If Liberty Village is known for one thing, it’s for the diverse selection of restaurants, and more recently, pubs. The Craft Brasserie is a new hotspot in the area, which opened its doors last night to throngs of beer savvy guests. Boasting 120 rotating beers on tap, the Craft takes its job as the spot for craft beer in Toronto very seriously.
The open concept and industrial building has an authentic brewery aesthetic with its lacquered red seats, wooden tables, eclectic exposed lighting and rustic brick walls. The venue has nearly 300 seats, and with a patio expected to open in the near future, this will surely be a staple in Toronto.
The Craft has an impressive line up on their management team as well – with Brett Intrater, the restaurant manager, who has over a decade of mixology experience under his belt, paired with Matt Sieradzki, a Prud’homme beer sommelier and teacher, and Cayla Schafer, who always has over ten years in the industry.
“After only putting five months into this restaurant, we have turned an amazing heritage office building into what we hope will be the best beer bar in the city,” said Intrater.
We recommend starting off with their sweet and savoury pork spring rolls, Chef Adrian’s family recipe, which includes pineapple, jalapeño and a chili sauce for dipping. We also recommend their hand cut blue cheese fries, topped with arugala and their addicting house made smoked candied bacon. For the entrées, you must try their moist house cooked ribs, which melt right in your mouth, paired with fluffy white rice, baked beans and onions. We also love their baked cheese pasta, which is shell pasta with chorizo, candied bacon, and green peas, in a cream based sauce. Yes please! For the most important course, dessert obviously, you must try their mouthwatering blueberry skillet pancake, topped with extra blueberries, a dash of vanilla, fresh crème fraîche and mint. Did we mention that the staff could pair each item of your dinner with one of their 120 beers on tap? Now that’s a dream in a meal.
Be sure to follow @thecraftliberty to keep up with all the beer trends in this amazing new restaurant. Congratulations to Brett and the team!