Welcome to the takeover. I was going to write this whole thing on Instagram, but it got too long. So here we are. Anyway, I had such a good time eating oysters and drinking beer last night at The Six Brewing Co. in Toronto, that I simply had to tell the world… Most of this is on the Instagram post, except for the reviews of the beers themselves, so there may be some hashtags and such in here that you just don’t care about. 🙂 So without further ado…
Mmmmm oysters! I cannot get enough of them on hot days. Thomas, however, could do without… so we compromised and got beer as well. Now this isn’t a post about wine, but we love all sorts of boozy delights, so why not throw some of that in here too, once in a while.
Last night we hit the town for #torontobeerweek and you should definitely take a peek to see what the festival has to offer. There are quite a few events going on and we used it as an excuse to try something new. So, we found ourselves at the @sixbrewingco which is a sizeable joint over on Dundas Street West.
Frankly, we were surprised we have never been here, it was very much our style of hangout. It features a large, cute patio that is blocked off from the street, making it feel almost secluded; and a spacious interior and bar and a party room in the basement for larger groups.
Now for the best part – BEER!
Together, we tried 5 of the many beers they have to offer. Tasting flights are available if you want to do it the wussy way. I’ll give you a quick run down of the beers and my personal opinion of them. If you want to experience them without my obvious bias, go try them yourself.
Line 2 Lager – 4.2%alc, IBU 20. Thomas loved this very sessionable light beer. It was floral with a little bit of hoppiness at the end. Very refreshing, and a good beer for someone who wants like, 6 pints.
Sugar Beach Saison – 4.2%alc, IBU 45. I loved this beer so very much. It was complex and rich and had so many layers to take you straight to flavourtown. Now I’m not much of a fan of hops, but this one blended them in with levels of florals and almost a yeasty sort of bread flavour to make it like a beer drinking experience. Definitely my favourite of all that I tried.
Dry-hopped Sour – 6.6% IBU 10. The sour beer craze is here to stay and I’m so okay with that. However, I am not okay with the acid-reflex sours tend to give me. I liked this one because it didn’t give me that; I could walk away not feeling like I ate a bag of lemons. The sourness wasn’t overwhelming but it gave this beer a nice little kick at the end. Great for people who like a bit of sour but also like to not die because of it.
Hopster Session IPA – 4.3%alc IBU 40. – I’m not gonna lie, things got a little foggy around this beer. But, I do remember thinking, “Man, I don’t like IPA’s usually but this one isn’t half bad!” This brewery loves its floral notes, and this beer is no exception. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
New England IPA – 7.2%alc IBU 40 – Yeah, I don’t remember this one. But the website says this beer has a multitude of different hops and I’m sure its a very sophisticated beer.
Overall, it was an awesome evening. The food was great, the staff was attentive and the ambiance was refreshingly relaxed for being in Toronto. The Six Brewing Co. makes you very aware that you’re drinking a product of the city, but does it in a tongue-in-cheek sort of way that’s cute and new without being pretentious. We will for sure be back.