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333 Reasons To Attend TFOB July 22-24

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Toronto, ON. (June 14, 2016) — Toronto’s Festival of Beer, presented by The Beer Store, is proud to announce its roster of breweries being showcased on July 22 to 24 at Bandshell Park, Exhibition Place. These breweries will come together, in partnership with Indie 88, to create the ultimate beer sampling experience of the summer, with over 333 different beers for patrons to satisfy their taste-buds.

Showcasing both local and international breweries, Toronto’s Festival of Beer will pair food and music for Canada’s largest summer beer celebration. The festival will also present Ontario House, a collective of 25 Ontario breweries alongside a showcase focusing on beer from around the world, which will be announced in early July.

“Beer lovers will certainly enjoy the wide selection of brewers participating at Toronto’s Festival of Beer,” said Les Murray, President of INTELIVENTS. “With a focus on locally produced brews and international offerings, consumers will have a world of beer to discover.”

Below is the current list of brewers that are participating in Toronto’s Festival of Beer on July 22 to 24:

 

 

 

Toronto’s Festival of Beer will also feature a number of ‘new brews’ at the annual summer event. These include breweries like Bobcaygeon Brewing Company, Henderson Brewing Co., Sextant Craft Brewery, Shawn & Ed Brewing Company, Falcon Brewing Company and also Ontario Brewing Award Winner for Newcomer of the Year: Brock Street Brewing.

The beer programming at Toronto’s Festival of Beer is rounded out by The Beer School Sessions in partnership with Prud’homme Beer Certification and the Ontario Brewing Awards to educate patrons on all things related to beer.

 

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About Toronto’s Festival of Beer:

Toronto’s Festival of Beer is a celebration of Canada’s rich brewing history, showcasing experts of the brewing craft from around the world. Toronto’s Festival of Beer is Canada’s premier celebration of the golden beverage. Toronto’s Festival of Beer’s summer festival will take place July 22-24 at Bandshell Park in Exhibition Place, presented by The Beer Store.

 

For more information please contact:

Jon Sinden

VP of Marketing

jon@intelivents.com

416-635-9889 x 26

Davide De Laurentiis

Marketing Coordinator

dav@intelivents.com

416-635-9889 x 27

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8 Awesome Food Choices For May Two Four Weekend 2016

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Please note: This content is from 2016.

There are plenty of places to fill your belly in our fair city over a long weekend. You can also do it yourself at home on the BBQ. Those are all fine choices, but we’ve done a little legwork and made it super easy for you to enjoy a wide selection of tasty food all in one place. That place is the Spring Sessions of Toronto’s Festival of Beer. May 21-22 at Sherbourne Common. Now, on to the food:

 

Here is our curated a list of incredible food selections:

 

1) Ted’s World Famous BBQ:

May Two-Four BBQ FoodTed Reader is a legend in the BBQ world. He has been innovating the BBQ game, when you were sitting in a high chair eating mashed yams. Teddy will be spinning a pig on a spit all weekend long.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2) Chimney Stax:

May Two-Four Chimney Stax FoodChimney Stax create giant towers of doughy goodness. Fresh-made, rotisserie-baked bread served sweet or savoury. They can be shared, but really… who do you even like that much to share these awesome treats with?

 

 

 

 

 

3) Ontario Corn Roasters:

May Two-Four Corn-on-the-cob FoodThe maestros of roasting corn are back. The smell of roasting corn is scientifically proven to make you a better person. It’s science. Food that comes with its own handle is pretty much the best thing ever. Mother nature approved!

 

 

 

 

 

4) Pie Commission:

May Two-Four Pie Commission FoodGourmet-style, handheld, savoury pies made from the freshest of ingredients. Basically, take the best stuff in world and wrap it all in a savory pie. Pro tip: the Butter Chicken Pie packs a little punch if spice is your thing.. Also the Beef N’ Beer Pie seems to be super popular at our beer event… obvs!!!

 

 

 

 

 

5) Oyster Boy:

May Two-Four Oysters FoodIf you’ve never tried Oyster Boy, you must be shucking out of your mind. Oysters pair perfectly with pretty much every beer at Spring Sessions. Trust us, we ‘re experts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

6) Tiny Toms:

May Two-Four Donuts FoodThe legend of Tiny Toms grow with every beer event. Like, one time: Tiny Toms doughnuts saved a man’s life. (Not really, but I had fun typing that) Get your hot little hands on these hot little doughnuts and wash it down with a cool brew and your pretty much living the dream.

 

 

 

 

 

7) Mama Raty’s Meat Pies:

May Two-Four Meat Pies FoodDaaaaamn Mama Raty, back at it again with those meat pies! Seriously, they make meat pies. Meat. Pies. Do you need any other reason? Fine Finnish Meat Pies are the new black.

 

 

 

 

 

 

8) Smoke’s Poutinerie:

May Two-Four Poutine FoodPoutine is almost a food group now, so we had to have these legends at Spring Sessions. There is nothing I could write that hasn’t been said already about Poutine. Little known fact: Poutine literally translates to ‘awesome stuff in my belly’. True story.

 

 

 

 

 

 

There you have it. If these food choices don’t make you a wee bit hungry, then I’m sorry to say that you have no soul. See you on the May Long Weekend!

 

Get tickets to Saturday, May 21st Spring Sessions HERE.

(use code TWOFOUR to save $5 off tickets)

 

Get tickets to Sunday, May 22nd of Spring Sessions HERE.

(Ticket comes with Official Spring Sessions Snapback)

 

WAIT… what about the beer? HERE are some thoughts on what beer you’ll be able to sample at Spring Sessions.

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5 Best Bets For Enjoying the Cottage In the City 2016

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Please note: This content is from 2016.

Spring Sessions Happen on the May 2-4 Long Weekend in Toronto

Years ago I lost touch with my friend Mike. He had an awesome cottage in Muskoka that we crashed at every long weekend. It slept about 15 people, had a hot tub on the deck, a boat on a nice lake. Mike, I miss you man.

Every since we lost contact I’ve been trying to find a cure for my long weekend cottage needs. I can assume there are more people like me searching for that cottagey fix. That’s why we (the gang behind the legendary summer festival, Toronto’s Festival of Beer) created Spring Sessions. May Two Four Weekend, in the city.

Here are your 5 Best Bets for enjoying the Sesh’:

1) Bocce

Some reports stat that Bocce is the most played activity in the world. Thankfully

Track & Field Bar has picked up on the trend and will be at Spring Sessions to host all your bocce needs. Bocce Standards Association rules apply. (Totally just made that rules part up. Apologies to those who are actually a part of the BSA. No disrespect homies.)

2) Let There Be Fire!

Hanging around a fire pit is pretty much mandatory. It’s like Rule 1 of the cottage: “If your clothes don’t smell like camp fire, were you actually even at the cottage, bro?” There may be marshmallows. Currently seeking approval from the people who make those marshmallow decisions.

3) Giant Jenga

Picture Jenga, but bigger. Just be warned: if you decide to go ‘open toe’ with your footwear then a falling Jenga tower may be a hazard. Seriously.

4) Good Food

We hand selected and curated our favourite food purveyors and here’s a quick list of who will be there: Ted’s World Famous BBQ. Chimney Stax. Ontario Corn Roasters. Pie Commission. Oyster Boy.Mama Raty’s Meat Pies. Tiny Toms. Smoke’s Poutinerie. HERE’S a blog about all of our food choices and why they are most excellent.

5) Great Beer

Yes, there are only awesome Brewers at the ‘sesh. See the complete list HERE. Our recommendation is to take your time. Sample it, don’t just drink it. Brewers work super hard to craft each brew. This is their life work. Enjoy it… and as always, please sample responsibly.

Hope to see you on the May Long Weekend!

Get tickets to Saturday, May 21st Spring Sessions HERE.

(use code TWOFOUR to save $5 off tickets)

Get tickets to Sunday, May 22nd of Spring Sessions HERE.

(Ticket comes with Official Spring Sessions Snapback)

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5 Things To Do In The City On The May 24 Long Weekend 2016

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Please note: This content is from 2016.

The 5 Best Things to do in Toronto This May 24 Weekend

Not everyone is lucky enough to have a buddy who invites their friends to the cottage every May two-four long weekend. In the grand scheme of things, it’s not too bad though because Toronto is a kick-ass place to be in, especially during the Spring and Summer. There’s some pretty cool stuff to do this May 24 weekend in Toronto.

This is why you don’t need to worry about FOMO like you did when you were 19 because everywhere you turn there is something that can scratch that itch for entertainment.

That’s why we put a list together for the people that won’t be getting away to the cottage but are still looking for something fun to do in Toronto with their pals. Here are 5 things that you can do in the city on your May 24 long weekend.

 

1. Face off with your buds in a sweet game of Archery Tag

Axe ThrowingArchery tag is like stepping in to the war of Castle Black from Game of Thrones, minus the severe injury that would come along with the real thing. What could be more fun than shooting foam tip bow-n-arrows at high speeds towards at your buddies and only for one team to come up as the winner. There are a ton of archery places to choose from in Toronto, but if we had to recommend a few we would say Archers Arena and Archer District are a good place to start.

 

 

 

2. Axe Throwing

axe throwingAxe throwing has become super popular around the city in the last few years. It’s like dart throwing on steroids! What’s great is that there are multiple games to play when you go to these Axe Throwing places so you won’t get bored after a few tries. Places like BATL and Bad Axe Throwing each take large groups and allow you and your friends to play different games to keep you entertained from start to finish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Go On A Brewery Tour

steam-whistleToronto has some of the best beer! We know this for a fact, of course.. There are different tours available across the city that all aim to fulfill your thirsty taste buds. Our pals like Great Lakes Brewery, Mill Street Brew Pub and Steamwhistle Brewery all have really good tours and are even opened on the long weekend. Be sure to arrive early though, most are on a first come first serve basis.

 

 

 

 

4. Catch The Boys in Red at BMO Field

TFCOn May 21 Toronto FC faces Columbus Crew SC at BMO Field and it’s the perfect place for you and the buds to enjoy some excitement by cheers on the boys in Red. Make sure you let our Italian brother Sebastian Giovinco know that we sent you!

 

 

 

 

5. Go to Spring Sessions of Toronto’s Festival of Beer 2016!

Toronto Festival of Beer 2016. Spring Sessions 2016.On May 21 and 22 we’re hosting the 3rd annual Spring Sessions Festival, or as we like to call it – the Sesh’. Come celebrate the long weekend ‘cottage style’ in the city at the foot of Lower Sherbourne Street. We will be bringing together 20 breweries and food vendors. Tickets are $30 and they are going fast!

 

 

 

 

 

Hope to see you on the May Long Weekend!

Get Tickets to Saturday, May 21 Spring Sessions HERE.

(use code TWOFOUR to save $5 off tickets)

Get tickets to Sunday, May 22 of Spring Sessions HERE.

(Ticket comes with Official Spring Sessions Snapback)

 

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Which Brewers Will Be At Spring Sessions 2016?

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Please note: This content is from 2016.

It’s a great time to be a beer lover! Whatever style you prefer, we probably have it at the Sesh’. As always, please sample responsibly. We listed 15 below, but chances are that we add a few more closer to the date. You never know!

 

Here’s a curated list of Brewers at Spring Sessions:

 

1) Steam Whistle

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2) Big Rig Brewery

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3) All Or Nothing Brewhouse

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4) Henderson Brewing Company

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5) Sawdust City Brewing Company

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6) Brickworks Ciderhouse

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7) Old Tomorrow

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8) Goose Island Beer Company

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9) Mill St. Brewery

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10) Great Lakes Brewery

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11) Creemore Springs Brewery Limited

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12) Granville Island Brewing

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13) Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery

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14) Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company

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15) High Park Brewery

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Now each Brewer may bring a variety of styles, so while on site, make sure you ask the people working each booth what is on offer. Brewers (and staff of brewing companies) love to talk beer, beer styles, beer trends… so channel your inner beer nerd and start those convos!

Want to find out what food will be there? Check this blog out.

 

Hope to see you on the May Long Weekend!

 

Get tickets to Saturday, May 21st Spring Sessions HERE.

(use code TWOFOUR to save $5 off tickets)

 

Get tickets to Sunday, May 22nd of Spring Sessions HERE.

(Ticket comes with Official Spring Sessions Snapback)

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Your Chance To #RockThePlate. On May 18.

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We love beer. We love food. When you pair them together, it’s like nothing else really matters. The Brewers Plate is an incredible event that features Ontario Brewers (most of which you will find at Spring Sessions or at our summer event Toronto’s Festival of Beer) and pairs them with some of the best chefs in the city. It’s a one-of-a-kind sampling event that happens May 18 at the Corus Building in support of War Child Canada. Did we mention that it’s unlimited sampling? Special guest appearance from the #6Dad Norm Kelly and the evening will feature DJ Brendan Canning of Broken Social Scene. Unreal, right? Tickets are $95 and you can buy them HERE.

 

Here are a couple chances to get yourself in to the Brewers Plate:

1) On Twitter: just cut and paste the below Tweet and Tweet it!


I want to #RockThePlate @BrewersPlateTO on May 18 with Ontario Brewers and Local Chefs supporting @WarChildCan http://bit.ly/24OAnm4

or easier hit this button


2) On Instagram: Follow @TOBeerFestival and find the contest post. Just follow what the post asks you to do… Hint: It’s tagging a friend!

 

3) Buy Them. Seriously, this event is so good and well worth it. It would take you many months and loads of $$ to sample offerings from each chef and brewery. We brought them all together for this unique night. Plus, it’s a fundraiser for War Child Canada. War Child Canada’s mission is to provide children in war-affected areas access to education, opportunity and justice; breaking the cycle of poverty and violence.

Full Rules & Regs for Twitter contest and here are the full Rules & Regs for the Insta contest.

 

Like to know more about Brewers Plate?

HERE is what to expect if you’re coming!

HERE is some info on the prizes up for grabs!

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Best Beer Gifts for Valentine’s Day

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“I’ve only been in love with a beer bottle and a mirror.” – Sid Vicious



Um… So on that note, if you’ve been searching for that perfect item for your special someone on Valentine’s Day, we created this list for you. After searching the webz, here’s our list of the best beer gifts for Vday…

1) Beer Cuff Links – $112.36

beercufflinksThese cuff links are super cool – mixing sterling silver and needlepoint. A tad on the pricey side but the Etsy reviews of the seller are very impressive. Your French Cuff will probably never look better… like ever…

2) Retro Beer Ad pendant – $20.97

RetroBeerAdPendantIt could be a pin. Could be a necklace. Either way, this retro beer ad pendant will show people two things: 1) you enjoy a fine golden bevvy every now and then, and 2) you have someone super stylish in your life. After all, they bought this for you. The retro pin up thing is still cool and the price is definitely right .

3) Brown Leather Wrist Watch – $35.75

BeerWatchIs this real life? I must be dreaming. You mean to tell me that every time I look at my wrist I’ll be reminded that it might be Beer o’clock?  Sign me up!

4) Hop Earrings – $50.94

HopEarringsIf wearing earrings that look like little vines of hops is wrong, I don’t wanna be right. Crush that little black dress look with these fab accessories. Now google-ing Hops purse so we can complete the look.

5) The Beer Store Gift Card – $1 – $500.00

BeerStoreGIftCardYou ever heard the saying, ‘If you truly love someone, give them beer”?? No? Well, Now you have! Let’s make this a thing.

6) Tickets to Toronto’s Festival of Beer – $42.50 – $80.50

TFOB TicketsA couple that beer festivals’ together, stays together. ‘Nuff said. Use code BIGSUGAR20 for $5 off regular tickets.

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Did TFOB 2016 Tickets Go On Sale Early?

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Did TFOB 2016 Tickets Go On Sale Early?

In a word, yes. If you are part of email club, you were emailed the link and password on Oct 30th. You have until Tuesday, Nov 3 at 10am to scoop up your tickets before anyone else.
This is just our part to give exclusive access to those who have taken the time to be part of the club. You can sign up too, since we’ll be adding names and offers as often as possible. Sign up HERE (before 10am on Monday, Nov 2) and we will send you the link and code word on Monday, so you still have a day ahead of everyone else to secure your tickets!

We also want to be totally transparent on the our ticket pricing. We have raised the regular ticket price by $3.00/per ticket, the hoptimized ticket by $5.00/per ticket, and the VIP ticket by $1.00/per ticket. This may or may not seem like much, but it does help us to continue to deliver the best possible festival experience. Our festival utilizes a number of 3rd party suppliers for electrical, staging, security, tents, and a whole host of venue services and rental fees, that continue to rise year after year. These cost increases, in addition to the very high US dollar ( +30%), is not working in our favour, and therefore a price increase was necessary. We still feel that our pricing is fair (and hope that you do too) compared to the other festivals, events and entertainment options available to you.

When and where is TFOB 2016?

That is a very good question. We are back at Exhibition Place on July 22, 23, 24 2016.

Tell Me What Bands Are Playing!!

We will… very soon-ish. Bands for Friday, Saturday and Sunday of our event will be announced in the next few weeks/months. We’ll probably announce a band in early December, one in January, and one in February. I guess you could say this is our marketing tactic to build momentum and excitement about a summer beer event in the dreary days of Winter.

How Many Beers Will Be At TFOB 2016?

As you know, last year we had over 300 beer brands at TFOB. (316 to be exact, but who’s counting!) This year we want to increase that number, in an effort to offer you the absolute widest array of beer to sample. Beer Discovery is our biggest piece of feedback from you. We want you to be able to discover new brews and sample old favs.

Any New Food Vendors at TFOB 2016?

Glad you asked. The answer is yes. You are gonna love the selection. Last year we added a whole bunch of new food peeps including the Official TFOB Jumbo Soft Pretzel. In 2016, we will continue the theme of awesome food choices. Once we have the line up we will tell you all about it, but we have to sample them all first. Jealous? Nom nom nom.

When Do Your Spring Sessions Ticket Go On Sale?

Wow. You are really doing your homework. Spring Sessions of TFOB are tentatively scheduled for May 2016 so our tickets will go on sale in early April 2016.

What Is Your Favourite TV Show?

That’s an unexpected question, but it’s really a toss up between Breaking Bad, The Wire and Game Of Thrones. Special shout out to The Walking Dead.

We hope to see you at TFOB 2016. We are working super hard to put together the best and biggest beer festival in Canada. The countdown is now on!
Feel free to connect with us on Twitter/Facebook/Insta: our handle is @TOBeerFestival.

Cheers,
Jon, Jen, Les, and Ingrid.

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Tweet to Win Tickets to see Lowell at Spring Sessions April 24

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We are super pumped to see Lowell at the Spring Sessions of Toronto’s Festival of Beer on Saturday, April 24th, so we decided to share the wealth. We’re giving away a couple of pairs of tickets to a couple of lucky winners. All you have to do to enter is Tweet the line below, including the link! Happy cut and pasting! And good luck!

Here is the line to Tweet:

Yes, I want to win tickets to see @lowellcat at Spring Sessions of @TOBeerFestival April 24: http://ticketf.ly/1FiNcvo  #BeerMe 

Also, if you don’t have twitter, we will accept a comment in the blog comments below as an entry. We’ll pick a winner on Tuesday, April 21, co check your DMs then!

Official Rules & Regs HERE

Check out some Lowell music below…

I Love You Money

The Bells

And see you at Spring Sessions!

Jon Jen Ingrid and Les
The Beerlicious Team
@TOBeerFestival

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5 Irish beer to try this St. Patrick’s Day

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As Irish luck might have it, last fall Les Murray, president of TFOB and I got the opportunity to head over to Dublin for the Irish Craft Beer & Cider Festival. We brought 6 different Ontario brews with us and showcased them to excited Dubliners, while also enjoying some Irish brews ourselves!

With St Patrick’s Day around the corner, I’ve been thinking about all of the great beer we tried on that trip, and I thought I’d share some of my faves from it that you can get right here in Toronto!

Good news: They’re so good that we’re also working on bringing them over to showcase in the Irish Beer Pavilion at Toronto’s Festival of Beer this July. So even if the taps run dry this St. Patrick’s Day, we’ve got you covered.

  1. O’Hara’s BrewingIrish Stout

This baby is brewed in Carlow, Ireland, right near Kilkenny. The brewery does a variety of different styles, seasonals and one-offs but the Irish Stout has got to be my favourite. Luckily enough, it is available in the LCBO riiiight by my house.

  1. Brú BreweryBrú Rua

The Brú Rua from Brú Brewery, that only opened in 2013 in County Meath, has already made its way across to us! A hearty Irish Red ale made using Irish Malt and all-natural Irish Ingredients. Pop by Betty’s for a taste!

  1. McGargle’s Irish Family Brewers

And a family they are! Each beer from this brewery is dedicated to a specific and wacky member of the family. You can find “Granny Mary’s Red Ale,” “Knock Knock Ned’s IPA,” “Uncle Jim’s Stout,” “Cousin Rosie’s Pale Ale,” and “Fancy Frank Lager”… Some of the fam will be at Toronto’s Festival of Beer, but in the meantime grab the taster at An Sibin Pub in Riverside and give the whole family a whirl.

  1. Hercules Brewing – Yardsman Lager

Representing Northern Ireland on this list, Hercules Brewing was the first craft brewery to open in Northern Ireland over 160 years ago. They have since re-opened, re-vamped and started to produce beer yet again! Their Yardsman Lager pays homage to Irish men who worked in the mills of Ireland; and while you can’t get it in Toronto yet, it will soon be on a plane over to Toronto’s Festival of Beer, so you can at least get excited.

  1. Kilkenny – Irish Cream Ale

Made at the Guinness Brewery. Who would have known? Guinness steals the St. Patrick’s Day spotlight, but don’t forget this other gem they brew. Creamy, oh so creamy.

 

Other honourable mentions…but you’ll have to hop on a plane to try them:

  1. Franciscan Well – Rebel Red

  2. Hilden Brewery – Headless Dog

  3. The Porterhouse Brewing Co. – Plain Porter

  4. Dan Kelly’s Irish Cider

 

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