Formerly "Beer Academy"
I’ve been here a couple of times before, but it was my first time coming there after the reconstruction. To be honest I was expecting to see a totally different BATCH after the renovation. This place no longer looks like a brewhouse, even BATCH itself suggests it by not mentioning anything about it being a brewhouse. BATCH is a two floored place in an old building. This place is a few steps away from Eaton centre which is really convenient. The interior design gave me mixed feelings, it was something between provence and urban designs. But it still has some elements that remind you that it’s a brewhouse. Also on the main floor there is a hall that has been there even before the reconstruction, but it has been changed and now looks like the rest of the building. When you go down to the basement you end up in this lounge looking place. There is a couple of 1960 style chairs, a few arcade games, a glass wall which has some old looking beer tanks and a free ping pong table. Also on the same floor you can find a separate party room that you can rent and it comes with its own bar and the kitchen is right next to it.
Food and Beer
When you enter you find yourself in the main hall, with a bar and a small shop that sells the beer that was brewed there, at the BATCH. Also they do sell different beer made by Creemore Springs. Actually in-house beer is also brewed in support of Creemore Springs Brewery. There is 6 different and really delicious in-house brewed beers. The menu has some high class cooking. Anything that at least sounds familiar to you will be served in a new/unusual way. Its up to you to decide if that’s a good or a bad thing.
The staff there is really friendly and at the entrance a head waiter waits for you, which is also very unusual for a brewhouse. Now I can’t really call this a “family friendly“ place since before coming there I have called them and asked them if they have any desserts because i was bringing two of my kids with me, they said they did not have any whatsoever. I said that was ok and came there anyway and ended up finding “pancakes and whipped cream“ in the menu. I decided to buy ice cream for our children on the street and go to BATCH. To my surprise we quietly sat down at the table and no one even said anything, even though kids were eating ice cream in big cups from a popular brand that was hard not to notice. That was definitely a plus. What else can i say about this place, probably that the visitors there are on average 35 y.o. And over.