During the conference I found myself with an interesting combination of an afternoon off and a coupon code for a free Uber ride. It was time to explore a brewery a little further out. I just had to be sure to be back by 6pm for a speech by some grand high muckity muck. A few Canucks that I know recommended a place called Bellwoods Brewery, so off I went. There was just one slight problem. Remember when I said Toronto is awesome because every brewery seems to have a bottle shop attached? Well it turns out that Google Maps listed the operating hours of the bottle shop, but not the brewery itself. So, when I got to Bellwoods it was empty and did not open for another 2 hours.
OK. Well, Google Maps got me into this situation, maybe it could help get me out as well. I looked up breweries and found another brewery about a 15 minute walk from Bellwoods. That would leave me an hour and a half at the other brewery and plenty of time to get a drink at Bellwoods before heading back for the Grand Poobah’s speech. I had this. I will leave the story of the other brewery for the next post (never cross the streams). But, I will say that it took me significantly longer than an hour and a half at the other brewery. Darn. But I did get to see some cool street art on my way back to Bellwoods.
Now I’m finally back and Bellwoods look like a hopping and happening kind of place.
I order a beer, text one of my colleagues that I’m just going to have to miss hearing Burgermeister Meisterburger. Accepting my fate, I was now free to relax and look around a bit. The main thing I notice is that the whole thing is set up in a garage. Like the garage on the side of someone’s house in a neighborhood (not and industrial garage in a business district). But what still puzzles me is just how massive this garage is. Who has a garage so big that they can convert it into a brewery?
As crazy as the size of the place is, the beer and food were definitely worth missing out on the speech from Sir Loin of Beef. I hit the bottle shop to get a few for the road and headed back for the big reception.