Here’s a neat spot that I got really excited about when I first discovered it. Henderson Brewing Co. is a local brewery located, quite literally, off the beaten path. I regularly cycle along the West Toronto Rail Path, an urban walking and cycling route that runs alongside the train tracks in the west end of town, but it took me a few months to notice what I thought was an auto garage was actually a brewery.
You can buy most of Henderson’s beers at the LCBO, but not all of them – and it’s fun to drink from the source, so to speak, and watch the trains pass. The area is interesting, as well. It’s currently an industrial/warehouse district, but it’s changing fast. The tenant next door, the Drake Commissary (a restaurant/cafe related to the well-known Drake Hotel), is the newest addition to the neighbourhood, and the gritty, graffitied Detroit-style building to the direct north is the soon-to-be home to the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA).
You can Henderson via Sterling Road, but it’s more fun to come at it from the Rail Path. Coming from the south, the path starts at the corner of Dundas West and Sterling Rd, and makes for a really pleasant walk or bike ride (lots of Bike Share options in the area too).
In warmer weather, Henderson’s rolls up the garage doors for a summery open-air experience, but it’s open year-round. Enjoy the journey, have a pint, and take some to go!