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Bellwoods Brewery

Not Rated.
Bellwoods BreweryBellwoods Brewery
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

38 Ratings
Ratings: 38
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 11.68%
Active Beers: 67
Beer Ratings: 1,151
Beer Avg: 3.93
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

124 Ossington Ave
Toronto, Ontario, M6J 2Z5
Canada
phone: (416) 535-4586

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @bellwoodsbeer

Notes:
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(Place added by: jrenihan on 04-08-2012)
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Photo of munro78
2.6/5  rDev -39.3%

Left Bellwoods very thirsty and frustrated. Had a timeframe to shoot up there and grab a bite to eat and sample some of their beers which appeared to be off the beaten path. When we arrived we were told we would have to wait 5 to 10 minutes. Thinking, let's go to the bar I soon realized the bar itself had no room at all as it was about 10 feet long. HHHmmmm... Brew-pub with no where to drink a beer.... Then the hostess warned us to back up next to the entrance as we were blocking them from working. Had a fun time standing guard in the doorway and watching people drink. To seal the deal I looked right in front of me and ever so painfully watched some guy sitting at a table of four, no food, no beer, working feverishly away at his crossword puzzle. We left, I felt embarrassed as I with with company.

So Bellwoods...
a. sell beer and ditch the restaurant - so people can actually walk in, stand there and drink it OR
b. open up a bigger place. or let me brainstorm, how about a patio - it was 65 and sunny. (or brew off premise)

It appears that they are truly trying to make a good product, but if people can't try it then all I can say is good luck. Are they a brewery or a pseudo hip urban bar?

munro78, May 19, 2012
Photo of dipso123
3.04/5  rDev -29%

Tried samples of all of the Bellwood's beers and though there were a few that were quite good on the whole they were under attenuated, muddled, and dull. Some were not good at all. The bottle list was not bad and it is nice to have Westie 12 on the list. The great variety of beers they make seems to have prevented them thus far from taking the time to iterate and master any one beer in particular. Hopefully that will change in the future.

The place itself is insanely noisy, crowded and unpleasant.

dipso123, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of SankeySr
3.39/5  rDev -20.8%

Went here last night...

Walking up, really cool looking place, good outside seating area. During busy time they have you wait in line just to get to the host, who is also working as a server, so we waited ten minutes until we even knew what the deal was. You're also not allowed to even go to the bar as you wait. Once we got approached the hostess was really nice and got us seated at the bar within five minutes.

Once at the bar, really cool inside area, also has an upstairs and is all in viewing area of the brewery which looks to be a 10bbl system. On tap is mostly house beers, I had a the Witch IPA and the Brett american Pale Ale, both good. Buddy had a the Grizzly Brown and Stout, both good. We ordered the meat plate which was great. Ordered the buffalo chicken sausage, which was a little small but very good and spicy. After those two plates we ordered the flat iron steak, which took over 25 minutes to cook and we eventually cancelled it. That's when the waitress started giving us some lip.

Overall, I'd go back and try again on a less busy night. Place stays open till midnight every day.

SIDE NOTE: Good bottle selection, a lot of belgians, some sours, some saisons. Bottle Shop is cool too.

SankeySr, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of tally
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

tally, Saturday at 07:06 PM
Photo of Andy_Luft
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Andy_Luft, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of jcb7472
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%

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!

jcb7472, Jan 03, 2014
Photo of ToddMopps
4/5  rDev -6.5%

ToddMopps, Jul 02, 2014
Photo of RevCraig
4/5  rDev -6.5%

RevCraig, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of DaveBar
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Went to get some bottles but had to stay for 1!!

VERY expensive. Plain and simple.

Excellent selection. Had a Bring Out Your Dead. $22.00 for a 500ml bottle. Again VERY expensive.
Would be a stretch at $10.00 at the bottle shop but would buy a few for the cellar.

Did not try and of the food but what came out of the kitchen looked very attractive.

Looking forward to going back but I better save up as the pricing is HIGH.

Enjoy

DaveBar, Yesterday at 07:16 PM
Photo of Sammy
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%

A microcosm of a good Brooklyn bar. Looks like a garage from exterior with a few tables and a medium and very woody bar. I am looking forward to the patio, the potential rooftop, and we think more patio out in the back.
I hear the food is good but I go for the beers.Every beer was very good, a reasonable or better representation of the style. A Bit out of the way in a hip area, it was worth the trip. Reasonable pricing. Good environment, it was nice to see young couples and their kids about.Very good service, very clean.

Sammy, Apr 16, 2012
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Bellwoods Brewery in Toronto, ON, Canada
94 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.