A couple of weeks ago while browsing through food blogs looking for new pickling ideas, I stumbled across a post from WellPreserved about a new microbrewery in Toronto called Six Pints Specialty Beer Co. Beer Academy. Their beautiful post inspired me to bring our group (read: bachelor party) to visit the brewery for a private tasting this past Saturday.
We were treated to three craft beers, Dortmunder, an IPA, and a Black Lager, all of which were brewed on site earlier that week. With each beer, we were expertly guided through the various sensory notes, including colour, aroma, finish, and possibly most importantly taste.
Each beer was completely unique and delicious. My personal favourite was the Black Lager, which had a completely unexpected flavour with notes of chocolate and espresso, but was also surprisingly light and smooth. While tasting each beer, our guide expertly answered our many questions about the brewing process, food pairings, and the differences between lagers and ales, which included a neat story about how the India Pale Ale came to be.
In addition to the tasting room, The Beer Academy also has a bar and retail store out front, which we visited after our tour and picked up a growler or two, which were promptly enjoyed once we got back to our hotel. We all had a really great experience there and the staff were super friendly and knowledgeable. Looking forward to getting back soon, and trying out the many great creations to come out of this brewery.
The Beer Academy is located at 75 Victoria Street, Downtown Toronto. Follow them on Twitter @beeracademyTO to keep up to date on the latest brews coming down the pipeline.
More photos of our visit after the jump