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3.93/5 rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
On holiday vacation in Toronto in late December, I convinced my Canadian family to bring me here. The brewery is located in the art & design district of Toronto so there are some cool vintage shops, artwork, and interesting establishments on the same street.
Bellwoods opens at 2 pm on Saturday and we arrived then because we had my 9 month old daughter in tow and we wanted to guarantee a table inside. They were very accommodating and even had a high chair for the baby. The inside of the brewery is small and there are not many tables in there although they have a small upstairs area and a small patio too. The first 2 hours they are open is the "witching hours" so draft beers are $1 off. We sampled several on draft at decent prices for Toronto (around $6 or $7 each) and tax included. For food the lunch menu is very limited but we had fries with sriracha mayo sauce for dipping which was awesome, a bowl of olives, meat tray with salami & prosciutto and bread with coffee butter. Some pretty good snacks for beer drinking and service was really friendly and nice.
The beers were all excellent: Grizzly Beer Brown Ale, Cat Lady IPA, Stay classy Session Ale, Toil and Trouble Dubbel, and our favorite was the Blitzen Saison. After we finished eating and beers, we stopped at the bottle shop on our way out where we picked up some Donkey Venom Brett Porter, Hellwoods RIS and others to go. 500 mL bottles are around $6-$8 each, which isn't cheap but not terrible either and totally worth it. Will definitely visit Bellwoods again and highly recommend for fellow BAs!
01-03-2014 19:12:55 | More by jcb7472
4.36/5 rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | $$$
Love, love, love Bellwoods Brewery.
Showed up on a Wednesday night to discover an all but packed pub. There was a really nice seating area outside, but it wasn't occupied save for two or three people at one picnic table. There were a few heaters out there, so it actually wasn't all that bad.
A spot opened up at the bar, so I hopped in, and started chatting with the bartender a bit. She was a very nice girl, who you could tell knew her beer.
The first beer I tried was their session stout. A dry irish stout pushed with nitro, that clocked in at a mild 3.5% or so. Very, very good. Some nice oat crispness, with a touch of roast. I liked that it was poured on nitro, as the nitrogen gave it some added body, as it could have come off a bit light I'm sure without.
I then started chatting up the young gentlemen next to me, and as it turns out, he was born in the U.P. of Michigan. Well hello. He was a total beer geek as well, so we ended up sampling some of the bottles from their reserve board. Excellent choices.
The Collaboration with Jeppe from Evil Twin was fantastic, No Sleep Till Brooklyn. A sour stout aged in thrid or fourth run Cognac barrels. Very little barrel character, all sour funky roasty goodness. A great choice.
The second was Three Minutes to Midnight...a barrel aged stout in Cognac barrels. Again, very good. Some real jammy notes from the cognac barrel.
The vibe of this place was fantastic. Stopped by two different occasions, and both were full of friendly, upbeat young people. I didn't have the opportunity to try any food, but heard it's good.
Again, a great new beer spot in Toronto. These scene is growing, and in a good direction. Bellwoods is an awesome addition!
11-26-2013 00:38:49 | More by MarcatGSB
Bellwoods Brewery in Toronto, ON, Canada
94 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.