This full-sensory tour offers beer lovers the chance to meet The Good Beer Folks, hear the story of the brewery’s founding, taste beer fresh from the bottling line, all the while learning how all natural ingredients and centuries-old traditions combine to make this award-winning Pilsner.
Since the brewery opened its doors in 2000, brewery tours have been offered daily sharing the story of the brewery’s founding and the rail history of the building they occupy, the CP Rail John St. Roundhouse, a Canadian National Historic Site.
Visitors are greeted by friendly and knowledgeable staff offering complimentary samples of Steam Whistle Pilsner, this year’s gold winner at the Canadian Brewing Awards.
The half-hour tour moves on catwalks above the operations. Visitors can take in the aromatic smells of the brewhouse; experience the whirling/whistling machinery of the bottle shop and canning line; and even sound off the working steam whistle in the factory.
On weekdays, the tour route includes a walk through the company offices with a chance to chat with the brewery co-founders and other staff. The brewery’s many environmental initiatives are highlighted on the tour, and the guides welcome questions. The tour ends in the brewery’s mezzanine level tasting room, where visitors can linger for conversation and more sampling.
TripAdvisor.com, the world’s largest traveller review site, recommends Steam Whistle Brewing as a must-do on any short visit to Toronto, and Yelp.ca gives Steam Whistle a four-and-a-half star rating. Reviews commonly report “Friendly and fun staff”, “Delicious beer”, “really interesting”, and “great value”.
The basic tour costs $10 per person (including 2 complimentary samples and either a souvenir whistle or pint glass) and goes up from there depending on souvenir options. Steam Whistle Brewing is open 363 days a year (closed only Christmas & New Year’s Day) with tours running every 30 minutes beginning at 1pm and ending at 5pm daily.
Reservations can be made online Monday to Thursday http://www.steamwhistle.ca/tour/tourInfo.php and are on a first-come-first-served basis on weekends.
About Steam Whistle
Steam Whistle, an independent brewery housed in Toronto’s historic John St. Roundhouse, has a passionate focus of making just one beer of exceptional quality that Canadians can be proud of. A 2012 Gold Medal winner at the Canadian Brewing Awards, their refreshing Pilsner is crafted with traditional European brewing methods and only four, natural (GMO-free) ingredients under the watchful eye of their Czech Brewmaster. Steam Whistle Pilsner is packaged in signature green glass bottles, cans and draught, and is shipped fresh across Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta and BC to Beer and Liquor Stores as well as licensed bars & restaurants. Steam Whistle welcomed more than 120,000 visitors to the brewery last year to the on-site retail store, for a tour, or to attend one of the many on-site events, concerts and art shows. Highly awarded for its premium beer, its business success, community support and environmental practices, Steam Whistle Pilsner is one of the premiere craft beer brands in Canada. To learn more about what they do really, really well visit www.steamwhistle.ca
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Tasting Notes for Steam Whistle Pilsner
Steam Whistle Pilsner offers the style and flavour of the great Pilsners of Europe, yet is brewed fresh locally at our independent, Canadian Brewery. Crafted under the watchful eye of our Czech-born Brewmaster, this golden-coloured Bohemian Pilsner is characterized by a floral hoppy aroma, a softly sweet, full malty character that is balanced by a pleasant bitterness and a clean, crisp finish. When pouring this refreshing lager, expect soft, rising foam and a smooth drinking experience. Best stored and served at 4-8 degrees C.