I had heard many various things about Toronto. Everyone I talked to raved about the beautiful sites the city has to offer. The other common reputation I heard was that the Rogers Centre isn’t the greatest ballpark in the world. While I can confirm both of these things as truth, nobody had any insight into the Toronto beer scene. There was only one way to find out about all that Toronto and Ontario has to offer in the craft beer world.
After checking into my hotel located ON SITE at the Rogers Centre, I headed back down to the lobby to get some lunch at the Sportsnet Grill and begin the Toronto beer drinking. A cool feature of the hotel is that the restaurant overlooks the stadium from left field. Naturally, I had to order a beer from LeftField Brewery while watching the White Sox take their early BP at 2:00. Greenwood is a juicy, hazy IPA with three types of hops. You can taste all of the tropical notes on Greenwood and it was the perfect first beer of the trip as well as one that pairs great with a baseball game.
Left Field Brewery: Ice Cold Beer 100 % Ontario Ale (4.5% ABV)
Once early BP was finished, I still had some time to kill before first pitch. After checking out some of the sights of the city, I popped into the local liquor store. With a name like “Ice Cold Beer” and previously having a positive experience with Left Field Brewery’s beer, I figured that this would be another solid option. The label is 80 grade and caught my eye immediately, the beer vending dog selling Ice Cold Beer is an outstanding touch. While the beer itself was definitely ice cold, I was hoping for more from this one. It was time to explore more options after having this beer.
Initially, I was not pleased with the craft beer selection that the Blue Jays had to offer. However, as I approached section 108 to enjoy that classic view, I found a sufficient and very respectable craft beer stand over not too far away. After perusing and trying many of the beers at this stand, Chipie stood out to me. Chipie was my favorite beer of the weekend and the perfect one for the ballpark with the lower ABV. I was surprised by the copper color, however it still hit the spot and the citrus taste was perfect. Also, the can art is pretty cool. Get this beer when you’re in Toronto, especially when at a Blue Jays game.
You can not make a trip to Toronto to check out their craft beer scene without paying a visit to The Loose Moose. The beer options on tap are endless at the giant beer hall with a beer option for everyone. Space Invader caught my eye and I knew before seeing the pour that this was a winner just from the description. I really enjoyed the tropical flavors from Space invader, additionally, it helped wash down a delicious plate of loaded poutine.
I was pleasantly surprised by the large selection of craft beers that Toronto and all of Ontario had to offer. I look forward to making a return trip to the city in the future and continuing to see what else I can discover in this beautiful city.