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Jordan Rainhard started home-brewing beer in his parents’ house six years ago. These days, he’s crafting IPAs, porters and stouts at his eponymous west-end Toronto microbrewery. He raises a glass to his favourite spots in the city.

Jordan Rainhard

Photo: Josh Rainhard

01 Cheese Boutique
We’re here a lot! It’s walking distance from our home, and the boutique doesn’t just sell cheese but lots of meats and prepared meals, too. There’s a local ­butcher on site, and we tend to get our food from ­local areas whenever possible.
45 Ripley Ave., 416-762-6292,

02 High Park
My wife and I live in Bloor West Village, so we’re within walking distance of the park, which looks particularly serene in the winter. Once in a while, we try to go skating on Grenadier Pond when it’s frozen over, though it’s not technically allowed.
1873 Bloor St. W., 416-338-0338,

03 Pizzeria Defina
We always eat at the bar at this nice little pizza spot, and talk to the bartender. His name is Dominic, and he’s a great guy. Also, they carry our beer now! So we’ll come for the pizza and order some of my beer while we’re here.
321 Roncesvalles Ave., 416-534-4414,

04 Propeller Coffee Co.
They’re really involved in sourcing their own coffee beans and doing their own small-batch roasting. I like sitting down for one of their espressos or cappuccinos when I go. Our Russian Imperial Stout is made with cold brew coffee from Propeller.
50 Wade Ave., 416-479-3771,

05 Bar Volo
I always get a different beer when I go to Bar Volo ­because they have a rotating tap list. It was a short stroll from my house when I lived downtown. It was a good research ground for me and one of the bars I f­requented when I was getting into opening my ­brewery.
587 Yonge St., 416-928-0008,

06 C’est What
This has always been a staple in the Toronto craft beer world; they’ve been pushing craft brews for years. The location is downstairs, in a cozy basement, so it feels warm and comfortable. I’ve always thought of it as a wintertime bar.
67 Front St., 416-867-9499,



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Thursday, January 14th 2016 20:41
Best brewery in the city. Grab a flight before heading down to the Junction for dinner.
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