The Old Toronto Beer tour is a wonderful all-day romp highlighting the history of Toronto against the backdrop of the city’s rich brewing heritage, past and present.
The tour includes a charcuterie-style lunch; tastings at four award-winning Toronto craft breweries; walking tours of Fort York (both the birthplace of the city and the brewing industry) historic ‘Corktown’ and the funky Distillery District; plus fascinating brewery visits.
The Old Toronto Beer tour is fully guided by an entertaining beer expert and transportation is provided.
To fully round out the experience, there is even a “Beer-Makers’ dinner” option at a craft brewery restaurant!
OLD TORONTO BEER TOUR
11:00 a.m. start
Steam Whistle Brewery
We begin our Old Toronto Beer Tour at 11:00 a.m. at Steam Whistle Brewery located just south of the SkyDome in Toronto's historic railway 'Roundhouse'. (Take the Queen's Quay streetcar from Union Station to York Street and walk a short block north). Map
We will be greeted by our tour guide & beer expert and the friendly folks at Steam Whistle. Following a brief introduction and a taste of Steam Whistle's popular European-style Pilsner, we will commence with our special VIP tour which will include the Steam Whistle story, aspects of the brewing process as well as the history of the pilsner style.
Following our VIP tour, we'll sit down to enjoy a 'smorgasbord' lunch accompanied, of course, by a refreshing Steam Whistle Pilsner.
Historic Fort York
Our 2nd stop 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 our city! Since Soldiers in the British Army were alloted 'six pints a day' as part of their daily pay, this is where the history of beer in Toronto truly begins.
Boasting the largest collection of original War of 1812 buildings, our Fort York stop will include visits to the Blockhouse Museum and the Officers' Barracks and Mess.
Cross-city historic drive
On the way to our next brewery destination, you'll hear stories of Toronto's Brewing Heritage as we pass 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 historic and architectural interest.
Six Pints Beer Academy
The Six Pints Beer Academy is a small-batch brewery and learning centre.
Here we'll experience a 'tutored tasting' hosted by one of their in-house experts and enjoy several unique beers in a dedicated tasting room. We'll also have a chance to visit their retail shop, a sensory tasting bar, beer-lover's library and a display on the history of the world's greatest beverage.
Now we re-board our bus and continueour short driving tour through the old city of Toronto. In historic Corktown, a brewinghub in pre-prohibition Toronto, we'll re-discover some of Toronto's 'lost breweries' as well as interesting examples of the city's historic architecture.
A brief tour of the neighbourhood will help us experience the ambience of 19th century Toronto.
Mill Street Brewery & the "Distillery District"
Our next stop will be at the Mill Street Brewery which is
housed in an old 'Tankhouse' within the 19th century Gooderham & Worts Historic Distillery District.
In the new Beer Hall, we'll be sampling Mill Street's fine brewed Lagers and Ales as well as an authentic 'Bier Schnapps' made in their gorgeous new copper distillery.
Afterwards, you'll be free to explore the "Distillery District" with its cobblestone streets and eclectic assortment of galleries and shops. The Mill Street Brewery is East Toronto's first commercial brewery to open in over 100 years, producing handcrafted organic beers and ales in a neighbourhood once renowned for its brewing.
We board our bus for the new site of The Amsterdam Brewing Company.
On the way we will drive by the site of the Toronto Brick Works and old Helliwell Brewery at theTodmorden Mills Heritage Museum & Arts Centre.
One of Toronto’s original micro-breweries, the Amsterdam is praised for their eclectic range of beers that include traditional lagers, dark ales,barrel-aged and fruit-infused beer.
Hosted by your guide, you will partake in a special "tutored tasting" of a broad selection of available Amsterdam brews.
Optional "Beermaker's Dinner" at Granite Brewery
Those joining us for dinner will board the bus for the short drive to our final destination, The Granite Brewery. Those not joining the optional dinner portion will be dropped off at the Eglinton and Yonge TTC subway station.
We are greeted at the Granite Brewery by proprietor Ron Keefe. Well known to beer lovers far and wide, the Granite Brewery has made its mark specializing in traditional top-fermented Ales, staunchly English in style.
We'll have a chance to sample the unique qualities of these authentic Cask-Conditioned Ales in combination with a fabulous 4-course beer dinner.
This beer dinner is available for only $50 extra, and includes all food, beer, taxes and gratuities. Please advise us in advance if you will be joining us for this added feature. Vegetarian options available on request.
It will be a short walk to the Yonge subway line for your safe trip home.
Old Toronto Beer Tour - All inclusive price: $129 per person includes all beer samples, a light lunch, bus transportation, VIP brewery visits and beer and history expert tour guide. (Plus HST)
Add on a 4-course gourmet beer dinner evening for an extra 50 bucks for an all-inclusive price of $179.00 (plus HST)
Upcoming 2014 Saturday Dates:
23 SOLD OUT
Sept. 13 (sold out)
Sept. 20, 27
Oct. 4, 18
Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29,
Dec. 6, 2014
OR scroll down in the drop down menu below to GIFT CERTIFICATE
(with date to be decided by your recipient).
A most memorable Father's Day, birthday and Xmas Gift.
Remember, life is to enjoy but don't drink and drive.
Email us for more info or call Oliver Dawson at 416-662-6312
If an Old Toronto Beer Tour is cancelled due to circumstances beyond our controlt, ticket holders can select from another date or if desired, a full refund will be issued within 10 days of tour cancellation.
Itinerary may change without notice in cases of museum closures or special brewery events. Alternative attractions will be substituted.
Other Important Rules and Regs:
Event participation is limited to adults who are of the legal drinking age in Ontario, which is 19 years old.
Furthermore, attendees will be required prior to joining the tour to sign a legal release absolving the event organiser and any and all of its officers, directors, agents and other representatives or spokespersons whatsoever from any and all legal liability or responsibility in connection with the event or any aspect thereof including with regard to attendees' safe return home after the event concludes, and otherwise as will be stated in the detailed legal release to be provided to attendees for their immediate signature just prior to commencement of the tour. A copy of the detailed legal release to be signed is available in advance of the tour's commencement from the organiser, upon request. Attendees will not be permitted to join the tour unless such release is first signed and delivered to the event organiser.
Event organiser will, as a courtesy, suggest names of nearby hotels should attendees wish to stay the night in downtown Toronto prior to returning home, and will also give attendees, upon request, telephone numbers of taxi companies that can provide transport in the Toronto area. All related costs are solely the responsibility of attendees.
The Beer Lovers' Tour Company
Toronto, ON, Canada
OLD TORONTO BEER TOUR
Celebrating a passion for beer, food and travel, The Old Toronto Beer
Tour is an all day Saturday tour that explores
the culture and history of Toronto against the backdrop of our rich brewing heritage both past and present.
The Old Toronto Beer Tour is an all-inclusive travel experience, with
tutored tastings, transportation, lunch and sightseeing -- all hosted by our fun and knowledgeable craft beer and history experts.
Choose a gift certificate with date to be decided by your recipient or choose from one of the following upcoming 2014 dates:
Upcoming 2014 Saturday Dates:
16 (SOLD OUT)
AUG. 23 (SOLD OUT)
13 (sold out)
Sept. 20, 27 still available.
Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29,
Dec. 6, 2014
Scroll down in the drop down menu below to select GIFT CERTIFICATE OR a date of your choice.
Gift Certificates available for only $129 or
$179 with dinner option. (per person plus HST)
Choose a date OR simply select "gift certificate" from the drop down menu above.Your recipient may select any 2014 tour date at their convenience.
Please feel free to also email us directly (or phone 416-662-6312) so that we can confirm guest
names and contact info and arrange for the gift certificate to be emailed to you.
Toronto Beer Tour
is a guided tour
for $129 per person
•Tutored Beer Tastings
gourmet beer dinner also available for additional $50.
• Three Brewery Visits
• 'Smorgasbord' Buffet Lunch
• Fort York National Historic Site
• Distillery District
• Walking tour of Corktown
• Bus Transportation
• Professional tour guide/beer expert
"My wife and I are relatively new to Toronto and we love beer so
this tour was perfect for us. We got the brewing history of Toronto,
we saw parts of the city we were not aware of, sampled some fine
brews, learned more about our favourite beverage and met some very
nice people. The Beer Lover's Tour of Toronto made for an absolutely
terrific day. Thanks Oliver
-- D. Brisson
Proud Member of Tourism Toronto
book the Old Toronto Beer tour or for more information call:
Beer Lovers' Tour Company 416-662-6312 or
send us an email.
Our tours run most Saturdays. If you are looking for a Sunday tour, we will be offering our "Old Canadian Arts & Craft Beer Tour" shortly. We also offer custom tours on request, with a minimum number required. Please call Oliver for more information: 416 662 6312
For more information on the Old Toronto Beer Tour call Oliver Dawson at:
416-662-6312 or email
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