February 25th marked the sort-of grand opening of Left Field Brewery on Toronto’s East Side. It was the ‘sort-of’ opening for two reasons:
- They’ve been making excellent beer for about a year. Like many Ontario Craft Breweries they’ve been brewing elsewhere until they can get a home of their own (they’ve been brewing at two of my favorite Ontario brewers: Grand River and Barley Days). There must be long days of driving as the two breweries are located considerably outside of the city – in opposite directions!
- Their opening party was celebrating their new space; the actual brewery will take about a year to get set up and running.
The story behind Left Field is dreamy. It was founded by husband-and-wife team (Mark and Mandie Murphy). Mark was a Chartered Accountant who decided to shake things up and go to school to learn to make beer (yes, we have beer school in Ontario!). Mandie is a beer geek, marketer and baseball fan. I don’t know Mark or Mandie though I have a giant pile of respect for them in chasing their dream and it was easy to feel the shared excitement at the opening.