Fixed Gear: pints, pizza, pretzel

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It would be an arduous 30-kilometre pedal from downtown Kitchener, but however you travel to Fixed Gear Brewing Canteen in Guelph, it’s worth the trip.

I don’t currently own a bike (but I have had three of them stolen), so I drove to the Canteen, located in The Junction, a cool refurbishment of a CN Rail building about five minutes southwest of Guelph city centre.

Wood-fired oven heating up (Photo/

With its large dining room, The Canteen is its own cool urban space, retrofitted into the former Abe Erb Brewing site in late 2018. It’s a mixture of high tops, communal tables and large upholstered booths. Thom Yorke and Radiohead play in the foreground; sports on television in the background.

With several bikes as décor, there’s a bespoke and playful eclecticism to Fixed Gear, the sprawling dining room, signs and games, beer fridge and a smoker beneath exposed HVAC infrastructure painted black and entwined in metres of coloured lights.

Salty-crunchy soft pretzel (Photo/

Through The Junction parking lot and around the corner to Alma Street is the Fixed Gear brewing facility, which opened in 2016.

About five minutes ride southwest from the city centre, The Canteen appeared in late 2018 and has since been dedicated to serving as the neighbourhood local, adding a tight-knit community dimension to the Junction.

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