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The Amsterdam Brewery Story

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Back in 1986, a revolution was sparked in a new brewpub on John Street in Toronto. Ales, lagers, stouts and seasonals were brewed on premise, introducing thirsty patrons to something they had never encountered in a beer -- flavour.
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Toronto's First Brew Pub

Torontonians of a certain age will trace their first taste of a craft beer to a visit to the Amsterdam Brasserie and Brewpub at 133 John Street. Founded by Roel Bramer back in 1986, the Amsterdam was the first of its kind in Toronto. It was a happening place and renowned for its bitters, lagers, seasonal and specialty brews but particularly for its Nut Brown Ale.

King Street Days

This second location was originally known as the Rotterdam. It opened in 1988 at 600 King Street West, and by 1993, with the sale of the original location on John Street, it became the focus of the company. In the spring of 1994, the larger capacity allowed for the installation of a small but more ambitious microbrewery and with that came a name change. The Amsterdam Brewing Company was born.

Bathurst Street Days

It wasn’t long before this new microbrewery outgrew its home on King Street and the company moved to Bathurst and Lakeshore. It is here that the Amsterdam Brewing Company introduced Torontonians to the many fine craft lagers and ales that it still makes today. Ownership changed as well, with Roel Bramer handing the brewery to the present-day owner, Jeff Carefoote.

Leaside Village!

And now, the Leaside years! Leaside is indeed the new home of the Amsterdam Brewery, in an established Toronto neighbourhood where many of those first Amsterdam fans ended up.