Contract Brewers to Pour at Toronto’s Festival of Beer

We are excited to hear that Left Field Brewery and other contract brewers will be able to pour their brews at Toronto’s Festival of Beer and other Beer Festivals this summer.

When we were initially made aware of a potential restriction that may have seen Left Field Brewery and similar contract brewers from pouring their beer at our Festival under the current special occasion permit rules, we reached out to our partners at the Beer Store and it was apparent from the outset that the Beer Store was interested in working together to provide a solution, that would benefit all the stakeholders.

The Beer Store, like ourselves, understand the importance that contract brewers bring to the beer segment as a great starting point to one day owning and operating their own brewery. These entrepreneurs use Festivals such as ours to showcase their product and engage with multiple consumers face to face.  Basically, affordable marketing for entrepreneurs in the province of Ontario.

We greatly appreciate The Beer Store ‘s efforts in working alongside us to resolve this situation and our combined efforts have resulted in a short-term solution, which will preserve the integrity of our Festival and other Beer Festivals this summer.

Toronto’s Festival of Beer has been committed to promoting the brewers of Ontario for the last 20 years and the Beer Store has always been very supportive of our efforts.

 To read a statement from The Beer Store, Click Here

New Tour Program at TFOB – The TFOB Trails

Get your tickets for the newest way to experience Toronto’s Festival of Beer! We are pleased to introduce the first-ever TFOB Trails, our interactive tour program hosted by beer education specialists Ginger Johnson & Crystal Luxmore. Tickets include: early access to the festival, 10 sampling tokens and a 1-hour guided tour of your favourite style of beer!

WOMEN’S TFOB TRAIL

The Women’s TFOB Trail will help the female beer lovers among us find the right beer to suit their style. Ginger Johnson, the founder of Women Enjoying Beer (WEB), will lead our Women’s Trail. WEB is the only research driven Education Company that specializes in studying women and their relationship with beer. Join Ginger in a delicious walkabout of the Festival to entice and delight your taste buds!

Friday July 25th at 5:00pm & 8:00pm

Saturday July 26th at 1:30pm

Sunday July 27th at 1:30 & 4:30pm

GLUTEN FREE TRAIL

Are you trying a gluten-free lifestyle? Celiac or gluten intolerant? Have no fear; our Gluten Free Trail is here! Crack that cold brew with no consequences and enjoy a selection of our gluten free options.

Led by Ginger Johnson, enthusiastic beer education specialist, this TFOB Trail is designed for taste bud exploration and pleasure!

Friday July 25th at 6:30pm

Saturday July 26th at 4:30pm

CIDER LOVERS TRAIL

Every year at TFOB we like to add a couple new cider vendors and this year, you can get an exclusive tour of our apple-loving brewers! Our enthusiastic beer guide, Ginger Johnson will teach you all about the nuances, flavours and characteristics that apples can provide to the brewing process.

 Saturday July 26th at 3:00pm

Sunday July 27th at 3:00pm

EXTREME BEER TRAIL

From a beer made with a half-ton of melted gummie bears to puckering-sour ales fermented with wild bacteria — the world of craft beer is experimental. And at the Toronto’s Festival of Beer, we often don’t know what weird rarities will be tapped until the last minute. So join Certified Cicerone and The Grid’s beer columnist, Crystal Luxmore on a hunt for the strangest brews. Find out how they’re made, get a guided tasting of the funky flavours and uncover the mad science behind craft brewing. Vote for your favourite! The beer with the most votes will be crowned Strange Brew of the festival.

Saturday July 26th at 2:00pm

Sunday July 27th at 2:00pm

Brewers Plate Details Announced!

Join Ontario Craft Brewers, slow food chefs and local food artisans for the 7th annual Brewer’s Plate on Wednesday, June 4th at the CBC Atrium in Toronto. With spring finally in bloom, taste the flavours of Ontario’s local bounty while gathering with farming advocates in the city of Toronto. The always sold-out evening’s specially crafted dishes will focus on field-fresh and creatively preserved food from Ontario’s farms and local food’s evolving presence in the public eye.

Attendees will sample the delicious creations of celebrity chefs known for showcasing local seasonal ingredients, paired with the craftsmanship of our fine Ontario Craft Brewers. Come and enjoy culinary delights from Café Belong, Cava, Earth Bistro, Ruby Watch Co.La Palette, Fonda Lola,Torito and Carmen, The Big Carrot, Toronto Garlic FestivalPegasus Hospitality Group, The Neal Brothers, Merchants of Green Coffee,  Andrew Muto, and more!

Check out a list of our brewer participants HERE. For the wine lovers, Southbrook Wines will be featured, representing Ontario’s vibrant and innovative viticulture with their biodynamic wines at the Brewers Plate.

Ticket holders will be treated to unlimited sampling of all the food and beverage partners with live music entertainment while supporting a great cause.

Unifying the vision of supporting our local farmers and economy, this year’s beneficiary of the 2014 Brewers Plate is the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. The Foundation is a charitable grant-making organization working to help keep farmers successful, strengthen local economies, and protect and grow natural features. At more than 1.8 million acres, Ontario’s Greenbelt is the world’s largest permanently protected greenbelt, keeping our farmlands, forests, and wetlands safe and sustainable.

Most of all, a big thank you to our local food champion chef’s ingredient suppliers, King Cole Duck, Grandview Farms and Sol Cuisine, who are donating their ethically and sustainably grown produce and meat to ensure the success of The Brewers Plate and to help meet our fundraising goals!

Tickets can be purchased HERE.

Where: CBC (Barbara Frum) Atrium, 250 Front Street West, Toronto ON.

When: Wednesday June 4th 2014, Doors open at 6:15pm

Ticket price: $125.00 + Service Charge

The Ontario Brewing Awards Celebrates Great Beer in Ontario

Last night the brewers of Ontario gathered at The Gladstone Hotel to celebrate the best of the best in 2014. Hosted by Roger Mittag, founder of Prud’homme Beer Certification®, and Beerlicious Inc., the event itself brought out over 200 industry members and media.

The evening highlighted the beer of over 40 breweries competing in 31 categories. Submissions were evaluated by a team of BJCP judges and were announced at the Ontario Brewing Awards with the following results:

GOLD

SILVER

BRONZE

NORTH AMERICAN LIGHT LAGER NORTH AMERICAN LIGHT LAGER  NORTH AMERICAN LIGHT LAGER 
   
BRICK BREWING COMPANY F&M BREWERY FLYING MONKEYS CRAFT BREWERY
LAKER LIGHT STONE HAMMER LIGHT ANTIGRAVITY LIGHT
     
NORTH AMERICAN LAGER NORTH AMERICAN LAGER NORTH AMERICAN LAGER
     
HOGSBACK BREWING COMPANY LAKE OF BAYS BREWING COMPANY AMSTERDAM BREWERY
VINTAGE LAGER TOP SHELF CLASSIC LAGER NATURAL BLONDE
   
PILSNER PILSNER PILSNER
     
WATERLOO BREWING COMPANY MOLSON COORS CANADA KING BREWERY
WATERLOO PILSNER RICKARD’S BLONDE KING PILSNER
AMBER LAGER AMBER LAGER AMBER LAGER
HOPCITY BREWING COMPANY GREAT LAKES BREWERY KING BREWERY
BARKING SQUIRREL LAGER RED LEAF LAGER VIENNA LAGER
DARK LAGER DARK LAGER DARK LAGER
SIDE LAUNCH BREWING COMPANY WATERLOO BREWING COMPANY KING BREWERY
DARK LAGER WATERLOO DARK KING DARK
BOCK BOCK BOCK
KING BREWERY CAMERON’S BREWING COMPANY MILL STREET BREWERY
KING BOCK DEVIATOR DOPPELBOCK WEIZENBOCK
HONEY / MAPLE BEER HONEY / MAPLE BEER HONEY / MAPLE BEER
F&M BREWERY MILL STREET BREWERY BAYSIDE BREWING COMPANY
STONE HAMMER MAPLE RED ROYAL YORK STINGER HONEY MAPLE
HEFEWEIZEN HEFEWEIZEN HEFEWEIZEN
BIG RIG BREWERY DENISON’S BREWING COMPANY MAGNOTTA BREWERY
HEFE DENISON’S WEISSBIER TRUE NORTH WUNDER WEISSE
BELGIAN WITBIER BELGIAN WITBIER BELGIAN WITBIER
MILL STREET BREWERY AMSTERDAM BREWERY MOLSON COORS CANADA
BELGIAN WIT BOXER RICKARD’S WHITE
FLAVOURED WHEAT BEER FLAVOURED WHEAT BEER FLAVOURED WHEAT BEER
AMSTERDAM BREWERY CLOCKTOWER BREW PUB BEYOND THE PALE BREWING COMPANY
KLB RASPBERRY WHEAT RASPBERRY WHEAT PINK FUZZ
FARMHOUSE ALES FARMHOUSE ALES FARMHOUSE ALES
STACK BREWING BIG RIG BREWERY BIG RIG BREWERY
PORTES DE L’ENFERS SAISON BELGIAN BLOND
LAGERED ALES LAGERED ALES LAGERED ALES
THE PUBLICAN HOUSE BREWERY CLOCKTOWER BREW PUB BIG RIG BREWERY
PUBLICAN HOUSE ALE KÖLSCH GOLD
BRITISH PALE / BITTER BRITISH PALE / BITTER BRITISH PALE / BITTER
MUSKOKA BREWERY BLACK OAK BREWING COMPANY HIGHLANDER BREW COMPANY
CREAM ALE PALE ALE SCOTTISH ALE
AMERICAN PALE ALE AMERICAN PALE ALE AMERICAN PALE ALE
GREAT LAKES BREWERY COLLECTIVE ARTS BREWING GREAT LAKES BREWERY
JOHNNY SIMCOE RHYME & REASON CRAZY CANUCK
BRITISH IPA BRITISH IPA BRITISH IPA
MILL STREET BREWERY KENSINGTON BREWING COMPANY WATERLOO BREWING COMPANY
MILL STREET IPA BALDWIN FISHEYE-PA WATERLOO IPA
WEST COAST IPA  WEST COAST IPA  WEST COAST IPA
CAMERON’S BREWING COMPANY MUSKOKA BREWERY BEYOND THE PALE BREWING COMPANY
R.P.A TWICE AS MAD TOM IPA IMPERIAL SUPER GUY
DARK IPA DARK IPA DARK IPA
BIG RIG BREWERY FLYING MONKEYS CRAFT BREWERY WELLINGTON BREWERY
BLACK IPA NETHERWORLD TERRESTRIAL INDIA BROWN ALE
AMBER ALE AMBER ALE AMBER ALE 
KILANNAN BREWING COMPANY CLOCKTOWER BREW PUB SAWDUST CITY BREWING COMPANY
NEW ZEALAND RED CLOCKTOWER RED OL’ WOODY ALT
DARK ALE DARK ALE DARK ALE 
MAGNOTTA BREWERY F&M BREWERY AMSTERDAM BREWERY
TRUE NORTH COPPER ALTBIER STONE HAMMER DARK DOWNTOWN BROWN
PORTER PORTER PORTER
NICKEL BROOK BREWERY COMPANY HIGHLANDER BREW COMPANY SIX PINTS SPECIALTY BEER CO
MAPLE PORTER BLACKSMITH SMOKED  PORTER BEER ACADEMY PORTER
STOUT STOUT STOUT
F&M BREWERY SAWDUST CITY BREWING COMPANY BIG RIG BREWERY
STONE HAMMER COFFEE STOUT SKINNY DIPPING STOUT BIG RIG STOUT
FRUIT BEER FRUIT BEER  FRUIT BEER
AMSTERDAM BREWERY MILL STREET BREWERY TURTLE ISLAND BREWING COMPANY
FRAMBOISE FRAMBOZEN SMASH CHERRY PALE ALE
FLAVOURED BEER FLAVOURED BEER FLAVOURED BEER
AMSTERDAM BREWERY SAWDUST CITY BREWING COMPANY BIG RIG BREWERY
FULL CITY DOUBLE TEMPEST RED ROCKET CINNAMON VANILLA CAYENNE COFFEE BIG RIG PUMPKIN
STRONG BEER STRONG BEER STRONG BEER
DESCENDANTS BEER & BEVERAGE COMPANY SAWDUST CITY BREWING COMPANY AMSTERDAM BREWERY
PROLOGUE BELGIAN BLONDE PRINCESS WEARS GIRLPANTS VICAR’S VICE
GLUTEN FREE
NICKEL BROOK BREWERY COMPANY
GLUTEN FREE
BARREL AGED WHISKY BARREL AGED WHISKY BARREL AGED WHISKY
AMSTERDAM BREWERY WELLINGTON BREWERY CAMERON’S BREWING COMPANY
DOUBLE TEMPEST FROST QUAKE BOURBON BARREL AGED BARLEY WINE BOURBON BARREL DEVIATOR DOPPELBOCK
BARREL AGED WINE BARREL AGED WINE BARREL AGED WINE
AMSTERDAM BREWERY SAWDUST CITY BREWING COMPANY GREAT LAKES BREWERY
RYE PEPPERCORN SAISON ODB GARY
IMPERIAL STOUT/BALTIC PORTER IMPERIAL STOUT/BALTIC PORTER IMPERIAL STOUT/BALTIC PORTER
MUSKOKA BREWERY BIG RIG BREWERY WELLINGTON BREWERY
WINTERBEARD IMPERIAL STOUT RUSSIAN IMPERIAL STOUT
VEGETABLE BEER VEGETABLE BEER VEGETAL BEER
GRAND RIVER BREWING THE SHIP BIG RIG BREWERY
HIGHBALLER THE SHIP’S RATIONS BIG RIG PUMPKIN
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
THE PUBLICAN HOUSE BREWERY
PUBLICAN HOUSE
BEER OF THE YEAR
MUSKOKA BREWERY

 

Spring Sessions Just A Day Away!

Happy Eve of Beer Festival, everyone!

There are still some tickets available for Friday March 28th, so get them at beerfestival.ca!

Catch illScarlett on our main stage Friday night and watch Mill Street, Steamwhistle, Beau’s and Great Lakes battle it out on the stage in our Brewery Battle of the Bands, Saturday. They’ve been hard at work brewing great beer for you to enjoy as well as warming up their vocal chords to perform with the following bands!

  1. Tennessee Voodoo Coup featuring members of Mill St. Brewery https://www.facebook.com/tvc.to
  2. Audio featuring Beau’s All Natural Brewing Staff
  3. Die Tenacious Earth from Great Lakes Brewery
  4. And The Lowest Boardroom from Steamwhistle Brewing

The Sattalites will close the show on Saturday with a special Earth Hour Performance!

Don’t feel like heading home on Saturday? Join Mill Street Brewery in the distillery district for their Earth Day Lights Out Event following the Beer Festival. Take the Mill St. Shuttle Bus from the Brick Works to their brewery after the show on Saturday!

http://millstreetearthday.com/

Please enjoy responsibly. For your safe enjoyment, we have provided a shuttle bus from Broadview Subway Station to Evergreen Brick Works that will begin at 3:30pm on Friday and 1:00pm on Saturday and will run every 15 minutes.

We have also teamed up with Hailo, the Toronto taxi app, to offer those of you new to their service a free $15 taxi credit.

The Promo Code to use is: SPRINGBEER14

Download the Hailo taxi app for free from theApp Store orGoogle Play and take a few seconds to register. The $15 promo code can be entered by tapping on the Account icon (top left) and then ‘Hailo Credits’.

Look for the Hailo booth near the Entrance where they will be offering the chance to WIN more free taxi rides and a GRAND PRIZE of a Toronto staycation.

Hailo is THE way to get a taxi wherever you are, whenever you want.  All it takes is two taps on your smartphone. Pay automatically by card, with no hidden fees and receive instant receipts by email.

If you have any questions please email toronto.support@hailocab.com or visithailocab.com/toronto/blog for more information.

Toronto’s Festival of Beer – New Dates in Spring 2014

You’ve asked for it and we have heard you, TFOB Fans! It is finally here, another session of Toronto’s Festival of Beer – and this time, in the SPRING!

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Who: A selection of your favourite brewers and restaurateurs from Toronto’s Festival of Beer

When: Saturday March 29th, 2014

2:00pm – 8:00pm

Where: The Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Avenue

How Much: $30.00 Includes: 5 tokens, a commemorative festival mug

Get your tickets soon as there are a limited number available! CLICK HERE and use promo code givemespring for $5.00 off your purchase.

The Trews and friends Acoustic Session live on Saturday July 26th

Toronto, Ont. — Tickets for Toronto’s Festival of Beer are now on sale! And just in time for the start of the Holiday Season. With over 300 beer brands on-site, tickets to the premiere beer event of the summer make the perfect stocking-stuffer for the beer lovers on your nice and naughty list!

On July 25th – 27th at Bandshell Park, beer fans from across the country will come to celebrate their favourite golden beverage while enjoying culinary delights from some of Canada’s Top Chefs, beer education sessions, live grilling demos and so much more!

Along with its world-class beer line up, Toronto’s Festival of Beer is also renown for providing world-class entertainment. This year, the Festival organizers are pleased to announce that The Trews will headline an Acoustic Session on The Bandshell Stage with some of their closet friends on Saturday July 26th!

Though the Toronto-based foursome made its name dishing intense, hooky, melodic rock and roll that won fans and critics worldwide – not to mention heaps of awards and countless radio hits pulled from a clutch of live and studio albums and EPs – The Trews discovered, serendipitously, that turning down the volume actually dialed up the heft.

Rewind to early 2009 and Toronto’s legendary Glenn Gould Studio where our guys – singer Colin MacDonald, guitarist John-Angus MacDonald, drummer Sean Dalton and bassist Jack Syperek – acoustically cut a collection of fan favourites, rarities and three new songs before a live audience that, not to put too fine a point on it, kind of lost its mind.

“We had no idea the acoustic shows would be so popular,” confirms songwriter/guitarist and producer John-Angus MacDonald. “It was something we just did because it came to us like second nature. We had written songs that way – sitting around together and strumming guitars with everybody singing. We hadn’t planned to tour but the reaction was a lot bigger than expected.”

Join The Trews and Friends for an Acoustic Session at Toronto’s Festival of Beer on Saturday July 26th. Tickets for Toronto’s Festival of Beer sell out in advance every year — so get yours now!  Tickets can be purchased online at www.beerfestival.ca. Tickets for each day are $39.50 with the ability to Hoptimize your experience for an extra $10.Hoptimizing your ticket will gain you early access to the Festival and 5 extra sample tokens. This is a 19+ event.

For ticket info and more details about this year’s Beer Festival, please visitwww.beerfestival.ca