Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Booze and bricks - The historic Distillery District

Full of character and old bricks, the historic Distillery District near Lakeshore Blvd on the east side of downtown is a charming place to visit. Part of one of the largest distilleries in the British Empire it survived from 1831 to 1990 and now has become a centre for art, culture and heritage. The picture of the penguin is from 2006.

The red brick buildings are examples of victorian industrial architecture and the red bricks have also been used for wall to wall paving of the pedestrian walkways.

You can explore art galleries and boutiques, enjoy restaurants and coffee houses and sit on patios enjoying the weather. Mill Street Brew Pub is in operation and you can sample and purchase their fine selection of brews. I tried a light and refreshing organic beer - perfect on a hot day, with or without a cute puppy.

Here is one of the buildings just outside the district. It's windows covered with green wooden shutters.

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