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Let's Explore Toronto's West End Brewing Districts!

Updated: Jan 6

Are you looking for a unique and exciting way to explore the West End of Toronto? Look no further than the city's craft breweries! Toronto has a long history of local beer being enjoyed by its residents and visitors alike. The first brewery opened up in 1800 under the ownership of Robert Henderson (the namesake of Henderson Brewing Co). The beer would have tasted a bit different back then (think warm, smokey and flat) but customers would flock to the few breweries that were open in Toronto's early days. This has continued to the present day with now over 50 breweries open across the city. With so many breweries to visit we have broken them into different brewing districts starting with the West End of Toronto. Please take a look below and let us know if you would like help planning your next brewery tour!


West End Toronto Brewery Districts

Let's start off by exploring the craft brewery districts and the breweries that operate in each district in the West End of Toronto. Use the map below!

Etobicoke

Etobicoke has the lowest population density of the former cities that were amalgamated to make the "Mega City" that is now Toronto. This is due to a large portion of land in Etobicoke being used for industry and parkland. Etobicoke's love for Craft Beer dates back to 1987 when Great Lakes Brewery first opened its doors. Since then it has seen a number of breweries such as Nickel Brook Brewing Co. and Mascot Brewery pop up in recent years.

Great Lakes Brewery Pouring a beer
Pouring a beer at Great Lakes

Junction

The Junction offers a variety of restaurants, bars and shops that reflect its diverse population. From traditional pubs to trendy cafes serving up innovative dishes, there's no shortage of places to eat or drink here. The Junction is also home to six Craft Breweries that are within walking distance of one another. Breweries such as Junction Brewery which offers a delicious West End classic the Conductors Pale Ale to Shacklands Brewery which specializes in Belgian Style beers there is something for everyone. Come see for yourself and you will quickly understand why the Junction is so popular with locals and visitors alike.

Junction Brewery
Junction Brewery ToGO beers

Downtown

Full of history, Toronto's downtown is a must see for anyone visiting the city. The downtown core is extremely easy to navigate on transit and is home to some of the best craft breweries in Canada. Steamwhistle was started in 2000 by the "three fired guys". It is located in the historical roundhouse in downtown Toronto. Stop by their Biergarten for a few pints and a pretzel! Another notable mention is the Amsterdam Brewhouse located right on top of Lake Ontario. Amsterdam Brewery has been operating since 1986 and is known for its beers such as the Space Invaders Juicy IPA and its popular face melting IPA Boneshaker. With so many options it can be tough to pick and choose the best breweries in the city to visit. If you're looking for a great time without the hassle of organizing, book your tour with us today and get ready for an unforgettable experience at some of Toronto's best breweries!

Steam Whistle Brewing









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