The Steam Whistle Brewery located in the historic John St. Roundhouse, just south of the CN Tower is one of Toronto’s many micro breweries. As I’d never had a Steam Whistle beer before, I was game for a new beer experience. Unfortunately our tour was at 11am but hey, when you’re a beer aficionado (lush) any time is beer o’clock.
Our perky guide (as only a 21 year old can be on a Saturday morning), took us on a 15 minute tour of the brewery and filled us in on the facts. Steam Whistle was the idea of three former employees of another micro brewery (we won’t name) who lost their jobs when the brewery was sold. They came up with the idea of starting their own brewery, and originally were going to name it ‘3 Fired Guys Beer’, but later changed it and Steam Whistle was born. And why ‘Steam Whistle’ you ask? Apparently it symbolizes a factory whistle, signalling the end of a fulfilling workday and a time for personal reward. A bit like Pavlov’s dog except steam whistle = beer…mmm.
The tour takes you behind the scenes into the Steam Whistle Brewery and how they use traditional brewing techniques with only four natural ingredients of spring water, malted barley, hops and yeast. Apparently in North America, most breweries use 150 ingredients – and with that fact, I guarantee the next time you drink a Molson or a Bud, you’ll swear you can taste the chemicals.
Overall a decent tour with some interesting facts that ends with free beer – how can you go wrong. But probably the most useful/interesting fact from the tour was if you drink 6 Steam Whistle beers you won’t get a hangover. Fact or fiction? I haven’t put it to the test yet…but it’s only a matter of time.
Tip: While taking the tour, don’t eat the hops that they pass around because when they say it tastes bad… they aren’t joking
Steam Whistle Brewery 255 Bremner Blvd Toronto, ON M5V 3M9