Do one thing really, really well

When I was researching breweries in Toronto, I noticed one called Steam Whistle Brewing that was really close to my hotel.  But it was only open during business hours and they only made one beer.  There was a risk here that it would be like the Canadian version of a Rolling Rock.  I wasn’t really sure if I wanted to try and get there or not.  But, then I passed the building on my way to the CN Tower and I was petty impressed with the Steam Whistle tower right in front of the CN Tower.

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Steam Whistle Tower in front of CN Tower

Then I passed the building on the way back to the hotel and was sure I wanted to get a look inside.

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Steam Whistle Brewing building

I found some time during the next day to skip out early and head over to Steam Whistle.  I just had to get a better look.  Although the building is a bit plain on the outside, the inside was absolutely bustling with people and has quite a bit going on.

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Steam Whistle entrance

The Steam Whistle beer itself is a well done pilsner.  What gets me about this place is the fantastic array of decorations and dedication to the beer itself.

Steam Whistle growler fill station
Steam Whistle growler fill station
Steam Whistle refrigerator
Steam Whistle refrigerator
Steam Whistle products
Steam Whistle products

These guys really love their beer.  And they have been dedicated to it for a long time.  One of the bar tenders showed me how the bottles have changed over the years.

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Steam Whistle bottles through the years

The oddest thing they had was definitely the calendar that they made for charity with the male staff of the brewery in sexy poses.

Steam Whistle calendar
Steam Whistle calendar

Pretty damn odd, and awesome. But, let’s get down to brass tacks.  What can I bring home for the bottle collection.  Turns out that, at the brewery, they sell their beer in milk bottle growlers.  That’s milk bottles like the type my grandfather used to deliver to people’s doorsteps.  Cool!

Steam Whistle milk bottle growler
Steam Whistle milk bottle growler

I absolutely don’t have any other bottles like that.  It really made the trip there worth the effort.

Author: UsedHair

I am a labeorphilist (one who collects beer bottles) looking to discuss the adventures often involved in obtaining the bottles and the challenges that accompany the hobby.

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