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The 2017 TFOB Team T-Shirt Contest

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Each year you guys continue to impress us with your creative tees at Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by The Beer Store. Don’t worry, we see you. And we love it.

If you and your crew are coming to Toronto’s Festival of Beer from July 28-30 at Bandshell Park, here’s what you need to know about the Official TFOB Team T-Shirt Contest.

1) Bring Your Crew!

Once you all arrive and are looking fine, come by the TFOB Media Lounge. You’ll find us right beside the legendary Grilling Tent. Also of note: your crew can be 5 people or 50 people. There is no limitation on group size. A bunch of dudes without shirts on does not count. This is literally a contest of tee shirts.

2) We Snap Your Pic

Once at the TFOB Media Lounge, ask for Victoria, and she will snap a quick photo. All entries must be a photo from Victoria. We are totally paying her to be there to take photos of your group so please follow this rule!

3)  The Contest

After your weekend full of incredible food and beer passes by, we’ll post a photo gallery on Facebook (or as my Mom calls it, “The Facebook”). The public will be able to vote on who has the best t-shirts. Keep an eye on our social media so you can share the link and get your friends to vote. Make new friends this weekend, (yes because it’s fun), but mostly so you can get them to vote for you. If you win our contest you’ll be the proud owner of 10 tickets to Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by The Beer Store for next year. HERE is last year’s TFOB T-Shirt Photo Album on Facebook.

4) The Judging

We’ll pick the winner based on two sets of criteria. %50 based on likes on Facebook and the %50 based on our staff vote.

Here are the full Rules & Regs:

TFOB Team Tee Shirt Contest Contest: For Your Chance To Win Tickets to 2018 Toronto’s Festival of Beer
Contest Rules & Regulations

1. The Contest Period for the TFOB Team Tee Shirt Contest (the “Contest”) starts at 3PM EST Friday, July 28th 2017 and continues until 8:00 PM ET on Tuesday, Sept 5th, 2017 (“Contest Closing Date”), (“Contest Period”).

2. No Purchase Necessary. For your chance to WIN, your team photo must be taken by TFOB staff at the TFOB Media Tent, during TFOB 2017. These photos will then be placed in a Facebook album on the official Toronto’s Festival of Beer Facebook page on August 1st. Photos will be judged based on criteria set forth by Beerlicious Inc. (%50 based on actual Facebook ‘likes’ and %50 based on creativity, as judged by Beerlicious Inc. staff).

3. Limit 1 (one) entry per team. Entries will be rejected if entry process is not fully completed and submitted during the Contest Period.

4. This Contest is open to residents of the province of Ontario (Canada) who are 19 years or older at the time of entry, excluding employees of Beerlicious Inc., and their respective affiliated companies, agents, advertising and promotional agencies, and prize suppliers, and all those with whom they are domiciled. The Contest is subject to all applicable federal, provincial and municipal laws and regulations.

5. The potential winner will be contacted on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 between 12:00 pm and 5:00 pm for the TFOB Team Tee Shirt Contest as selected by Beerlicious Inc. from all eligible entries from, Ontario, Canada. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. Selected entrant will be contacted by Facebook Messenger or via email address indicated on his/her entry given while photo is taken. If a selected entrant cannot be reached within one (1) business day of the second message (FB Messenger or email sent) and after a minimum of two contact attempts by the Contest Sponsor or if the entrant declines the Prize, or does not otherwise comply with these Contest Rules (“Rules”) he/she will forfeit their prize and another random draw will be conducted to select a replacement entrant in the same manner.

6. Selected entrants, for the Contest, will be required to correctly answer, unaided, a time-limited mathematical skill-testing question to be administered by email, before being named the official daily winner. Selected entrants must also return a signed Declaration and Release of Liability within a specified period of time, before being named a winner, failing which they will forfeit the prize.

7. If the identity of an online entrant is disputed, the authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at the time of entry will be deemed to be the entrant. The individual assigned to the e-mail address for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address is considered the authorized account holder. A selected entrant may be required to provide proof that he/she is the authorized account holder of the e-mail address associated with the selected entry. All online entries must be submitted from a valid e-mail account that may be identified by reverse domain name search. The sole determinant of time for the purposes of receipt of a valid entry in this Contest will be the Contest Sponsor’s server machine(s).

8. There is one (1) Prize to win, which includes: Ten (10) – tickets to Sunday of Toronto’s Festival of Beer, 2018.

9. Once a winner has been deemed as eligible for a prize during any of the given weeks, he/she will not be eligible for contest entry for the duration of the same week and any attempt at further contest entry during the weekly period will not be considered a valid entry.

10. Prize must be accepted as awarded and may not be transferred, or exchanged and has no cash surrender value. No substitutions applicable. The Contest Sponsor reserves the right to substitute the Grand Prize, or any portion of the Grand Prize or Prize component for a substitute prize of at least equal value in the event of the unavailability, for whatever reason, of the advertised Prize or Prize component. The Contest Sponsor will not be responsible for cancellations or other factors beyond the Contest Sponsor’s reasonable control which prevent the Grand Prize or part of the Grand Prize from being fulfilled. In such event, winners will not be provided with a substitute prize or cash equivalent. Each Prize winner is responsible for all additional costs related to the Prize not specifically included above.

11. The Contest Sponsor’s rulings are final and without appeal in all matters related to this Contest and the awarding of the Prizes.

12. By entering this Contest, each winner consents to the use of his/her name, city of residence, and/or photograph in any publicity carried out by the Contest Sponsors, and their respective subsidiaries, affiliated companies, advertising and promotional agencies, dealers and agents without further notice or compensation. All entries become the property of the Contest Sponsor and will not be returned.

13. No communications will be entered into except with the selected entrants who will be notified via Facebook Messenger, or by telephone and/or email.

14. Contest Sponsor, its advertising and promotion agencies and the contest judges assume no responsibility for lost, stolen, delayed, damaged, illegible or misdirected entries that have been submitted through illicit means, or do not conform to or satisfy the Contest Rules or for failure of the website during the Contest Period, for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers, access providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any email to be received or traffic congestion on the internet or at any website, or any combination thereof including any injury or damage to an entrant’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from playing or downloading any material in the contest.

15. The Contest Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel or suspend the online portion of this Contest should a virus, bug or other cause beyond the reasonable control of the Contest Sponsor corrupt the security or proper administration of the Contest and at their sole option, to award prizes based on entries received at the time of such cancellation. Any attempt to deliberately damage any web site or to undermine the legitimate operation of this Contest is a violation of criminal and civil laws. Should such an attempt be made, the Contest Sponsor reserves the right to seek remedies and damages to the fullest extent permitted by law, including criminal prosecution. The Contest Sponsor is not responsible for any errors or omissions in printing or advertising this Contest.

16. The Contest Sponsor reserves the right to cancel or suspend this Contest in the event of any accident, printing, administrative, or other error of any kind without prior notice or obligation.

17. The Contest Sponsor is collecting personal data about entrants for the sole purpose of administering this Contest. The Contest Sponsor will not share any personal data about entrants with any other party. The personal data collected for this Contest will not be used for any other purposes unless entrants provide explicit permission as indicated on the entry form.

By entering this Contest, entrants agree to release and hold harmless the Contest Sponsors, their advertising and promotion agencies, the contest judges and their respective officers, directors, agents, representatives, successors and assigns from any liability for any loss or damage of any kind to the entrant or any other person in connection with this Contest or participation in any Contest related activities or, if declared a winner, the use or misuse of the Prize or any portion of the Prize including personal injury, death or property damage. This Contest will run in accordance with these Contest Rules, subject to amendment by the Contest Sponsor. Contest Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, amend, modify or terminate this Contest or the Rules at any time in its sole discretion and without notice. Entrants must comply with these rules, and will be deemed to have received and understood the rules if they participate in the Contest.

Cheers to #BeerFam and see you July 28-30 at Bandshell Park!

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TFOB Friday & Saturday Are Sold Out!

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We put aside TFOB Friday and TFOB Saturday Hoptimized tickets  for the bands and now they are all SOLD OUT. TFOb Sunday is your ‘go-to’ now…

Get TFOB SUNDAY Tickets Now!

There were limited TFOB Friday & Saturday tickets available but they have Sold Out. Thank you for your support! Can’t wait to see everyone July 28-30 at Bandshell Park. #BeerFam

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Everything You Need To Know About Attending TFOB 2017

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Well hello there #BeerFam … Here are the most common questions we get asked. If the answer you’re looking for is not below, please reach out to us on Twitter and we’ll be happy to connect and try to answer your question.

Q: Can I Still Get Tickets to TFOB 2017?

Yes, you can. TFOB Friday & TFOB Saturday are Sold Out.  TFOB Sunday tickets can be purchased HERE.

Q: Where is Toronto’s Festival of Beer 2017?

A: Bandshell Park, Exhibition Place. Technically the addy is 60 Prince Edward Island Crescent. Toronto’s Festival of Beer on Google Maps is Bandshell Park, Exhibition Place. 

Q: Can You Give Me Directions Via The TTC?

A) There are two stations on Exhibition Grounds. Here’s how to get here: 1) 29 Dufferin Bus – Take the Bloor subway to Dufferin Station, board the #29 bus south to Exhibition Place. 2) 511 Bathurst Streetcar – Take the Bloor subway to Bathurst Station, board the #511 streetcar south to Exhibition Place. There are two streetcar stops at Exhibition Place, at Strachan Avenue, and adjacent to the Horse Palace/GO Station. 3) 509 Harbourfront Streetcar – Take the Yonge-University subway to Union Station. Take the 509 Streetcar from the Union Station southbound streetcar tunnel towards Exhibition Loop . There are two streetcar stops at Exhibition Place, at Strachan Avenue, and adjacent to the Horse Palace/GO Station.

Q: What are the Hours of TFOB?

TFOB Friday Hours: 

  • 3:00p – Doors Open for Club TFOB, VIP and Hoptimized Ticket Holders
  • 4:30p – General Admission Doors Open
  • 9:30p – Method Man & Redman
  • 10:30p – Last Call
  • 10:45p – Taps Off
  • 11:00p – Closed

TFOB Saturday & TFOB Sunday Hours:

  • 12:00p –Doors Open for Club TFOB, VIP and Hoptimized Ticket Holders
  • 1:30p – General Admission Doors Open
  • 6:30p – Sloan on Saturday, Alan Doyle & The Beautiful Gypsies on Sunday
  • 7:30p – Last Call
  • 7:45p – Taps Off
  • 8:00p – Closed

For the full Band Schedules, just click your day: FRIDAY – SATURDAY – SUNDAY

Q: What Can/Should I Bring With Me?

  • Valid photo ID – This is a 19+ event (a photocopy of ID does not count)
  • Your Ticket. (Best to print it out and bring with you, unless you ordered a mobile ticket)
  • Sunblock
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Comfortable Shoes
  • Cash
  • TTC tokens / PRESTO card
  • Mobile phone – to take selfies, call a cab or Ubes – Please enjoy responsibly, don’t drink and drive.
  • Raincoat, Umbrella (check the weather before you leave home)
  • Blanket

Q: What Can’t I Bring With Me?

  • Pets (We love them, but they can’t come with you)
  • Children (We love them too, but they can’t come with you. This is a 19+ event)
  • Any type of Water Bottle – All of our vendors will offer FREE WATER. You don’t need to bring that fancy water bottle!
  • Food
  • Chairs
  • Coolers
  • Large video cameras
  • Selfie Sticks (seriously, are these things still a ‘thing’? lol)
  • Cameras, other than for personal use
  • Mobile phone charger (there is no place to plug it in)
  • Water guns
  • Your own glassware/bottles.
  • Illegal Substances (aka: Weed, ganja, green, doobs, doobies, reefer, trees, hash, hashish, devils lettuce, shrooms, or any other type of drug) Even if you have a card or something that says you can smoke, that does not mean you can smoke within the grounds. Our liquor license is very clear and does not allow it. There is also no ‘in-out’ privileges, so please keep that in mind.

Q: Where Is The Actual Entrance To Toronto’s Festival of Beer 2017?

Last year, we moved the front entrance to the Better Living Centre. All Gates (A, B, C) will go through the front entrance of the BLC. (Say BLC in your best Snoop Dogg impersonation and you’re a legend) This is just a few steps away from where the entrance has been for the past number of years, so it’s not a dramatic change – just wanted to give everyone the heads up.

Q: – Should I Bring Cash?

Yep. We appreciate plastic just as much as the next person, but cash is king at the Festival. We have teams walking around (pictured) that will be selling tokens and they’ll only accept cash. We’re not saying empty your bank account, but be prepared if you want to move around quickly.  ATMs will be on site. Token Booths do accept Credit Card Payments, but we always reco cash for getting ‘er done quickly.

Q: How Do I Get Tokens?

Tokens are the onsite currency. 1 token = $1. Most samples onsite are 1 token for a 4oz pour. Some brewers charge more: imports and premium brands. They are dedicated booths that sell tokens, along with mobile token teams. They will be easy to spot.

Q: Can I Bring A Backpack?

Yep, but heads up… we’ll be using metal detector wands and searching backpacks at the gate – it’s not that we don’t trust you, it’s just how it goes! You’ve all been to events before and witnessed someone giving security a hard time over searching their belongings. The reason we do it is not because you’re a criminal, but because we want everyone to be safe and have a great time.

Q: What If I Want To Drive?

Don’t drive! It’s a Beer Festival and chances are you’ll be enjoying some beverages. Please enjoy the convenience of the TTC or a cab or an Ubes. Yeah, we said Ubes. Just no drinking and driving whatsoever.  If you are the DD, here’s some parking info: we do not have designated parking for the festival. We recommend finding Pay Parking in Liberty Village or just avoiding driving altogether, if that’s an option for you.

Q: What Is There To Eat at TFOB 2017?

In a word… LOTS. The food purveyors we have this year are second to none. See the entire LIST! Explore them all and be sure to take lots of eating breaks. Click HERE for the full Chef and Grilling Tent Schedule. This is all part of #TasteTFOB – our commitment to providing an incredible food experience.

Q: What is The Grilling Tent?

Our buddy Afrim Pristine of Cheese Boutique has pulled together quite a line-up of Chefs for this year’s Grilling Tent. Come watch masters of their craft demo their skills. Every recipe includes beer and YES there are samples available. Click HERE for the full Chef and Grilling Tent Schedule.

Q: Will There Be Water For Me To Drink?

You need to stay hydrated. Each booth has FREE bottled water. All you have to do is ask for it. And you can also take your commemorative mug (which you get when you arrive), rinse it out and fill it up at a water station. Do not bring your water bottle from home, they will be taken away. 

Q: What Happens If It Rains? Or If It’s Too Hot?

Whatever the weather, we will still be pouring. Rain or shine, the show goes on! Remember to dress for the weather and wear sunblock. Even if it is grey and cloudy, wear sunblock. This is vital. Sunblock and water are soooooooo key!! Your raincoat, rubber boats, umbrella may make your experience if it calls for rain.

Q: Do You Really have 416 Brews To Discover?

About 100 brewers from all over the world will be here. Try something new, something crazy or maybe something you can’t pronounce. Let us open your eyes to a whole new world of beer. *Starts singing A Whole New World from Aladdin*. Seriously, At TFOB we have every type of brewer imaginable. From big to small, and, from local to international. Plus, this year we are featuring award-winning Canadian beer inside the #Canada150 Pavilion

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12 Things To Help You Get Ready For TFOB 2017!

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The countdown is on. Your tickets are purchased. Your loud flower shirt + straw hat are purchased. Now, it’s time for the real info… like, how will I get there? Can I bring water? Will my backpack be okay? What time does that band go on stage? Where can I find my favourite Chef? Let us help you with those answers so that you’re guaranteed to have your best TFOB yet!

12 – Hours & Location

TFOB Friday Hours: 

  • 3:00p – Doors Open for Club TFOB, VIP and Hoptimized Ticket Holders
  • 4:30p – General Admission Doors Open
  • 9:30p – Method Man & Redman
  • 10:30p – Last Call
  • 10:45p – Taps Off
  • 11:00p – Closed

TFOB Saturday & TFOB Sunday Hours:

  • 12:00p –Doors Open for Club TFOB, VIP and Hoptimized Ticket Holders
  • 1:30p – General Admission Doors Open
  • 6:30p – Sloan on Saturday, Alan Doyle & The Beautiful Gypsies on Sunday
  • 7:30p – Last Call
  • 7:45p – Taps Off
  • 8:00p – Closed

For the full Band Schedules, just click your day: FRIDAYSATURDAYSUNDAY

Toronto’s Festival of Beer is located at Bandshell Park, Exhibition Place.

11 – What You Can Bring…

  • Valid photo ID – This is a 19+ event (a photocopy of ID does not count)
  • Your Ticket. (Best to print it out and bring with you, unless you ordered a mobile ticket)
  • Sunblock
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Comfortable Shoes
  • Cash
  • TTC tokens / PRESTO card
  • Mobile phone – to take selfies, call a cab or Ubes – Please enjoy responsibly, don’t drink and drive.
  • Raincoat, Umbrella (check the weather before you leave home)
  • Blanket

10 – What You Can’t Bring With You…

  • Pets (We love them, but they can’t come with you)
  • Children (We love them too, but they can’t come with you. This is a 19+ event)
  • Any type of Water Bottle – All of our vendors will offer FREE WATER. You don’t need to bring that fancy water bottle!
  • Food
  • Chairs
  • Coolers
  • Large video cameras
  • Selfie Sticks (seriously, are these things still a ‘thing’? lol)
  • Cameras, other than for personal use
  • Mobile phone charger (there is no place to plug it in)
  • Water guns
  • Your own glassware/bottles.
  • Illegal Substances (aka: Weed, ganja, green, doobs, doobies, reefer, trees, hash, hashish, devils lettuce, shrooms, or any other type of drug) Even if you have a card or something that says you can smoke, that does not mean you can smoke within the grounds. Our liquor license is very clear and does not allow it. There is also no ‘in-out’ privileges, so please keep that in mind.

9 – Think Ca$h

We appreciate plastic just as much as the next person, but cash is king at the Festival. We have teams walking around (pictured) that will be selling tokens and they’ll only accept cash. We’re not saying empty your bank account, but be prepared if you want to move around quickly.  ATMs will be on site. Token Booths do accept Credit Card Payments, but we always reco cash for getting ‘er done quickly.

8 – Tokens

Tokens are the onsite currency. 1 token = $1. Most samples onsite are 1 token for a 4oz pour. Some brewers charge more: imports and premium brands.

7 – Your Backpack Will be Searched

We’ll be using metal detector wands and searching backpacks at the gate – it’s not that we don’t trust you, it’s just how it goes! You’ve all been to events before and witnessed someone giving security a hard time over searching their belongings. The reason we do it is not because you’re a criminal, but because we want everyone to be safe and have a great time.

6 – Don’t Drink & Drive

Don’t drive! It’s a Beer Festival and chances are you’ll be enjoying some beverages. Please enjoy the convenience of the TTC or a cab or an Ubes. Yeah, we said Ubes. Just no drinking and driving whatsoever.

5 – Bring Your Appetite – #TasteTFOB

The food purveyors we have this year are second to none. See the entire LIST! Explore them all and be sure to take lots of eating breaks. Click HERE for the full Chef and Grilling Tent Schedule.

4 – The Grilling Tent – #TasteTFOB

Our buddy Afrim Pristine of Cheese Boutique has pulled together quite a line-up of Chefs for this year’s Grilling Tent. Come watch masters of their craft demo their skills. Every recipe includes beer and YES there are samples available. Click HERE for the full Chef and Grilling Tent Schedule.

3 – New-ish Entrance

Last year, we moved the front entrance to the Better Living Centre. All Gates (A, B, C) will go through the front entrance of the BLC. This is just a few steps away from where the entrance has been for the past number of years, so it’s not a dramatic change – just wanted to give everyone the heads up. As for parking… we do not have designated parking for the festival. We recommend finding Pay Parking in Liberty Village or just avoiding driving altogether, if that’s an option for you. For real tho, why are you driving to a beer festival?

2 – Drink Water & Dress for the Weather

Seriously, stay hydrated. Each booth has FREE bottled water. All you have to do is ask for it. And you can also take your commemorative mug (which you get when you arrive), rinse it out and fill it up at a water station. And don’t forget to wear sunblock. Even if it is grey and cloudy. This is vital. Sunblock and water are soooooooo key!! Your raincoat, rubber boats, umbrella may make your experience better since the Sunday forecast calls for rain.

1 – Great Beer is Great Beer

Try something new, something crazy or maybe something you can’t pronounce. Let us open your eyes to a whole new world of beer. *Starts singing A Whole New World from Aladdin*. Seriously, there are 416 Brews To Discover. At TFOB we have every type of brewer imaginable. From big to small, and, from local to international. Plus, this year we are featuring award-winning Canadian beer inside the #Canada150 Pavilion

 

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Come and #TasteTFOB: July 28-30!

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Our culinary programme keeps evolving and growing. Welcome to #TasteTFOBThe Grilling Tent and our curated list of food purveyors are second to none! Combine all that mouth-watering deliciousness with over 416 brews to discover, and then add some incredible main stage talent and we are FREAKING OUT OVER HERE! Seriously, can’t wait for July 28-30. #TasteTFOB is presented by TO’s Finest and in partnership with Labatt – Good things brewing, Broil King and Cheese Boutique. 

Here is the very latest info on tickets. As you know, we are sold out of TFOB Friday and TFOB Saturday tickets. You can use promo code EAT to save $5 off TFOB Sunday general admission tickets.

Get TFOB SUNDAY Tickets Now!

Grilling Tent Schedule and Chefs:

Friday, July 28, 2017:

Saturday, July 29, 2017:

Sunday, July 30, 2017:

 Food Purveyors: 

Campagnolo Toronto

Chimney Stax Baking Co.

Fidel Gastro’s/Lisa Marie

Heirloom Toronto Food Truck

Tiny Tom Donuts

Mangia & Bevi

Meltwich Food Co.

Ontario Corn Roasters

Oyster Boy

Queen Margherita Pizza

Hot Bunzz Street Cuizine

Smoke’s Poutinerie

South St. Burger

Ted’s World Famous BBQ

The Pie Commission

Matty’s Seafood

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5 Things To Expect At #Canada150 Pavilion

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Every year our feature country pavilion gets people talking. Last year, the unique brews of Sweden. Two years ago, the fine ales from Ireland. This year – being Canada’s 150th birthday – we are thrilled to share some highlights with you, to whet your appetite… 

Here are 5 very specific reasons to get amped up for The #Canada150 Pavilion

1 – Special Collabo: Creemore Springs is giving us their special collaboration with Sapsucker Water the Maple Marzen brewed on the batch system. This is actually debuting at the TFOB and will only be available at Batch and special locations in limited quantities after TFOB.

2 – Oh Brother Where Art Thou: Blood Brothers Brewing won best fruit beer at the 2017 Canadian Brewing Awards and will be providing their seasonal blend of Paradise Lost featuring mango, guava, yuzu and sauvignon blanc grape juice. Doesn’t this sound like it will hit the spot on a warm summer day?

3 – First Timers: 4 of our breweries from the East have never been available in Ontario before. This is your chance to sample tasty brews without all that travel! (Although we encourage you to see our great nation some time in the future) Blindman Brewing Co from Lacombe, Alberta is doing some really innovative things and has never been available in Ontario before. Another first timer.

4 – Best Of The Best: Napanee Brewing Company won Newcomer of the Year at the 2017 Ontario Brewing Awards. This means, out of all the beer judging, tasting and scoring… they reigned supreme. Not too shabby. 

 5 – Let There Be Food: Food selections representing the regions are from Matty’s Seafood (East Coast & QC) and Old School (West Coast & On). 

Get TFOB FRIDAY Tickets Now! Get CLUB TFOB SATURDAY Tickets Now!
Get TFOB SUNDAY Tickets Now!

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The #Canada150 Pavilion

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Our feature country is Canada. It just feels right. This year, people are enjoying Canada 150 celebrations from coast to coast. We totally dig it. We want to celebrate too, the only way we know how! (with Beer). There are so many great brewers from sea to shining sea that it took some heated office debates to select the ones we wanted to shine the spotlight on at TFOB 2017. So here we are… counting down to July 28-30… and proud to unveil our plans for the #Canada150 Pavilion.

Q: So what is the #Canada150 Pavilion?

A: Selection of beer from 4 regions: east coast, west coast, Ontario and Quebec.

Q: How did you decide what beer to showcase?

A: Really good question. First we were looking for Beer that has never been available in Ontario before. Then we looked for Beer that won awards: Canadian Brewing Awards and Ontario Brewing Award winners. Then we searched for unique collaboration brews that were both interesting and tasty. That was our criteria. Hope you like the choices!

Q: How many Beer should we expect inside the #Canada150 Pavilion?

A: 48 Brands from across Canada. Some breweries are bringing one type of beer, other bringing multiple different brews.

Get CLUB TFOB FRIDAY Tickets Now! Get CLUB TFOB SATURDAY Tickets Now!
Get TFOB SUNDAY Tickets Now!

WEST

WHO: Steamworks Brewing from Vancouver, BC
BEER: West Coast Pale Ale, Flagship IPA and Cucumber Ale

WHO: Phillips Brewing & Malting Co. from Victoria, BC
BEER: Blue Buck Pale Ale & Solaris Peach Ale

WHO: Big Rock Brewing from Calgary, AB
BEER: Canada 150 Draft + Specialty Brew

WHO: Central City Brewing Co. from Surrey, BC
BEER: Upper Reaches Collaboration with Beau’s + IPA

WHO: Blindman Brewing Company from Lacombe, AB
BEER: Blindman River Session Ale, Lemons and Limes Fruited Kettle Sour, New England-Style Pale Ale

EAST

WHO: Garrison Brewing Company from Halifax, NS
BEER: Juicy IPA, Irish Red Ale & Tall Ship Amber Ale

WHO: Tatamagouche Brewing Co from Tatamagouche, NS
BEER: Cellar Slammer India Session Ale, North Shore Lagered Ale

WHO: Pump House Brewery from Moncton, NB
BEER: Blueberry Ale, Crafty Radler

WHO: Propeller Brewery from Dartmouth, NS
BEER: Propeller IPA

WHO: PEI Brewing Company from Charlottetown, PEI
Beer: Beachchair Session

WHO: Boxing Rock Brewery from Shelburne, NS
BEER: Vicars Cross

WHO: 9 Locks from Dartmouth, NS
BEER: Watermelon Blonde

WHO: Spindrift Brewing from Dartmouth, NS
BEER: Killick Session Lager

ONTARIO

WHO: Creemore Springs Brewing from Creemore, ON
BEER: BATCH Maple Marzen Sapsucker Specialty Brew

WHO: Big Rig Brewing Co from Ottawa, ON
BEER: GLB Collab: Found Bikes Ride Faster, GLB collab: Referencing Illegal Activities plus 1 additional Big Rig brand

WHO: Beaus from Vankleek Hill, ON
BEER: Quads & Rockers

WHO: Great Lakes Brewery from Toronto, ON
BEER: Miami Weiss Pale Ale

WHO: Junction Craft Brewery from Toronto, ON
BEER: Hey Porter!

WHO: Bobcaygeon Brewing Company
BEER: Dockside ALE

WHO: Napanee Beer Co. from Napanee, ON
BEER: Blacklist

WHO: Blood Brothers Brewing from Toronto, ON
BEER: Paradise Lost

WHO: Innocente Brewing Company from Waterloo, ON
BEER: Two Night Stand DIPA

QUEBEC

WHO: Dieu Du Ciel from Montreal, QC

BEER: Dieu Du Ciel! Roses D’Hibiscus (Belgian Hibiscus Wit). Dieu Du Ciel! Aphrodite (Cocoa Vanilla Stout). Dieu Du Ciel! P’tit Blanc (Belgian Wit w. Juniper Berries & Lime)

WHO: Le Trou Du Diable from Shawnigan, QC

BEER: Trou Du Diable La Pitoune (Keller Pilsner). Trou Du Diable Baron Noir (Baltic Porter). Trou Du Diable La Buteuse (Belgian Tripel)

WHO: Brasserie Dunham from Dunham, QC

BEER: Dunham Saison Rustique (Belgian Farmhouse Saison). Dunham Le Quenche Du Soif (Collab w. Twin Sails in BC) (Brett IPA) Dunham Cyclope Iota (IPA).

WHO: Les Trois Mousquetaires from Brossard, QC

BEER: Les Trois Mousquetaires Saison Brett. (Farmhouse Saison). Les Trois Mousquetaires Berliner Weisse (Sour Wheat). Les Trois Mousquetaires Gose (Sour Salty Wheat).

FOOD

Matty’s Seafood – Preparing food from Quebec and the East Coast

  • Lobster Mac & Cheese
  • Poutine made both traditionally and with lobster

BARQUE – Preparing food from Ontario and the West Coast

  • Alberta Beef Brisket
  • Ribs & Fries

The #Canada150 Pavilion is part of Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by the Beer Store. There will be 416 Brews To Discover from July 28-30 at Bandshell Park, Exhibition Place.

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Stay The Night with Hilton Toronto x TFOB

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****The Stay The Night Package is now closed. Thank you for your support****

Stay the night with us and Hilton Toronto. We’ve teamed up with Hilton Toronto to make sure you have a place to stay on the day you choose to come to the event. Pick your package and we’ll see you in July! Any package you choose comes with a special surprise from Les Murray (Festival President) and features some #FreshGLB from Great Lakes Brewery. Also, if you are looking for Hoptimized tickets to Friday or Saturday of TFOB, this is the only place to still get them! MUST BUY TWO TO RECEIVE HOTEL PACKAGE. Total Hilton Hotel Overnight Package price is $450 + HST. 

Get a FRIDAY Stay The Night Package!

Get a Saturday Stay The Night Package!

Each Stay The Night package comes with a glorious room for the night, Hoptimized tickets and a President’s Welcome Basket featuring some #FreshGLB from Great Lakes Brewery. Here’s a breakdown of exactly what you get…

One night double occupancy room for two

  • Hotel Package Includes: One double occupancy room for either Friday July 28th, 2017 or Saturday, July 29th, 2017, booked under your name at Hilton Toronto.  Hotel includes Free Wifi. (DOES NOT INCLUDE INCIDENTALS INCURRED BY GUESTS). Guest must provide a valid credit card for incidentals upon check in to the hotel.

Two Hoptimized Tickets for Toronto’s Festival of Beer

  • Hoptimized Tickets include: 10 sample tokens. Access through Express Entrance. Exclusive access to Festival for an additional 1.5 hours. Commemorative Festival Sampling Cup
  • MUST BUY TWO TO RECEIVE HOTEL PACKAGE. Total Hilton Hotel Overnight Package price is $450 + HST. 

One President’s Welcome Basket

  • Gift Basket will be available at check-in. Gift Basket includes official branded TFOB merchandise and an assortment of beverages from Great Lakes Brewery – all hand selected by TFOB President Les Murray. 

These packages won’t last. Hope to see you in July, ya bunch of beauties.  #BeerFam

Stay The Night FAQ:

How does this all work?

Purchase your package through Ticketfly via our website. You will receive a ticket confirmation email from Ticketfly right away with your Hoptimized tickets attached. You will receive a second email from Hilton Toronto with your confirmation code no later than July 15.

Can I buy this with a Single Ticket?

No. This Package is only available for two tickets and double occupancy.

What is a double occupancy room?

Double occupancy means two adults in a room. It can have one king or two queens….subject to availability. All rooms are 2 queen beds to begin and you can try changing that to one king once the booking is made. Subject to availability. 

Where is Hilton Toronto?

145 Richmond St W, Toronto, ON M5H 2L2. Here’s a Google Map.

When can I check in/ check out?

Check in at 3pm. Check out at Noon.

How do I get from Hilton Toronto to Toronto’s Festival of Beer and back?

We highly reco that you leave your car at home or parked at the hotel. Call a cab or hail an Ubes. Here’s a Google Map of where TFOB takes place.

 

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Every Sloan Album Ranked

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Guess what! Canadian rock icons Sloan are headlining Toronto’s Festival of Beer on Saturday, July 29 to help celebrate our country’s 150th birthday festivities. The legendary hit-makers will close off the best day party in Toronto this summer and tickets are going fast. General Admission tickets are only $42.50, Hoptimize tickets are Sold Out, and VIP tickets are SOLD OUT! Make sure you grab your tickets now, while you still can:

Get #TFOB2017 Saturday Tickets!

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

In the spirit of this great news, we thought it would be great to rank every Sloan album that ever was. We know, there is a lot to cover, but we thought we could take a trip down memory lane with you and listen to some iconic Canadian tunes that will keep you humming all day. So crank up the volume on your computers and get ready to enjoy the complete list of Sloan nostalgia. Enjoy!

  1. Action Pact (2003)

Action Pact isn’t Sloan’s best bunch of songs, and at this stage of the game there’s a certain formulaic same-ness to much of what the band does, but this is still a consistently entertaining batch of tunes. It’s comprised primarily of short, punchy rockers primarily written by Chris Murphy and Patrick Pentland.

Some great songs to listen to on this album are: “Hollow Head”; “I Was Wrong”; “Ready For You”; and even “Who Loves Life More?” just to name a few.

  1. Double Cross (2011)

Double Cross came out when Sloan was celebrating their 20th anniversary. The title signifies just that: two crosses in Roman numerals being 20. This is the type of record that makes you want to talk about every song individually, despite the fact that it flows perfectly as a complete album. As great as all these songs are individually though, they sound best together, and hearing them in relation to one another reveals things about them that are harder to catch when they’re separated.

Some great tracks to listen to on here are: “The Answer Was You”; “Laying So Low”; “Your Daddy Will Do”; and “Unkind.”

  1. Commonwealth (2014)

Commonwealth is the 11th studio album that Sloan has released and when it came out, It was a very interesting time for the band.  As they grew in popularity, fans had noticed how musically gifted each of the members were and people started asking when each band member would come out with their own individual solo projects.

As Ferguson states in an interview with Noisey (Source), each of the band members had talked about working on solo projects for quite some time but they all agreed how obnoxious it would be to do it. Instead, they decided to create one two-disc Sloan album that had each side dedicated to songs that the individual band members had wrote. It was very creative and experimental which is why this piece is definitely worth checking out.

  1. Pretty Together (2001)

This album is more serious and mellower than Sloan’s previous albums. It lacks the band’s customary playfulness and serious attempts at rocking out. Particularly on side two which is overstuffed with what I personally think is too many “soft rock” ballads.

On the plus side, some great songs on this album include “If It Feels Good Do It”; “The Other Man”; Dreaming Of You”; “It’s In Your Eyes”; and “Your Dreams Have Come True.”

  1. Parallel Play (2008)

Parallel Play is the album that followed Never Hear the End of It and  has been referred to as a fusion of that album’s strengths. Each song on Parallel Play winds into each other with a consistency unlike any other Sloan album prior to this.

Some great tracks from this album are “Believe In Me”; “Cheap Champagne”; “All I Am Is All You’re Not”; and “Witch’s Wand.”

  1. Between the Bridges (1999)

What’s interesting about Between the Bridges is how autobiographical the lyrics are and how seamless the song-to-song transitions are. Some tracks that truly stand out on this album are: “The N.S.”; “Beyond Me”; “Don’t You Believe A Word”; “Friendship.” It’s arguably the band’s most cohesive album to date and when all is said and done, as with most Sloan albums this is one where you can simply press play and be assured of 40+ minutes of entertaining music. This album continues to cement Sloan’s legacy as one of the best, if not sadly overlooked bands of the 1990s.

  1. 4 Nights At the Palais Royale (1999)

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4 Nights At the Palais Royale is a largely enjoyable memento made for the fans. It’s the only live Sloan album we’re going to cover in this blog because it is by far their best. It gives listeners a glimpse of Sloan at the height of their career and it captures a lot of what made them so popular at that time. Highlights include a great rendition of “G Turns to D” and “Money City Maniacs.”

Despite it always being a gamble for a band to come out with a live album, the reason this works so well is because it shows the band having fun. They rip through some of their best hits and when the crowd cheers you get the feel of what the energy is like at their shows.

  1. Navy Blues (1998)

Navy Blues was the fourth studio album released by Sloan and it was released under their independent label Murderecords.  Like most other Sloan albums, this piece has a consistent stream of infectious melodies, clever lyrics, and exuberant performances.  It’s one of the bands heavier albums for sure, with a more down and dirty feel to it.

Songs worth listening to on this album are “Iggy & Angus”; “Money City Maniacs”; “She Says What She Means”; “C’mon C’mon (We’re Gonna Get It Started)”; “Chester the Molester,” and “I Wanna Thank You.” No matter what you are looking for on  this album, much like other Sloan albums, offers catchy and instantly memorable tracks that will keep you humming for a long time.

  1. Smeared (1993)

Smeared is the band’s first full length album and shows Sloan in their fuzz-roots prime.  It starts with their hit song “Underwhelmed” that truly cemented them as a key player in the 90s rock scene. The album also features the catchy, crisp and clean three part harmony of “500 Up,” a song definitely worth listening to if you haven’t already heard it. The album is also Sloan’s first raid into power pop, the style and sound that would be embedded in their future albums.

  1. Never Hear The End Of It (2006)

Never Hear The End Of It was the answer to Action Pact. The band’s intent was to make a 180 degree album that was able to show the depth of what the band was capable of, especially after the criticism they received from the music they made on the previous album without Andrew Scott.

What’s great about this album is that these songs are inextricably linked together. This album shows that the bands newfound freedom at the time had obviously inspired them, as there’s no shortage of standout songs, such as “Flying High Again,” “Who Taught You to Live Like That?,” “Listen To The Radio,” “Fading Into Obscurity,” “Right Or Wrong,” “Before the End of the Race,” “I Understand,” “Can’t You Figure It Out?,” “Set In Motion,” “I Know You,” and “Last Time In Love.”

  1. One Chord To Another (1996)

If you know anything about Sloan, then you know that this album was the one that almost never was. Which is unfortunate considering it’s arguably one of their best.

In a nut-shell, the album was essentially abandoned by their former record label which forced the band in to hiatus for a while. Luckily they re-emerged with the backing of Universal Music after they started their own label called Murderecords.

Jay Ferguson has even gone on record stating that One Chord To Another is his personal favourite because of the growth the band went through during this time. It make sense when you think about it – you really connect with people when you are able to fight through the trenches with them. Ferguson goes on to say that the album is ‘meaningful because it meant they were back in control of their career.’ You can read the full interview here.

  1. Twice Removed (1994)

Two years after Twice Removed was released, Chart magazine voted it the best Canadian album of all time. It’s Sloan’s quietest record, replacing the recurring distortion of “Smeared” with more dynamics throughout. It’s a timeless piece that never sounds dated and uses retro rock staples, mixed in with the slacker, lo-fi vibe of the ’90s. (Source)

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TFOB Summer: Saturday Tickets Still Available!

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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!

Get #TFOB2017 Tickets Now!

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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