Bellwoods Brewery

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Bellwoods BreweryBellwoods Brewery
BEER AVG
3.94/5
Based on:
61 Beers
1,248 Ratings
Place Score: 95
Ratings: 42
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
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

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(Place added by: jrenihan on 04-08-2012)
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Photo of Sammy
4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 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.

Photo of bulldogg915
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of papat444
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Visited only the bottle shop, they had 3 or 4 beers available for purchase, mostly session ales. Nice, clean and friendly. The bar looked awesome and hope to come back to enjoy some beers on site.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Just realized that I haven't posted a review for one of my new favourite spots in the city.

Bellwoods is one of my favourite spots in the city. The beer is fist class, with constantly rotating taps that include a wide variety of styles and some very interesting wine oak barrel aged offerings. The Witchshark IIPA is a must have for anyone visiting for the first time and it usually (always?) on tap.

The atmosphere is great and the service is friendly and knowledgeable. The servers are well educated in beer styles in general and especially so in their own offerings.

Prices are more than fair.

The food was decent the one time I ate there, but the menu isn't geared towards full meals; more so finger foods and lighter dinner fare. Still, the food is creative and what I had tasted good enough.

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

This is a "must-stop" if you are visiting Toronto. Stopped by on a Saturday afternoon, and it was packed. Outdoor seating, decent sized bar, and an upstairs overlooking the bar and brewery. They have a bottle shop next door for beer to go and swag. No growlers currently due to Ontario laws, which is a bummer. They had 7 of their own beers available on-tap, and a very decent bottle list with some whopper whales on it. There is a tapas style menu, and while I was there they had a grill fired up outside that appeared to be separate from the brewery itself. I didn't eat, but it sure did smell good. The beer was fantastic. I could have stayed and quaffed all day. Great variety of styles, and all well put together. The service was decent, and friendly, but sitting upstairs sometimes you felt a little neglected. Nothing to ruin the trip, but some dry mouth moments nonetheless. All in all, if I find myself back in Toronto I will be at Bellwoods. Fantastic spot to hit!

Photo of qcbrewer
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of MarcatGSB
4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
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!

Photo of cratez
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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

Photo of liamt07
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of dipso123
3.04/5  rDev -30%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3.25

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.

Photo of hopsolutely
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of tally
3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of yancot
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of MasterSki
4.08/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

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!

Photo of DaPan
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of valianes
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of jcb7472
3.93/5  rDev -9.4%
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!

Photo of RevCraig
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of Electros
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of FEUO
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

Love this place.
Patio and vibe is awesome.
Staff is excellent and knowledgeable. Our tender knew her stuff which is a big plus in my book.

Only downside was they were out of a couple drafts that they had listed that I wanted to try.
Ah well. Next time.

I visited on Monday night. Pretty busy considering the day of the week.
Wide range of clientele from young hipsters to professor types.

Photo of DaveBar
4/5  rDev -7.8%

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

Photo of Spreetaper
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of mrandypandy
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I came here on a business trip and was pleasantly happy with my experience. Small bar and a few tables, food was limited, a lIttle pricey for the mains, but very well done and tasty. I only had snacks, but the oxtail the guy next to me ordered smelled fantastic. The beers are the star though. All the house brews were phenomenal, and there was an extensive bottle selection as well. The shop next door sells bottles to go. If I come back to Toronto I will definitely be back. Highly recommended, any my co-workers suck for not coming with me.

Photo of hunterjames
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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Bellwoods Brewery in Toronto, ON, Canada
95 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.