The next time you’re craving a beer in Toronto you don’t have to buy your go-to IPA or pilsner from The Beer Store or one of the Toronto grocery stores now carrying beer and wine. Toronto’s influx of craft breweries, most of which have bottle shops, means many more options for buying beer in the city.
The always-busy Bandit Brewery in the city's west end is a great place to hang out with friends for some beer and food, but you can also stop by the small bottle shop to pick up some of their much-loved brews to take home. The bottle shop is open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day.
This popular spot in the Junction is a great place to come for a casual meal with friends over a few pints of craft beer, but you can also take a lot of what you find on the beer menu home with you. Pick up a variety of beer in 2-liter growlers and 500-milliliter bottles, as well as branded beer glasses, T-shirts, toques, and beer-inspired art created by local artists.
This triple threat venue is a brewery, music hall, and restaurant in Bloordale, which also happens to have a bottle shop located around the corner from the main building. The bottle shop is conveniently open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day so you can pretty much always be guaranteed of getting your beer fix. It also has freshly baked bread (made in-house) available daily. Check the website or Twitter to keep up to date on what’s available to take home.
Left Field Brewery
Head to Left Field Brewery’s bottle shop to take home some of its best brews in cans, bottles, and larger 750-milliliter swing-top growlers. Just keep in mind that the swing tops need to be kept cold and should be consumed within five days. Check the website or Facebook page for a list of what beers you can buy at the bottle shop.
This small craft brewery in Toronto's Junction Triangle neighborhood has a bottle shop that's well worth a visit for beer fans. You can pick up bottles of their creative beers, or order up a flight of beer to try before you buy. It also does food pop-ups from time to time in partnership with various local food vendors. Check the brewery's Facebook events page to keep up to date on what's going on.
Duggan’s Brewery in Parkdale offers several beers to go via its bottle shop. Head over for a pint and something to eat, or stop by for some craft beer to take home. Currently, you can grab 473-milliliter cans of their No. 9 IPA, 100 Mile Ale, and 100 Mile Lager, as well as six packs of the No. 5 Sorachi and 32- and 64-ounce growlers of various varieties depending on what’s available. Hats, T-shirts, and glassware are also on offer.
This always-packed brewpub on Ossington Avenue has an equally popular bottle shop next door should you want to take home some of its much-loved beers. Check the website for an updated list of what’s in stock. You can also pick up branded merchandise such as toques, T-shirts, hoodies, and beer totes. The brewery recently opened a second location at 20 Hafis Rd., southeast of Lawrence and Keele.
Rainhard Brewing Co.
Rainhard Brewing Co. set up shop in Toronto’s Stockyards area and is generating a lot of positive feedback for its selection of beers. You can stop by the bottle shop to stock up on whatever is available, or stop by for a longer visit and have a pint in the taproom.
Granite Brewery is where to go if you’re in the market for hand-crafted, all natural ales made in small batches. Growlers and kegs of various sizes are available, as well as bottles (check the website to find out about bottles), branded merchandise, glassware, coasters, and gift boxes featuring pint glasses, a growler, and coasters.