In the clutches of Old Man Winter, the best way to pass the time on a chilly Saturday afternoon is in a cozy brewpub.
Welcome to Bellwoods Brewery.
Located on the trendy Ossington strip, the pub seats 70 inside with picnic tables for an extra 44 outside, weather permitting of course.
Braving the elements, I slogged my way through the snow to join friends for vital nourishment.
Bellwoods offers 4oz tasters which is an easy way to explore the list without the bloat. Try the fries, trust me!
My flight (tasting notes courtesy of Bellwoods):
Roman Candle (IPA, 6.8% ABV)
A refreshing American-style IPA with strong aromas of pine, melon and tangerine, good bitterness and slightly resinous finish. Yum.
Catherine Wheel (Belgian IPA, 7.2% ABV)
An American style IPA fermented with a Belgian yeast. The hops used add a fresh grassy character that gives way to soft floral notes. The natural Belgian yeast creates unique aromatics with a slightly pungent undertone.
Witchark (IIPA, 9% ABV)
Intensely hoppy American stye Imperial/Double IPA. Tropical fruit aroma with a well-balanced bitterness showcasing flavours of mango, grapefruit and pine.
Grognard (Session Stout, 3.8% ABV)
A sessionable stout ideal for winter evenings. Refreshing and creamy with roasty chocolate notes and a slight acidic finish. Served on nitro.
Out of the flight, my favourite was the Roman Candle with Catherine Wheel coming in behind. I stole a few sips of the Wizard Wolf which was delicious. Highly recommended.
Bellwoods Brewery is an excellent place to explore local craft beer with friends.