1001 EASTERN AVENUE
PAID GREEN P LOT ADJACENT TO BREWERY
2 MINUTE WALK FROM QUEEN STREET CAR STOP
They say coincidences usually mean you’re on the right path. Rorschach’s story began in 2006 when three soon-to-become chemical engineers, Matthew Reiner, Chris Ristevski and Mohan Pandit met each other in the halls of the Wallburg building at the University of Toronto. After countless hours in the departments infamous ‘Unit Ops’ lab, they came to discover a course once offered by the department that taught beer making and fermentation, but had stopped years previously. So they naturally took things into their own hands and set up shop in Matthew’s basement studying the magic of fermentation.
Beer has a remarkable history and is brewed in many different styles all over the world. On their travels throughout Europe, North America and Asia, Matt, Chris and Mohan were able to explore countless breweries, beer gardens, local beer and regional cuisine.
One day in early 2015, they met at The An Sibin Pub, just around the corner from what is now the Rorschach Brewery and tasting house, and, after many years of brewing countless beers, decided it was time for them to open their own craft brewery. They hope, someday, and with a lot of convincing, to resurrect that beer making bioprocess engineering course!
Matthew, Chris and Mohan crossed paths with Ben Ragan by coincidence later that year, and quickly bonded over their similar tastes in beer and brewing. Ben has been involved in mixed fruit fermentation in a Wellington County winery since 2011, and grew his passion into one for beer, cider and Kombucha. With his previous experience in the wine industry, in 2015 Ben travelled to the vineyards of Northern Spain where he worked for room and board in the cantina of a small winery.
Rorschach’s beer will ultimately be guided by its brewing philosophy, inspired by what we have experienced, and we hope the food will reflect the international culinary palate that pairs with each beer they craft.
Most people aren’t intimate with the Rorschach Test, but have probably seen it in passing in Hollywood film. It’s a psychological test that dates back to the mid 1800s, and uses ambiguous symmetrical inkblots to examine a person’s personality and emotions. The foundation of the test, and ultimately the inspiration for our name, was that each individual can appreciate the ambiguity and complexity of an experience according to their own ‘perceptual set’. Simply put, everyone’s experiences are personal and subjective, and as a result every person perceives each experience uniquely.
If we were to send a sample of our beer, or any other brewery’s beer for that matter, off to a lab, the flavor and aroma compounds of that beer could be quantified and objectively laid out on a piece of paper. Yet, if two people were to taste that same beer, each would perceive it differently. Beer, just like food, is a personal experience; no two people’s tastes are exactly the same. Our goal is to facilitate and enhance that experience, and ultimately help to elevate the beer experience
In case you were wondering, and I'm sure you were, it's pronounced "Ror-shack"! :)
Rorschach Brewing Company is opening inside 1001 Eastern Avenue, Toronto across from Jonathan Asbridge Park. Our building is the amalgamation of three distinct structures, beginning with the front of the building which is the original brick home built in 1917. An extension was built onto the rear of property and used for boat building from 1932 until the mid 1950s. The warehouse that was built in 1970 was adjoined with the existing two buildings in 2008.
We welcome you to our space, and hope you can appreciate the building and our inviting rooftop patio, especially in the summer! We look forward to growing our own herbs, vegetables and flowers on the rooftop garden for the brewery! In case you were wondering about parking, there is a Green P parking lot adjacent to the brewery.