Need some help here.
For the last couple of years my husband has planned his birthday around a brewery (for a tour, tasting and then dinner). So far we've been to the Mill Street Brewery and the Steam Whistle and we're trying to decide which one to try this year.
We were leaning towards the
Great Lakes Brewing Company - any idea if it's good?
Others on our list:
Bloor Brewery Inc
Labatt Breweries Ontario
Cool Beer Brewing Company
Brew Factory (Islington)
Amsterdam Brewing Co Limited
Ontario Small Brewers Association
Could try the Molson (Ricards) brewery at the AAC.. not sure what they offer but you could throw in a game...
On a related note does anyone know of a Microbrewery that would produce custom bottled beer for a restaurant? Organic / European style (pilsner-ish) with a custom label?
Yes, Great Lakes makes good beer. There seasonal beers i.e. Winter Ale are unique and tasty. Steam Whistle only makes one beer so you won't experience much in the way of variety. Amsterdam is ok but not my personal favourite. In terms of the others, I am not sure if any really offer tours etc. Good luck and keep us posted.
If you don't mind venturing a little further afield, Black Oak brewery is in Oakville,(www.blackoakbeer.com) as is Cameron's. (www.cameronsbrewing.com). A really interesting jaunt is the Neustadt Springs Brewery, in Neustadt Ont. (www.neustadtsprings.com). All of them brew excellent beer.