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The 3 Brewers

Postby Bobsy » Tue Jun 16, 2009 9:05 am

I know there are threads about this elsewhere, but as this is an informal review, it belongs in the review section. Anyways...

Swung by this place last night, and I'm pretty damn impressed. Its obviously in a great location, and seemed to be arousing the interest of people passing by. I'm sure you can go over to Troy's blog to read a more in-depth piece on this place, but my over-riding thought is that this place would be great for groups - its very spacious, nicely decorated, food was decent, and the beers approachable. The prices can't be beat either - I think pints were in the $5.50 - $5.85 range

They have 4 beers on tap, and one bottled, all of which are being made on site (the bottle is currently shipped from QC). They are also planning to produce special beers on a bi-monthly basis. My memory is hazy, but I recall an oktoberfest, Christmas beer and cinnamon beer being mentioned. They are not doing off-site or growler sales.

It's hardly going to supplant places like Volo and C'est What, but its a nice addition to the scene and we'll be back.
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Postby Cass » Tue Jun 16, 2009 9:15 am

I'll echo that I was also impressed with 3 Brewers. They've designed the space such that there are lots of levels and sections, so you never feel like you are in a massive space. Lots of intimate areas which is great.

I find their name change to be curious - almost everything is Anglosized except for the glassware and plates, along with some other one off decorations. A comment was made about locals having a hard time pronouncing French, which I find to be odd. Perhaps this is part of a bigger strategy to test the English market for future expansion here or elsewhere.

This is an excellent addition to the scene and I wish it success. We haven't had a new brewpub in Toronto in quite some time and all of the brewing is done right there - we had a tour of the facilities yesterday and it's all very impressive. Definitely a nice addition to the Yonge St strip - we needed something new between Volo and beerbistro!

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Postby viggo » Tue Jun 16, 2009 9:50 am

It looked good, although I mentioned that getting to the bathroom after a few could be a litigation nightmare, it's a bit of a maze. The Montreal locations usually do some decent seasonals, and a couple of the regular offerings are pretty good. Found the prices to be pretty good as well for where it is.
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Postby midlife crisis » Tue Jun 16, 2009 12:51 pm

Interesting, thanks. How was the beer?
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Postby Bobsy » Tue Jun 16, 2009 1:32 pm

midlife crisis wrote:Interesting, thanks. How was the beer?


I found it pretty decent, if not earth-shaking. I had a pint od the dark and the red. The dark had a nice chocolate maltiness to it, while the red was more dominated by caramel, but a little light in flavour and body. I had a few sips of my wife's wheat, and it was pretty nice and refreshing.
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Postby G.M. Gillman » Tue Jun 16, 2009 5:58 pm

An excellent addition to Toronto's beer and restaurant scene. The beers are well made, very similar to the French originals (which I tasted in company of Michael Jackson in Lille around 1990). I liked the white ale and brown beer the best.

The blonde is good, perhaps a little less malty than I would like, but creditable. The amber has an interesting clover/hay-like note on top of the hop flavours and good caramelized notes as Bobsy noted. A complex, good tasting beer that has no equivalent locally. Think something in the style of Jenlain or other amber bieres de garde.

The brewer is a young Frenchman and he has done a great job to ensure the fidelity of the beers to the originals.

The menu looks similar again to the French original dishes of Les 3 Brasseurs, but translated into English. (I didn't eat there but may later this week).

The building is impressive, with no less than 4 levels and numerous nooks and separate areas as Cass noted. It is nicely designed with an interesting motif of breweriana throughout. And the brewing plant is gleaming and spic and span.

This place deserves the attention of all beer fans. Its beers were inspired by beers traditional to the French far north (the region adjacent to southern Belgium) and they retain the true taste of that terroir. They have, too, a house flavour which I would describe as a zesty yeasty flavour. The beers are top-fermented and made onsite.

Try the Sampler as a way to taste the range currently available. As in Montreal, a bottled ale is available primed with maple syrup. I have not tried this yet.

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Postby Cass » Tue Jun 16, 2009 9:22 pm

I made another goofy video of the visit...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uN1LVnQkAqk
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Postby Pub Style » Wed Jun 17, 2009 2:04 pm

Here are my thoughts:
http://greatcanadianpubs.blogspot.com/2009/06/3-brewers-toronto-on.html

I was there Monday for lunch and back in the evening with Cass, Bobsy (Rob), Eric and some others and I echo their thoughts.
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Postby kinguy » Fri Jun 19, 2009 7:35 pm

Stopped in for lunch on Tuesday...I had the beer sampler and was pleasantly impressed with the red and dark. The blonde and wheat were okay, but nothing special, IMHO. We both enjoyed the food, so I'll definitely be back.
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Postby Spab » Sat Jun 20, 2009 4:29 pm

I was in after work this week and was impressed. Amazed at how big the place was for sure. The beers were decent, with the brown being the best to my mind. I've walked by a few times since and they seem to be doing a bang-up business. Seems to me the place may have the potential to do a real service in introducing macro drinkers to something a little different.
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Postby Garthicus » Sat Jun 20, 2009 5:08 pm

Just been there today and ran into Nick Pashley. We spent an enjoyable 40 mins having a flite of their brews.
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Postby Duncan Rowland » Mon Jun 22, 2009 7:10 am

Had lunch there yesterday (Sunday the 21st). Their pizza oven was temporarily down so the food took a while, but they comp'd us a pint for waiting, which was much appreciated. I tried the Wheat, Red and Dark and liked each one. I sincerely hope that it is a success.
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Postby SteelbackGuy » Mon Jun 22, 2009 11:14 pm

...........I've just got news that there is a 4th brewer. Could this be true? If so, imagine all the great things this means for the city of OtnoRot.
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Postby $ » Wed Jun 24, 2009 5:41 pm

I feel like a bit of a curmudgeon...I found myself wishing I was at the Granite or Mill Street. Can't imagine I would go back...the dark ale was ok I guess.
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Postby Belgian » Tue Jun 30, 2009 5:23 pm

was pleasantly impressed with the red and dark. The blonde and wheat were okay, but nothing special


Nothing wrong with well-made straightforward beer, even if the brewers are completely stumped for a real name or even a beer style, ha ha.

Might be a great 'gateway' beer place for people. And walking by I felt this strip of Yonge could easily come alive thanks to the many Dundas Square developments just north of 3 Brewers. Look forward to a flight of four very soon.
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