Imported Goods #1 - Brasserie Thiriez

"Imported Goods" is a new on-going series of bottle tastings hosted by Bar Volo. Our goal is to introduce you to the most unique and distinctive breweries we have found in our travels. Ones with a sense of place and quality that are generally very small in production size. In most cases, these are breweries that have never shipped beer to Ontario before. Friday April 4th, 2014 (starting at 5pm) will be the first tasting featuring the charming farmhouse brewery from Esquelbecq, France. Brasserie Thiriez. Tasting will include a very special collaboration table beer with Jester King (Austin, Texas) called “Petite Princess” 

The following beers will be available by the taster, flight and bottle:

Thiriez Blonde D’Esquelbecq (Belgian Farmhouse Blonde)
Thiriez Ambree D’Esquelbecq (Belgian Farmhouse Amber)
Thiriez Etoile Du Nord (Belgian Farmhouse IPA)
Thiriez Dalva (Farmhouse Double IPA)
Thiriez X Jester King Petite Princess (Belgian Table Beer)



Celebrate NYE with barVolo on Tuesday, December 31st. No admission, no dress code, no tickets just good times and good booze. Open until 2am. All advertised items below are subject to change and availability. 


A. House Ales 25th Anniversary Ale (Bourbon Barrel Aged Barley Wine)
B. House Ales Swag Out Imperial Stout (Imperial Stout With Swag)
C. House Ales Until Death (Black Rye Pale Ale)
D. Amsterdam Order & Chaos (Barrel Aged Belgian Wit w/ Lacto)
E. Amsterdam Highborn Farmhand (Farmhouse Ale With Brett.)
F. Amsterdam Space Invader (Citra American Pale Ale)
G. Bellwoods Witchshark (Double IPA)
H. Bellwoods Blitzen (Imperial Saison)
I. Bellwoods Catherine Wheel (Belgian IPA)
J. Nickelbrook Cuvee (w/ Brett. Aged In Pinor Noir Barrels)
K. Nickelbrook La Paysan Lambicus (Aged In Tawse Wine Barrels)
L. Nickelbrook Winey Bastard Imperial Stout (w/ Brett Aged in Pinot Noir)
M. Great Lakes Bobo’s Imperial Stout (Imperial Stout)
N. Great Lakes Fangboner (India Brett Ale)
O. Great Lakes Barney Dubbel (Merlot Barrel Aged Dubbel)
P. Indie Ale House Zombie Apocalypse (Imperial Stout)
Q. Indie Ale House Cock Puncher (Double IPA)
R. Spirit Tree Cider TBA
S. Les Trois Mousquetaires Porter Baltique (Baltique Porter)
T. Le Trou Du Diable Saison Du Tonka (Farmhouse Saison)
U. Sawdust City Sour Dip (Sour Stout)
V. West Ave. Barret Fullers Secret (Bourbon Barrel Aged Cider)
W. West Ave. School Yard Crab (Barrel Fermented With Brett.)
X. Dieu Du Ciel! Peche Mortel (Imperial Coffee Stout)
Y. Hinterland White Cap (Sparkling Wine)
Z. Norman Hardie Cabernet Merlot 2012

(#1-6) CASKS

1. House Ales Gucci Brown (American Brown Ale)
2. House Ales “The Juice” (Apple Ale)
3. House Ales Robust Porter (English Porter)
4. To Be Announced
5. To Be Announced
6. To Be Announced

We will open bottles from our beer cellar every hour from 6:00pm - 12:00am this New Years Eve. Beers will be available by the 5oz sample until supplies last. Bottles are very limited and will be open at advertised times with a bell ring.


De Ranke Kriek (Belgian Sour With Cherries)
De Ranke Cuvee (Lambic / Sour Blend)
BFM Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chein 2009 (Imp.Barrel Aged Saison)
BFM Cuvee Alex Le Rouge 2011 (Imperial Stout)
Dieu Du Ciel! Isseki Nicho (Imperial Black Saison)
Spirit Tree Estate Cider 2012 (Barrel Aged Cider)
Spirit Tree Estate Reserve Cider 2013 (Barrel Aged Cider)
Spirit Tree Estate Crabapple Cider 2013 (Barrel Aged Cider)


Amsterdam Tempest 2011 (Imperial Stout)
Amsterdam Double Tempest 2013 (Double Imperial Stout)
De Molen Tsarina Esra (Imperial Porter)
De Molen Rasputen (Imperial Stout)
De Molen Bommen & Granneten (Barley Wine)
Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine 2008 (Barley Wine)
Stone Imperial Russian Stout 2008 (Imperial Stout)


Le Trou Du Diable Dulcis Succubus (Imp. Sour Saison)
Le Trou Du Diable La Buteuse Brassin (Brady Barrel Aged Tripel)
Le Trou Du Diable X DDC Archeoporter (Sour Porter)
Le Trou Du Diable Nez de Poivrot (Barley Wine)
Cantillon Kreik (Lambic With Cherries)
Cantillon Rosee D’Gambrinus (Lambic With Raspberries)


Oude Beersel Oude Gueuze 2013 (Lambic Gueuze)
Oude Beersel Oude Kreik 2013 (Lambic With Cherries)
Oude Beersel Oude Gueuze 2011 (Lambic Gueuze)
Oude Beersel Oude Kreik 2011 (Lambic With Cherries)
Nogne X Mikkeller Tyttebaer (Wild Ale)
Nogne #100 Barley Wine 2011 (American Barley Wine)


De Struise Pennepot 2005 (Belgian Strong)
De Struise Pennepot 2008 (Belgian Strong)
De Struise Black Damnation 2010 (Imperial Stout)
Dupont Bon Voeux 2012 (Imperial Saison)
Dupont La Biere De La Beloeil (Biere De Garde)
Bellwoods Bring Out Your Dead (Barrel Aged Imperial Stout)
Bellwoods No Sleep Till Brooklyn (Barrel Aged Sour Stout)


Cantillon Cuvee Saint-Gilloise (Dry Hopped Lambic)
Cantillon Mamouche (Lambic With Elderflower)
Cantillon Foune Foune (Lambic With Apricots)
Cantillon Grand Cru Brouscella (Unblended Lambic)
Leelenau Whaleback White (Barrel Aged Belgian Wit)


Westvleteren Blonde (Belgian Blonde)
Westvleteren 8 (Belgian Strong)
Westvleteren 12 (Not the LCBO Release - Belgian Quad)
Le Trou Du Diable barVolo 25th Anniversary Sour Blend (Sour Blend)
Papy Van Winkle 20 Year Bourbon (10x .5 oz samples only)
George T Stagg Bourbon (10x .5 oz samples only)
Eagle Rare 17 Year Bourbon (10x .5 oz samples only)
Parkers Heritage Collection Bourbon (10x .5oz samples only)
William Larue Weller Bourbon (10x .5oz samples only)

Holiday Hours / Bottle Sale


Holidays are approaching and we now have gift certificates, 25th anniversary glassware and t-shirt’s (male and female sizes) available for sale at the bar during regular business hours. We have also put together a bottle sale menu up to 20-30% off select bottles. Next week we will be announcing our event / lineup for NYE. Cheers! 


Holiday Hours:

Monday December 23rd 
4:00p - 2:00a (last call 12 or 2) 
Tuesday December 24th
Wednesday December 25th
Thursday December 26th
12:00p - 2:00a (last call 2)
Wednesday January 1st
2:00p - 10:00p (last call 10)

Le Trou Du Diable X John Wright Punk Rauch Tasting


Join us on Thursday, November 28th from 6pm-9pm for a casual tasting of the newly released “Punk Rauch” from Brasserie Le Trou Du Diable (, a limited collaboration between the brewery and punk rock legend John Wright from Nomeansno / Hanson Brothers. This event will be part of a nation wide launch in every major city Le Trou Du Diable distributes their beer including: British Columbia (Bierkraft), Quebec City(Versa), Edmonton(TBD) and Montreal (Maison Publique) All of the following beers will be available by the glass and bottle serving size: 

  • Le Trou Du Diable Dulcis Succubus
  • Le Trou Du Diable Buteuse Brassin Special
  • Le Trou du Diable Buteuse
  • Le Trou Du Diable Le Purgatoire Archeoporter
  • Le Trou Du Diable Saison Du Tracteur
  • Le Trou Du Diable Punk Rauch
  • Le Trou Du Diable X barvolo 25th Anniversary 

 John Wright from Nomeansno and Hanson Brothers (, is known and appreciated internationally for his contribution to punk rock music over the last three decades .But what some may not know is he is also a passionate amateur-brewer. After many years and many batches he has perfected a beer he is very proud of. 

Punk Rauch is a smoked lager in the old Bavarian tradition introduced to modern Barrel aging. Hosted two months in a bourbon barrel, it offers a scent of earthy hops on a background of wood and smoked ham. The taste, light and crusty, provides a short sensation of sweet malt quickly instigating a lively scrap with toasty resinous smoke reminiscent of a tasty brew around the campfire.  

A Night With Parallel 49


Join us tomorrow night for a pre-cask days celebration with the amazing guys from Parallel 49 in British Columbia. Mike, Anthony and their brewer Graham will be present. This is the first time their beers will be available on tap in Ontario! Tasting will start at 7pm, no admission! 

  1. Old Boy Classic Ale - Brown Ale, 5%
  2. Hoparazzi India Pale Lager - IPL, 6%
  3. Salty Scot Sea Salted Caramel Scotch Ale - Wee Heavy, 7.5%
  4. Snap, Crackle, Hop! Imperial Rice IPA - Imperial IPA, 9.3%
  5. Schadenfreude Pumpkin Oktoberfest Lager - Spiced Marzen, 5%
  6. Radler - Radler, 4%
  7. Lost Souls Chocolate Pumpkin Porter - Spiced Porter, 6.5%
  8. Gypsy Tears Ruby Ale - Red Ale, 6%
  9. Crane Kick Sorachi Ace Pilsner - Pilsner, 5.8%
  10. Lord of the Hops India Pale Ale - IPA, 7.2%



Canada’s Largest Annual Cask-Conditioned Craft Beer Festival Returns for its 9th Year

Click Here To Buy Tickets!  //  Facebook Event Page

Cask Days has evolved into one of the most coveted craft beer events in North America. Along with featuring over 200 cask-conditioned ales from over 100 Canadian microbreweries, highlighted this year at Evergreen Brickworks will be 36 beers from the United Kingdom, the International Brewery Feature… the roots of “real ale”.

As a major contributor to the Ontario craft beer community, the family behind Toronto mainstay barVolo, have taken Cask Days and elevated the beer drinking experience, spearheading one of the largest festivals of its kind. Cask Days 2013 will host over 4000 people over 2 days. From beer introduction & education to promoting a community-focused beer drinking lifestyle, Cask Days offers premium one-of-a-kind brews alongside a standout line-up of beer-focused workshops, art, music, food pairings and one-on-ones with brewers on site.


In the midst of a never ending list of beer events, we have managed to squeeze in one more (probably the most important) before this years Cask Days, our 25th anniversary. Join us this Saturday (September 28th) starting at 8pm for a very casual, laid back celebration of our quarter century history at 587 Yonge St. To commemorate this celebration Ralph has been busy brewing special one off collaborations with some of our closest industry friends for the event….and there will also be a special keg of Cantillon Iris. Check out the full beer list below. Hope to see everyone Saturday! (No Admission, No Tickets)                             


A House Ales Shikki Mikki 2012 (Berliner Weisse)
B House Ales Eric (Farmhouse Saison)
C House Ales Westside IPA (American IPA)
D House Ales Jason (Belgian Porter)
E House Ales Swag Out 2012 (Imperial Stout With Swag)
F House Ales Golden Rod (Strong Blond Ale) 
G House Ales Abbey Normal 2012 (Belgian Dubbel)
H House Ales 587 (American Barleywine Aged In 4 Rose Boubon Barrel)
I House Ales X Matt Tweedy House Lager (Imperial Lager)
J House Ales X Granite “Ron” (English Pale Ale)
K House Ales X Half Pints “The Other White House ” (Black DIPA)
L House Ales X Erica Graholm “Glaskasten Dampfbier” (Dampfbier)
M House Ales X Erica Graholm “Soft Hand” (American IPA)
N House Ales X Benelux “Voluxious 2 (American IPA)
O House Ales X Beer Works “Rudy” (Gose Style Saison)
P House Ales X Toronto Brewing “Zack” (Oak Smoked Stout)
Q House Ales X F&m “George” (Pale Mild)
R House Ales X Mike Lackey “Raffaelleus Amarilleus” India Session Ale
S House Ales X Nickel Brook “Ryan” (Black India Session Ale)
T House Ales X Indie Ale House “Ralph’s Nuts” (Saison With Nuts)
U House Ales X Cheshire Valley “Paul” (Dark Mild)
V House Ales X Flying Monkey “Sebastian” (English Bitter)
W Amsterdam ” Iain ” Robust Porter
X Dieu Du Ciel! Peche Mortel (Imperial Coffe Stout)
Y Tawse ” Bistro Riesling “
z Norman Hardy “Pinot Noir”

1 House Ales X Toronto Brewing “Zack” (Oak Smoked Stout)
2 House Ales X F&M “George” (English Pale Mild)
3 House Ales X Sawdust City “Spinney” (Sweet Potato Brown Ale)
4 House Ales X Punters Gold (Golden Ale)
5 House Ales X Cheshire Valley “Paul” (Dark Mild)
6 House Ales X Flying Monkeys “Sebastian” (English Bitter)

1 Cantillon “Iris” (Dry Hopped Lambic)
2 Dieu Du Ciel! Solstice D’Ete (Raspberry Sour Wheat) 
3 Bellwoods “Farmageddon” (Cherry Saison)
4 Black Oak “Barrel Age Saison”

Trou Du Diable “barVolo 25th Anniversary Ale” (Special Sour Blend) 
+ Various special vintages from barVolo cellar

Cantillon Zwanze Day / We Live For The Funk


Saturday, September 14th, 2013 @barVolo

UPDATE: Ticketed session from 3pm-7pm that guarantee’s a taster of Zwanze is SOLD OUT! We will be opening the doors to general public (non ticket holders) at 7:00pm and open until 2:00am. The cost will be $5.00 and you get a Funk Night / Zwanze glass. (please note if we are at capacity it will be a one out / one in scenario) All of the amazing beers advertised on our list will still be available after 7:00pm but we cannot guarantee any Cantillon will be left. 

Beer List & More Info:

It is with great pleasure to announce that on Saturday, September 14th, 2013 at 3:00pm barVolo will be one of the 46 locations across the world chosen by Brasserie Cantillon to host Zwanze Day 2013. This is not only one of the highest honours in the craft beer industry but will mark the first time a lambic brewery has ever been served on draught in Ontario. We would like to thank Jean Van Roy from Brasserie Cantillon for this opportunity. We are so grateful to be part of this moment in craft beer history.

If things were not already sounding good enough, we have also decided to merge this day with our 3rd annual “We Live For The Funk” - a night of funky brews and funky tunes which will showcase 30 funky beers on tap from Quebec and Ontario. For The Love Of Bugs, Barrel & Bacteria. This Will Be Epic! 



A Day of Soul, Reggae, and Bellwoods Beer // Saturday, August 24th, 2013



  1. Bellwoods Grognard (Session Stout)
  2. Bellwoods Bootknife (Belgian Brown Ale)
  3. Bellwoods Lost River (Baltic Porter)
  4. Bellwoods Hellwoods (Imperial Stout)
  5. Bellwoods Bring Out Your Dead (Imperial Stout Aged in Cognac Barrels)
  6. Bellwoods White Picket Fence (Belgian Wit)
  7. Bellwoods Farmhouse Saison (Saison)
  8. Bellwoods Belgian IPA (Belgian IPA)
  9. Bellwoods Phantom Limb (Tripel)
  10. Bellwoods Cuvee De Grandma’s Boy (a blend of Tripel and Saison)
  11. Bellwoods Wizard Wolf (Dry-Hopped Session Ale)
  12. Bellwoods Monogamy Galaxy (Single Hop Pale Ale)
  13. Bellwoods Monogamy Simcoe (Single Hop Pale Ale) 
  14. Bellwoods Monogamy Chinook (Single Hop Pale Ale)
  15. Bellwoods Monogamy Summit (Single Hop Pale Ale)
  16. Bellwoods Quien Es El Hefe? (German Hefeweizen)
  17. Bellwoods Omertà (Pale Ale with Orange Peel and Hibiscus Flower)
  18. Bellwoods Roman Candle (IPA)
  19. Bellwoods Witchshark (IIPA)
  20. Bellwoods Mashpipe Rhubarb (Berlinerweisse with Smoked Rhubarb)
  21. Bellwoods Sour Berliner (Berlinerweisse with Ginger and Apricot)
  22. Bellwoods No Sleep Till Brooklyn (Sour Stout)
  23. Bellwoods Fruit Helmet (Pale Ale with Mango and Apricot, Collab with Evil Twin Brewing)
  24. Bellwood Fruit Helmet #2 (Pale Ale with Pineapple and Goji Berry)
  25. Bellwoods Frambizzle (Saison with Raspberries, Collab with Trou Du Diable)
  26. Bellwoods Tripel With Lemons (Cask)
  27. Bellwoods Imp. Stout aged In Cognac Barrel With Cacao Nibs & Cherries (Cask)
  28. Bellwoods TBD (Cask)
  29. Bellwoods TBD (Cask)
  30. Bellwoods TBD (Cask)

From The Bellwoods Blog….

Over the last little while, we’ve been quietly, methodically and diabolically building a keg mountain in the most secret corner of our walk in fridge. This mysterious collection of individual ales is marked only with a simple note that says: RESERVED FOR VOLO. Do not touch!

A tap takeover at Volo has been in the cards for sometime, the question was only a matter of when — when would we finally have 26 unique beers to fill their extensive tap collection? It definitely took a bit of time and planning, but we’re excited to announce that the whole question of when has finally been answered. We’re ready!

Not only will we be pouring crowd pleasers like Wizard Wolf and Roman Candle, but also old favourites like the Smoked Rhubarb Mashpipe, Lost River Baltic Porter, Cuvee De Grandma’s Boy, and Omertá.

In addition to the 26 beers on draft, we’ll also be tapping 6 casks, and popping a selection of reserve bottles. This is definitely the most extensive single line up of our beers to date, and we couldn’t be more excited to showcase them all at one time. With a total of at least 32 different beers to sample, we send you forth with only one piece of advice: choose wisely!

So if we don’t see you at some point on the 24th, the assumption will naturally be that you are either: A) in labour, B) in orbit, C) doing your hair that day, or D) all of the above. Of course, “D” is the most respected excuse.

Buy a compass, avoid heavy lifting the week before, and carb-load at breakfast, ‘cause this is going to be a marathon. Through some Darwinian chain of events, you are practically ensuring that your children will become successful brewers by attending this event. It’s science. Don’t mess with it.

A few updates from the barVolo team.. We are really excited to introduce a new Ontario VQA draught wine program. Lines “Y” & “Z” will now be dedicated to rotating local red and white wine. So far we have featured Tawse Riesling, Lailey Cabernet Merlot and Norman Hardie Pinot Gris. 

We have received our first shipment from Brasserie De La Senne ( Brussels, Belgium) courtesy of our sister import company Keep6 Imports. De La Senne Taras Boulba (Hoppy Belgian Pale Ale), Zinnebier (Belgian Blonde), Zwarte Piet (Belgian Strong), Stouterik (Belgian Stout) and Jambe De Bois (Belgian Triple). Also a few goodies from Quebec, Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel! Solstice D’Ete (Sour Raspberry Wheat) & Les Trois Mousquetaires Gose (Salty Sour Wheat). 

There are also plenty of events to look forward to including Bellwoods Sun Splash (August 24th), Cantillon Zwanze Day / We Live For The Funk (September 14th), our 25th anniversary party (September 28th) and our 9th annual cask-conditioned craft beer festival ‘Cask Days" (October 19th & 20th). Make sure to mark these dates on your calendar. Enjoy your holiday weekend! (We will be opened on Monday for $5.00 pint night!)