Bellwoods Brewery

BEER AVG
4.06/5
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:
75
Ratings:
2,404
Reviews:
684
PLACE STATS
Score:
93
Ratings:
73
Reviews:
25
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
7.11%
 
 
Taps:
10
Bottles/Cans:
50
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Ratings: 73 |  Reviews: 25
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 coldriver
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
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 Tsring
4.39/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of chrisjws
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Photo of eberesford
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
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 Ctruskey
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of msondel
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of albern
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
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 +0.9%
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 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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Bellwoods Brewery in Toronto, ON, Canada
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