1. Bellwoods – Toronto, Ontario
Among the city’s favourite patios, this downtown microbrewery in Toronto’s hip Ossington neighbourhood has seen packed tables since its opening in 2012. A frequently changing menu incorporates seasonal elements in both the beer and the food, and cooperation with other local businesses results in some tasty collaborations: beer from popular restaurant Woodlot served at the restaurant, and the brewery’s stout made into ice cream at nearby bakery Bakerbots.
(Photo: Courtesy of Bellwoods)
2. Le Saint-Pub – Baie-St-Paul, Quebec
Not far from popular ski hill Le Massif, Le Saint-Pub has been a fixture in the Charlevoix region since its opening in 1998 alongside affiliated brewery Microbrasserie Charlevoix, which now handles increased demand – its bottles are sold across the province, in western Canada and even into the US – at an offsite location, though the original brewing room is still in use: on our visit, it was hosting several whisky kegs for experiments in barrel aging. Order a “palette” – a set of tasting glasses – to try what they’ve got on tap, and enjoy alongside a menu packed with dishes making excellent use of local food products and, naturally, beer.
(Photo: Courtesy of Le Saint-Pub)
3. Spinnakers – Victoria, British Columbia
Canada’s oldest brewpub – it’s been around for decades – sits on Victoria’s Inner Harbour and offers a broad selection of brews in bottles, growlers, cans and on tap. Besides the standards, come by for a pint of the daily cask, using local ingredients such as Silk Road tea, or seasonal selections such as the saison pêche, made with Okanagan peaches. Consider bringing home a bottle of their made-on-site malt vinegar.
(Photo: Courtesy of Flickr/John Bollwitt)