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2.6/5 rDev -39.4%
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.
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?
05-19-2012 16:05:04 | More by munro78
3.04/5 rDev -29.1%
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.
02-16-2014 22:53:33 | More by dipso123
3.39/5 rDev -21%
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.
06-01-2014 18:05:21 | More by SankeySr
3.93/5 rDev -8.4%
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
4.06/5 rDev -5.4%
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.
04-16-2012 01:36:10 | More by Sammy
4.08/5 rDev -4.9%
Stopped in at Bellwoods during a quick visit to Toronto.
A - Surprisingly packed on a Monday night. We were lucky to snag a big table inside, but I fear that if we'd been there any later than 6:30pm we'd have been in for a long wait. Decor is industrial - it is a production facility after all, but it matches the vibe of the neighborhood and is well-organized for the most part.
Q - I tried at least a few sips of everything they had on-tap, and the offerings ranged from adequate to pretty good. The Witchshark IIPA was particuarly nice. I wish the 'Baltic' Porter wasn't advertised as such, seeing as it's brewed with ale yeast and was largely American in style. The BA Bière de Garde could also have used more barrel presence. Still - pretty solid for a new brewery.
Sr - Service was relatively attentive, although the staff seems acclimated to explaining everything to less-informed Toronto beer drinkers. My server was surprised when I asked for the Imperial IPA, as apparently most customers don't know what IIPA denotes. She was also out of the loop on some of the food selections, but she quickly checked and came back with the correct information.
Sl - 9 of their own beers on-tap across a good range of styles, and a variety of guest bottles including a reasonably priced (by North American standards) Westvleteren XII at $20 CDN. There seem to be some interesting collaborations on deck with Dieu Du Ciel and Evil Twin, as well as a smoked Berliner.
F - I share the micro veggie Smörgåsbord with my wife, which was good as a snack. My friends enjoyed the sausages, but the coleslaw seemed to go largely uneaten. Kudos for having vegan/vegetarian offerings and being aware of what ingredients go into your food. However, not a place I'd got for a 'meal'.
All in all, a promising start and an establishment I will frequent when in Toronto in the future. Hope they get more regular hours at the adjoining building for off-sales, as I would have liked a growler of the Witchshark. A pox on Ontario liquor laws!
07-15-2012 19:28:46 | More by MasterSki
4.23/5 rDev -1.4%
When I visited: April 2012.
What I had: Lost River Baltic Porter, Witchshark Imperial IPA, Berliner Weisse, various snacks, dessert.
What I liked: Comfortable, welcoming atmosphere, excellent timely service, delicious food and beer. Bellwoods is cranking out high quality takes on under-represented styles, and they blow Mill St. and Granite out of the water. I’ll be interested to see how other newcomers - like the Indie Alehouse - stack up.
What I disliked: Nothing. My only criticism is that the beer, while very good, falls short of greatness. These guys will continue to evolve, though, and I think their best is yet to come.
Would I go back? Absolutely.
Overall Rating: 84
07-22-2012 18:03:00 | More by cratez
Bellwoods Brewery in Toronto, ON, Canada
94 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.