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 even 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.
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 street (visit the Greater Good bar and the Dark Horse Espresso Bar cafe, both on Geary Avenue – I haven’t been to Dark Horse yet, but it looks cool. Greater Good is awesome: enjoy a pint, a slice of pizza and pinball under one roof) and surrounding area. You’ll get a great feel for Toronto’s west end. From there, you can check out the Junction neighbourhood further west, or head south to Little Portugal on Dundas West.