Torontonians are a hearty sort, breaking out the shorts and slip-ons as soon as the temperature inches into double digits. It’s understandable, especially after this winter’s relentless parade of snow, ice storms, and blackouts—hell, we’ve earned the right to ditch a couple layers and crack open a beer (or 24). Don’t know where to start? After some diligent swigging, The Grid has assembled your ultimate case. Choose between thirst-quenching watermelon wheats and rhubarb sours, all-day on-the-dock sippers like Nickel Brook’s Naughter Neighbour and Junction’s Brakeman’s Ale, and beautiful boozers like Great Lakes’ Robohop and Flying Monkeys’ El Toro Bravo. Then grab some pals, set up camp on your stoop or deck or backyard, and raise a glass to warm long weekends.
Launch the gallery above to see what brews are chilling
in our Ultimate Victoria Day Two-Four.
Drop that koozie and get out in the city—here are four of the spring’s top events for discriminating beerhounds.
With apologies to the other power couples out there (Angelina and Brad; Ernie and Bert), we’re always going to be partial to the pairing of burgers and beer. Here’s where you’ll find some of the city’s best twosomes.
TOP OF THE TAPS
These spring suds can be found on draught around the city.
Hustle for a taste before they’re gone.
AROUND THE CITY IN SIX BREWS
It used to be that a brewery crawl in Toronto couldn’t be done without a car—which meant some sucker had to be the designated driver. Happily, neighbourhood brewpubs are popping up faster than you can slam a pint. Mark the occasion (and the rapidly improving weather) with this sunset crawl.