A new City of Toronto Market Gallery exhibit called Toronto Brews: Two Centuries of Beer Culture examines commercial brewing and the larger beer culture in Toronto from 1800 to the present. The exhibit runs from July 13 to December 28.
Featuring more than 250 objects, the exhibit looks at Toronto’s commercial brewing pioneers (1800-60); the Victorian industrialization of beer (1860-1916); prohibition and its aftermath (1916-27); big beer and mass marketing (1927-85); and the microbrewery movement since 1985.
Artifacts, artworks and archival material were derived from Toronto History Museums’ collections, 15 private collectors, the city’s archives, Black Creek Pioneer Village, and the East York Foundation. A full range of breweriana will be exhibited, along with brewers’ diaries, maps and artwork depicting Toronto breweries and drinking places.
Toronto Brews is located on the second floor of St. Lawrence Market, 95 Front St. E. (south building). The gallery is open Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., regular admission: adults – $8; seniors and youth – $7; children – $5; five years of age and under – free. Admission is 50 per cent off on Fridays.
“We are excited that, for the first time, the Market Gallery will examine Toronto’s food and beverage industry from an historical perspective for a new experience at the Market Gallery where Toronto’s many pasts, presents and futures meet,” said Cheryl Blackman, Director, Museums and Heritage Services.
As a complement to the Toronto Brews exhibit, the city has announced the following beer-related events:
The series starts on September 21, when you can experience Toronto Brews Tour & Taste featuring a talk on Toronto’s brewing history and a tour of the new exhibit. Sample delightful beer and food pairings in the Market Kitchen following the tour. It will take place at the Market Gallery on September 21 from 6 to 9 p.m. and again on November 2 from 6 to 9 p.m., at $75 a person plus tax. Advance tickets are available at themarketkitchen.ca.
Enjoy craft beer tastings during the gallery’s extended hours for Toronto Brews Thursday Nights. A guided tour of the exhibit will be offered at 5 p.m. in the Market Gallery on select Thursdays from July 25 to December 19, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Admission is $12 a person, plus tax. Tickets are available at themarketgallery.streamintickets.com.
On September 20, try Cooking with Beer. Beer is a great ingredient for all kinds of savory and sweet dishes, adding flavour and texture. Learn how to cook with beer from a professional chef. Participants will prepare several dishes while tasting local craft beer. Market Gallery, September 20, 6 to 9 p.m. $75 a person, plus tax. Advance tickets are available at themarketkitchen.ca.
On July 18, the subject is beer diversity. Enjoy beer tastings, historic “cold bites” and a lively discussion about diversity in Toronto’s thriving craft beer industry with Ren Navarro, beer industry expert and co-founder of the company Beer.Diversity and the Society of Beer Drinking Ladies. The site is Montgomery’s Inn on July 18 from 7 to 10 p.m. $35 a person, plus tax. Advance tickets are available at montgomerysinn.streamintickets.com.
Etobicoke’s dynamic craft beer community will be celebrated at the South Etobicoke Festival of Beer. You can hear live music and sample beer from several Etobicoke breweries in Montgomery’s Inn’s restored 19th-century tavern. It takes place at Montgomery’s Inn on August 17 from noon to 8 p.m. Admission is free. 5 oz. and 12 oz. beer samples are $3 and $6 respectively. For more information, visit toronto.ca/montgomerysinn.
More information is available at toronto.ca/marketgallery.
Photo: City of Toronto Market Gallery exhibit called Toronto Brews: Two Centuries of Beer Culture examines commercial brewing and the larger beer culture in Toronto from 1800 to the present. The exhibit runs from July 13 to December 28.