Bar Hop Brew Co.

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Just around the corner from its flagship location on King Street, owners Robert Pingitore and James Macdonald have opened Barhop Brew Co; it’s massive, creative big sister.  Occupying three stories on Peter Street fringing of the club district, the same extensive list of craft beers remains the backbone of this successful franchise however the kitchen has evolved and the sheer size of the space has redefined the idea of pub dining.

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The first floor has seating for up to 72 people while providing USB ports and wall sockets for those needing both a literal and libational recharge. The centerpiece, as it should be, is the main bar offering a regularly rotation of 36 plus craft beers pulled from a stunning cast iron draft tower.  An ambitious selection of fine bourbons, whiskeys and scotch allows for a creative cocktail list while directly behind the bar a metal caged area is primed for onsite brewing and proofing.

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Opening a restaurant with so much real estate requires a lot of patience and foresight. Pingitore and MacDonald have kept things in check by finishing the remaining floors in steps; the 90 seat TV-free dining room is slated for late Winter/early Spring and a summer reveal of their 100 plus person rooftop patio.

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Further setting itself apart from the original the owners have brought in head chef Mark Cutara formally from Cowbell to elevate the food beyond typical gastropub fare. Offering snacks, salads, sandwiches, mains and shared mains Cutara shows why his knowledge of the whole animal, nose to tail movement is so valuable. Almost everything is made in house from his own pickles and beef pepperettes to the Pig’s Head nachoes, a customer favorite.

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Potato churros with Nori salt and lemon aioli and scotch olives, green olives encased in Italian sausage, pimento cheese and breaded are outstanding shareables and make sure you ask you server for a perfect pint to accompany them.  The menu is heavily curated to pair well with what’s on tap and their knowledgeable staff will set you up for a great experience.

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 With the burgeoning Craft beer scene expanding Torontonians taste buds Barhop Brew Co. is a perfect spot to supply adventurous brews and intoxicating eats.

 

Bar Hop Brew Co.

137 Peter St.

647-348-1137

 

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