The Business of Brewing

July 26, 2011 | Kathryn

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Brewing is one of Toronto's earliest and most successful businesses.  From two of Toronto's first breweries, Joseph Bloor Brewery and John Severn Brewery, both established in the 1830s in Yorkville, brewing has grown and diversified to include not only the traditional big business operations, but also craft and microbreweries. 

This month's exhibit in Special Collections features photographs, pictures, manuscripts and ephemera (tickets, advertisements) of early Toronto breweries.  Here are a couple of items currently on display on the 4th floor of the Toronto Reference Library.


Victoria Brewery ad 1865 business directory p136


        Victoria Brewery

















Bloors brewery



      Joseph Bloor Brewery









Visit some local Toronto breweries on the web...cheers!