Better than the Beer Store, Toronto's craft breweries are retailing their signature suds direct from the source. Keep this list handy on stat holidays when the LCBO and Beer Store are shuttered, though it's good for any other day of the year too.
Two locations sell 355ml sized bottles of their staple beers, plus, expect to find unusual offerings and seasonal beers in 500ml.
45 Esandar Drive, Toronto, 416.504.1040; Open Monday - Saturday: 11am-11pm; Sunday: 11am-6pm; Holidays: 11am-9pm
245 Queens Quay, Toronto, 416.504.1020; Open daily (including holidays) 11am-11pm
The retail space next to the brewpub sells growlers, and 650mL bottles filled with the entire line-up of signature products.
124 Ossington Avenue, Toronto, 647.378.0894; Open daily (including holidays) 11am to 11pm
Black Creek Historic Brewery
Tell the gate staff at Pioneer Village that you're just going to the brewery so you can skip the $15 admission fee to get growlers of Black Creek's historically brewed offerings.
1000 Murray Ross Parkway, Toronto, 416.736.1733; Open daily from 12pm-3:30pm
Black Oak Brewery
This Etobicoke brewery sells six packs of their Nut Brown and Pale Ales as well as excellent seasonal beers, kegs, and assorted swag.
75 Horner Avenue, Etobicoke, 416.252.2739; Open Monday: 11am-5 pm; Tuesday to Friday: 10am to 5pm; Saturday: 10am to 3pm
Cool Beer Brewing Company
Find flagship brands Cool Beer and Buzz beer, as well as some that are contract brewed on site.
164 Evans Avenue, Toronto, 416.255.7100; Open Monday to Friday: 10am-7pm; Saturday: 10am-5pm
An assortment of cans, select six packs, growlers and all sorts of merch are available for purchase at this brewpub in the west end.
1346 Queen St. West, Toronto, 416.588.1086 Open Tuesday to Saturday: 12pm- 11pm
Granite Brewery & Restaurant
Find in-house beers sold in growlers plus reasonably-priced kegs (and pumps) in 20L, 30L, and 50L sizes (available with a couple days notice).
245 Eglinton Avenue East, Toronto, 416.322.0723; Open Sunday: 11am-6pm; Monday-Saturday: 11:30am-11pm
Great Lakes Brewery
Look forward to the regular lineup of GLB beers, seasonal brews, and specialty offerings when available.
30 Queen Elizabeth Boulevard, Etobicoke, 416.255.4510; Open Monday to Saturday: 10am-6pm
Take home in 2L growlers and 500 mL bottles of staple beers including Street Wheat, Instigator IPA, Barnyard Belgian RYE-PA, and their Belgian Wit Bier.
2876 Dundas Street West, Toronto; Open Monday to Friday: 5pm-9pm; Saturday to Sunday: 2pm-6pm.
Junction Craft Brewing
The tap room and retail store carries a long list of 500ml bottles and select 1L growlers.
\90 Cawthra Ave., Unit 101, Toronto, 416.766.1616; Open Thursday and Friday: 4pm-9pm; Saturday: 11am to 9pm; Sunday: 12pm-5pm.
Retail sales TBA.
303 Lansdowne Ave., Toronto, 416.588.1641
Left Field Brewery
The bottle shop and tap room thoughtfully displays its line-up for purchase in the fridge so it's always cold.
36 Wagstaff Dr., Toronto; Open daily from 12pm to 9pm, including most holidays
Mill Street Brewery
These commercially available beers are available direct from the source. Buy single bottles, six packs, 12 packs, cases, and even kegs, plus the occasional seasonal offerings in growlers.
21 Tankhouse Lane, Toronto, 416.681.0338; Open Sunday: 11am-6pm; Monday to Thursday: 11am-9 pm; Friday to Saturday: 11am-10 pm
Muddy York Brewing Co.
Retail sales TBA.
22 Cranfield Rd., Toronto, 416.619.7819
Rainhard Brewing Co.
The bottle shop carries year-round staples and seasonal favourites in 650ml bombers and 2L growlers.
100 Symes Rd., Toronto, Open Friday: 4pm-9pm; Saturday: 12pm-8pm; Sunday: 12pm-4pm
Steam Whistle Brewing
Stock up on brewery-fresh beers by the case, and kegs (though you should not that they do deliver)
255 Bremner Blvd., Toronto, 416.362.2337; Open Monday to Thursday: 12pm-6pm; Friday and Saturday: 11am-6pm; Sunday: 11am-5pm. Open all statutory holidays except Christmas Day and New Years Day.
Hours are subject to change so we always advise calling ahead.
by Liora Ipsum via blogTO