Over the past few years, the craft beer scene in Toronto has exploded. Just take a walk through the beer aisles at the LCBO and you’ll see how much shelf-space is dedicated to craft beer. As more and more beer lovers actively seek out unique brews for their individual palates, the industry is responding. And responding in amazing fashion.
One of the first truly craft breweries in Toronto is Amsterdam Brewery. Since 1986, they’ve been part of the revolution we see in the beer scene today. Using only traditional brewing methods, their beers are brewed fresh daily and include 6 year-round brews and a variety of seasonal offerings. In 2013, Amsterdam Brewery opened a new brew house right on the water’s edge of Lake Ontario. Merging the food and beer experience under one roof, it’s one of the best spots in the city to sit back with some friends on a hot summer’s day.
This summer, Amsterdam Brewery has partnered up with Toronto’s premier walking tour experience company, Tour Guys, for a series of “Neighbeerhood Crawls”. Part pub-crawl, part walking-tour, it’s an immersive experience for guests that incorporates Amsterdam beers, great local bars, delicious local food, graffiti sightseeing and historical revelations. Read more “NeighBEERhood Crawl With Amsterdam Brewery, Kensington Market”
I love spending time in Toronto’s Distillery District. Every time I visit the area I feel like I’ve stepped back in time. It’s one of the city’s most historic areas and the rough cobblestones and Victorian buildings are a stark contrast to Toronto’s Financial District core. The district was at one point the largest distillery in the world and has since become a vibrant cultural and entertainment area filled with one-of-a-kind shops, gallery and performance spaces, cafes, and restaurants. In the wintertime, it transforms into an outdoor Christmas market modeled after the Christmas markets made famous in Germany.
The Distillery District is the largest and best-preserved collection of Victorian Industrial architecture in North America. It’s one of the most sought after shooting locations in the city with Hollywood blockbusters such as Cinderella Man and Chicago using it as their backdrops.
The Distillery District is open to pedestrian traffic only and makes for a great place to explore at a leisurely pace. But if you want a little action and adventure to go along with your latte and fine art, pop into Segway Ontario where you get a tour of the district while scooting around on a Segway. Read more “Video: Toronto’s Distillery District From a Segway”
The more I travel, the more I realize what a phenomenal city Toronto is. And I’m not just saying that because it’s my hometown. What I like most about Toronto is that it’s one of the most multicultural cities in the world, giving it a unique character and vibrancy unlike most international cities. You can almost literally experience the world right here in a single city.
Unfortunately, Toronto doesn’t rank up there as a “must-see” big city around the world. But I’m hoping this video will help convince you to reconsider your travel choices. There’s an incredible amount of amazing things to do in Toronto, and trying to pick the top 5 was no easy feat. From professional sports teams to wandering our various ethnic neighbourhoods, to experiencing our performing arts scene and yes, even climbing the CN Tower, not everything could make the list.
I consulted with a number of fellow Torontonians, and in the end we decided it was about experiencing certain aspects of our city rather than giving you 5 specific things to do.
So, may I present to you the Top 5 Things to Do (Experience) in Toronto: Read more “Video: Top 5 Things to Do in Toronto”