Mill St. Brew Pub (Toronto)

Part 2 of my trip log for our 2010 Visit to Canada:

On the morning of Friday, September 10, after more sight-seeing in Niagara Falls, we hit the road for Toronto. We all loved Niagara Falls and wished we had planned to stay longer. But a weekend in Toronto called.

It was an hour and a half drive to our hotel — the Fairmont Royal York in downtown Toronto. This famous, historic hotel is in the heart of everything there is to do in Toronto, and it didn’t take us long to settle in and then hit the town. First stop: the CN Tower (See our pics from the CN Tower below.)

In my last blog post about Toronto (from August 2009), I said, “I’ll be visiting Mill Street Brewpub again the next time I’m in Toronto.” And it didn’t take me long to make that prediction come true — we went to Mill Street for dinner our first night in town.

Mill Street Brewpub is in the refurbished Distillery District of Toronto, which is a short cab ride away from the Royal York. The place was hopping on a Friday evening, and I was ready for a sampler tray. There were about a dozen beers on the menu, but Mill Street made it easy for me – they offered set-menu sampler trays, with four beers per tray. I worked my way through two sampler trays.

Sampler Tray 1 – “Baron’s Picks”

  • Raspberry Ale
  • IPA
  • ESB
  • Pilsner

Sampler Tray 2 – “Big 4”

  • Stock Ale
  • Organic Lager
  • Tankhouse Ale
  • Coffee Porter

I think I prefer to build my own sampler, but I did like the cool printed beer menus, describing each beer, that came on the trays (see pic right).  I liked all of the beer at Mill Street Brewpub, especially the clean Organic Lager and fresh sessionable Tankhouse Ale.  The exceptional pub food combined with the friendly Canadian vibe and brick-lined streets of the Distillery District make Mill Street a must-visit.

Of course, the beer is the main reason to visit Mill Street, and they sell beer to go! We ducked in the small retail store on our way out of the restaurant so I could grab a mixed six-pack for the hotel room. The six pack featured:

  • Lemon Tea Beer
  • Belgian Wit
  • Pilsner
  • Stock Ale
  • Organic Lager
  • Tankhouse Ale

Between the drafts and the bottles, I tried 10 Mill Street brews, and there wasn’t a disappointing beer among them.

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