barVolo recently celebrated 25 years of business among industry friends and loyal patrons.
Owner Ralph Morana marked the occasion by collaborating with local brewers to create the evening’s line-up of beers. Quebec’s Trou du Diable contributed to the event with a barVolo 25th Anniversary Ale – a special sour blend.
barVolo opened its doors as a Sicilian-inspired restaurant in 1985. Morana took over in 1988, and 25-years later the bar has evolved into a premier craft beer destination in Canada.
barVolo is also an example of how good core values can change an industry’s landscape, regardless of a business’s size. The small, family-owned business has devoted much of the last quarter century to cultivating a craft beer community in Toronto.
Among its greatest achievements is having founded Cask Days, a festival of cask-conditioned ales and a yearly highlight of the local craft beer scene. Held at the Evergreen Brick Works, this year’s weekend-long event will feature about 200 cask ales from Ontario breweries, and about 40 beers from the U.K.
As well as spearheading the notable festival, the family business has several branches that make it successful. There’s the bar itself, offering a small menu of elevated drinking fare, like charcuterie, cheese and other bar snacks. The limited menu complements barVolo’s extensive and ever-changing chalkboard list featuring 30 beers on tap and six on cask.
barVolo also crafts beer in house. The bar’s kitchen is equipped with a nano brewery that produces small batches under the House Ales brand. An extensive bottle list offers guests more than 75 beers, and a cellar boasts rare and coveted vintages, thanks to another offshoot of the business.
The brood behind barVolo also runs Keep6 Imports, an agency that works with the LCBO to import and consign craft beer to area restaurants and bars. Keep6 also doubles as a graphic design agency, so the creative behind all of the barVolo et al. branding is unique, clever and appealing to the eye.
Check out the promotional video for barVolo’s upcoming Cask Days: