THE AMSTERDAM BREWERY STORY
We Teach Torontonians to Speak Craft Beer! Back in 1986, a revolution began with a new brewpub on John Street in Toronto. Ales, lagers, stouts and seasonal beers were brewed on premise, introducing thirsty patrons to something they had never encountered in a beer — flavour. Every beer we make holds to the promises we followed in crafting our very first brews: Crafted by hand, made fresh daily, and created for you to enjoy!
TORONTO’S FIRST BREW PUB
Some Torontonians can trace their first taste of a craft beer to the Amsterdam Brasserie and Brewpub at 133 John Street. Founded by Roel Bramer in 1986, the Amsterdam was the first of its kind in Toronto. It was a buzzing venue that was renowned for its bitters, lagers, seasonal and specialty brews, and popularly for its Nut Brown Ale (which is now our Downtown Brown!).
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. With that came a name change, and 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 was there that the Amsterdam Brewing Company introduced Torontonians to the many fine craft lagers and ales that it still brews today. Ownership also changed, with Roel Bramer handing the reins over to the present-day owner, Jeff Carefoote. It is here that the Amsterdam
Brewing Company introduced Torontonians to the fine craft ales and lagers that are still brewed today. The demand for Amsterdam brews continued to rise, and the brewery outgrew their space once again, and moved uptown to Amsterdam Brewery’s new home.
The new home of the Amsterdam Brewery is 45 Esandar Dr in the heart of Leaside Village, an established Toronto neighbourhood where many of those first Amsterdam fans settled down. We love embracing the Leaside community within our social character, and continue to host new and continuing guests at weekly Saturday tours and tastings.
ON THE LAKE
With a larger brewing capacity, owner Jeff Carefoote decided it was time to revisit Amsterdam’s roots as a brewpub, and opened the Amsterdam BrewHouse on the Lake in the summer of 2013. In the heart of Toronto’s waterfront at 245 Queens Quay W, Amsterdam BrewHouse is located in an old Pier 4 boathouse, an iconic waterfront landmark. Equipped with a small on-site craft brewery, a retail beer store and tons of indoor and outdoor seating, Amsterdam BrewHouse is the place where innovation and craft is celebrated in beer and food.