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“Imported Goods” is a new on-going series of bottle tastings hosted by Bar Volo and Keep6 Imports. 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. On Friday May 9th, 2014 (starting at 5pm) will be the second edition featuring the infamous gypsy brewery from Baltimore, Maryland. Stillwater Artisanal Ales.  The following beers will be available by the taster, flight and bottle:

  • Stillwater Stateside Saison 
  • Stillwater Debauched
  • Stillwater Existent 
  • Stillwater Why Can’t IBU
  • Stillwater Folklor 
  • Stillwater Classique



“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" 

Midnight In A Perfect World - NYE 2012

1.    Hopfenstark Saison Station 7 (Farmhouse Saison)
2.    Unibroue Trois Pistoles 2009 (Belgian Strong Ale)
3.    Mill St. Barley Wine 2010 (English Barley Wine)
4.    Flying Monkey Super Collider Double IPA (American Double IPA)
5.    Denison’s Weissbier (German Hefeweiss)
6.    Great Lakes Apocalypse Later (Imperial Black IPA)
7.    Amsterdam Tempest (Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout)
8.    King Pilsner (Czech Pils)
9.    Dieu Du Ciel! Rosee D'Hibiscus (Belgian Wit)
10.  Dieu Du Ciel! Peche Mortel (Imperial Coffee Stout)
12.  Church Key Barely Legal 2010 (Barley Wine)
13.  Spirit Tree Pub Cider (Hard Cider)
14.  Waupoos County Cider (Hard Cider)

13.    House Ales Dirty Blonde (Belgian Pale Ale)
14.    House Ales SWAG OUT STOUT (Candian Oak - Bourbon Treated)
15.    House Ales X Biergotter Black Tongue (Imperial Porter)
16.    House Ales X Kilber Gratzer Ale
17.    House Ales 9th Day Saison (Wild Saison)

18.    Sawdust City Lone Pine IPA (American IPA)
19.    Amsterdam Boneshaker IPA (American IPA)
20.    House Ales X Hip Hops RUN ESB (Black Extra Special Bitter)
21.    Black Oak Ball Dropper (Pale Ale with Champange Yeast)
22.    Beau’s Wild Oat’s #15: “Hogan’s Goat” (Spiced Bock)

23.    Le Trou Du Diable Buteuse Brassin Special (Brandy Oak)
24.    Le Trou Du Diable Imperatrice (Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout)
25.    Le Trou Du Diable Nez De Poivrot (Barley Wine)
26.    Le Trou Du Diable Grivoise Du Noel 2010 (Spiced Strong)
27.    MicroBrasserie Charlevoix 2010 Dominus Vobiscum Brut
28.    Les Trois Mousquetaires Porter Baltique 2010
29.    Brooklyn Sorachi Ace Saison
30.    Driftwood Old Cellar Dwellar Barley Wine 2010 (Barley Wine)
31.     Mikkeller Santa’s Little Helper 2010 (Spiced Belgian Strong)
32.    Bosteels Deus (Brut Des Flandres)
33.    Spirit Tree Reserve Cider (Aged in Oak Barrels)

*** All Beers Are Subject To Change and Availability
*** No Reservations Required. Open From 2:OO pm - 2:00 am

Cask Days 2011 Events @ barVolo

Cask Days 2011 will take place on Sunday, October 30th, 2011 at the Hart House Quadrangle (University of Toronto Campus). As of date we are up to 100+ casks, 52 participating breweries from across Canada and 7 days of events.

More information about the events surrounding Cask Days 2011 have been released (below). Don’t forget to check out the current list of beers that will be available at the main event. Costume’s are encouraged for Session 2! (Best costume wins a case of Dieu Du Ciel! Peche Mortel) Hope to see everyone soon!

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Pre-Cask Days 2011 @barVolo (October 24th-October 27th)

Fuller’s Cask Night @barVolo (Friday, October 28th, 2011)

CASK! Toronto / Cask Days Seminars @barVolo (Saturday, October 29th, 2011)

Breakfast With The Brewers @barVolo (Sunday, October 30th, 2011)

Cask Days 2011 Main Event (Sunday, October 30th, 2011)

Cask Days 2011 After Party @barVolo (Sunday, October 30th)*

* Special Cask of Dieu Du Ciel! Bourbon Barrel Aged Peche Mortel (Imperial Coffee Stout) will be available!

Cask Days was founded at barVolo in 2005. Please be advised that this event is a 19+ and  CASH ONLY. There are several ATM’s available on campus for your convenience. For more information please visit or e-mail us Tickets are 75% sold out. Any Remaining tickets will be available at the door. For live information feed’s please follow @CaskDays on Twitter. Cheers !

Toronto Beer Week @ barVolo

Monday Night Pint Night ($5.00 Pints)
Monday, September 19th, 2011 @ 2:00pm

Denison’s Weissbier (German Hefeweizen)
Flying Monkey’s Smash Bomb Atomic IPA (American IPA)
Black Oak Ten Bitter Years (Double IPA)
Wellington Russian Imperial Stout
Denison’s Dunkel (Munich Dark Lager)
Spearhead Hawaiian Pale Ale (American IPA)
Grand River Mill Race Mild (English Mild)
King Pilsner (Czech Pilsner)
Creemore Kellerbier (Kellerbier)
Amsterdam Framboise (Raspberry Fruit)
Mill St. Coffee Porter (Coffee Porter)
Flying Monkey Netherworld Porter (Hoppy Porter)
Great Lakes Hop Hoarder’s IPA
Muskoka Mad Tom IPA (Cask)
Durham XXX IPA (Cask)

A Night With Howe Sound Brewing Co. (Squamish, BC)
Tuesday, September 20th, 2011 @ 7:00pm

Representatives from the brewery will be present!

Howe Sound Devils Elbow (India Pale Ale)
Howe Sound Three Beavers (Imperial Red Ale)
Howe Sound Pothole Filler (Imperial Stout)
Howe Sound King Heffy (Imperial Hefeweizen)
Howe Sound Pumpkineater (Imperial Pumpkin Ale)
Howe Sound Father John’s (Winter Ale)

* All beers will be available by the bottle and/or sample glass.

Black Oak Tap Take Over (2nd Edition)
Thursday, September 22nd, 2011 @ 7:00pm

Black Oak X St. Johns Wort Manitou Sumac Spiced Saison
Black Oak Nut Brown (Single Malt/ Burbon Barrel Aged)
Black Oak / Beau’s All Natural Collaboration - Lug Nut (Nut Brown / Lugtred Blend) 
Black Oak Sweet Potato Nut Brown (Nutbrown Cask with sweet potato)           
Black Oak Oaktoberfest (Marzen)
Black Oak Pale Ale (English Pale Ale)
Black Oak Black IPA (Dry Hopped English Pale Ale)   
Black Oak Transvestites Tipple (English Pale Ale with pineapple) (Cask)      
Black Oak Gender Bender Pale Ale (English Pale Ale with white Cranberry) (Cask)      
Black Oak Ten Bitter Years (Double IPA) (Cask)
Black Oak Ten Bitter Years (Double IPA)       
Black Oak Double Chocolate Cherry Stout (Fruit Stout)   
Black Oak CoffeeNCreamNSmoke Imperial Milk Stout (Imperial Milk Stout)   
Cheshire Valley ESB (Extra Special Bitter)
Cheshire Valley Galaxy Pale Ale

House Ales Tap Take Over (2nd Edition)
Friday, September 23rd, 2011 @ 7:00pm

House Ales Shicki Micki (Raspberry Berliner Weiss)
House Ales X Erica Graholm Dampfbier (Dampfbier)
House Ales 7th Day Saison – Batch 2 (Farmhouse Saison)
House Ales 10th Day Saison (Farmhouse Saison with Brett.)
House Ales X Hip Hops Gangsters Para-Weiss (Saison Brewed with Grains of Paradise)
House Ales Jen’s Uncommom – Hybrid – (Common/Pale Ale)
House Ales Matt’s Marathon Mild 2012 (English Mild)
House Ales X Hip-Hops Notorious IPA – Batch 2 – (American IPA)
House Ales Westside 213 – Batch 3 – (American IPA with Brett.)
House Ales Abby Normal (Belgian Strong Ale)
House Ales Funkified Abbey Normal (Belgian Strong Ale with Lactobacilious)
House Ales X Bartle X ARoach Gold Dust (Porter)
House Ales X Hip-Hops Tu–Hop – Batch 5 - Magnum / Galaxy (American Pale Ale)
House Ales X Hip-Hops Rockaway Rye – Batch 2 (Rye Ale)
House Ales X Bellwoods Brewery Abbey Not (Belgian Dubbel IPA)
House Ales Swag Out Stout (Imperial Russian Stout)

3rd Annual Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel! Take Over (Montreal, Quebec)
Saturday, September 24th, 2011 @ 7:00pm-4:00am*

Dieu Du Ciel! Revenante (Smoked Porter)
Dieu Du Ciel! Saison St-Louis (Belgian Saison)           
Dieu Du Ciel! Décibel (Extra Pale Ale)            
Dieu Du Ciel! Pénombre (Black IPA)
Dieu Du Ciel! Solstice Cerises (Cherry Sour Wheat Ale)
Dieu Du Ciel! Noce de Soie (Saison w/ Japanese pepper Sansyou)
Dieu Du Ciel! Mea Culpa (India Cream Ale)
Dieu Du Ciel! お疲れ様. Otsukaresama (Plum Sour)        
Dieu Du Ciel! Péché Mortel (Imperial Coffee Stout)    
Dieu Du Ciel! Dernière Volonté (Belgian Pale Ale)    
Dieu Du Ciel! Corne du Diable (Montreal Style IPA   
Dieu Du Ciel! Rosée d'Hibiscus (Belgian Wit Brewed With Hibiscus Flower)

Dieu Du Ciel! Solstice Charbonniere (Smoked Ale)
Dieu Du Ciel! Solstice D'Ete (Sour Wheat brewed with Cherries)
Dieu Du Ciel! Rescousse (German Red Ale)
Dieu Du Ciel! Chaman (Imperial Pale Ale)
Dieu Du Ciel! Elixer Celeste (Bohemian Pilsner)
Dieu Du Ciel! Route Des Epices (Peppercorn Rye Ale)
Dieu Du Ciel! Peche Mortel (Imperial Coffee Stout)

wE liVe foR tHe fUNk

We Live For The Funk!
A Night of Funky Brews & Funky Tunes
Thursday, August 25th, 2011 @ 7:00pm

House Ales Funkified Abbey Normal  (Belgian Quad. Brewed w/ Lactobacilus)   
House Ales Shicki Micki - (Berliner Weiss Brewed With Raspberries)
House Ales Alexanderplatz - (Berliner Weiss)
House Ales Gangsters Para-Wiess (Saison Brewed w/ Grains of Paradise)
House Ales 7th Day Saision (Belgian Style Saison)
Great Lakes No Chance with Miranda (Saison)
Great Lakes Same Ol’ Citrasaison (Saison Brewed With Citra)
Great Lakes X Bartle Heavy Petting (Saison Brewed With Lime Peel, Pepper)
Great Lakes Heavy Bretting (Saison Aged 8 Months in Oak Barrels with Brett.)
Great Lakes The Saison With Low Self-Esteem (Saison Fermented w/ 3 Brett Strains)
Great Lakes Raspberry Bitch Slap (Belgio Raspberry Wheat Wine)
Great Lakes X Murdoch “The Big Smoke” (Rauch Saison) (CASK)
Murdoch Stenhouse Porter (Straight Sour / Barrel Aged Porter)
Murdoch Divi Divi Wit (Wit Beer With Peppercorns, Orange Peel & Cocao Nibs)
Beau’s All Natural “Sour Dreams” (Farmhouse Brett Primed Night Marzen)

Black Oak Summer Saison (Belgian Style Saison)

*    All Beers are subject to change and availability
*    All beers will be served in ½ pint glasses
*    Volo will be closed from 6:00pm-7:00pm to prepare for the event

Introducing Brasserie Dunham

Discover one of the newest additions to the Quebec craft beer scene, Brasserie Dunham, founded by the owner of one of the top Montreal beer bars; Visa & Versa. The following beers will be available on Friday, July 8th, 2011;

Brasserie Dunham Pale Ale Americaine - American Pale Ale (5.9%)

Brasserie Dunham IPA Belge - Belgian IPA (6.5%)

Brasserie Dunham La Biere De L'ours - Imperial Stout with Maple Syrup (7.0%)

Brasserie Dunham Dans La Gueule Du Loup - Wheat Beer with Cranberries (6.2%)

Brasserie Dunham Vin D'orge - Limited Edition Barley Wine (9.3%)


A Night With Brewmaster Frederick Tremblay & Charlevoix

This Thursday night starting at 8:30 barVolo will host “A Night With Charlevoix” featuring a hand-full of beers from MicroBrasserie Charlevoix of Baie-St-Paul Quebec. Join us with brewmaster Frederick Tremblay to celebrate the release of the Dominus Vobiscum Blanche availability at the LCBO and taste the following beers;

MicroBrasserie Charlevoix  Dominus Vobiscum Blanche

MicroBrasserie Charlevoix Dominus Vobiscum Double

MicroBrasserie Charlevoix Dominus Vobiscum Triple

MicroBrasserie Charlevoix Dominus Vobiscum Lupulus 2011

MicroBrasserie Charlevoix Dominus Vobiscum Hibernus 2010

MicroBrasserie Dominus Vobiscum Brut 2010

La Vache Folle Imperial Milk Stout

Kissmeyer (Denmark)* & MicroBrasserie Charlevoix  (Quebec) Collaboration Saison

*Former brew master from Nørrebro Bryghus

House Ales Launch Party!!!


On Friday, June 24th, 2011 Starting At 5:00pm barVolo (587 Yonge St.) Will Host The Official Launch Party Of House Ales Nano Brewery Project. The Following Beers Will Be Available In Limited Quantities;

House Ales   X   Spearhead - Heart Of Darkness - Belgian Dubbel
House Ales   X   Bartle - Dumb Pig - Rauchbier
House Ales   X   Jason Tremblay - Abbey Normal – Belgian Strong Ale
House Ales   X   Biergotter - Saison In The Abyss – Black Saison
House Ales   X   Flying Monkeys - Cause Of Death - Russian Imperial Stout
House Ales   X   Amsterdam - Left Of The Dail Mild (Side B) - Brown Ale
House Ales   X   Great Lakes - California Love (Remix) - American P.A

House Ales   X   Hip Hops        Tu-Hop – American P.A
House Ales   X   Hip Hops        Notorious IPA - American Ipa
House Ales   X   Hip Hops        Run ESB – Black English Esb (Gravity Cask)

House Ales        The Punishment Due - India Red Ale
House Ales        Jonny Boy - Double India Pale Ale (Handpull Cask)
House Ales        Back In The Day Bitter - English Best Bitter (Handpull Cask)
House Ales        “V” Black India Pale Ale (Handpull Cask)    
House Ales        Punter’s Gold - English Golden Ale (Gravity Cask)
House Ales        Ralph’s Bitter - English Ordinary Bitter (Gravity Cask)
House Ales        Tim’s Way - Robust Porter (Gravity Cask)    
House Ales        Wild Style Mild (Vanilla) (Gravity Cask)

Event Is Cash Only – ATM Available At Barvolo  |  All Beers Are Subject To Change And Availability   |  Certain Beers Will Only Be Available By The ½ Pint  |  Doors Open At 5:00 Pm – No Admission Required  |  Only House Ales Beers Will Be Served   |  Twitter: @houseales  |  Facebook: House Ales

Spearhead Brewing Company Launch

We are happy to announce that we will host the official launch of Spearhead Brewing Company from Toronto, Ontario on Thursday, June 16th at 7:00pm at barVolo. Join owner/founder Dimitri Van Kampen and the rest of the Spearhead team while we pour their Hawaiian Style Pale ale for the first time in Ontario. The following week we will serve our collaboration brew made at barVolo; House Ales X Spearhead - Heart of Darkness Belgian Style Dubbel. Check out for more information! Cheers!

3rd Annual Ontario Cask IPA Challenge!

Once again Cask Days invites you to participate in the 3rd Ontario Cask IPA Challenge on Saturday, May 14th 2011 and Sunday, May 15th 2011 at barVolo (587 Yonge St.) This year will feature 26 different India Pale Ales from 23 breweries from Ontario. With the growing demand for hoppy beers, our goal is to inspire and challenge our local craft brewers to create new and exciting ways to make an India Pale Ale.

All participat ing beers will go heads up against each other in a single elimination bracket tournament. The challenge will run over two days where each IPA is assigned a number and served blind on gravity. Top scores from each beer pairing will advance to the next round. Ontario Cask IPA Challenge is a tasting event and all beers will be served in 5oz glasses. Beers that do not advance will become available by the ½ and full pint the following round.

For a full list of participating brewers and more information about the event please view the official press release.  All results will be posted live on @caskdays twitter and on our website

House Ales in the News!

Check out today’s issue of the Toronto Star where the head brewer Ralph Morana of House Ales is mentioned in an article about “Small Breweries Making a Big Splash” written by Josh Rubin. A good reason to put 5 House Ales on tap/cask tonight at barVolo;

House Ales + Chris Glasser - Back Handed ESB

(Extra Special Bitter)

House Ales + Ian Mcoustra - Left of the Dail Mild

(Brown Ale)

House Ales + Jason Tremblay - Pas-De-Calais

(Biere De Garde)

House Ales + Square Peg - Dual Citizen

(English Pale Ale) *On Tap

House Ales Hip Hops #1 - RUN ESB

(Black Extra Special Bitter)

Stay tuned for details on our officially Nano-Brewery Launch Party!!


On Monday April 11, 2011 we will be officially launching our press release for the 3rd Annual Ontario Cask IPA Challenge being held on May 14/15 this year.Confirmed breweries;

Magnotta, Church Key, Black Oak, Niagara Brewing College, Saint Andre, House Ales*, Beau’s All Natural, Amsterdam, Cheshire Valley, Saint Andre*, Clock Tower*, Great Lakes, Scotch Irish, TAPS*, Flying Monkeys, Lake of Bays*, Durham, Granite Brewery, Muskoka Cottage Brewing*, Duggan’s, Grand River Brewing, F&M, Niagara’s Best*, Cameron’s*, .

*New entries this year

Stay tuned for more updates!!

2nd Annual Ontario Cask IPA Challenge - Winner: Great Lakes My Bitter Wife

1st Annual Ontario Cask IPA Challenge - Winner: Duggan’s #9 IPA

Driftwood Night @barVolo

This Friday, April 1st starting at 4:00pm barVolo will be featuring four new bottle beers from Driftwood Brewing Co. from Victoria, BC. Beers will be available by the sample and full bottle. We are fortunate to be one of the only places outside of British Columbia that Driftwood has shipped these beers to!

The following beers will be served;

Driftwood Old Cellar Dweller Barley Wine 2011

Driftwood Blackstone Porter

Driftwood Fat Tug IPA

Driftwood Singularity Russian Imp.Stout 2011

House Ales Collaboration Cask Night!

Collaboration Cask Night – Friday March 18th, 2011

This Friday the following House Ales collaboration casks will be served starting at 4:00pm. All beers are subject to change and availability.

House Ales / Jon Hodd
Rockaway Rye – Rye Ale – ( Last Call )

House Ales / Saint Andre
Burton Ale # 1 – Best Bitter ( Last Call )

House Ales / Robert Hughey
Saskatoon Berry Stout -  American Stout

House Ales / Trou Du Diable
Hopscotch – Scotch Ale

House Ales / Iain Mcoustra
Left Of The Dial Mild – Brown Ale

House Ales / Mike Lackey
California Love - American Pale ale

House Ales / Craig Simons
Dual Citizen – English Pale Ale