November 5 2018  |  Spirits & Tobacco

Honing in on a Canadian craft

By Jas Ryat in Toronto, Canada

Mill Street Brew Pub is located in the heart of Toronto's bustling Distillery District

The crunch of fall leaves on a cobble stone path lead us to the afternoon tasting that was arranged for the media attending 2018 FDFA Convention at Mill Street Brewery in Toronto yesterday.

Set against a back drop of a bright Canadian fall, The Distillery District in Toronto is home to many local craft breweries brimming with ostentatious historical facts. Americas Duty Free spent the afternoon with resident beer expert, Jack Smith Retail Sales Manager at Mill Street Brewery, discovering the story behind the brand.

Mill Street Original Organic Lager is an organic natural lager free from pesticides, insecticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers

Jack Smith, Retail Sales Manager at Mill Street Brewery, walks the tour group through a brief history lesson and the distillation process


Mill Street Brewery, known among Canadians for its Original Organic Lager, opened in 2002 in Toronto’s historic Distillery District by co-founder Steve Abrams.The brew house eventually outgrew its capacity and became a brew pub. The brew pub remains a bustling restaurant and a home for new experimental innovations for the brand. Smith shared his passion and expressed the importance of experimenting with “small batch” lagers and ales, stressing that having the smaller sized brew pub allows for craft creativity. The large scale brewing facility has since moved to Scarborough, Ontario to accommodate the exponential growth.

Through the expansion, the brand has not lost its dedication or reputation for quality craft and the portfolio currently offers over 50 unique beers.

The core brands continue to lead with Mill Street Organic Lager, 100th Meridian, Tankhouse Organic Ale, West Coast Stile IPA, Cobblestone Nitro Stout and finally Stock Ale.

Mill Street Brewery is currently owned by Canadian brewer Labatt Brewing Company and is under the Anheuser-Busch InBev umbrella.

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