Bellwoods Brewery

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4.03/5
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:
56
Reviews:
594
Ratings:
2,079
PLACE STATS
Score:
93
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
62
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
7.6%
 
 
Taps:
10
Bottles/Cans:
50
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 62
Reviews by munro78:
Photo of munro78
2.6/5  rDev -38.2%
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 groleau
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of 4ster
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
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 +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of Iastagehand
5/5  rDev +18.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Mousel
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Corson
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of street_spirit
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Taybeh
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of simplejj81
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of psweendogg
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Whatup14
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of MtnSoup
4.38/5  rDev +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 rooskey379
4.73/5  rDev +12.4%
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 +8.8%
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%
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 +1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of Ultrarunner100
4.9/5  rDev +16.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Misterphinister
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
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 +13.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Derekmalcoln
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Luisc94
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of Spreetaper
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of swagboss
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of Adamthornton13
5/5  rDev +18.8%

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Bellwoods Brewery in Toronto, ON, Canada
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