Just brew it! Those three words are the unofficial credo of Toronto’s ever-expanding band of brewers. Between the stalwarts and an upstart network of home-brewers-turned-maestros, the landscape is more dynamic than ever. Robin LeBlanc and Jordan St. John’s Ontario Craft Beer Guide (Dundurn Press, $16.99), a hugely useful new intro to the beautiful madness that is the current scene, lists hundreds of Ontario breweries – 150 of them established in the last four years. Who knows? By the time this issue hits the street, 10 more may have opened. (Kidding – kind of.) Now let’s get to what this hotbed has to offer. In the interest of brevity and sanity, we’ve stuck to bricks-and-mortar breweries. Hope you’re thirsty.
Just because your craft beer is made locally doesn't mean the ingredients are green. The environmental institute in Munich tested 14 popular brands earlier this year and found all of them contained traces of weed-killing glyphosate. Blame the herbicide-treated barley. Thirsty for a more eco-friendly brew? Here's what's on tap.