Over the last couple of years, quite a few microbreweries have opened up all across Toronto. In the west end, it’s to the point where a number of us have been talking about having a beer and bikes tour. In the Junction, both the Junction Craft Brewing and Indie Ale House have been around for a while.
On my commute home early this spring, I was drawn to this doorway on Pauline Ave, just north of Bloor (two blocks west of Dufferin), and I was delighted to discover Burdock was selling beer.
Since then, I’ve been happy to drop by on a weekly basis to see what they have to offer.
My favourites thus far have been two of the earliest varieties that I tried: the Brown Ale, and the Bloor Lager. Sadly, these haven’t been sold for at least a couple of months, but I was told that the Bloor Lager will be coming back later this month.
I’ve also dropped in on Folly Brewpub on College near Dovercourt.
Nice, the only problem is that their bottles are a bit too tall to easily fit in my fridge.
Just a couple of weeks ago, I notice that Halo Brewing opened up on Wallace, again on my ride home.
I look forward to when they have a variety of beers in bottles.
Finally, just this past week, Hendersons Brewing Company opened on Sterling Ave, just north of the Nestlé factory. I couldn’t resist their beer from the Ides of May: “Dear Toronto, You Suck, Love Vancouver”. Notice that the Vancouver Lookout Tower is giving us the finger. Science World also seems to be in the wrong place.
It turns out to be a smooth, lightly hopped “IPA”. Very nice for summer.
The brewery was hopping at 5 pm this afternoon, and the bottle shop was nearly sold out. Looks like they will do well.
If there was just a way to cut back to the Railpath before riding to Bloor, this place would be even better.
Got to get working on that Beer and Bikes tour idea!
Update: Henderson Brewing is having a bikefest on June 18 in their parking lot, in collaboration with Sweet Petes.
Update #2: it turns out that there is an official rear entrance to Henderson’s from the Railpath!