Lost Breweries of Toronto


Heritage Toronto Book Award — Shortlisted, Non-Fiction Book

Noted beer expert and writer Jordan St. John shows readers the rich history of Toronto’s heritage breweries, many of which still exist today.

Explore the once-prominent breweries of nineteenth-century Toronto. Brewers including William Helliwell, John Doel, Eugene O’Keefe, Lothar Reinhardt, Enoch Turner, and Joseph Bloore influenced the history of the city and the development of a dominant twentieth-century brewing industry in Ontario. Step inside the lost landmarks that first brought intoxicating brews to the masses in Toronto. Jordan St. John delves into the lost buildings, people and history behind Toronto’s early breweries, with detailed historic images, stories both personal and industrial, and even reconstructed nineteenth-century brewing recipes.


Heritage Toronto Book Award


…a delightful look through this city’s brewing history, focusing on the breweries that dotted the town during the 19thcentury… It’s filled with plenty of old sepia-tone photos, and lots of anecdotes about the brewers, the owners and the beer.

Toronto Star

St. John shows a knack for unearthing anecdotes that are both entertaining and insightful.

Torontoist.com (Toronto, ON)

Grab a bottle of your favourite beer and raise a toast to both of these interesting books.

Canada’s History Magazine

About the Author

Jordan St. John

Posted by Dundurn Guest on October 30, 2014
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Jordan St. John

Jordan St. John was National Beer Columnist for Sun Media from 2011 to 2015 and writes under his own banner at saintjohnswort.ca. He is the author of three books, including the award-nominated Lost Breweries of Toronto. A Certified Cicerone, Jordan collaborates with brewers across Ontario. He lives in Toronto.