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Brew News: Monks, MMA, DNA

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So Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by the Beer Store happens THIS year, people! LOL. If you scored some tickets over the Holidays, then please join the Facebook Group.

We are always on the look out for cool beer news and neat beer stories… Here are some that recently caught our eye…

1) Beer Based on Your DNA? Yes, it’s true. Talk about a personalized experience. A brewery in London, England is leading the way – for about $30,000 a pop! Just a thought … what it you don’t like the taste of your own beer? Something to consider. Read MORE.

2) The Champ Likes Beer. Amanda Nunes knocks out Ronda Rousey and then instead of champagne, she wants a beer. This is our kind of champ. See the vid from TMZ. If you missed the fight… here ya go…

3) Monks Helping Rebuild. After an earthquake destroyed their 14th Century basilica, the monks are using their business to aid the rebuild. They are brewing beer. The beer is called Birra Nursia – Nursia is the Latin name for Norcia. Read MORE.

4) Kiss Cam Beer Kiss. So this video was going around from the World Juniors. It’s a fan ignoring his girlfriend and kissing his beer. Pretty funny(?) He must really love that brew… but I’m here to break the news that about 95% of moments like this are totally set up.

There you have it. Some Beer News to kick off 2017. 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 CHRISTMAS to save $5 off General Admission Tickets!

 

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Beer Predictions for 2017

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2017 will be a big year. After that —-storm of a year that 2016 was, how can it not get better in 2017? Here are some beer hopes, wishes and predictions for 2017…

  • Les (President) hopes you always have beer. Anything cold, ready and available were his exact words. His prediction for next year: Sour Beers will be top of the list!
  • Ingrid (Operations) thinks that 2017 will keep seeing the rise of beer: more breweries, more styles, more variety.
  • Jon (Marketing) thinks Donald Trump Drinking Games will be huuuuuge! 
  • Dav (PR) thinks Gluten Free Beer will finally make its mark on taste.
  • Luca (Partnerships) thinks Beer Cocktails will be all the rage in 2017.
  • Stacey (Accounting) thinks fruity beer will kill it in 2017. Peaches, grapefruit, raspberries.
  • Jodi (Culinary) thinks more and more ladies will make their voice heard in the beer community. More lady beer drinkers and more lady brewers!

There you have it. Some Beer Predictions for 2017 from our staff? Do you have a prediction? Leave it in the comments. 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 CHRISTMAS to save $5 off General Admission Tickets!

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Top 5 Reasons To Stay In On New Year’s Eve

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It’s no secret. We love beer. We love discovering new brews. Like, who doesn’t? And there’s no better time to discover beer than in a cozy environment with friends. That’s why we are highly recommending that you stay in on New Year’s Eve. We came up with 5 pretty compelling reasons to support our cause. Let us present our case…

5) The Taxi Situation – Finding a cab or Uber is hard work on NYE. PLUS – the surge pricing will be crazy. PLUS – if you’re out with more then 4 friends, you have to find two cabs! Every person you know (you included) has a horror story about trying to catch a cab on New Year’s. It’s the worst! Skip it.

4) The Food – Staying in is your chance to show off your culinary skills. Just youtube some fancy recipes and get ready to receive the accolades! (HINT: google slow cooker recipes. so easy!) Or maybe make it a potluck. Everyone bring their best dish. Make sure you delegate someone for apps and desert or everyone might bring mains, and you need to eat sweets!

3) The Company – Spending time with your friends means everything. Play a board game, jump down a Youtube video wormhole, watch some sports, play video games, play cards (we recommend Cribbage, because MUGGINS!)

2) The Hassle – Not deciding on a place to eat, how to get there and how to get home safely is music to our ears. Does it get any better?

1) The Beer – Show off your beer knowledge and make sure your friends only bring their favs. Have some sampling glasses on hand so everyone can try everything. (Our TFOB Festival Mug makes a great sampling mug… just saying… check your cupboards for last years mug!)

The beautiful benefit of staying in, is not drinking and driving. Maybe make it a sleepover for everyone? Rock those onesies or PJs and welcome 2017 in style.

Tag your photos with #BeerFam because we love to share! See you in 2017!

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Last Minute Gifts For Beer Lovers

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Okay, so you waited ’till the last minute again! That’s so you! Don’t worry about it. We got you covered. Here’s a list of gifts you can score for the beer lover in your life that are both easy to get and easy to give. There are some gift ideas below that you can just click on a website and be done with it, and some others that you can just walk in to a store and… badda bing… Christmas = completed.


5)BEER. 

The Beer StoreSeriously, a gift certificate to the Beer Store is perfect. It says “I love you and I respect the golden beverage, but I did not want to choose the beer for you”. It’s like the ultimate sign of respect to your #BeerFam.


4) Tickets.

2016tfob_317 Yes-sir-ree-bob, tickets to Toronto’s Festival of Beer are quite possibly the easiest thing on this list. Click. Print. Fold. Hang on tree. We even put a little TO: and FROM: right on the ticket so if you fold it right, you can even skip getting an envelope! Efficiency at its finest!


3) 150 YEARS OF CANADIAN BEER LABELS

150-years-of-cad-beer-labelsHit that beer lover in your life with a book of beer nostalgia this holiday season! INDIGO is featuring a very interesting coffee table book written by Lawrence C. Sherk to celebrate Canada’s 150 birthday. Sherk is one of the country’s most avid collectors of breweriana and this book showcases a stunning selection of beer labels dating from the late 1870s to the present day.


2) THE BEER TASTING GIFT BASKET 

black scratched wall and grey cobblestone street background or abstract stageThis is a unique and thoughtful gift for someone who really appreciates beer!  It includes 4 beers, 4 taster glasses and a beer tasting paddle.  Also included is a beer testing guide which will help the beer aficionado analyze different beer, food pairings, etc.  Up to 24 beer can be added to this Gift Basket.


1) MORE BEER.

We’ve created this map of all the Beer Store locations and Breweries that have retail stores, so if you’re looking to pick up beer over the Holidays, start with this map! Just click the screen shot below to get started…

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Here’s a few other ideas if you’re still looking for Beer stuff:

Top 10 Beer Gifts for Beer Lovers

Best Beer Gifts That You Can Wear

And be sure to 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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Add promo code CHRISTMAS to save $5 off per ticket. Promo codes only valid for General Admission tickets.

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Star Wars Beer Gifts

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With the upcoming release of Star Wars: Rogue One (which we are super pumped about) we thought we’d revisit Star Wars themed beer gifts for Christmas. May the force be with you all.


Millennium Falcon Bottle Opener

bottle_opener_-_millenium_falcon_1024x1024If you’re expecting a ‘this bottle opener made the kessel run in 12 parsecs’ line – you’ve come to the right place! Who knew a Corellian freighter could inspire so much hope and happiness, especially now that it can open your brew!


Han Solo in Carbonite Beer Fridge

1caf_han_solo_fridgeThey say it holds ‘soda’ in the product description but that is just an old Jedi mind trick to drink more sugary fizzy liquid. We know what this fridge is for.


Wookie Beer Koozy

chewbacca-beer-kooziesPut your bowcaster down and grab this can Koozy for the ultimate in beer protection. It’s furry like a wookie and probably the closest we’ll ever come to petting a real Chewbacca… cuz Chewbacca is real, dammit. *makes a Chewbacca roaring noise*


It’s a Trap Beer Glass

il_570xn-329169721Etsy is filled with glorious items. We found this gem amongst many many many Star Wars themed items. I imagine every time you drink out of this mug you will utter Admiral Ackbar’s famous line numerous times. Who knows, the more you fill the mug, the more you may sound like the great Admiral?


R2D2 Beer Cooler

r2d2-cooler_flickrhivemindPretty sure you can’t buy this, but it was just too good not to post in this blog. Imagine this in your backyard? It combines the greatest Astromech droid of all time with BEER! Unreal. Too bad it’s not available at retail anytime soon.


LightSaber Bottle Opener

star-wars-lightsaber-bottle-openerSadly, lightsabers aren’t a reality yet. (my hands and arms thank you for that) and this may be the closest thing to opening your beer with the magical Jedi weapon. They say the force is an energy field created by all living things, but do they really mean that beer is the great connector? Will we ever truly know?


Tickets to Toronto’s Festival of Beer

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tic-day1The force is strong in the person that decides #TFOB2017 tickets are the perfect Xmas gift. Make someone in your #BeerFam super happy and come discover new brews and old favs. Use promo code CHRISTMAS to save $5 off general admission tickets.

 

 

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.

Buy Tickets Now!

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Best Beer Gifts That You Can Wear

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Not all beer gifts you can drink, sadly. We threw this list together of beer gifts that you can wear. Hats, shirts, hoodies and even socks and underwear. If you have the body part, we found you something to cover it with! Have yourself a Hoppy Christmas!


 

Boneshaker Baseball T from Amsterdam Brewery

bone_baseball_1024x1024Unfiltered, like the beer itself, this kick ass baseball tee is perfect for the fan of this great brewery and most importantly skeletons who ride bikes!


Toque from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery

winter-toque-16-600x600Put this on the head of a special someone and it will not only keep them warm… it will also alert the world that it is 5 o’clock somewhere. Funky design from a funky brewery that make quality beer. The Ontario Brewing Awards gave Hoptical Illusion by Flying Monkeys the ‘Best In Show’ label at this years’ award show.


Hoodie from Great Lakes Brewery

glb_hoodie_002_1024x1024Let’s face it. You and the beer lovers in your life need hoodies. The more the merrier. When has anyone ever said “You know, I have too many cool hoodies. The answer is: never. This one is super simple with the GLB logo. Can’t lose!


Hockey Jersey from Beau’s

hockey_sweater_largeThis jersey is no joke. We are uncertain if it’s too nice to wear playing hockey, but if you do wear it, rest assured that you will be rocking the finest jersey on the ice. You’ll be repping Vankleek Hill with that killer crest… now go work on skating backwards… you need the help.


Racerback Tank from Pommies

pd_womenbt2Show cider pride with this sleek tank from Pommies. Show your gluten-free friend that you care and support Ontario farmers (because Pommies only use apples from Ontario farms). Win/Win.


Boxer Shorts from Minhas Breweries

minhasbrewery_merchandise_boxershorts_grandeBoxer shorts from… wait for it…  Boxer Lager! It’s too good. How do you not even own these yet?


Baseball Hat from Gananoque Brewing

gan-hatWhy not cop one of these bad boys for the beer lover in your life. It’s one of those conversation starters… “Hey friend, where did you get that hat? Sorry, can you pronounce it again? How does the beer taste?” One size fits all!


Socks from Steam Whistle

dress_socks_1024x1024You have a friend who really need these socks. It could be because they love Steam Whistle Pilsner, or it could be because they really need to step up their style game. Either way, you’ll put a smile on someone’s face faster than you can say ‘stocking stuffer’.


Trucker Hat from All Or Nothing

black_brim_yellow_truckersmallerPut your dukes up with this super cool mesh back hat. That shirtless chap is named Cornelius and he don’t mess around… neither do you… when that special someone wears this hat they will receive many compliments – and they will always remember you.


Tickets to Toronto’s Festival of Beer

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Yeah, yeah… you can’t wear tickets, but it IS the biggest beer festival in the country. Grab your #BeerFam and come discover new brews and old favs. Use promo code CHRISTMAS to save $5 off general admission tickets.

 

 

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.

Buy Tickets Now!

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