We begin our Old Toronto Beer Tour at11:00 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.
We will contiue our trip to historic Corktown, a brewing hub in pre-prohibition Toronto, where 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
For our next stop we'll visit the Mill Street Brewery,
housed in an old 'Tankhouse' within the 19th century Gooderham & Worts Historic Distillery District. We will then have free time to explore the charming atmosphere of this 19th century gem, complete with cobblestone streets and an eclectic mix of galleries and unique 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.
In the new BeerHall, 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" to visit wonderful shops like SOMA Chocolates and Corktown Designs jewellery or enjoy a coffee break at Balzacs.
We board our bus for our last stop -- 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 the Todmorden 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)
Remember, life is to enjoy but don't drink and drive.The tour starts within easy walking distance from Union Station and ends near the Eglinton Subway Station on Yonge St. Email us for more info or call Oliver Dawson at 416-662-6312
Our tours are rarely cancelled (we can't remember one in the last 5 years! ) But, 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
The ideal gift--one you can share!!
Toronto Beer Tour
is an all-day guided tour
for $129 + HST per person and includes:
• Tutored Beer Tastings
• 3 VIP Brewery Visits
• 'Smorgasbord' Buffet Lunch
• Fort York National Historic Site
• Distillery District
• Walking tour of Corktown
• Bus Transportation
• Professional tour guide/beer expert
"Beer-Maker's dinner also available for additional $50 + HST
Order your tickets through our secure payment site with credit card or paypal. We will contact you by email to confirm dates and/or gift certificate information.
We will be in touch by email if you selected a gift certificate so that we can customize the certificate with the name of recipient and special greetings. For your convenience, the gift certificate will be sent by email to you. For your reference here are our
Upcoming 2015 Dates (N.B. all are Saturdays)
April 11, 25
May 2, 9, 16, 30
June 6, 13, 20, 27
July 4, 11, 18, 25
Aug. 8, 15, 22, 29
Sept. 12, 19, 26
Oct. 3, 17, 24, 31
Nov. 7, 14, 21, 28,
Dec. 5, 12, 2015
For more information call:
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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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