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Real ales and bitters

Matt from downtown | Nov 12, 2004 11:59 AM

Things are getting a bit better in Toronto for lovers of real, cask-conditioned beers.

The Yonge and Eglinton area is a great visit, with the Granite Brewery at Mount Pleasant and Eglinton, the Blue Meaney and the Bow and Arrow and the Duke of Kent on Yonge. Further south there’s the great bar, C’est What?

Great beers too … Granite’s EBS (dry hopped) and IPA, County Durham’s ESB and XXX (IPA), a terrific entry from the Ottawa area, Scotch Irish Brewing (a superb Dogbolter and a very, very hoppy IPA). I keep looking around for F&M’s MacLean’s Pale Ale on cask. There are rumours around about it, but I’ve had trouble locating it. Any recommendations on where to find this. The only disappointment for me has been Wellington’s Arkell Bitter – a lot of inconsistency.

Also, are there any other pubs around Toronto where a real ale lover can get a decent pint?

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