Craft Beer in Toronto — Left Field Brewery and Granite Brewery

Continuing my tour of the craft beer spots in Toronto, if you want to go to Left Field Brewery, you’ll have to head east.

Left Field is not easily accessible from downtown being that’s a 20 minute ride into the residential Greenwood neighborhood. I opted to take the 506 trolley to see the neighborhood transform. Along the way, I had an exciting moment when one of the stops was named Degrassi. WOW! Technically, there is no Degrassi Junior High, but the school used in the show is Vincent Massey Public School in Etobicoke.

For non-North American visitors, Degrassi Junior High was a teen drama show that aired on Canadian and American public television in the afternoon in the 80s. Rapper Drake acted on a Degrassi remake.

In any event, Left Field is situated on a small side street of warehouses. There neighbor is Pilot Coffee Roasters, which I’m sure comes in handy for collaboration brews.

The tap room offers their line-up of baseball-inspired beer and merchandise. You can purchase their one-off specialty release bottles or six packs of their most-popular beer, Eephus Oatmeal Brown Ale. Eephus is a rare baseball pitch style.

Here’s what I had:

  • Sunlight Park Saison
  • Maris* Pale Ale (the * in honor of his 61 home runs in one season)
  • Grandstand Wheat Pale Ale
  • Eephus Oatmeal Brown Ale
  • Wrigley Oat Pale Ale
  • Laser Show Double IPA

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The brewery that was closest to my AirBnB was Granite in the Davisville neighborhood. Situated along a row of stores on the corner of Mt. Pleasant and Eglington, I headed there after my debacle over at the CN Tower.

The brewpub has a cozy feel with a library/game room style front room and larger dining space in the back with a view of the tanks. Most of the beers are brewed off-site.

Food-wise is your basic TGIFriday/Appleby’s menu — sandwiches, pizza, steak, etc.

The brewery has been around for 25 years, so I think they have a handle on what they make. Their tap list was pretty extensive, about 20 deep, so a couple of flights were in order. Here’s what I had:

  • Hazy Daze Hefeweizen
  • Galactic Pale Ale
  • IPA
  • Peculiar Strong Ale
  • Stout
  • Best English Bitter
  • Summer Pale Ale
  • Ringwood Pale Ale

 

 

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