
- Website: steamwhistle.ca
Junction Craft Brewing
If you’re looking for quality beer in West Toronto, look no further. Known for their lagers but always keen to experiment with some haze, you won’t be disappointed by the quality brews pumped out of Junction Craft Brewing.
In 2019 they partnered with Caribru Cares to help raise money for local charities where they donate 5% of all earnings. Good beer for a good cause, how could you not love these guys?
Customer Review: I like their Conductor’s ale. I like it even more when it’s freshly poured and served on their patio. I cycle there, but there’s a huge parking lot and many picnic tables. Highly recommended!
- Phone: (416) 766-1616
- Address: 150 Symes Road, Toronto, Ontario, M6N 0B1, Canada
- Best Beers: Conductors Craft Pale Ale and Junction Hazy IPA
- Website: junctioncraft.com/
Located on the busy Ossington Avenue strip, Bellwoods Brewery has many award winning brews, focusing on aromatic hoppy stuff and crisp lagers. They often experiment with barrel aged wild blends, fruit-forward zingers, and the occasional barrel aged stout. Stop in for lunch or dinner at the brew pub, or grab their delicious brews to-go at the bottle shop next door!
Customer Review: I love this place to the point of sounding paid. The beer is quality and the food is so tasty. I highly recommend the sourdough bread with butter (can’t speak for the pumpkin seed oil option). Our server was really friendly and super helpful. Just beware the waitlist that is almost guaranteed and plan accordingly. But really, go! Your taste buds will thank you.
- Phone: (416) 535-4586
- Address: 124 Ossington Ave, Toronto, Ontario, M6J 2Z5, Canada
- Best Beers: Jelly King Sours and Jutsu Pale Ale
- Website: bellwoodsbrewery.com/
Proud collaborators with Canadian Rock Band, Rush, Henderson Brewing is one of the fastest growing breweries in Toronto. Take a stroll along the West Toronto Rail path and stop in this industrial style brewery right next to the Museum of Contemporary Art for a cool beer.
Henderson beers are an ode to the city and culture they grew up in and you’ll always find something new and exciting in their taproom and bottle shop. They’ve pumped out nearly 100 seasonal brews and there’s no telling what they’ll come up with next!
Customer Review: Always a great choice when picking a brewery to hangout at, they have lots of space, right beside a bike trail, and have a great selection of beers and also sell Popsicles. There’s also a sausage stand right beside some days and they’re delicious!
- Phone: (416) 863-8822
- Address: 128A Sterling Road, Toronto, Ontario, M6R 2B7, Canada
- Best Beer: Rush Canadian Golden Ale
- Website: hendersonbrewing.com
Rorschach Brewing Co.
Rorschach (pronounced ROAR-shack) Brewing was named after the Rorschach Personality Test and the idea that while beer has definitive flavours and aromas, the taste is subjective and individual to the one tasting them. With what may be the largest house-made beer list in Toronto, your taste buds are sure to go on a joy ride at this brewery. Have a cold one on their tree-lined patio after a day at the beach, or grab a few for pick up or delivery.
Plus, they offer free Toronto-wide delivery on orders placed before noon!
Customer Review: Hand’s down favourite Brewery in Toronto. The selection of beers they have is second to none and the venue itself is awesome, great outdoor roof patio 2 mins away from Woodbine beach. Pick up their flagship beer Truth Serum. You will not be disappointed.
- Phone: (416) 901-3233
- Address: 1001 Eastern Ave., Toronto, Ontario, M4L 1B5, Canada
- Best Beer: Truth Serum IPA
- Website: rorschachbrewing.com
Indie Ale House
Indie Ale house is a brewhouse, bottle shop, and restaurant located in the West end of Toronto in the Junction. They’re on a mission to “Live Indie” with lively events, a carefully curated house-made menu, and encouragement to explore innovative creations that don’t fit into the mainstream beer scene. Expect big, bold and flavourful ales and fresh, high quality dishes to match.
Customer Review: Amazing beer selection and the fries were incredible! They have all types of beers and would definitely recommend getting a flight to try a few!
- Phone: (416) 760-9691
- Address: 2876 Dundas St West, Toronto, Ontario, M6P 1Y9, Canada
- Best Beer: Instigator IPA
- Website: indiealehouse.com/
Left Field Brewing
If you’re a baseball fan, you can’t pass up the opportunity to take a visit down to Left Field Brewing. Their range of beers on tap offers something for everybody and as an added bonus, they even have their own brewery hound, Wrigley!
Customer Review: Not many breweries can compare with the quality, or innovation found at Left Field. From Eephus, which is extraordinary to the always sought after summer extraordinary, Lo Viste (Mojito Sour) Left Field hits it out of the park (could not help it) every time. Highly, highly recommended!!
- Phone: (647) 346-5001
- Address: 36 Wagstaff Drive Toronto, ON M4L 3W9
- Best Beer: Eephus Oatmeal Brown Ale
- Website: leftfieldbrewery.ca
Blood Brothers Brewing
Co-founders and actual “blood brothers” Dustin and Brayden Jones are known for releasing “outside of the box” brews to create an adventurous beer drinker’s haven. Located on the popular Geary Avenue, they’re especially known for experimental sour beers and wine-infused brews. Give your tastebuds a treat and try something you’ve never had before at Blood Brothers Brewing.
Customer Review: This is a great place for any craft beer lover. Paradise Lost – Guava is a must.
- Phone: (647) 628-6062
- Address: 165 Geary Ave, Toronto, ON, M6H 2B8
- Best Beers: Paradise Lost Guava Sour and Shumei IPA
- Website: bloodbrothersbrewing.com
The Granite Brewery & Tied House
This family run, independent craft brewery and brewpub has an interesting origin story beginning in Nova Scotia in 1985. The brewmaster title has been passed down generations keeping the same quality standards and always experimenting with new yeasts and brew styles.
Customer Review: Great beers and amazing pub-inspired food. I love that there all always interesting rotating seasonal beers and a weekly food menu on top of their regular menu. I haven’t found a better local pub with such a wide variety of good homemade beers and doubt I will.
- Phone: (416) 322-0723
- Address: 245 Eglinton Ave. E, Toronto, Ontario, M4P 3B7, Canada
- Best Beers: Hopping Mad Cask Conditioned IPA and Ringwood Ale
- Website: granitebrewery.ca
Halo Brewery came to life by a former software engineer who loves to mix unexpected ingredients and create magic with numbers and science. On their website you can find the full recipes and brewing process of their delicious experimental brews, which is sure to give you a newfound appreciation for the brewmasters behind the scenes.
Customer Review: Top notch beers…..these guys are always making new and interesting brews that cater to the drinker that wants something unique and flavourful.
- Phone: (416) 606-7778
- Address: 247 Wallace Ave, Toronto, Ontario, M6H 1V5, Canada
- Best Beers: Tokyo Rose and New Wave IPA
- Website: halobrewery.com
Radical Road Brewing Co.
Located amongst the shops on Queen Street East, this brewery fits right in. Its cozy design is inspired by the great pubs of Europe and encourages you to get comfy and enjoy the variety of styles offered by Radical Road.
Customer Review: Great bar, great staff and great food. Tried the flight and the selection was solid. The yuzu beer is definitely one to try and something you can’t find at many other bars.
- Phone: (647) 794-7909
- Address: 1177 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1L5
- Best Beers: Cucumber Mint Kolsch and Straight Up Blackberry Sour
- Website: radicalroadbrew.com
Muddy York Brewing
Almost disguised as a typical bungalow, this award winning small batch brewery offers a rustic vibe with an unbeatable beer garden to enjoy the short Toronto summer. Their “less is more” approach to their beer will have you feeling right at home. So sit back, grab a pint, and stay awhile!
Customer Review: Consistently great beers with a lot of rotating seasonal options served fresh by great staff in a very welcoming, friendly and inclusive setting. Also a great patio for the warmer days and many superb food pop up options on weekends.
- Phone: (416) 619-7819
- Address: 22 Cranfield Rd Toronro, Ontario M4B 3H1
- Best Beers: Gaslight Helles Lager and Muddy York Coconut Porter
- Website: muddyyorkbrewing.com
Avling is just a few years old and already making a splash in the craft beer scene. The industrial feel balanced by soft pastel colours is inviting and trendy, but wait until you hear what’s on the roof! Prioritizing regenerative production methods and sustainable approaches, Avling has a 4000 sq. ft farm on their roof top where they grow fruits and vegetables for their restaurant and even hops for their beers! The 99% symbol on many of their cans means that everything that went into that beer came from Ontario, talk about supporting local!
Customer Review: Such a gorgeous inside, I love the murals on the walls. The beer was some of the best we’ve had. We didn’t eat any food here, but it seemed from the menu that everything included an ingredient that they have grown themselves!
- Phone: (416) 469-1010
- Address: 1042 Queen St East, Toronto, Ontario, M4M 1K4, Canada
- Best Beer: Avling IPA
- Website: avling.ca
Black Lab Brewing
Dog lovers and beer lovers rejoice. Black Lab Brewing isn’t just branded with dogs, it welcomes our four-legged friends right into the brewery. Need we say more? So grab your pet and grab a pint and enjoy some quality time together at Black Lab Brewing.
Customer Review: Fun dog-friendly microbrewery that’s ideal for the summer. Nice place to have a few pints before the beach. Brews are original & well-varied.
- Phone: (647) 352-2525
- Address: 818 Eastern Ave, Toronto, ON M4L 1A1
- Best Beers: Underdog Oat Pale Ale and Cornerstone Black Lager
- Website: blacklab.beer
The brewers at Godspeed Brewery are “obsessed” with brewing consistent and high-quality brews. With a Japanese influence running throughout many of the beers, you’re bound to be pleasantly surprised by what Godspeed Brewery has to offer on tap.
Customer Review: If you’re in Toronto and you are into craft beer, you have to try Godspeed. The beer is simply perfect. Insanely crushable with a robust flavour profile. Super knowledgeable and friendly staff to guide your selections. Lovely minimalist design at the bar. Can’t wait to go back and try their food!
- Phone: (416) 551-2282
- Address: 242 Coxwell Ave, Toronto, ON, M4L 3B
- Best Beers: Ochame Green Tea IPA and Yuzu Citrus Saison
- Website: godspeedbrewery.com
Rainhard Brewing Company
This industrial setting brewery is a fast-growing favourite amongst Toronto breweries. Having quickly outgrown their first commercial space, Rainhard Brewing has cemented their future growth potential at their newest location in the Stockyards. Their selection is always on rotation so if you need a reason to make this a frequent stop on your brewery lists, you’ve got one!
Customer Review: A great local craft brewery that hosts live music and supports vegan pop-up food vendors. What’s not to love? A stone’s throw from Shacklands and the Junction Craft breweries as well.
- Phone: (416) 763-2337
- Address: 100 Symes Rd, York, ON M6N 3T1
- Best Beer: Sweetback’s Milk Stout
- Website: rainhardbrewing.com
Started by brew best friends, this microbrewery is casual, fun, and features, an ever-changing rotation of beers. Another brewery with a brag-worthy patio, Bandit Brewery is a Toronto summer essential stopover. Oh, and don’t forget to check out their beer-battered cheese curds. You won’t regret it.
Customer Review: Amazing covered patio, maybe the best one for a microbrewery in the city. All their beers, especially their Stouts and Porters are great.
- Phone: (647) 348-1002
- Address: 2125 Dundas St W Toronto, ON, M6R 1X1
- Best Beer: Wizard of Gose Sour Cherry and Lemon gose
- Website: banditbrewery.ca
Dedicated to Belgian-Beer styles, this laidback brewery offers a great space to relax, listen to music, drink beer, and lose track of time. Even though they’re devoted to more traditional brews, this micro-brewery stands out in the crowd.
Customer Review: Best beer in the area and also one of the best food places in the neighbourhood.
- Phone: (416) 533-7272
- Address: 928 College Street, Toronto ON, M6H 1A4
- Best Beers: Flemish Cap New World Saison and Dovercourt Pale Ale
- Website: https://follybrewing.com
Shacklands Brewing Company
This quirky brewery offers a funky design that gives an ode to any great neighbourhood watering hole. Specializing in Belgian-style brews, prepare to taste an array of classically created beers at Shacklands Brewing. Nothing fancy here, just great reliable pints.
Customer Review: Fantastic beers – mostly in the Belgian style. Friendly owner and just a comfortable place to sit and enjoy a tasty beer.
- Phone: (416) 763-2424
- Address: 100 Symes Rd #101, Toronto, ON M6N 0A8
- Best Beers: Wit Saison and Saison Davenport
- Website: https://shacklands.com
Amsterdam Brewhouse isn’t just any brewery – it’s the city’s grandest waterfront craft brewery, restaurant, and retail store. Perfectly positioned a stone’s throw from iconic landmarks like the CN Tower and Ripley’s Aquarium, it’s a haven for both beer aficionados and sightseers.
With a sprawling 14,000 square foot building surrounded by four spacious patios, you can soak in the breathtaking views of the Toronto Islands as you sip. And remember, at Amsterdam Brewhouse, it’s always time for AmsterDAMGOODTimes!
Customer Review: Best place to dine when your friends are coming over to Toronto! Perfect lake view and warm atmosphere. The price was reasonable and the service was top notch!
- Phone: (416) 504-1020
- Address: 245 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON M5J 2K9
- Best Beers: Downtown Brown Nut Ale and Speed Lager
- Website: amsterdambeer.com
Enjoy the best breweries in Toronto!
Make sure to go and check out Toronto’s best craft breweries, grab a pint (or 2) and support your local brewers!
If we’ve missed a brewery on our list that you think should be added, contact us and let us know who the brewery is and why you think it should be added to our list of the best Toronto Breweries!
Legacy Brews: Gone But Never Forgotten
As the saying goes, ‘All good things must come to an end,’ and sadly, the same holds true for some of our favorite local breweries. This section is dedicated to those beloved institutions that have closed their doors but left behind a frothy legacy in our hearts and palates.
Each provided unique flavors and experiences that made this city’s brewing scene richer and more diverse. While they may no longer serve their signature drafts, the memories and taste impressions they’ve left behind continue to inspire and influence the craft beer community.
Join us in raising a virtual toast to these establishments – gone but never forgotten.
People’s Pint Brewing Company
Beer by the people for the people. People’s Pint Brewing was a place for the community to gather in a warm and welcoming environment to share their love for beer.
More Ontario Breweries to Explore!
But wait! There are more great breweries to discover in Ontario! If you happen to find yourself on a road trip around Ontario, make sure to check out some of the following cities for great local craft beer!