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Toronto Local Craft Beer Tour: 2 Beers at 2 Unique & Historical Pubs

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Toronto Local Craft Beer Tour: 2 Beers at 2 Unique & Historical Pubs

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Discover how Canadian beer aligns with the history of Toronto on this guided small-group walking tour. Roam through the streets of Old Town Toronto, learning how beer played a role in the city’s past while visiting three classic Toronto pubs. Enjoy a beer tasting at the popular Mill Street Brewery. Then visit the St. Lawrence Market, with over 100 vendors, bakers, butchers and artisans, to sample a variety of Canadian specialties, followed by a tour of the trendy Distillery District, one of Canada’s hottest tourist attractions.
  • Beer-tasting and walking tour of Old Toronto
  • Enjoy visiting two classic Toronto pubs
  • Learn from your local guide how beer played a role in the city's past
  • Visit the famous St Lawrence Market
  • Explore the Distillery District, one of Toronto’s most historic and regenerated neighbourhoods
  • Small-group size with a maximum of 12 people ensures a personalized experience
  • This tour is carbon neutral, operated by the world’s largest travel B Corp accredited company.
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Friendly local English-speaking guide
Visit a few unique and historical pubs
Local craft beer at each of the two pubs
A craft brewpub visit
Learn that beer really does make history better!
Get tips on what else to see, do and eat during your stay
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Tips & gratuities for your guide
Additional beer and food
Hockey Hall of Fame , 30 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M5E 1X8, Canada

NW corner of Yonge St. and Front St, outside the Hockey Hall of Fame

2:00 PM
Distillery District , Distillery District, Toronto, ON M5A, Canada
This walking beer tour begins outside the Hockey Hall of Fame on Yonge Street. While strolling through the streets of Old Town Toronto, learn how beer played a role in the city’s past while visiting three classic Toronto pubs.

Beer has been a constant throughout Toronto’s history, helping soothe a city with a variety of problems — fire, war, depression, cholera, rebellion and repression. Listen to the many stories of years gone by while taste testing some of the best local brews.

Visit three unique and beloved Toronto pubs, including the popular, award-winning Mill Street Brewery. Discover seasonal and local brews at each, complete with expert recommendations from the tour guide. 

Then, visit the spacious St. Lawrence Market, with over 100 vendors, bakers, butchers and artisans. Grab some samples and enjoy chatting up the locals before touring the trendy Distillery District, one of Toronto’s most historic and regenerated neighborhoods. This internationally acclaimed, pedestrian-only village features more than 70 ground-floor cultural and retail establishments in the restored red brick, Victorian-era buildings of the Gooderham and Worts whiskey distillery. Gooderham and Worts was once the largest distiller of alcoholic beverages in Canada.

Beer, history, urban icons and unique neighborhoods. It’s all on this educational and entertaining tour.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Hockey Hall of Fame
Throughout its history, from the early 1800s, when Toronto was known as "York" to the modern metropolis it is today, the citizens of this city have used beer for refreshment and merrymaking. This Toronto beer tour is a historic walk through the streets of the old Toronto and an introduction to Canadian beer all rolled into one. Your Toronto tour will start and end at local icons, visiting a few others in between. With a focus on craft beer made in Toronto and its surrounding regions, this beer tour is known to be one of the best things to do in Toronto. Throughout the tour, you’ll learn about what role beer has played through the decades in helping Torontonians cope with cholera, fire, war, depression, rebellion, muddy streets, general Victorian stuffiness, and decades of losing seasons by the Maple Leafs (of course).
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
St. Lawrence Market
This (now classic) beer tour in Toronto will visit a few unique and historical pubs, all with different atmospheres, patrons, servers, and, of course, beer selection. Your guide will be a verified beer geek, with a love and passion for beer that will be evident from the get go. They’ll be full of recommendations for you, and can easily help you navigate the river of local craft beers you’ll uncover along your journey. At each pub stop, a beer will be included, but you are welcome to purchase more if one’s just not enough! Additionally, because we want to prove why high school history totally wasn’t as fun as this way of learning history, we will indulge you with some historical tales of early Toronto, hoping to give visitors and locals alike a new perspective on the city. Not just wanting to stick to beer, this Toronto tour will also make a stop at the historic St Lawrence Market, where you can sniff out samples (go for the mustard!), and discover why this place has such a solid place in the hearts of Torontonians.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Distillery Historic District
We’ll cap off the tour in the Distillery District, an old industrial park and former whiskey factory that has been converted into a hub of art, culture, and cafes. It’s a rather photogenic part of the city, so be sure your camera isn’t out of batteries before you get here! If you’re going to tour Toronto, we’re pretty sure this is the way to do it. Beer, history, urban icons, and funky neighbourhoods – can you really get much better than that?!
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 19 years
  • Operates in all weather conditions; please dress appropriately
  • Tour involves a good amount of walking; comfortable shoes are recommended
  • Please note that a small beer at each of the first two pub stops is includede in the price of the tour. At the last stop you are welcome to purchase a beer and linger for a meal at your own expense. Additional drinks may be purchased at any of the stops during the tour.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travellers 18+ must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
  • We reserve the right to change both the route and places visited within the tour.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Intrepid Urban Adventures - Canada
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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What is the social distancing policy during Toronto Local Craft Beer Tour: 2 Beers at 2 Unique & Historical Pubs ?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Toronto Local Craft Beer Tour: 2 Beers at 2 Unique & Historical Pubs ?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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star-4
Very informative
mandy41115
, Nov 2019
Sam was our tour guide. She was really good. Very informative , easy to hear and helpful. We learned many fun facts about Toronto as well as local beer. Recommend this tour!!
star-5
Sorry we were such a handful, Mike!
Lauren_B
, Nov 2019
Had the best time on our tour! Great beer and loved Mike. Went to places my friend, who has lived in Toronto for 10 years, has never visited. Would 100% recommend, although we may have traumatized our poor tour guide 😂
star-5
Informative and Entertaining Tour
Linda C
, Aug 2019
Had a great day in Toronto starting with the Toronto beer tour lead by Mike our tour guide and historian. Great information about the history of Canada and Toronto while drinking craft beer at C'est What, Betty's, the St.Lawrence Market and Mill Street brewery. Mike was very enthusiastic and entertaining a great tour guide.
star-4
Toronto Beer Tour
Gary T
, Aug 2019
Sam was most entertaining and informative, a good time was had by all 5 of us I believe. Shw had aa impressive beer knowledge.
star-3
Meh...
Shari_V
, Aug 2019
If you want to try a bunch of different beers, this is not the right tour for you. We had three stops and got three beers and then sat there. He also spoke negatively about Canada. If he was Canadian, it could be seen as self-depreciating, but instead it was insulting. I was not impressed.
star-5
Great Time!
632moiras
, Jun 2019
Mike was our tour guide and we ended up being the only 2 on the tour. Mike took the time to get to know us and helped us to choose beers that fit what we liked. He shared a great deal of information about the city and introduced us to different people at the different pubs. A great time and very informative.
star-5
The best tour I have ever been on so...
JulieAnne_C
, Jan 2018
The best tour I have ever been on so good definately a must if visiting Toronto
star-5
A fantastic way to see the city. Get...
lovejoy007
, Nov 2017
A fantastic way to see the city. Get some history and some of the sights while tasting some of the best brews the city has to offer. Out tour guide Mike was fantastic. Informative, entertaining and fun to hang out with. I highly recommend this tour!
star-5
Jordan an awesome tour guide...
Sandy B
, Oct 2017
Jordan an awesome tour guide, interesting pubs that we visited. Small group, but treated as individuals. The man knows his beer, Great!!!!! Historical sites and information was fantastic!! Highly recommended.. thanks Jordan!!
star-5
Tour was fun and interesting. Nice...
Lauren J
, Sep 2017
Tour was fun and interesting. Nice small group and stopped at some bars we would never have known about if our guide Jordan hadn't taken us. It was a nice way to spend an afternoon in Toronto. Very friendly group.
star-4
Our guide was very friendly...
Cynthia C
, Sep 2017
Our guide was very friendly, attentive, engaging and entertaining. He educated us on how to interpret the values that were shown on the menu and offered suggestions based upon our personal tastes. We enjoyed the guide, the tour of the Old Town and the company of the other tour participants.
star-5
Mike was a great guide. We loved the...
Mary E
, Aug 2017
Mike was a great guide. We loved the historical perspective of Toronto while enjoying some delicious beer. Highly recommend this tour!
star-5
Best part of our trip to Toronto. If...
Stacia S
, Aug 2017
Best part of our trip to Toronto. If you want a self guided tour around the city with 3 stops to bars that you likely wouldn't have gone into otherwise, this is for you. Tim our tour guide was friendly and amazing. Highly recommend!
star-1
All I can say is this excursion is...
Blaine H
, Aug 2017
All I can say is this excursion is not worth it and was a total ripoff. We paid over 100 CDN for 2 for basically a short history lesson of TO and half plate of nachos! We visited 3 pubs and had to pay for our drinks at 2 of them. At the 3rd pub, the Mill Street Brewery, everyone in the brewery received free samples, so it was no advantage of being on this tour. Just visit the many pubs in TO on your own and you will save money and get to drink alot more beer!
star-5
Our guide was great and knew more...
Mordindae
, Jul 2017
Our guide was great and knew more about beer than anyone I've encountered and I've taken dozens of brewery tours. Knew some great spots for sampling, and had really good recommendations at each. I would take this tour again without hesitation.
star-5
This tour was excellent fun and...
Elaine C
, Jul 2017
This tour was excellent fun and informative and was a great way to spend an afternoon in Toronto. Mike our guide was excellent and provided tips for after the tour and upcoming days.
star-5
The tour was excellent. Mike, our...
Scott S
, Jul 2017
The tour was excellent. Mike, our tour guide was very knowledgeable about beer, local history and the role of history on alcohol laws and consumption over the years. He brilliantly mixed in a great deal of information on local and national beer, historical events and current day points of interest. If you are in Toronto and have the time to take this tour I highly recommend it. It is well worth the time and cost.
star-4
Overall, really fun walking tour of...
Hannah G
, Apr 2017
Overall, really fun walking tour of downtown Toronto. Our tour guide was Dave - funny, knowledgeable, and did a good job reading the group. We really enjoyed the spots we stopped at and would recommend this tour for anyone who is interested in drinking some good beer and learning more about Toronto's history. My constructive feedback includes: - Better time management. We ended up stopping at St. Lawrence Market 10 minutes before they closed, so we didn't get to do any browsing or sampling, despite this being a highlight of the tour on the website. The market is closed Sundays and Mondays which meant we weren't even able to go back the next day. Major bummer. Additionally, our tour ran over an hour and a half past its scheduled time. While the members of the group didn't mind running over, it did mean we hit a lot of spots late and many shops were closing. - The tour was advertised as a beer tour stopping at 3 pubs and a brewery. Despite going an hour and a half late, we only went to 2 pubs and each stop was over an hour apart. While we appreciated hearing about the history and learning more about the city, the tour should be advertised more as a walking history tour than a beer tour.
star-5
We had tour guide Dave. He was...
DAWN K
, Apr 2017
We had tour guide Dave. He was amazing. So knowledgeable! He led us on a fun and insightful tour of Toronto and what we learned is that Toronto's history grew from Distilling and Brewing lol. So fun. Met some great people. A super way to start off our girls weekend!
star-5
The tour exceeded my expectations...
KyungMin_S
, Mar 2017
The tour exceeded my expectations! There was a lot of college studentsit's Spring Break in the States and our tour guide Mike was flexible to entertain anyone in different age group. I lived in Toronto for 5 years but after this tour I realized I didn't know a lot about the city as much I thought. Highly recommend!!

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