On a recent trip to photograph up in Canada, we had a chance to stop by and check out Steam Whistle Brewing in Toronto since it’s located just behind the Convention Center and Intercontinental Hotel, where we stayed. The brewery is where Steam Whistle is brewed and they only make that one beer, which is a Pilsner. It seemed serendipitous that I’d be staying near a Pilsner-only brewery when we were going to be photographing for another one, Churchkey, based here in the States as well.
Steam Whistle is a cool brewery for a variety of reasons. As a green business ourselves, we appreciate other businesses who have green practices and they do there. They use thicker glass bottles with baked on labels, which I noticed immediately, and as such, they can reuse them more and don’t have to use the chemicals each time to apply the labels, etc. For the caps, they use crown caps instead of twist offs because twist offs can sometimes strip the threads on bottles, and then they can’t be reused.
Overall they have 137 employees and the beer is only sold in Canada so far. They produce 62,000 hectolitres of beer each year, and are proud of how fresh the beer is. If you ever have a case of beer of theirs that’s old, you can bring it in and they’ll replace it with a new, fresh case!
Oh yeah, as a photographer who still loves film, you gotta stop by and check out their film photobooth too! Make sure to do it after you do the tour and have had a few brews