So a few weeks ago some friends and I took a tour of the Steam Whistle Brewery here in Toronto. I highly recommend it, even if you’re not a big fan of the beer it was super fun. And, as a these friends found out, Steam Whistle tastes so damn good when its fresh. We were drinking beer bottled that morning, which I think really did make a difference.
If you do a tour, book ahead. There are three ‘different‘ tours, but really its just whether or not you want to walk around with a sweet branded beer glass, a 6 pack, or a 12 pack afterwards. The tour itself is the same. It’s fun, our guide was hilarious, it’s a relatively small group, and you get a bottle to drink as you go. Now, Steam Whistle only makes one type of beer, but at the brewery they do offer an unfiltered version which is a little heartier, more raw, or as our guide said, elemental. (And only at the brewery, you can pick up a 1 litre bottle of this nectar, served on tap.)
They pride themselves on using only the real four ingredients you need for beer: water, barley, hops, yeast. The brewery itself is powered by 100% bullfrog power, they’re pretty ecologically conscious, using steam heating and thicker bottles which can be cleaned and reused longer than other beers. I have a bit of a soft spot for all this sort of stuff, so check out the ‘Green Initiatives‘ on their website.
The beer itself has been one of my favourites for quite a while. Especially on a patio on a hot summer’s day. For anyone who doesn’t know, Steam Whistle is a pilsner. 5%. You might regret it if you intend to drink five or six in a night, it does start to taste a little skunky as the night goes on, but that’s something I’ve found with most pilsners. There are no preservatives, so each bottle is best enjoyed within 90 days. If you can find it on tap (which isn’t too hard, at least close to Toronto) give it a try.
I’ll admit that on this I’m already biased, but I give the Steam Whistle a solid 9 out of 10. (And a straight up 10 after a day working in the sun.)