Henderson Brewery

The Neighbourhood Brewery

Find us at the LCBO
or The Beer Store

BOTTLE SHOP HOURS:
11AM to 10PM Sunday to Thursday – 11AM to 11PM Friday and Saturday
TAP ROOM HOURS:
11AM to 10PM, 7 days a week
Last call at the bar: 9PM

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Coming to work at the brewery is pretty easy.  We like beer, we like each other, and for the most part it feels more like friends working together rather than working for a company.

We strive to create balanced and thoughtful beers that honour the traditional ways, but are not restricted to them. We want our beers to spark ideas, tell stories and most of all, be refreshing and enjoyable.

Our flagship beer, Henderson’s Best, is a modern interpretation of the beers first brewed in Toronto at the beginning of the 19th century. Our monthly ‘Ides’ series uses creative recipes to bring the history, characters and locations throughout the city to life.

We are proud of our beer and the hard work that goes into it, but we also recognize that there are a lot of other great beers out there.  For these reasons we say “The Best beer is the beer you love”

Our tasting room is open to the public for pints, bottle and growler sales, and we look forward to welcoming the world in to enjoy how we brew the taste of Toronto.

Pint Size Conversations

Wednesdays at the brewery

(7PM, admission is free)

Pint Size Conversations are over for the spring / summer, but will start again in October 2018
Last 
Wednesday of each month we continue : Record Store Day – Vinyl Show-and-tell all summer

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Meet the Team

  • Cody Hicks
    Cody Hicks Logistics / Draught services

    Cody can spot a bad draught line from 300 meters away.  He is also capable of crushing an empty keg like its a beer can!

    Cody’s hair is similar to a Chia Pet and if he ever stops for lunch you can actually watch it grow.

  • Uncle Matty Marshall
    Uncle Matty Marshall Production / Logistics
    When Uncle Matty was a little tiny baby
    Sitting on his mama’s knee,
    He picked up a hammer and a little piece of steel
    Saying, “Hammer’s going to be the death of me, Lord, Lord,
        Hammer’s going to be the death of me.”
    Uncle Matty was a man just six feet high,
    Nearly two feet and a half across his breast.
    He’d hammer with a nine-pound hammer all day
    And never get tired and want to rest, Lord, Lord,
        And never get tired and want to rest.
  • Reece Pritchard
    Reece Pritchard Training and Activations Manager

    Efallai y bydd yn ymddangos yn wallgof yr hyn yr wyf ar fin ei ddweud Sunshine mae hi yma, gallwch chi gymryd egwyl Rwy’n balwn aer poeth a allai fynd i’r gofod Gyda’r aer, fel nad wyf yn gofalu, babi, ar y ffordd

  • Melissa Leszczynski
    Melissa Leszczynski Inside Sales

    Melissa left a long time relationship with magician David Blane to come work at Henderson.  Her ability to perform close-up magic is remarkable and many of us still can not believe it when she hands us back our wallets or watches.  Her skill at seemingly being two places at once have proved very useful at the brewery, though we still have yet to find a use for the biting-a-quarter-in-half trick.

  • Pippa
    Pippa Brewery Dog

    Really?

    With the empty jar in the shot?

    That’s the one you’re going to use?

    Jeez, I need a smoke …

  • Jamie Morris
    Jamie Morris Production manager

    Jamie came to Henderson’s after a long run as chimney-sweep Bert in the London production of Mary Poppins, where he was run out of town for his ridiculous cockney accent.  It’s a sore spot, but hand him un umbrella or a chorus line of dancing penguins and he is sure to favour you with a number.

  • James Turco
    James Turco Brewer / Mission Control

    James has a masters degree in engineering from MIT and played a key role in the launch of the last space shuttle.

    James spends a lot of time looking to the sky and doing long calculations in his head.

  • Brian Sim
    Brian Sim Logistics

    Many people talk about the camel and the eye of the needle.  Though few truly understand the difficulty of this undertaking.  The eye of the needle, is one of the entrances to the city of Jerusalem, and it was so small that a camel could only fit with much pushing and force.   Such a large thing in such a small entrance.  Difficult and painful.  Of this, I know.

  • Dylan Ryan
    Dylan Ryan Tap Room / Soda Jerk

    Ryan came to Toronto as part of a travelling ….

    What?

    His name is Dylan?

    His last name is Ryan?

    Well how was I supposed to know!?

    Alright ….  Dylan came to Toronto… , never mind.

  • Lindsay Wood
    Lindsay Wood Area Sales Manager - Western Hemisphere

    Lindsay’s Top 5 Horror / Sci-Fi picks

    It came from Outer Space

    L’interieur

    Dead Alive

    The Man With Two Heads

    Chopping Mall

     

  • Tony Halmos
    Tony Halmos Art Director / Brand Consultant

    Tony likes designing & illustrating. Tony likes beer.

    A fixture around the neighbourhood since the early 90s, Tony can often be seen peddling his bike, with his luxurious mane of silver hair blowing in the wind & a messenger bag full of who-knows-what, waving back at whoever just yelled “Hey Tony!”

    Tony’s fridge is always full of interesting beers, but most of them are for his cats.

     

  • Erica Campbell
    Erica Campbell Area Sales Manager - Eastern Hemisphere

    “G to C back to G, then down to F for four ….  ready?”

  • Steve Himel
    Steve Himel General Manager

    My favourite beer was that one we had at that place.  Oh, man it was good!

  • Maddie Embree
    Maddie Embree Business Manager / Pizza Keeper

    Hattie told Maddie, let’s don’t take no chance
    Let’s not be l-seven, come and learn to dance

    Maddie told Hattie, that’s the thing to do
    Get you someone really to pull the wool with you

  • Baula Boktor
    Baula Boktor Brand Ambassador / Bounty Hunter

    Baula is an unaltered clone of the bounty hunter Jango Fett, and was raised as his son.  He has survived his own death and has an extensive collection of Carol King Tapestry albums.

  • Adin Wener
    Adin Wener Sales / Tap Room

    Dear Adin

    I hope you enjoyed your recent visit to our hotel, but please be advised that you are no longer welcome at the Midtown Holiday Inn.  Your behaviour can not be tolerated at our establishment. Quite frankly, I don’t know anyplace that will allow wheelbarrow racing though their halls or vistis to the breakfast room in your undergarments.

    Additionally, we’d like to be reimbursed for the damage to the carpets and television, an invoice is attached.  We’d appreciate a response by mail only.

    Regards,

    The Holiday Inn

  • Nick Lachance
    Nick Lachance Tap Room / Paparazzi

    Nick’s life changed when he nearly hit a dog, which got up and angrily shouted at him in English. Soon after Nick began secretly helping various animals, including a suicidal circus tiger named Jake, who he eventually stole from the circus in order to perform surgery on him and save his life.

    After all that, Nick felt a career change was in order.

  • Buffy Steringa
    Buffy Steringa Events

    noun

    1. an implement consisting of soft material mounted on a block; used for polishing (as in manicuring)
    2. a medium to dark tan colour
    3. an ardent follower and admirer
    4. a soft thick undyed leather from the skins of e.g. buffalo or oxen

    verb

    1. polish and make shiny
      Example
      – buff my shoes
    2. strike, beat repeatedly
  • Tomas Madsen
    Tomas Madsen Brewer

    At 7200 psi a stream of water feels like a rubber bullet.  Sharp enough to make you wince, but not so hard that it really hurts.  It’s like tiny electric jolts on your skin, or running on pebble-sized, sharp rocks.  Mark is cleaning the kettle today.  Dance, Mark, dance …

  • Ellen McKinney Thorpe
    Ellen McKinney Thorpe Retail Sales Manager

    “10 Bands Ellen Has Seen (One of them is a lie) … Guess which one?”

    The Stooges – Academy of Music, New York, December, 1973

    Metallica – Tushino Airfield, Moscow,  Sept, 1991

    The Police – Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto,  November, 1978

    The Wailers – Robertson’s Gym,  Santa Barbara, October, 1973

    Springsteen – Roxy Theatre, L.A. July, 1978

    Queen – Wembley stadium, London, August, 1986

    Nirvana – Reading Festival July, 1992

    Days of You – Channel 13, Regina July, 1992

    Sex Pistols – Themes riverboat, London, July, 1977

    Jay Z and Kanye West – Palais Omnisports, Paris, June 2012

  • Mark Benzaquen
    Mark Benzaquen Head Brewer / QC Manager

    Mark has dedicated his life to the art and science of brewing.  He has travelled the world to learn traditional methods.  He has studied under the worlds best brewers.  He has made sacrifices to his personal health (mental and physical) to try the worlds beers.

    Recently, Mark has moved into a new realm for recipe development.  Combining Hypnosis, better living through chemistry, and cutting-edge virtual reality, Mark spends long days under a spell combining molecules and doing calculations until he peaks in a eureka moment.

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