Down in Joe’s Garage

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.

Bellwoods with a few hours left until opening
Bellwoods with a few hours left until opening

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.

Cool street art on the way to Bellwoods
Cool street art on the way to Bellwoods

Now I’m finally back and Bellwoods look like a hopping and happening kind of place.

Bellwoods in full swing
Bellwoods in full swing

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?

Bellwoods garage door
Bellwoods garage door
Bellwoods bar area
Bellwoods bar area
Who has space for brewing equipment on the SECOND FLOOR of their garage?
Who has space for brewing equipment on the SECOND FLOOR of their garage?
Now you're just talking crazy space for a garage
Now you’re just talking crazy space for a garage

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.

Bellwoods bottle shop
Bellwoods bottle shop

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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