Why I Love Toronto
Move over Drake Sky Yard, there is a new patio in Toronto that has won over my heart! The Amsterdam BrewHouse on Queens Quay has by far one of the most amazing patio views in the city. Looking out onto our beautiful lakefront and to the Toronto Islands, this local Toronto brewery is one of my favourites as it makes some of my most desired beers at the LCBO, in addition to having beer can designs that are so uniquely Toronto. I especially love their beer and can for the 416. At Christmas my Uncle, his girlfriend, his girlfriend’s brother and myself were analyzing the beer can which had local Toronto landmarks and famous streets on it.
The BrewHouse is a massive facility occupying an old Pier 4 boathouse which spans 14,000 square feet. The pub can seat up to 525 people, but there always seems to be a line to get in, probably because people want to take advantage of this beautiful summer weather and sit on the patio. Regardless of the wait, it is worth it for the BrewHouse’s vaulting ceilings, huge TV’s, which perfect for watching sporting events, fermenters and two floor kitchen.
I visited the venue for the first time last week and luckily my friends and I were able to beat the rush and a get a prime side patio seat, which situated us perfectly with the lake, the Toronto Police Marine Unit and the CN Tower. We ordered our beers, followed by some food and dessert. The food was really good and I literally inhaled my pizza so fast the waiter asked where it went.
The Amsterdam Brewery, as mentioned earlier, is a Toronto’s first brew pub. Opening on John St. in 1986 the brewery was known for its bitters, lagers, seasonal and special brews. Its popularity led to the opening of another location on King in 1988 known as Rotterdam. The John location was sold and Rotterdam became the company’s main focus.Once it outgrew that location the brewery moved to Bathurst and Lakeshore in 2005 and got a new owner who is still active with the brewery today. Seven years later the facility moved to Leaside Village, an area I will be in today. One year later year the BrewHouse opened when Owner Jeff Carefoote wanted to revisit the company’s roots as a brewpub.
Now if you are a car lover who can’t even imagine taking the TTC, then I highly doubt you’ll make it down here until construction on the Quay is complete. That is your loss though. Yes it is a challenge to get to with all the construction, but trust me it is worth. Bike, walk or take transit to get here! Come after a Jays game, concert or after a visit to the Toronto Islands. No matter who you manage to get here you can trust me when I say you won’t be disappointed.
Top Image from Toronto Life.