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!


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


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


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


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