Toronto’s newest brewery is open just in time for the long weekend
The latest addition to Toronto’s growing craft beer scene has officially arrived: Halo, a new Junction Triangle brewery, has opened the doors and taps just in time for the long weekend. The initial lineup of four unique brews includes a strawberry-kiwi gose, a low-alcohol IPA, a dry-hopped pale ale and a tart wit made with strawberry and rosehips. All of the beer is available to try on site in five- and 12-ounce pours. If that isn’t enough, bottles and growlers are also for sale to take home.
Co-owner Eric Portelance says Halo’s calling card will be rare styles of beer made with non-traditional ingredients. “Style guidelines often limit creativity,” he says. “We want to keep experimenting and pushing boundaries while still making really drinkable beer.” Halo will be one of the first breweries in Canada to embrace an open-data philosophy: recipes for their beers will be posted on the brewery’s website so that fans can attempt to duplicate their favourite beers. “We come from a tech background where it’s common to share code and build on each other’s ideas,” Portelance says. “So it was natural for us to do the same with brewing. We hope that others can use, improve and build upon what we’re doing.”