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Beer Makes History Better - Small Group Tour

Through fire, war, depression, cholera, rebellion and repression, beer has been there soothing the woes of Toronto's people. Join them in historic pubs and hear tales of years gone by over a craft beer on this tour that proves that beer does indeed make history better (like that was ever in doubt)!

From the early 1800s, when Toronto was known as "York" to the modern metropolis it is today, the citizens of this city have used beer for refreshment and merrymaking.

This beer-themed tour is a historic walk through the streets of the old Toronto and an introduction to Canadian beer all rolled into one.

Your Toronto tour will start and end at local icons, visiting a few others in between. With a focus on craft beer made in Toronto and its surrounding regions, this beer tour is known to be one of the best things to do in Toronto.

Throughout the tour, you’ll learn about what role beer has played through the decades in helping Torontonians cope with cholera, fire, war, depression, rebellion, muddy streets, general Victorian stuffiness, and decades of losing seasons by the Maple Leafs (of course).

This (now classic) beer tour in Toronto will visit a few unique and historical pubs, all with different atmospheres, patrons, servers, and, of course, beer selection. Your guide will be a verified beer geek, with a love and passion for beer that will be evident from the get-go. They’ll be full of recommendations for you and can easily help you navigate the river of local craft beers you’ll uncover along your journey. At each pub stop, a beer will be included, but you are welcome to purchase more if one’s just not enough!

Additionally, because we want to prove why high school history totally wasn’t as fun as this way of learning history, we will indulge you with some historical tales of early Toronto, hoping to give visitors and locals alike a new perspective on the city.

Not just wanting to stick to beer, this Toronto tour will also make a stop at the historic St Lawrence Market, where you can sniff out samples (go for the mustard!), and discover why this place has such a solid place in the hearts of Torontonians.

We’ll cap off the tour in the Distillery District, an old industrial park and former whiskey factory that has been converted into a hub of art, culture, and cafes. It’s a rather photogenic part of the city, so be sure your camera isn’t out of batteries before you get here!

If youre going to tour Toronto, were pretty sure this is the way to do it. Beer, history, urban icons, and funky neighbourhoods can you really get much better than that?!

Experience Includes

  • A beer at each of the two pubs, and a beer sampling at a brewery, local English-speaking guide
  • Discover some fantastic seasonal and local brews
  • Pay a visit to three unique and beloved Toronto pubs and meander through the iconic St Lawrence Market
  • Explore the Distillery District, one of Toronto’s most historic and regenerated neighbourhoods
  • Local English-speaking 'beer geek' guide
  • Group size limited to 12 people for a more intimate atmosphere

Experience Excludes

  • Snacks and beverages
  • Souvenirs
  • Gratuities


Daily except Monday & Sunday

Departure location

NW corner of Yonge St. and Front St, outside the Hockey Hall of Fame

Start times



4 hours.

Additional information

Please note that a small beer at each of the first two pub stops and a beer sampling at the end of the tour is included. Additional drinks may be purchased at any of the stops during the tour.

Terms & Conditions

  • You must be at least 19 years old to join this tour. Photo ID must be supplied to your guide at the beginning of the tour.
  • Itinerary/route subject to change.
  • Please arrive at the departure point at least 15 minutes before the start of the tour.
  • Maximum group size is 12.
  • Summers can be hot and humid, spring/autumn can be cool, and winters downright frigid with snow. Dress according to weather and wear comfortable walking shoes.
  • Cancellation Policy: Free cancellations for bookings cancelled prior to your holiday departure date. No refunds are given for cancellations made post departure.