Province/Territory: Ontario

Canadian Stouts, Porters, Ales and Lagers

  • 03 breweries
  • 12 tastings
  • 1860s recipes

The Ultimate Canadian Craft Beer Experience takes you on a taste-filled trip from the 1860s to present day, as you explore the flavours and history of stouts, porters, ales and lagers. Head to your first stop--the Black Oak Brewery. Join the owner himself as he explains the craft brewing process on a tour of his brewery and taste his award-winning beers.
Next, travel back to the 1860s at the Black Creek Historic Brewery. Learn how beer was made over a hundred years ago, ask the brewmaster questions and sample suds brewed following authentic, historic recipes. After a three-course lunch, it’s off to the Mill Street Brewery. See one of the most modern craft brewing facilities in the country and try award-winning creations including Toronto’s only organic beer. For your final stop, rendezvous in the Royal York Hotel bar for conversation and a one-of-a-kind pint--Royal Stinger, made using honey produced by the rooftop hives of the hotel.

Why you should visit

• Ask questions of a craft brewery owner and an award-winning craft beer brewmaster.
• Purchase craft beers or historic 1860s beers directly from the breweries while you're visiting them.
• Learn about the lifestyle and customs of early Canadian life while exploring the recreated pioneer village that surrounds the Black Creek Historic Brewery.
• Explore the largest and best-preserved collection of Victorian industrial architecture while visiting the Distillery District, home to the Mill Street Brewery.


• Toronto enjoys four full seasons. Summer (June to September) sees warm and dry weather, with increased precipitation in the spring and fall, and snowfall over winter (December to March).
• Discover local weather information.  Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada's Canadian Climate Website.

Visitor information

• Tour Dates, Times, Prices & Booking.
• Runs May to December.
3-course lunch included.

When to go

• A portion of the tour takes place outdoors at the Black Creek Historic Brewery.  The ideal time to take this tour is during the pleasant-weather months of May, through October.

Need to know

• Tour is ideal for craft beer aficionados, casual beer drinkers and those who enjoy learning about history.
• Casual clothing; plus dress according to the weather as a portion of the tour involves being outdoors.
• Bathroom facilities are available at all of the tour stops.
• Paid parking is located across from the Royal York Hotel.
• 3-course lunch is included with the price of your tour ticket.

Getting Here

• Tour meeting place is the side entrance of the Royal York Hotel located in downtown Toronto, on Front Street.
• Access via public transit from anywhere in Metro Toronto.
• Taxis are available to-and-from the area.
• Paid parking for cars and RVs located across the street from the hotel.