Bellwoods Brewery

Bellwoods BreweryBellwoods Brewery
Bellwoods BreweryBellwoods Brewery
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

124 Ossington Ave
Toronto, Ontario, M6J 2Z5
Canada

(416) 535-4586 | map
bellwoodsbrewery.com

Notes:
BEER STATS
Average:
4.08
Beers:
179
Reviews:
873
Ratings:
3,078
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.32
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
94
pDev:
9.49%
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Reviews: 32 | Ratings: 94
Photo of jlindros
3.72/5  rDev -13.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Interesting place. Very hip feeling but not quite hipster. Outdoor patio "beer garden" with hanging lights and various plants and vines. Very old wooden tables and bar. Inside various paintings on the wall, and exposed brewery. Upstairs has an old pub feel overlooking the rest of the place. Overall fairly small though. Very new wave hipster like music playing fairly loud.

Staff is in their own world, doing all their prep and talking to each other. But they are friendly.

Eight of their own beers and a few guest taps on. Various nice bottles as well, including a bunch of Drie Fonteinen, even hommage. Also a bunch of their own vintage bottles. Their beers on draft are all pale ales, iPad, and sours. The very hipster modern beer list. Nothing unique or classic unfortunately (except a code which I could argue is also the modern hipster retro style). Not even a single dark beer when the weather is very cold.

It would be a cool place to hang out with friends for a late night bottle share, less so for a quick couple of beers at lunchtime.

Food options for lunch include a couple snacks, two sandwich options, a single salad, and very expensive assorted cheeses. Very meh. But I didn't try anything they made, just bread from a local bakery.

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Photo of npolachek
4.57/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Very solid brewery. Staff was passionate about beer and brewing, and they had a solid selection of well priced bottles and pours. Environment was chill with lots of super nice people.

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Photo of JunctionCat
3.74/5  rDev -13.4%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3

If you go here for the beer, you have to fight the people who want to be there for selfies or to say they were there. The service is 'cool' bordering on aloof, but friendly. They certainly know their stuff and will help if asked, but otherwise are a little standoffish. Food is clearly an afterthought, but not bad. The main reason to go IMHO is the beers, and they are excellent. The selection is often limited, with gaps in the popular beers, as to be expected I guess, but disappointing. Expensive with small portions but if you're there for the beer, that's par for the course. What you can get, is almost always excellent and worth ant hassle of crowds, fanboys, and the like. Always worth it.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

this place is so rad, as good as i hoped it would be. a direct cab from the airport brings me to a mellow place on a sunday night, open seats at the small and welcoming little bar. they have candles burning in jars, but otherwise low light, and a cool vibe, with a terrace up top, a frozen patio out front that i could see popping off in the summer, and a vertically oriented brew house. bottle shop next door as well. i couldnt believe how small the place is for how famous their beer is, at least in my circle, so upscale humble, which is a wonderful vibe to cast, i super dig it, woody and rustic in here, reclaimed wood and neat artwork, relaxed lighting, and so much less seating than expected. the beer is amazing, had the barn owl brett pale with apricots and the coconut and coffee variants of the rum barrel aged skeleton key, all were epic, and the bottles i got to go were special too! food was wicked too, seriously next level, so so good, adventurous and european while the service was good but maybe too relaxed to be expert. the beer and vibe though, unbeatable, maybe the best around, although i am not a toronto veteran. i really love bellwoods now, and their beer is just unreal. i cant recommend this place enough. i could have spent all night in here, sipping and tasting and appreciating and relaxing. just loved it!

edit: enjoyed it so much i had to go back right away and drink through some more of the beers. all equally awesome. maybe my favorite beer stop in toronto this week!

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Photo of patre_tim
3.91/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Visited here last night after class in Toronto. Great music, good vibe, and kind servers. Centrally located, and a popular place for a Saturday night out. There was a line up still after 11pm.

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Photo of byronic
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

A very busy spot with great brews. Love the separated bottle shop "express line" Can get really busy, especially with nice weather. A good selection of draughts and take home brews.

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Photo of WheelsPSU
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Visited on a beautiful warm Saturday afternoon and there was about a 20 minute wait for a table for two. The beer was good although there were only about five beers on tap. Service was slow since the place was packed.

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Photo of coldriver
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

We got there right after they opened on a Monday night which proved to be a good choice since the waiting list developed quickly. The place is fairly small and I'd guess they could easily double in size and still fill up every seat. Not a huge tap selection but everything we tried was excellent from their sours to the hoppy offerings. Great outdoor patio with friendly Toronto crowds on hand.

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Photo of eberesford
3.7/5  rDev -14.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

The beer was interesting, the food (designed for sharing) great. The service was a little slow which was not entirely surprising given that the place was heaving.

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Photo of albern
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Went here on a beer tour with 5 other New Englanders doing the Toronto circuit of fine beer establishments. This place was our favorite out of the 13 that we visited over the two days. You feel a bit like you are in a patio/garage but the ambiance works. It's a bit snug and there is definitely lots of people trying to get in. The beer on tap is quite good, but we were literally swooning over the discontinued beers that are bottled. 3 Minutes to Midnight and Donkey Venom were outstanding and the best beers we had in Toronto, and we sampled just about all of them from the top brewpubs in the city. Even the hop head in the group was swooning over these beers. They were just that good and wonderfully complex. An absolute must. The food was a bit limiting. I had the duck meatballs and the lentil salad. I was disappointed that the chicken pot pie had bacon in it - what's up with that. I'm definitely not a organ meat type but the other 5 guys in the group were in love with the chicken liver spread over toasted bread. Not for me, but they all loved it and their arteries are no better for it. Overall, if you are going to visit the brewpubs in Toronto, this one is top of the list. Amsterdam and Indie Ale House were also notable and worth seeking out.

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Photo of mjrtchie
4.26/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Overall an amazing place. The beer is authentic and varied. There is a true focus on quality and appreciation for beer. Great staff and a short but well thought out menu.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

A really great neighborhood just West of downtown Toronto, easily accessible by trolley (Take either the 505 from Dundas, or the 501 from either Queen or King St heading West), sits Bellwoods. Excellent outside patio and partially covered inside. The bottle shop is just next door as well, much of the bottle work and artwork decorates the place from the hired artist which makes a nice touch.

Real solid brews, and the bottle list is where things really shine. Make sure to check something out from there, but the regular taps are also very solid brews as well.

Really nice and attentive service as well. The food menu looks also very thought out and put together, but I had very little of it.

A must stop place while in Toronto for any beer fan.

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Photo of 4ster
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Always a chilled, friendly place to hang out where you're sure to see some people you know, drink some fantastic beers, and have good conversation. The street noise can sometimes be a bit much, and sometimes I wish they had more "beer" food to keep you there longer, but the food in general is decent. I just find it's a bit too far into the realm of eating out / bistro food, when most of the time I'm there to just enjoy a few pints with my wife and friends.....

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Photo of MtnSoup
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Vibe: This place is awesome. Visited two nights in a row (Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon/evening), and both times there was a line to get seated. Everyone is super friendly (Canadians, eh), and you just get the feeling everyone working here loves the beer/brewery, and tons of locals frequent it as well.

Quality: Prior to my trip, research via BA indicated Bellwoods is probably creating the best beers in Canada - I would agree with this statement. Their IIPA was outstanding, resinous and hoppy, yet still balanced nicely. They also had a limited mango version on tap which was quite quaffable. Their bottle sales (to enjoy on-site or take away) were great. We had a bottle of the Motley Cru (Sour Red aged in white wine oak barrels if memory serves right), and it was fabulous.

Service: Attentive and knowledgable about both food and beers.

Selection: My only gripe (and it's a very small one), was that they only had about six beers on draft. Would've loved to have tried more. Each was very well done.

Food: I didn't expect the food to shine, but like the beer it was also great. Their charcuterie/salumi plate, along with the cheese selections were great compliments to the tap list.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.58/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

As you can tell from the many positive reviews, Bellwoods seems to be a popular place to get some excellent beers. Having been able to see for myself, I agree: it is located in a quiet semi-residential neighborhood, a bit west of the downtown core. (I took the No. 63 Bus from the Ossington Street subway station - it passes right by.) The focal point is the busy patio that is set out from the open garage doors; there is a small bar to the left with a smattering of cramped tables taking up what space there is for the rather hipster crowd. Next door is the retail store. On draft were a wide array of their delicious brews; during my visit: I enjoyed: Wizard Wolf, a crisp sessional IPA, Paper Tiger, a dry-hopped lager, a nice and balanced stout, Witchshark, a massive Imperial IPA and wonderful barrel-aged session called "Farmageddon." Worth the trip, alone.

Great service and a unique food menu - I opted for their Chorizo verde, a spicy sausage entrée - makes for a must visit when in Toronto. I understand that they are expanding. No surprise here. I wish them well.

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Photo of icormier
4/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Visited Bellwoods on a busy June Saturday. It's packed and noisy, and our party of two was seated upstairs in a narrow seating section relatively quickly. The beer was great, service was friendly, and the food was really good. A standout the day we were there was the asparagus - but the tuna, and the fries, were also good.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.46/5  rDev -19.9%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

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

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Photo of papat444
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

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Photo of SankeySr
3.39/5  rDev -21.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

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.

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Photo of dipso123
3.04/5  rDev -29.6%
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.

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Photo of mrandypandy
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of jcb7472
3.93/5  rDev -9%
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!

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Photo of MarcatGSB
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
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!

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Photo of mick303
4.58/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Been a few times now, always been very impressed both with the quality of beer and guest taps. There beer is excellent and a fun outdoor patio setting that is always got a great buzzing atmosphere. Food is very high quality, with roasted duck hearts and other charcuterie and the sort, makes for a really nice experience. They just opened a retail store to the side and its a place I like to show visitors to toronto. Service is really good, prices are a bit much but what you are getting is really unique and two steps above most of the other beer places in the city.

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Photo of FEUO
4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Bellwoods Brewery in Toronto, ON, Canada
Brewery rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 3078 ratings