Brewpub Profile: C'EST WHAT?


67 Front St. East

Directions: Take the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line southbound to Union Station. Walk east along Front St. to Church St. C'est What? has two entrances on the south-east corner, one on Front and another on Church.

C'est What's entrance at 67 Front St. East.
The rare C'est What coaster.
Not only a fine brewpub, but probably the best place in Toronto drink a draught microbrew. C'est What has twenty-four microbrew taps from Ontario and other provinces, with no Molson or Labatt products served. They also have five house brews: Coffee Porter, Mild Brown Ale, Al's Cask Ale, Hemp Ale and Rye Beer. The Coffee Porter, C'est What's most famous and their only beer available bottled at LCBOs, tastes much like it sounds, much like the bean itself. It is a dark and chewy beer, with a strong coffee bean flavour. Occasionaly, they will unleash a new house brew on their unsuspecting patrons. The non-house taps are unchallenged in the city, with selections from various Canadian microbreweries, recently featuring Trafalgar, Wellington (cask-conditioned, very rare in Toronto), Black Oak, Kawartha Lakes, St. Ambroise and others. If that's not enough, there is also an extensive bottled beer selection.

This patriotic pub is divided into two sections, the Front St. entrance leading to a pure pub, and the Church St. entrance leading to the band side, where there is live music virtually every night. The live music at C'est What ranges from pop and rock to folk and blues, with almost everything in between. C'est What possesses the notoriety of having Jewel perform here before she was big in 1995. C'est What also hosts various alcohol-related events, such as Tequila and Scotch tastings, and for beer, the always highly-anticipated Festival of Small Breweries and the Micros vs. Macros showdown. Please see the Bar Towel's Events section upcoming events at C'est What.

The pub resides in the basement of an old Front St. building, and is dark, cozy and intimate, with protruding brick walls decorated with antique games and local photography. The atmosphere is beer and sophistication, as C'est What has both a bottle wall and public bookshelf. There are board games available to play - it is rather soothing to spend a night drinking fine Ontario craft brew and playing Trivial Pursuit or Scrabble. Their constantly rotating draught selection has made C'est What the premier microbrew destination in the city. Definitely the place to check out.

C'est What?'s website: www.cestwhat.com



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