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Spring Sessions: Great Brews. Tasty Food. Cottage Vibes

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Do you have plans for the May Two Four Long Weekend? Well… now you do! Spring Sessions of Toronto’s Festival of Beer happens May 20 and May 21 at Fort York: Garrison Common. Come experience a curated selection of beer and food alongside cottage vibes and live music. New this year: Acoustic Campfire Sessions featuring Elliott Brood and The Trews.

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Discover a new brew, taste some killer culinary, play some cottage games and watch some amazing bands play acoustically in the Campfire Sessions. Sounds like a perfect cottage weekend … without the commute!

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Spring Sessions Heads Back To The Fort On May Two Four Weekend

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Spring Sessions of Toronto’s Festival of Beer returns to Fork York: Garrison Common on May Two Four Weekend

Toronto, ON – The fourth annual Spring Sessions of Toronto’s most iconic beer festival, Toronto’s Festival of Beer, comes home to its roots on the May long weekend, Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21, at the historic Fort York: Garrison Common (250 Fort York Boulevard). New for this year, the festival is introducing Campfire Sessions, which features live acoustic performances by the Juno award winning trio, Elliott Brood on May 20 and east-coast bred, Toronto-based rockers The Trews, on May 21.

“Spring Sessions of Toronto’s Festival of Beer is going to be an incredible time to stay in the city,” said Les Murray, President of Beerlicious Inc., “We have Canadian rockers Elliott Brood and The Trews headlining our festival, along with a fantastic selection of brews to sample and a great roster of local restaurants and food trucks for people to enjoy. We’re also bringing back the cottage in the city theme this year, with fire pits, outdoor games and lawn chairs to tie the theme together – you don’t want to miss it!”

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Building on last year’s success, Spring Sessions of Toronto’s Festival of Beer will celebrate the cottage theme again this May long weekend: with more games, entertainment, BBQ and beer than ever before. To add to the excitement, the festival will have fire pits on site that are scheduled to ignite during the Campfire Sessions while marshmallows will be handed out to attendees to create an unforgettable and delicious experience.

Tickets to Spring Sessions of Toronto’s Festival of Beer are on sale now. Earlybird tickets start at $30, while regular price tickets start at $35. All tickets include a commemorative festival sampling mug and five sampling tokens.

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About Spring Sessions of Toronto’s Festival of Beer:

Spring Sessions of Toronto’s Festival of Beer is a 19+ sampling event that is hosted by the same company that powers Canada’s largest beer festival, Toronto’s Festival of Beer.

The 2017 edition of Spring Sessions takes place on Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21 during the Victoria Day long-weekend at Fort York: Garrison Common (250 Fort York Boulevard).

The event celebrates Canada’s rich brewing history with experts of the brewing craft from around Ontario and a wide selection of restaurateurs, food trucks and performances for people to enjoy, all within a cottage theme. Featuring 30+ brands onsite, this is Canada’s premier celebration of the golden beverage and cottage in the city!

About Elliott Brood:

Elliott BROOD’s brand of fuzzed-up roots music makes for captivating, frenetic performances, which also translates on the band’s acclaimed records. Elliott BROOD has won a Juno, been nominated for Genie Award and hit the Polaris Short List. Their style has been called everything from ‘blackgrass’ to ‘death country,’ but those descriptions don’t capture the transcendent heights of their unique approach to roots music. Work and Love, their most recent and most personal album to date, is the sound of a grown-up band searching their hearts for all they’ve lost and gained. They are presently in studio working on the follow up  album Ghost Gardens which is set for release in the Fall of 2017.

About The Trews:

The Trews are a Canadian hard rock band from Antigonish, Nova Scotia, consisting of vocalist Colin MacDonald, guitarist John-Angus MacDonald, bassist Jack Syperek, and drummer Gavin Maguire. The band is currently based in Toronto, Ontario.

The band started their career with the name One I’d Trouser, a line taken from a song in Monty Python’s “The Meaning Of Life”. They changed their name to Trouser, and eventually The Trews. They released an EP as One I’d Trouser, and a second EP under the name The Trews.

In the early summer of 2002 the band entered Rocksearch, a high-profile contest that is held annually by CHTZ-FM, a St. Catharines (Southern Ontario) rock radio station. Winning the contest would prove to be their big break as they soon landed a recording contract with Bumstead Productions Ltd.

Since then, the band has released five studio albums, three live albums, one compilation album, and five EPs. The Trews have also won a number of awards for their work, including: Seven East Coast Music Awards (ECMA), Three Independant Music Awards (US), and Five Juno Award nominations.

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SOLD OUT: Saturday Hoptimized and VIP Tickets

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Friends, here we are. As you know, TFOB Saturday always sells out pretty quickly. We cannot find the words to show our appreciation, so please know that we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Your support of this event is everything.  We like you. We like you a lot. It might be love.

Saturday Ticket Update:

  • Saturday VIP Tickets – SOLD OUT
  • Saturday Hoptimized Tickets – SOLD OUT
  • Saturday General Admission Tickets – Still available! Use code BEER to save $5 off General Admission Tickets!

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Totally amped to welcome Canadian Rockers SLOAN to #TFOB2017. Read the Official Press Release of our SLOAN announcement… and then picture a sunny Saturday afternoon in July, with your friends, over 300 types of brews, and amazing line-up of food purveyors and this:

Also, take a look at the video below to get a taste of what TFOB is all about. #TFOB2017 is July 28-30 Bandshell Park, Exhibition Place. This year our feature country is *drum roll please* … CANADA! No better time than Canada’s 150th celebration aka: #Canada150, to raise a glass with breweries and brews from coast to coast! We’ll bring the best of the best to Toronto’s Festival of Beer, presented by the Beer Store.

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Canadian Rockers Sloan To Headline #TFOB2017

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Super stoked to welcome Canadian Rock Icons Sloan to Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by the Beer Store. Man, these guys are legends. All they do is write super catchy songs. Have you ever seen them live? They are incredible. Wowza. We. Can’t. Wait.

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Use code BEER to save $5 off General Admission Tickets!

Read the Official Press Release and then picture a sunny Saturday afternoon in July, with your friends, over 300 types of brews, and amazing line-up of food purveyors and this:

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PS: We also feature a Spring version of our Summer event. It’s called Toronto’s Festival of Beer Spring Sessions and we kick it cottage-style on the May Two Four Long Weekend.

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#TFOB2017 Presents Sloan

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Legendary Canadian Rockers SLOAN to perform at Toronto’s Festival of Beer 2017, presented by the Beer Store

Toronto, ON (February 15, 2017) – You’d have to be a fool, not to think about it! Toronto’s Festival of Beer (TFOB 2017), presented by the Beer Store is back on July 28-30, 2017 at Bandshell Park, Exhibition Place. This year, Juno award winning rock band Sloan will headline the festival on Saturday, July 29 presented by 94.9 the Rock.

“We are very excited to have Sloan play TFOB 2017,” said Les Murray, President of Toronto’s Festival of Beer, “The Saturday of the festival has always been the most talked about day of that weekend because the atmosphere can’t be compared to anything else and this year is gearing up to be another big one. It’s a day and performance that you won’t want to miss!”

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This year, TFOB 2017 will be celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday by creating a massive 100, 000 square-foot pavilion which showcases both beer and culinary delights from various regions across Canada. As part of this celebration TFOB 2017 will also be showcasing various musical acts that hail from different regions in Canada, as well as the U.S. Sloan is the first of three headliners to be announced. Headliners for Friday and Sunday of TFOB 2017 will be announced in the coming weeks.

Tickets for Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by the Beer Store sell out in advance every year — so consumers are encouraged to buy early. Tickets can be purchased HERE and are $42.50 with the ability to Hoptimize the experience for an extra $12. A Hoptimized ticket gives the consumer early access and 5 extra sample tokens. Toronto’s Festival of Beer is a 19+ event.

About Sloan:

Over the course of their 25 year career, the four songwriters in Sloan have amassed an outstanding collection of over 200 songs on eleven studio albums.  Recently named one of Canada’s top five bands of all-time in a CBC critics poll, Sloan continue to write, record and tour well into their third decade together.

Last year, Sloan took to the road performing over 70 shows in celebration of the 20th anniversary of their album “One Chord To Another”.  2017 will find the band in studio writing and recording new material.  This summer the band will be performing their hits and fan favourites at festival concerts across North America. Check out Sloan’s official website HERE.

About Toronto’s Festival of Beer:

Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by the Beer Store is a celebration of Canada’s rich brewing history, showcasing experts of the brewing craft from around the world. Featuring more than 300 brands, TFOB takes place July 28-30, 2017 at Bandshell Park in Exhibition Place, Toronto. This is a 19+ event.

For more Information, please contact:

Davide De Laurentiis

(416) 635-9889 x27

Dav@intelivents.com

Jon Sinden

(416) 635-9889 x26

jon@intelivents.com

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5 Awesome Valentine’s Day Gifts

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Valentine’s Day is Feb 14. Whether you’re deeply in love with someone, still searching for someone, or don’t even care, we felt compelled to share our thoughts… Of course, if you don’t care, then maybe this blog entry is not for you.

Here are 5 gifts ideas and 1 Valentine’s Day alternative suggestion:

1) TICKETS: The Perfectly Paired Package is just that: perfectly paired. We paired TFOB Tickets with a pair of socks from GOTSTYLE and a pair of Yves Martin boxer briefs from Prostate Cancer Canada. You’ll also get a $50 GOTSTYLE gift card and GOTSTYLE MAN Magazine. For every Perfectly Paired Package purchased (say that 5 times fast) we’ll donate $10 to Prostate Cancer Canada.

2) DINNER: The Nacho Crunch Double Layer taco from Taco Bell may be enticing you, but keep that urge bottled in… for now. Trip Advisor has THIS LIST of the best Italians restaurants in Toronto. Or maybe BBQ is your thing? HERE is a list of the best BBQ joints courtesy BLOGTO. And HERE is a list from Yelp on Toronto’s best kept secret restaurants/bars.

3) COUPLES MASSAGE: Speaks for itself… Just hit Google with that search. The one who spends most on AdWords around this time should get your business! We’ve heard that ELMWOOD is good, And Bahn Thai too!

4) RAGE ROOM: For $69 you and your loved one can smash a whole lotta stuff. It’s called the Date Night package from Battle Sports… and sounds perfect if you and your partner want to release some energy. This package comes with the luxury of smashing a printer – which you’ve always wanted to do after seeing Office Space. Learn MORE.

5) ALL THE BOOKS: How many times have you said “We should be reading more?” Mark Zuckerburg’s list of 23 books he things everyone should read is a good place to start. Want to really WOW your love, buy them all the books! Or better yet, get a library card and visit one of Toronto’s Public Library. HERE’s Zucks’ list. And HERE is the location/hours list of Toronto Public Libraries.

Alternative Valentine’s Day Idea: 

Order a greasy Brooklyn Pizza from Dominos and binge watch Lemony Snickets: A Series of Unfortunate Events on Netflix. This is the Neil Patrick Harris redux of the movie that Jim Carrey absolutely crushed years previously. NPH is glorious. Follow the tragic trio of the Baudelaire children Violet, Klaus and Sunny as they dodge and weave the evil Count Olaf. For a pretty dark storyline, the show is light and fluffy and full of great performances. That theme song will get stuck in your head and you can thank us later. “Look away, Look awaaaay, Look Away!!”

 

Have a Happy Valentine’s Day. Cheers. Looking forward to seeing everyone on May 20-21 for Toronto’s Festival of Beer Spring Sessions and on July 28-30 for the Summer Edition of TFOB.

Get #TFOB2017 Tickets!

Use code BEER to save $5 off General Admission Tickets!

(This code does not work for the Valentine’s Day Package)

 

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Brew News: Valentine’s Day, Beer Art, Superb Owl Beer

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Our weekly look at the latest in beer news take us to Hamilton, Bruges, Houston and right here in Toronto. We googled, we searched, we created and these are the top stories for the week…

We’ve been told that some guys are hard to buy for, so we conjured up the Perfectly Paired Package. It’s like getting a pair of GOTSTYLE socks and a pair of Yves Martin boxer briefs for free when you purchase a pair of TFOB Saturday tickets. LEARN MORE about this package HERE. Please note, we will donate $10 from every package purchased to Prostate Cancer Canada. This is a win/win/win/win. Thanks to the fine folks at GOTSTYLE and Prostate Cancer Canada for making this happen.

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So Arty: Let’s face it. Collective Arts Brewing in Hamilton are crushing it. A solid line-up of brews like Rhyme & Reason, Ransack The Universe, Stranger Than Fiction and a killer idea to incorporate art into their look and feel. Canadian and International artists get their art featured on the label.  It’s like a global art gallery in your hand, one beer at a time. We love everything about it. Read more in THIS CBC article.

In Bruges: Beer literally flows through the streets of Bruges. This destination is on on our bucket list. It sounds dreamy, but Belgian beer can be a minefield for the uninitiated, so it’s worth learning how to tell your Tripel from your Kwak before you order a pint of something 14% ABV. Check out this piece from The Independent on how to spend a beer-fueled two days In Bruges.

Superb Owl Beer Pairings: Yes, the Superb Owl is coming up (Feb 6 at 6:30pm). It’s Football’s biggest game with Atlanta facing New England. We always like to look at the other battle; the battle of beer. Which region/city brews better beer?  Boston vs Atlanta.  Methinks it doesn’t seem like too difficult of a choice. The other big part of Superb Owl Sunday are the snacks. HERE’s a handy list of which beer pairs with which snack courtesy of VinePair.

There you have it. Our round up of the latest beer news. Cheers. Looking forward to seeing everyone on May 20-21 for Toronto’s Festival of Beer Spring Sessions and on July 28-30 for the Summer Edition of TFOB.

Get #TFOB2017 Tickets!

Use code BEER to save $5 off General Admission Tickets!

(This code does not work for the Valentine’s Day Package)

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Perfectly Paired Valentine’s Package

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Love is in the air! We, your pals at Toronto’s Festival of Beer, are proud to parter with the mens style leaders at GOTSTYLE and the fine folks at Prostate Cancer Canada to offer you… the Perfectly Paired Valentine’s Package. 

The Perfectly Paired Valentine’s Package is only $85.00 (+ taxes and service fees) and includes: 

  • One pair of General Admission tickets to TFOB on Saturday, July 29.
  • One pair of GOTSTYLE Pink Flamingo socks (pictured below)
  • One GOTSTYLE $50 promotional gift card valid on $150.00 purchase
  • One GOTSTYLE MAN magazine
  • One pair of Yves Martin boxer briefs: (pictured below) Proud Underwear Partner of Prostate Cancer Canada
  • And then we’ll make a $10 donation from every package sold to Prostate Canada Canada

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This is an extremely limited offer. There are only 50 packages available. We feel this pairing works on so many levels. We hope you do to. During purchase, you’ll be asked two questions:

  1. What size you would you like in boxer briefs (Small, Medium or Large)
  2. Which GOTSTYLE location works for you to pick up your package. (either Distillery or Bathurst St. location) Just pick the one that is easiest for you.

After purchase, the tickets get emailed to you via Ticketfly. Those tickets are your proof of purchase to take in to the GOTSTYLE location to get the rest of your sweet gear. Yes, you’ll need to print your tickets and show them to the staff at GOTSTYLE.  Bring photo ID!

Step 1: Print tickets. Step 2: Bring them in to the GOTSTYLE location you selected at purchase. Step 3: Show ticket, receive package.

That’s it. Hope you enjoy this offer and have a great Valentine’s Day. See you in July for Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by the Beer Store!

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Brand New VIP Experience: On Sale Now!

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#TFOB2017 will be amazing. There will be many new brews and culinary delights to discover. We are always trying to make the TFOB experience better. You provided us with some incredible insights through the survey we sent out last year. With your input we are proud to launch the new VIP ticket. What makes this a new VIP experience? Good question. Here our the two new features:

  1. An additional VIP restroom. This was at the top of the list in terms of feedback from our people. We heard you! We will now offer VIP-ers an air conditioned, satellite station to take care of their, um, ‘business’. This is in additional to the air conditioned restrooms located inside Acqua Dolce resto. This new VIP restroom will be located at convenient spot inside the TFOB grounds. We’ll let you know exactly where ahead of the event.
  2. Enhanced Dining Experience. The restaurant on-site inside TFOB grounds is called Acqua Dolce. They are now under new management. They have also done some renos. This is the home base for VIP ticket holders. We are thrilled to partner with them this year and have their full commitment to make the VIP experience, second to none. This includes an improved culinary experience and top notch service.

So the VIP Ticket for #TFOB2017 now includes: Access to private VIP Lounge in Acqua Dolce Resto & Venue (air-conditioned venue with lake view patio), one catered meal and two full beverages, 10 sample tokens, Commemorative Festival Sampling Cup, new satellite VIP air-conditioned washrooms located strategically in Bandshell Park, access into the festival through an express entrance, and access to festival for an additional 1.5 Hours. VIP tickets are on sale now for $95.00 plus tax and service fees. 

Take a look at the video below to get a taste of what TFOB is all about. #TFOB2017 is July 28-30 Bandshell Park, Exhibition Place. This year our feature country is *drum roll please* … CANADA! No better time than Canada’s 150th celebration aka: #Canada150, to raise a glass with breweries and brews from coast to coast! We’ll bring the best of the best to Toronto’s Festival of Beer, presented by the Beer Store.

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If you are looking for General Admission tickets, use the same link above, but add promo code BEER to save $5 off per ticket. Promo codes only valid for General Admission tickets.

Please note: VIP Tickets for Saturday, July 29th are already SOLD OUT.

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Brew News: Saturday VIP Tickets Sold Out, Beer Yoga, Tesla-Powered Beer

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Here we are friends… TFOB VIP Tickets are Sold Out for Saturday, July 29. Thank you for your support! If you missed out, and want VIP Tickets, to take advantage of the new VIP Experience, then you can get some HERE for Friday, July 28 and Sunday, July 30.

Below is our round up of the latest Brew News…

BeerYogaBeer Yoga Is A Thing! Get yourself in Happy Baby pose because Beer & Yoga is now a thing. According to this Mashable article, it started at the famous Burning Man festival, and then spread to Germany and now Australia. If you feel this doesn’t sound like the absolute best thing, then you should should Nama-stay away. Photo: via Mashable

Sierra_Nevada_XL_410_282_c1Tesla-Powered Beer: There’s yet another reason to love west coast brewers Sierra Nevada. They’ve installed Tesla Powerpack Batteries at their California Brewery to meet the energy demand on electricity. THIS article from Green Tech Media often quotes Sierra Nevada’s Sustainability Manager Cheri Chastain, which makes us think that more breweries need to have someone leading the sustainability charge. Super cool. Photo: via Sierra Nevada website

Keurig for Beer?: There are rumblings about a single serve beer making machine. Is this the world’s greatest idea or just some crazy fad? THIS article is from the Nerdist, and reports that Anheuser-Bush InBev is considering some type of contraption for single serve beer.

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Pint of Stella = Clean Water: Matt Damon’s water.org and Stella Artois have teamed up for a pretty unique partnership. The Hollywood Reporter describes it this way…  “Damon discussed a newly announced cooperation between the organization (water.org) and beer brand Stella Artois, part of Anheuser-Busch InBev, saying that it provides people different ways of giving, such as by buying glass chalices. Or ‘you can go into a pub in the U.K. or America and buy a pint of Stella, and for that one pint of Stella, they will guarantee bringing someone in the developing world clean water for a month,’ the star explained. Read MORE.

There you have it. Our round up of the latest beer news. Cheers. Looking forward to seeing everyone on May 20-21 for Toronto’s Festival of Beer Spring Sessions and on July 28-30 for the Summer Edition of TFOB presented by the Beer Store.

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