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30 Years of Ontario Craft

30 Years of Amsterdam

Amsterdam takes credit for introducing Torontonians to craft beer. Back in 1986, when it opened a brasserie and brewpub downtown, almost all beers came from domestic and import giants, not from a scrappy microbrewery daring to make its own bitters, lagers and specialty brews daily on site. As locals grew thirstier for beers like Amsterdam Nut Brown Ale (later rebranded as Downtown Ale), the company moved to ever-larger locations, rooting the brewery in Leaside and opening its BrewHouse on the Lake at Harbourfront with a 300-seat patio. The address and ownership may have changed, but Amsterdam hasn’t wavered in its commitment to using real ingredients. Says brewmaster Iain McOustra, “Our innovation is a big part of our popularity and growth over the past few years. We’re not afraid to brew new styles, and we’re always looking to improve our beers.”

 

AMSTERDAM BONESHAKER

This lush brew bursts with orange, pine and caramel notes, making it the perfect partner for rich, meaty barbecue fare.

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3 SPEED LAGER

This brand new lager is seriously bubbly and refreshing after a ride, with fresh grain and a botanical whisper of hops.

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