Just around the corner from its flagship location on King Street, owners Robert Pingitore and James Macdonald have opened Bar Hop Brew Co, its massive, creative big sister. Occupying three stories on Peter Street fringing off 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.
The first floor has seating for up to 72 people while providing USB ports and wall sockets. The centerpiece, as it should be, is the main bar offering a regular rotation of 36 plus craft beers pulled from a stunning cast iron draft tower. An ambitious selection of fine bourbons, whiskeys and scotch allow for a creative cocktail list, while directly behind the bar, a metal caged area is primed for onsite brewing and proofing.
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 100-plus person rooftop patio will be revealed in the summer.
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 nachos, a customer favourite.
Potato churros with Nori salt, lemon aioli and scotch olives, green olives encased in Italian sausage, and pimento cheese and bread 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.
With the burgeoning Craft beer scene expanding Torontonians’ taste buds, Bar Hop Brew Co. is a perfect spot to supply adventurous brews and intoxicating eats.
Bar Hop Brew Co.
137 Peter St.