Steam Whistle is probably my favourite Ontario beer. My typical arrival pattern to Toronto involves having one (or two) of these on the Porter flight into Toronto Island, dropping my bags at my sister’s place, then picking up a case of the green cans/bottles at the Summerhill LCBO.
Before this trip, I never had the chance to take in the Steam Whistle brewery tour. This turned out to be a perfect rainy Monday afternoon outing. Located literally across the street from the Rogers Centre, Dad and I popped in here for a tour before heading to the last Jays game of our trip. Here we are shortly after arrival:
Before the tour starts, you’re presented a glass of their delicious, crisp pilsner. Once the tour begins, you’re introduced to this contraption – an enormous beer fridge from which another beer is provided so you don’t get thirsty during the 45 minute tour:
Here we are with our drinks and ready to learn about the brewery operation:
My Dad, ever the charmer, gets me to take a picture of him with one of our very friendly and helpful hosts. He seems to be enjoying this more than his earlier picture with me:
We had a great tour and got to watch the brewery in full operations from the suspended catwalk above the production and bottling floor:
Our guide was very informative and we learned a lot about their brewing process, their green initiatives and social/community involvement. The tour wrapped up with another beer, the perfect medicine before heading out into a late afternoon Toronto downpour.