Here’s an interesting spot to try local craft beers in a very up-and-coming area of Toronto. My partner and I randomly came across Blood Brothers on a leisurely bike ride along Geary Avenue, a small industrial-turning-cultural hotspot street in the west end of the City, and stopped for a drink. I’d probably already had their beers without knowing it in other bars around Toronto, but they had just opened up a new storefront and tasting room in this tiny location in a former garage, and had a great experience.
While small, the tasting room has a fresh feel with white walls, gold leaf accents and Edison bulbs, as well as ironic religious elements (e.g. a moody triptych showcasing the taps; the ubiquitous open hand logo) – perhaps preparing you for a spiritual hoppy experience. Their patio is excellent in warmer months.
It’s off the beaten track, but I highly recommend making the trip out here, not only for the brewery but also to have a wander around the area. Try Greater Good bar and Dark Horse Espresso Bar cafe, both on Geary Avenue. From there, head south through the residential neighbourhood to Halo Brewing on Wallace Avenue (I seem to be sending you on a bit of a pub crawl…). You’ll get a great feel for Toronto’s changing west end, and you’ll impress all the locals. From there, you can check out the Junction neighbourhood further west, or head south to Little Portugal on Dundas West.