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


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.


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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Brew News: Beer For All, Hop Free Beer, Sour Beer


Yes friends, Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by the Beer Store happens THIS year! If you scored some tickets over the Holidays, then please join the Facebook Group. You know, we are always on the look out for cool beer news and neat beer stories… Here are some that recently caught our eye…

sour_beer_gallery_3Why So Sour? You are either a fan of Sour Beer or not. There’s no middle ground. Our office is split down the middle on this issue. Some love it and some…well, not so much. We found this great piece from TVO on a sour collaboration between a number of brewers that happened at Indie Ale House.  The amount of work that goes into making sour beer is unreal: sleeping outside? Aged for four years? This story gives you a taste of the trials that go in to making that sour goodness. Take a read. Photo from Sarah Reid.

screen-shot-2017-01-11-at-12-27-54-pmBeer For All! We are big supporters of beer for everyone. It’s a mystery why some beer companies still just market mostly to dudes. From MichiganRadio.comGinger Johnson, the founder of Women Enjoying Beer, and the author of the book How to Market Beer to Women: Don’t Sell Me A Pink Hammerthe tendency of beer marketing to ignore women is not only insulting. It’s also a bad business strategy. Check out the full radio interview with Ginger. Locally, there’s the Society of Beer Drinking Ladies. They host events called Bevies and believe in the motto that Real Ladies Drink Real Beer.  We couldn’t agree more! Photo from SOBDL Instagram.

Hop Free Beer. Today the flavour-full hop-infused IPAs seem to get all the headlines. We are pretty OK with this notion, because we love IPAs, but there is so much more to the world of beer. Beer without hops may seem strange at first – like apple pie without ice cream – but check out this feature from Jakarta Today on ‘Why Hop Free Beer Is So Delicious!‘ and you may change your mind.

Craft Beer For Your Dog. We thought this was pretty cute… Concrete Beach Brewing in Miami is brewing a batch of beer for canines. Woof Wort, a beer brewed with beef stock and bacon will be available for one day only and supports a local animal shelter. 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.

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