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Last Minute Gift Ideas For Beer Lovers

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You’ve waited until the last minute again. That’s so you! Don’t worry about it fam, we got you. Here’s a selection of gifts that beer lovers will enjoy. The best part… these are all super easy to get. Have a Hoppy Holiday filled with #BeerLove!

1) Gift Card for the Beer Store – $1 to $500

Just walk into a location of the Beer Store, put some money down and a gift card can be yours. Giving the gift of beer is like telling someone you are a true friend who really cares. Gift Cards can up to $500 and they never expire. It’s a Christmas Beeracle! The Beer Store website has more info.

2) ‘Bring Beer’ Socks – $12.73

The perfect pair of socks does not exi… These legendary socks are what your feet have been looking for. Send the right message this holiday season. If your friends or family can read your socks, they know what to do. Keeping it lazy, bro! Seriously, these are super cool socks. There’s also a few bundle deals from this seller on Sweet and Rosy.

3) Team Beer Helmets – $56.99

These helmets scream to the world that you and three friends take beer seriously, and not seriously all at the same time. It’s a 4 pack of helmets that you can get super quick via Amazon Prime.  No, these will not work in our festival, but you can wear them every other day of the year, like the legend you are.

4) Beer Mug Cufflinks – $39.99

Sometimes you gotta dress up. It’s just the reality of things now. You’re growing up. So, when you’re rocking that fr ench cuff shirt, why not show people the passion you have for the golden beverage? These are from Cuff Daddy and can be purchased via Amazon Prime, so you’ll get them right away.

5) TFOB 2018 Tickets – Starting at $30.00

This makes a whole lotta sense. You’re only a couple clicks away from gift perfection. Toronto’s Festival of Beer presnetd by the Beer Store is July 26-29 at Bandshell Park, Exhibition Place. Beer, Bands, Food.

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8 Best Beer Gifts From Breweries

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1) Great Lakes Brewery Canuck Pale Ale Mens or Ladies T-Shirt

$28.25 from the GLB Retail Store.

Yes, that’s the legend Gordie Levesque front and centre on that tee. Basically it’s a super comfy, grey-washed tee. But dig a little deeper and you may uncover a metaphor that really strikes a chord. You may see a man with a beard, wearing plaid shirt and a toque, who can balance on a log in water while holding a pretty large axe OR you may see that life is about balance and juggling priorities all while keeping a calm demeanour. Whatever you choose to see, this shirt is for you.

2) All Or Nothing New Era Snapback

$34.99 from the All or Nothing store.

Picture a gorgeous sunny day. You’re with your best mates, sitting on a patio. You have one of All Or Nothing’s famous Hopfenweisse brews in your hand. Now, it’s almost a perfect day, but there’s just one thing… the sun is a wee bit in your eyes. Behold, the remedy… this super cool New Era snapback complete with AorN branding in the AofN colour. Now, you’re not only telling people that your sensible about blocking the sun from your face, but you’re also saying that you know beer. That’s a double win.

3) Steam Whistle K-Way Jacket

$64.95 from the Steam Whistle web store.

Remember that wind breaker you used to have when you were young? The one that folded into one of its own pockets for easy storage? Yeah, that one. Well, it just got an upgrade. Steam Whistle colours and a sleek Steam Whistle logo on the chest makes this a must have for fans of the pils. Wind doesn’t stand a chance.

4) Amsterdam Cruiser Messenger Bag

34.99 from the Amsterdam Brewery Store.

This super stylish bag is perfect for hauling your stuff. Even better if some of that stuff is a couple tasty Amsterdam Cruiser All Day Pale Ales. This bag works on many levels: 1) If you’re actually riding a bike and need to hold gear. 2) Your casual, everyday work bag. 3) If you are a fan of the beer. Combine all three and Instagram that look and no doubt royalty checks will come rolling in from Amsterdam. (Note: not really, No ones gunna pay you, but you’ll probably get a lot of likes.)

5) Rorschach Brewery Hoodie

$40.00 from the Rorschach Brewery Store.

Rorschach Brewery is part of the great Toronto East End Beer boom. We welcomed them to Toronto’s Festival of Beer for the first time in 2017. They were a hit. So when you look at their logo, what do you see? Do you see your childhood? Do you see your parents yelling at you because they found a pack of smokes in your room when you were 15, but you promised then that they were Jason’s smokes and you were just holding on to them? Or do you just see a great brewery logo? Either way, a sick hoodie awaits!

6) Left Field Brewing Tank Top

$25.00 from the LFB Store.

We love this tank top. It screams summer. With that killer LF branding, how can someone not love to receive this as a gift? Pair it with some of that Eephus Oatmeal Brown Ale and I’d say that your CRUSHED XMAS thi s year. Left Field also offer a stocking stuffer pack that beer lovers are sure to enjoy. You cannot lose!

7) Folly Brewing Inkhorn Hoodie

$55.00 from the Folly BrewHouse Online Store.

Does it even matter that this hoodie is named after Folly’s Inkhorn? You know, the Cognac Barrel-Aged Farmhouse Bruin? IT HAS A UNICORN ON IT. There will never be a better reason to buy a hoodie. Folly have plenty of cool merch but what does that say about us if we chose something else to feature? Oh, they also make very tasty brews and have a massive whiskey collection.

8) TFOB 2018 Tickets

The 2018 edition of Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by the Beer Store happens July 26 to 29 at Bandshell Park Exhibition Place. There will be hundreds of breweries, dozens of food choices and live entertainment each day. We also added a Thursday Night to our already legendary Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 4 days of glory! Pick your day below and we’ll see you in July. It’s all about the #BeerLove

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7 Star Wars Beer Gifts

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We did it again! We sent a probe droid to search for the perfect Star Wars related beer gifts. We are pretty pumped for the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi on Dec 15 and we are big fans of beer, so writing this just felt so natural. Star Wars meets the world of beer. Not sure it gets any better than this…

1) Millenium Falcon Beer Opener

$4 plus shipping from Amazon.

You can add a joke about the Kessel run, but this beer opener is no joke. Probably the coolest opener this side of the galaxy.

2) Rogue One StormTrooper Beer Stein

$41.99 from Amazon.

Yes, we all know how Roque One ended, but do we really need to dwell on the past. It was all for the greater good. This ceramic stein seemed to make it through the devastation. 22 ounces of your favourite bevy awaits! This is one Stormtrooper that will no doubt last and have a place on your shelf for years to come.

3) R2D2 Bottle Stopper

$36.77 from Amazon.

Many brewers are offering larger bottles from their bottle shops now. This is a must have if you are a regular at your local brewers’ bottle shop. This is … wait for it … the droid bottle stopper that you’re looking for.

4) TaunTaun Can Cooler

$9.99 plus shipping from Amazon.

All Star Wars fans remember the iconic moment when Luke was stuffed inside a TaunTaun in order to keep warm on the ice planet Hoth. Now you can give a very similar treatment to your beer! Keep your can cold deep inside the TaunTaun can cooler. What will they think of next?

5) Star Wars Pint Glasses

$41.92 from Amazon.

A true fan of the Resistance or Dark Side/First Order would never pour their beer in just any glass. These Star Wars-inspired pint glasses are perfect. 16oz glasses in a four piece set would look stunning filled with your favourite ale. The only thing better than enjoying a bevy in these glasses would be sitting in the actual Mos Eisley Cantina – which would never, ever happen.

6) Darth Vader Tap Handle

$157 plus shipping from Amazon.

If you are a home brewer with a leaning towards the Dark Side, then we suggest this tap handle. Now all you have to do is brew a proper dark beer and brainstorm with your friends on a killer name. Here are some suggestions: Vader’s Dark Lager? Bogan Black Ale? Sith Stout? Anna-inna-Kan?

7) Han Solo In Carbonite Beer Fridge

$750 or so from Amazon.

Have an extra $700+ lying around your summer house on Alderaan? Then, this beer fridge is for you. That legendary moment when Jabba put Han on display at his palace on Tatooine can now last forever in your den.

 

8) TFOB 2018 Tickets

The 2018 edition of Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by the Beer Store happens July 26 to 29 at Bandshell Park Exhibition Place. There will be hundreds of breweries, dozens of food choices and live entertainment each day. We also added a Thursday Night to our already legendary Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 4 days of glory! Pick your day below and we’ll see you in July. It’s all about the #BeerLove

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We’ve added a TFOB Thursday!

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Thursday is the new Friday. Well, that’s what someone in our office said one day and it inspired us… inspired us to add an extra day to TFOB in 2018. Thursday, July 26 will feature the same incredible experience as the other days: great selection of brews, a wide assortment of tasty food offerings, and some killer live entertainment. We’ve also launched an introductory early bird ticket offer of $30.

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To unlock the offer, you must be a member of our email club. Join that below, if you haven’t already. We already sent an email out to our database on Friday, but will send another to new folks on Monday. Toronto’s Festival of Beer is presented by the Beer Store.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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