Bellwoods Brewery

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4.02/5
Bellwoods BreweryBellwoods Brewery
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

124 Ossington Ave
Toronto, Ontario, M6J 2Z5
Canada

(416) 535-4586 | map
bellwoodsbrewery.com

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Added by jrenihan on 04-08-2012

BEER STATS
Beers:
55
Reviews:
568
Ratings:
2,050
PLACE STATS
Score:
93
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
65
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
7.35%
 
 
Taps:
10
Bottles/Cans:
50
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 65
Reviews by munro78:
Photo of munro78
2.6/5  rDev -38.4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 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.

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?

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More User Reviews:
Photo of yimpy
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of mattmarka1
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of smakawhat
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
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 groleau
4.01/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of 4ster
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
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 kevinlater
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of Iastagehand
5/5  rDev +18.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Mousel
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Corson
4.39/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of street_spirit
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Taybeh
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of simplejj81
4.05/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of psweendogg
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Whatup14
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of MtnSoup
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
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 rooskey379
4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

You. Must. Go. to Bellwoods if you're visiting. If you're a local, you must travel to BW on a frequent basis.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
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 -5.2%
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 dgilks
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of Ultrarunner100
4.9/5  rDev +16.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Misterphinister
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Awesome brewery, wish they had rare stuff in their bottle shop next door!

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Photo of KrisDLSmith
4.76/5  rDev +12.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Derekmalcoln
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Luisc94
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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Bellwoods Brewery in Toronto, ON, Canada
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