TORONTO, ON – Bellwoods Brewery, the new brewery and tied house owned by Mike Clark and Luke Pestl (both formerly of Amsterdam Brewing), is now open in the west end of downtown Toronto. A soft launch took place over the Thursday to Saturday of the Easter long weekend, and the official opening is set for this Wednesday April 11th.
Situated at 124 Ossington Avenue in a former garage that was most recently a gallery and events space, Bellwoods – which is named for the nearby Trinity Bellwoods Park – features a large glass-enclosed brewery area, as well as a bar and café with seating for 40 on the main floor and mezzanine, and space for an additional 40 on the patio to be opened in front of the building later in the spring.
The bar has eight draught lines, with six for Bellwoods beers and two for guest taps from other local breweries. Bellwoods brands on tap for the opening weekend included Common Pale Ale, Farmhouse Saison, Toil & Trouble Dubbel, Witchshark Imperial IPA and Cuvee du Grandma’s Boy. The beers on offer will rotate on a regular basis, and selected brands will also be available at other bars and restaurants in Toronto, including barVolo and Grand Electric.
Bellwoods Brewery will be open starting at 6:00 PM nightly (closed Tuesdays). Snacks and sharing plates are available in the café, featuring food prepared by chef Guy Rawlings using primarily local ingredients, including bread made at Woodlot Restaurant & Bakery using spent grain from the brewery. Also in the works is a small retail outlet for the sale of bottles and growlers of Bellwoods beer as well as branded merchandise, which is planned to open in the space next door in late spring or early summer.