This tasty tour is a truly unique way to see Toronto, enjoy some fabulous ales and lagers and meet new like-minded friends along the way! This is an all-inclusive full-day travel experience to 4 Toronto breweries with a charcuterie lunch, craft brewery tours, over 15 different styles of beer, sight-seeing and transportation all hosted by a fun and knowledgeable craft beer and history expert.
Explore the best breweries in town on the Old Toronto Beer Tour.
The Old Toronto Beer Tour begins at 11:00 a.m. on Saturdays with a Steam Whistle Brewery tour. Steam Whistle Brewery is located in Toronto's historic railway 'Roundhouse', located just south of the SkyDome.
After a brief introduction, the Steam Whistle Brewery tour commences with a special VIP tour and interpretation. Following your VIP tour, you'll sit down to enjoy a 'charcuterie-style' lunch accompanied, of course, by a refreshing "unfiltered" Steam Whistle Pilsner.
The second stop on tour will be at Fort York, the birthplace of Toronto and home to the oldest buildings in the city. A national heritage site, Fort York was built in 1793 and is a fascinating step back in time, right in the centre of the city. Soldiers in the British Army were allotted 'six pints a day' as part of their daily pay. This is where the history of beer in Toronto truly begins.
On the way to the next brewery destination, you'll hear stories of Toronto's Brewing Heritage as the tour passes the Canada Malting Silos, recently designated a Toronto heritage building; Toronto's oldest tavern, the site of the original Toronto Molson "Fleet Street" Brewery, as well as other points of architectural and historic interest.
The tour makes a brief stop in historic Corktown. Here, you'll re-discover some of the city’s 'lost breweries' along with some interesting examples of the Toronto's historic architecture.
Next, the Distillery District, a virtual city within a city and is regarded by many as the finest example of Victorian Industrial architecture in North America. Red cobblestoned streets and alleyways lead to interesting shops, galleries, and your two next stops - the Mill Street Brewery Beer Hall and the Ontario Spring Water Sake Company.
Technically a brewery, the Ontario Spring Water Sake Company is a unique addition to the artisan scene in Toronto. The first sake brewery in eastern North America, they use traditional Japanese recipes and methods combined with the highest quality rice and delicious Ontario spring water. Visitors can now enjoy fresh, unpasteurized, locally-brewed sake for the first time. You’ll get to learn about this authentic Sake process and enjoy a tutored tasting of 3 different variations of this unique brew.
You'll then walk to your next brewery stop. Mill Street Brewery Beer Hall. Housed in an old 'Tankhouse' within the 19th century Gooderham & Worts Distillery District, it offers the ambiance of an up-beat urban bar with that of a traditional German 'Bier Stube. Here you’ll be sampling Mill Street Brewery’s award-winning Ales and Lagers as well as an authentic 'Bier Schnapps' made in their gorgeous new copper nano distillery.
Afterwards, you'll have some free time to hang out in the Beer Hall or to explore the "Distillery District".
Next, your off to the Amsterdam Brewery, Toronto’s oldest original micro-brewery. The Amsterdam Brewery is praised for their eclectic range of beers that includes dark ales, traditional lagers, barrel-aged and fruit-infused beer. You will partake in the final "tutored tasting" of a broad selection of available Amsterdam brews.
Beer Lovers' Dinner option at the Granite Brewery: For those going on the Old Toronto Beer Tour that includes the 4-course dinner option, you’ll have a chance to sample the unique qualities of the Granite Brewery's authentic cask-conditioned traditional top-fermented ales, in combination with a fabulous 4-course beer dinner.
- Tours and Tastings at four Toronto Breweries: Steam Whistle Brewery, Mill Street Brewery, Amsterdam Brewery and Izumi Sake Brewery
- Charcuterie-style lunch
- Guided sightseeing of brewing history highlights around Toronto, (including entrance fees) to Fort York, Corktown and the Historic Distillery District
- 'Tutored' Beer Tastings at all Breweries
- Fully-guided by professional, informative beer experts.
When: Saturday 11:00am – 6:30pm
Need to know:
- Minimum age: 19 years
- Vegetarian option is available, please advise when reserving your tour, if required
- A small amount of walking is involved due to uneven surfaces. This tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair.
- This tour operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately.
- Itinerary may change without notice in the event of special brewery events or museum closures. Alternative attractions will be substituted when necessary.
Perfect for everyone who loves beer, wants to learn more and are looking for something fun to do, this tour of Toronto breweries makes a great gift and is a tasty way to spend the afternoon!
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