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Toronto’s Thriving Microbreweries: A Photo Journal

The last few years have seen the pursuit of the perfect amber nectar transcend a simple pint at the pub. Nowadays, beer is serious business. And Toronto’s hand is firmly on the tap.

Independent microbreweries are hitting the mainstream, supplying the city with a plethora of refreshing new recipes to rival the big corporate brands. Hoppy pale ale. Light, crisp pilsner. Wheat-rich weizen. Each brewery produces its own unique blends – worth sampling fast before they’re on to the next innovative batch.

Many best-selling beers begin life as experimental brews in vats behind the bar

Many best-selling beers begin life as experimental brews in vats behind the bar

Former autoshop Bandit Brewery swaps carburettors for beer kettles

Former autoshop Bandit Brewery swaps carburettors for beer kettles

From kale salad to smoked tofu, the kitchen serves dishes to suit every beer

From kale salad to smoked tofu, the kitchen serves dishes to suit every beer

Steam Whistle makes only one beer – a refreshing pilsner, sold nationwide

Steam Whistle makes only one beer – a refreshing pilsner, sold nationwide

Sip this popular brew before a Blue Jays match at Rogers Centre, across the road

Sip this popular brew before a Blue Jays match at Rogers Centre, across the road

Left Field’s baseball-themed beers are all about ‘great taste and good times’

Left Field’s baseball-themed beers are all about ‘great taste and good times’

On tap: Maris Pale Ale, Eephus Brown Ale, and Sunlight Park Grapefruit Saison

On tap: Maris Pale Ale, Eephus Brown Ale, and Sunlight Park Grapefruit Saison

Originally a homebrew project, the brewery is now in the craft beer big leagues

Originally a homebrew project, the brewery is now in the craft beer big leagues

Bellwoods’ Ossington Avenue mezzanine offers prime views of the brewpub below

Bellwoods’ Ossington Avenue mezzanine offers prime views of the brewpub below

The menu packs pale ales, dry hopped sours, and even a ‘wild ale’ – Motley Cru

The menu packs pale ales, dry hopped sours, and even a ‘wild ale’ – Motley Cru

Halo Brewery is a small outfit that’s all about artistry and experimentation

Halo Brewery is a small outfit that’s all about artistry and experimentation

Expect creations like Belgian ale with apple cider and IPA with mango

Expect creations like Belgian ale with apple cider and IPA with mango

Henderson’s monthly Ides are special edition beers influenced by Toronto itself

Henderson’s monthly Ides are special edition beers influenced by Toronto itself

Flagship beer Henderson’s Best harks back to the 19th-century Toronto brew scene

Flagship beer Henderson’s Best harks back to the 19th-century Toronto brew scene

A 2-litre take-home growler, from Junction Craft Beers in West Toronto

A 2-litre take-home growler, from Junction Craft Beers in West Toronto

Junction’s signature beer is Conductor’s Craft Ale – also sold in supermarkets

Junction’s signature beer is Conductor’s Craft Ale – also sold in supermarkets