Allen’s: A Nod to Ontario Craft Beer Week 2015

DSCN0975Allen’s on the Danforth in Greek Town, Toronto, Ontario, one of my local haunts because of its completeness of offerings, is situated amid a plethora of restaurants featuring all manner of world cuisines, from Greek to Japanese.

Allen’s is a long narrow American style bar and restaurant with a few booths facing the sturdy polished oak bar at the front of the house and at the back an eclectic scattering of wooden chairs and tables that are draped in fresh blue and white gingham tablecloths. The erudite proprietor John Maxwell runs a good house with crisp service.

Chalkboards list a good range of interesting beers on tap with, for example, the hop-driven Hoptical Illusion Almost Pale ale from the Flying Monkeys Brewery in Barrie, and the finely crafted crisp King Pilsner, a Czech style pilsner brewed in Nobleton, and the crisply hop-driven Rhyme and Reason from Collective Arts Brewing of Hamilton as the featured Ontario microbrews on tap, with the always excellent Pilsner Urquell from the Czech Republic,as well as some 100 diverse offerings in bottle. There is also an excellent selection of around 200-plus single malts available for tasting, as well as superb Ontario VQA wines cellared by Maxwell.

Here in summer you will find a fabulous naturally shaded backyard featuring good food such as barbecued rack of lamb, steaks, burgers and ribs, all served with several creative side salads.

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