Read This: Ontario Beer by Alan McLeod and Jordan St. John
Everything tastes better with a story, and Ontario's brewing tradition extends far beyond the here and now. Two of the province's pre-eminent beer writers, Alan McLeod and Jordan St. John, have joined forces to school the curious beer drinker in Local Brew 101. Crack the spine of Ontario Beer (The History Press, $21.99) to tap into our province's long brewing history.
Go here: Rush Lane & Co.
Opened by a posse of primo bartenders including Jordan Bushell, Simon Hooper and Doug Twigger, Rush Lane (563 Queen West, 416-551-7540, rushlaneto.com) serves inventive cocktails (there's a bar lab in the back, complete with a rotary evaporator and centrifuge) and tasty plates by chef Chris Scott. Check it on your next night out.