Left Field Brewery

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36 Wagstaff Dr, Toronto, ON M4L 3W9

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Tired of corporate life — with its dress code policies, mundane desk work and long commutes — Mark Murphy, co-founder of Left Field Brewery, said goodbye accounting in 2010 and hello brewing. The first step was to return to school.

“I was working at Sears as an internal auditor,” Mark recalls. “While I was on an audit in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, I stumbled upon a brand new brewmaster program at Niagara College. I applied the next day without telling my wife Mandie and I was fortunate enough to be accepted in the first intake of students. I wanted to work with my hands, get dirty, and brewing seemed like a good idea.”

At the time, Mandie was working at Rogers in a marketing/communications role; she was also starting to get bored when fate intervened. Just as Mark started the brewmaster program, a brand manager position at Vincor, Canada’s leading domestic wine producer, came along for Mandie. After graduating from Niagara College, Mark joined Molson briefly to gain some hands-on experience before launching his own brewery.

Left Field Brewery sold its first keg in March 2013. Mark was the only full-time employee for the first year; he contracted production to Grand River Brewing in Cambridge, Ontario. Mandie is now on the payroll helping with sales and marketing, and their beer is available at more than 70 Toronto establishments. The couple, who met at Brock University, is now building a home for Left Field Brewery in Leslieville.

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New in Brew: Microbrewery and brewpub newcomers in Toronto

New in Brew: Microbrewery and brewpub newcomers in Toronto

Put me in coach: this is the tap room where Leslieville locals hang out to watch the Jays and sip on a smattering of baseball-inspired microbrews. Top picks include the Day Game, an IPA designed to drink over the course of nine innings, the Grandstand, a hoppy wheat ale with scents of melon and pineapple, and the Sunlight Park, a thirst quencher brewed with two kilos of grapefruit zest in each batch. Founded by husband and wife Mandy and Mark Murphy, more than 10 beers inspired by their love of baseball are featured. Bottle shop open until 9 pm daily.

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Left Field Brewery is all about serving up great taste and a good time to Toronto craft beer lovers, known for their laidback flavour profiles that don’t compromise quality and craftsmanship. Try the seasonal Sunlight Park Saison, zesty, crisp and perfect for a backyard BBQ. Or pick up the Eephus Oatmeal Brown Ale, a sweet and nutty brew perfect for cozy nights with the ones you love. Already a fan? Check out the Fan Shop and stock up on Left Field t-shirts, hats, totes and pint glasses, all touting the now-famous, ole-timey baseball logo that Torontonians go nuts for.

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7 places to take a beer lover on a date in Toronto

If you’re going for something a bit more casual, head to the Left Field Brewery. This tasting room boasts an atmosphere that is baseball-themed, with a scoreboard, bat tap handles, and picnic tables. The beer is that rare combo of good and cheap. Be sure to try the Eephus, a brown ale that has become a fan favourite. And although they don’t serve food at Left Field, they’ll let you bring your own. So feel free to pack your own romantic picnic and go for a pint. If you play your cards right, you could end up at first base.

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