Variety is the spice of life, but there’s something to be said about doing just one thing really, really well. Steam Whistle Brewing understands this perfectly. Instead of spreading themselves thin brewing multiple varieties of beer to appeal to every drinker and every season, they make just one—Steam Whistle Premium Pilsner—and it’s nothing short of amazing. The recipe seems simple enough, calling for only spring water, malted barley, hops and yeast, yet the traditional European brewing techniques and laser focus on quality results in nothing less than liquid gold, earning it numerous awards since it first launched in 1998. Of course it’s available at bars around town, but if your friends are really into awesome beer, drop by the brewery for a tour and tasting. Enter a former locomotive repair facility dominated by massive stainless steel and copper brewing kettles. Follow your nose, because that bittersweet smell coming from the malting process will tell you you’re in for a treat. After a tour guide—and occasionally one of the owners—takes you through the various stages of production, from raw ingredients to bottling, the magic moment will finally arrive. Pints in hand, your mates will raise a toast to you for arranging this wonderful afternoon at the source of the crispest, cleanest, most delicious beer Toronto has to offer.