Monday, July 8, 2013

Steam Whistle Brewery Tour

My wife and I attended the Waterfront Festival in Toronto a couple of weeks ago, and while we were there we had to visit the Steam Whistle Brewery and take the tour.

The afternoon that we went was packed. It seems that we picked a day when there was a Blue Jays game on, and quite a few people were there to prime themselves for the game.

We had about a 10 minute wait to get inside as they kept a running headcount going. Once inside, we signed up for the tour, which was about a 30-40 minute wait. On the plus side, the tour was free because we checked in using FourSquare, which saves you about $10. Mind you, at the end of the tour we spent way more than that on two glasses, a T-shirt, bottle opener, and a 1L Growler for me. :)

So anyway, during our wait, we enjoyed a couple of free ~4oz samples of their fine beer. I then purchased to additional cups to quench my thirst. I wasn't aware that they feed you more beer during the tour.

There was live entertainment in the main bar area, to keep all the Blue Jays fans (and other tourists like us) happy.

Finally when it was our turn for the tour, we were brought upstairs to a separate bar. This is where we were told what to expect and each given a headset, and a bottle of beer from this fridge to drink during the tour.

Our guide told us a little history about the company and it sounds like one hell of a great place to work! :)

She also told us some history about the roundhouse building that they occupy, which was also very cool.

We got to see, and taste if we wanted, barley and hops. I tried the barley, which didn't taste too bad. I skipped the hops.

Panoramic shot of the bottling area
At the end of our tour, we ended up at the upstairs bar again, where we were again offered another ~4oz sample of beer.

Needless to say, my head was a little spinny after the tour so it's a good think or hotel was within walking distance of the brewery. :)

All in all a very cool, and delicious, tour that I would not hesitate to go on again. I highly recommend it.




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