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Indie Ale House Brewing Company

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Indie Ale House Brewing CompanyIndie Ale House Brewing Company

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

2876 Dundas St W
Toronto, Ontario, M6P 1Y9

(416) 760-9691 | map

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Added by TheSevenDuffs on 10-03-2011

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Photo of byronic
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

A packed place with a nice bottle shop. At the time of my visit the fridges were stocked with all sorts of brews. Reasonably priced and a nice line-up of Fates & Furies. Service was spot on.

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Photo of eberesford
3.81/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Great vibe - lively and fun without being too noisy. Service is good. The food is fine but the menu short. The beer choices are dominated by hop forward ales. Some good guests.

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Photo of qcbrewer
3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of StormAles
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Cycle69
4.98/5  rDev +17.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of ikidunot
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Photo of kevinlater
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of JPNesker
5/5  rDev +17.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5


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Photo of mattmarka1
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of DaveBar
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Dropped in to hit the bottle shop but stayed for a 5 sample paddle. Nice environment. Clean. In the "Junction" so it's a hip albeit ran down area of town.

Nice 12 or so brews on tap. Paddles run between $10-$15 for a 5 sampler. 5oz glasses that you get 4oz in. No real big beers on tap though. Almost everything has a add on price though. Any deviation in price from the base will cost you. If you want anything other than water it will cost you. If you ask them to sneeze on the glass it will cost you.

Didn't have any food but did see some coming out of the kitchen that looked good.

Friendly service and with some marketing should get more customers.

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Photo of MtnSoup
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Vibe: Located in an awesome area - The Junction, which incredibly was dry until 2000! Indie Ale House's vibe is pretty great, very cozy, wood walls and comfortable L-shaped room. A nice bottle shop/to go area located up front.

Quality: Beers are good overall. Quite a few styles brewed on-site to choose from, and some other guest taps to boot.

Service: Great. Attentive, and very knowledgeable about the food and beer.

Selection: Good variety of beers/styles to choose from (I think there were 10-plus bees to choose from).

Food: Again, impressed by the food. Fried chicken was delicious. As was the quinoa salad.

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Photo of Coronaeus
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

One of my favourite spots for beer and food in Toronto. Great atmosphere, friendly service with knowledgeable staff that is always willing to let you taste before you order a full glass. Despite no patio, the large street-front windows tend to give the place an airy, open feel.

The food is very good, and the boneless fired chicken is fantastic. Flights of five beers range in price from $10 to $15. Most pulls are $7 with the size offered dependent on style and ABV. There is usually one beer on cask available. The adjoining bottle shop has improved in so far as there is an increased attention to bottles whereas in the past, the 1.89 litre growler dominated. Other merchandise is a little pricey.

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Photo of psweendogg
3.61/5  rDev -15.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Electros
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of liamt07
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Luisc94
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Arrived to the place arround 5 a Tuesday. First impressions the place looked beautiful, from outside was very appealing and in the inside it was very cozy.

Costumer service definitely lacked the bartender bearly greeted me, no smile, pretty much a what do you want. He still was pretty helpful answering my questions he was polite just his attitude wasn't the right one.

The beer was great (some of them). There were some "experimental" styles that I didn't enjoyed. The food was great too the anchovi Pizza paired perfectly with the Belgian IPA I was drinking.

The cashier at the bottle shop was different from the server, much more friendlier and nice.

Overall a really nice place with great food and beer, worth checking out.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of korguy123
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Stopped in this afternoon after a job interview.
Needed some lunch and felt like a new beer would be great on one of my rare trips to Toronto.

Walked in just after 2pm and was greeted promptly by the girl working in the bottle shop section. She came out showed me to my table and sat me with a menu. For about 35min I was the only one in the place (not uncommon for 2ish on a Wednesday)

Ordered the Brisket Mac & Cheese, the breakfast porter and a water.

Glassware was awesome, the beer boards were legible and easy to understand (Beer Name, Style, Serving Size, ABV and Cost) No confusion to what you're ordering. The water came out in a clear swing top bottle and a glass (Very memorable)

Food was excellent and prompt (as I'd expect being the only one there)

Will definitely be returning. Wanted to try the sour stout but they had none in growlers, bottles and I was driving and one beer with lunch was plenty.

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Photo of MarcatGSB
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Very impressive young brewpub. Not being from Toronto, I have no idea of the politics of this place, or the story behind the brewery, it was just a stop on my list.

I was staying downtown by Kensington Market, so it was quite a hike for me to get up to the pub, as it's on Dundas in the Junction area, which seems like a trendy area with plenty of shops and things to check out.

The pub is well light...it's kind of a hybrid feel to it. It has some of the traditional exposed duct work, but it has a very refined, slightly upscale feel. Some really nice pedestals fro the wood tables, and a tin ceiling above the bar. There are quite a few times, all square, that are spaced fairly close together. Looks easy enough to push a few tables together, and make some larger tops of big groups.

Towards the front doors, there is a door that jets off into a small, sparsely stocked retail area. Three different types of glasses, some growlers, and work shirts. They also sell the posters that were made by a local artist for $40. Great price, and they are really nice looking posters. Screen printed, with some great artwork.

The food was freaking fantastic. We tried quite a bit as well. We had the hummus, which was very flavorful, and pita bread. The pita bread seemed home made, and had some great texture to it. It was served with some roasted olives that were also very impressive. We also had the roasted kale salad, and the quinoa salad. Both were a huge hit. The roasted kale salad was extremely creative, and made the kale soft and very accessible. There were some roasted artichokes on there as well that had great flavor. The Quinoa salad was honestly amazing...It had some fresh avocado on top, with halfed sun gold tomatoes and fresh cherry tomatoes. Very well thought out and delicious. We then finished with an order of the maple licorice wings, and the brisket burger. I originally suspected that the brisket and the burger were mixed together, however it turned out that the point of the brisket was sliced and put on top of the burger. There was then some sort of old bay mayo and smoked gouda on it, excellent sandwich. The wings were nice and big, and the sauce wasn't overly sweet, nor was it overly anise forward.

Now for the beer! The first day I went I had a sample try of five different offerings.
Breakfast Porter: Great flavor, had some nice notes of coffee and chocolate, wasn't too heavy, and had a nice roasted dryness. Very good beer.
Rye So Sour: Again, very very good. Some bright sour apple notes with a tad spicy character...
Ned's Mustache: Flanders Style ale...and tasted true to character. Maybe lacking a touch of barrel-vanilla-character found in true Belgian Flanders styles, but really again, for a young brewpub, this beer was very satisfying.
Spedina Monkey: Very reminiscent of Petrus Aged Pale...again, lacked some of the depth, but very very good, and I would have again if I went and they had it. Sounds like they do some different treatments to this beer, would have liked to try some of those.
The English Mild (can't remember the name): was a good palate cleanser, and was very true to style. Easy drinking, some nice nutty notes, and super accessible, but had great flavor.

Proper glassware for everything, and different size pours for all their beers. Overall, India Ale House was in my top five stops while in Toronto. I didn't visit in the evening, as I'm sure they are much busier, both stops were during the day. Would highly recommend this to anyone visiting or even people from the city that haven't made it over yet. Worth the trip, they are doing great stuff and I'm sure will continue to get better!

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Indie Ale House Brewing Company in Toronto, ON, Canada
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