Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Visit to Mill Street Brew Pub

For myself, most visits to Toronto usually include an outing to the Summerhill LCBO or a trip to the Distillery District. Either choice brings a smile to my face and a warmth in my belly. Whether it is the enormous selection of all things liabatious in the country's largest liquor store or the quaint shops in old brick buildings lining cobblestone walkways, reminding you of times prior to alcohol conglomerates; your taste buds will always be rewarded.

On a recent trip to Hogtown for my niece and nephews birthdays, we made a family outing to drop in to the Mill Street Brew Pub. One of the nicest thing they offer is a much wider selection of their crafted brews than is available at The Beer Store or LCBO. Ranging from their Organic through to the Cobblestone Stout, they have something for all lovers of beer.

All of this is set in the beautiful atmosphere of a gorgeous wood crafted bar and dining room with walls of glass separating the patron from a 5000 hectolitre brew house. Stunning vessels of copper and stainless steel house the brews that will flow through the pub and many Toronto pubs and restaurants. It just seems a better way to enjoy your beer, giving you a peek through the looking glass of where and how your beer is made.

Every time I visit, I am impressed with how busy it always seems to be. This visit was no exception. With standing room only our group of six adults and three kids, we walked up to the cruiser tables and perused the beer menu. Feeling like something light, I tried their Ginger Beer. A subtle taste of Carribean spices and gentle hop bitterness with an overall undertone of ginger. Light and crisp, but not huge in flavour or aroma.

After being attended to by the manager, Tanya (just a wonderfully helpful person on the Mill Street team) and explaining what I was in the mood for, she suggested I try their IPA. Overall, a solid IPA with a twist; Saaz hops as the dominant bittering / flavouring / aroma hop. Slightly different from the more citrusy Centennial, Chinook, Citra, Cascade or Amarillo derivatives that I prefer, but still very tasty. The Saaz are a Czechoslovakian variety that has more of a earthy, spicy and herbal notes.

On this visit, we did not stay for dinner but have always had delicious traditional pub grub and comfort food that would be expected at any traditional pub. There is sure to be something that everyone in your party would enjoy.

If you are in the area or thinking on driving down for a visit, you
will not be disappointed. In the fall your trip could be rewarded with their "Brew Master Dinners". A wonderful night of beer and food pairings while chatting to their head brewer.

Located in Toronto's Historic Distillery District. The brew pub also boasts a retail shop where you are able to buy bottles and growlers of their fine brews.


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