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The summer may be short in Toronto, but your beach days don’t have to end after Labour Day. Toronto’s newest (unexpectedly healthy) brewpub is here to make sure you remember the feeling of sun on your skin and sand between your toes long into winter.
You may already be familiar with Toronto craft brewery Beaches Brewing Company — you can find the lakeside-inspired pints at local restaurants. But, starting this September, you’ll be able to drink the Beaches beer at the beaches. The team behind the beer is opening a beach-themed brewpub inspired not only by the city’s sandy shores but the beaches around the world.
The new eatery wants to make you think about the beach in a new way: it’s not just somewhere to go — it’s a culture, a state of mind. So when you step inside the sunny space, you’re immediately hit with a bright blue floor that sparkles like the ocean.
Jump in and you’ll find shiplap walls and booths, painted fresh white and aqua blue. But it’s the replica Leuty Lifeguard Station that steals the show. The iconic Kew Beach landmark is built at the end of the bar and functions as the coolest bathroom we’ve ever seen inside a restaurant.
It’s not just the seaside décor that has us grabbing our bathing suits and heading for a swim, it’s the focus on fresh and local foods coming out of the kitchen.
The doors to Beaches Brewing Co. officially opened on September 4, 2019 (soft opening), when it started serving up coastal cuisine with a taste of traditional pub flair. That means a lot of globally-inspired, vegetable-driven dishes we can get on board with!
Take, for instance, the plant-based Aloha Chopped Salad—a bowl of sweet onion, grilled pineapple, bell peppers, tomato, cucumber, avocado, with sundried tomato vinaigrette—and the French Polynesian-inspired Teahupoo flatbread with shrimp, purple potato, spinach, grilled asparagus, and fontina cheese.
If you’re looking for a little more of that California fusion-flair, try the Scotch Egg with kimchee and blistered shishito peppers, or the beer and wasabi-battered Beaches Fish n Chips. And, of course, we’re washing it all down with a pint of refreshing Beaches beer.
Although we hate to bring it up, when the weather shifts and the snow starts to fall, at least you’ll have a new vacation spot. Beaches Brewing Company will be the new, summery light in your life — no flight required.