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Five Awesome Wearable Gifts From Brewers

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Tis’ the season to shop-till-you-drop while enjoying quality time with friends and family. You’ve probably already started your Christmas shopping, unless you like the rush of waiting until the last minute to get everything but we figured some of you might need some help.

A great way to make that beer lover in your life happy, is by grabbing some awesome merch from Ontario’s many breweries. This way you can rep your favourite beer while keeping things affordable, since we all know how expensive the holidays can be.

Therefore, we’ve compiled a short list of five great breweries in Ontario that you can purchase merch right through their website. Check them out below! 

Silly Sir Brewing Company – T-Shirt: $25.00

 

Waterloo Brewing – Work Shirt: $39.95

 

Sawdust City Brewing Company – Navy Corduroy Hat: $32.00

 

 

All Or Nothing Brewhouse – T-Shirt: $21.99

Cameron’s Brewing Company – BEER GEEK T-Shirt: $23.95

 There you have it! Your TFOB Fam has you covered. Be sure to grab these while you still have time. We know the beer lover in your life will be very happy.

Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by the Beer Store is a three day celebration of the golden beverage! This year, we’re celebrating 23 glorious years. Join us July 26 to 28 for hundreds of brews, an amazing selection of food and live entertainment each and every day. If you have any questions about ticket types THIS BLOG POST should help you out. Make this your Summer tradition!

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Top 10 Beer Gifts To Spread #BeerLove This Season

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The holidays are just around the corner and that means it’s time to start planning your shopping for all the beer lovers in your life.

Whether you are someone who likes to get shopping done in advance, or just chill, you have a ton of great options available at your fingertips.

That’s why we’re here to make your life easier – Check out these ten awesome beer gifts that are available right now and have fun spreading the joy of #BeerLove!

Beer Socks! – $12.71

Who doesn’t love a fresh pair of socks, let alone a pair of beer themed socks to wear any time to keep your feet cozy while you relax during the holidays? This great beer gift is cheap and cheerful and comes in a few different styles.

 

Wood Shadow Box Display For Your Beer Caps – $60.84

This is the perfect display box for beer and wine lovers. You can hang this up behind your bar, or even in your kitchen as you fill it with the remanence of brews that have past. It’s like a capsule of the good times with you and your favourite golden beverage.

 

Beer Caddy with Bottle Opener – $39.99

 

Need a sleek way to carry your brews as you head out to a backyard BBQ? Search no more with this crafty caddy that comes with a removable six-pack separator to keep brews safe and ice cold. Oh, and should you forget to pack a bottle opener there’s no need to turn to one of nature’s methods because the pack comes with an attached steel opener so you never have to worry. Give one to a beer buff or outdoor adventurer to inspire the question, “Where to next, brew crew?”

 

THE BEER STORE GIFT CARD. $1-$500

Buying gift cards may be considered a cop out, BUT, not if it’s a beer gift card.

 

When you purchase this for a loved one, it says, “I love you. In fact, I love you so much that I travelled to my local Beer Store and purchased this gift card for you.”

 

The least they could do in return is go buy some brews straight away and share them with you. Cheers to you both.

 

Vintage-Inspired Craft Beer Opener – $52.53

Does the beer lover in your life love nostalgic items? Maybe they just love conversation pieces? Either way, this vintage-inspired beer opener is a perfect addition to any home bar and pairs perfectly with any bottle of sudz.

 

Craftsman Beer Soap Set – $24.95

Whether you prefer India Pale Ales or Brown Ales, you can find beer soap that satisfy any beer lover’s needs. They are the perfect addition to any bathroom and lather up nicely!

 

Homecraft on Single Tap Beer Growler Cooling System – $244.99

How awesome would it be to pour beer directly from a tap any time you wanted to? Well you’re in luck and you don’t even need a bar! This Homecraft on Single Tap Beer Growler Cooling System refreshing craft beer straight from your countertop tap! Bring 5-litres of your favourite craft brew right into your kitchen, and keep it cold and fresh for 30+ days after tapping. An easy-pull tap handle makes dispensing easy, while a removable drip tray catches any drips.

Lambic Basket – $81.30

Fan of Belgium Beer? Lambic is a specific style of beer from Belgium, considered special because it’s fermented with native yeast in the bottle. (That’s also known as bottle-conditioned beer.) But the yeast means that it’s a finicky type of beer to serve, and so you want to pour it and store it at a tilt so that you don’t get sediment in your glass while drinking. That’s where the lambic basket comes in, and it’s a great gift for Belgian beer nerds.

 

Outdoor Beer Growler Carrier and Glasses – $58.88 – 75.89

Take this beer growler and glassware tote to your next picnic, barbecue or tailgate party, and it’s like bringing your favourite local brewhouse with you. The heirloom-quality tote is full of handcrafted details, from its wrought iron frame, to the removable handle and its lathe-formed metal coil. Perhaps the best feature of the carrier, however, is that it includes a quartet of actual glasses, which offer a grown-up alternative to sipping from a plastic cup.

 

Tickets To Toronto’s Festival of Beer, presented by the Beer Store: $45-$110

No, it’s not too early to think about summer, so get the beer lover in your life tickets to the beer event of the summer; with 35,000+ attendees over three glorious days.

You can also get creative with how you give the tickets. Buy ‘em, print ‘em, place ‘em in case of beer? Or hang them from the tree? Be festive! That’s #BeerLove.

 

As always, we encourage donations to charity as excellent options. Here are some friends of ours:

WAR CHILD

FRIENDS OF THE GREENBELT FOUNDATION

SHEENA’S PLACE

Have a safe and happy holiday season.

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Are TFOB 2019 Tickets On Sale?

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The 2019 edition of Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by the Beer Store  happens on July 26 to 28 and we can’t be more excited – just like you! We’ve been getting a lot of questions lately so we figured we make your life easier by posting answers to the most common questions we get asked below. If you don’t see your answer, please reach out to us via email or Twitter or Facebook.

Q: When Do TFOB 2019 Tickets Go On Sale?

Tickets for the 2019 edition of #TOBeerFest go on sale December 4, 2018 but, you can purchase your tickets before everyone else if you sign up to our mailing list HERE. We’ll send you an email when our presale starts and this way you can claim yours first!

Q: What’s the difference between VIP, Hoptimized, Club TFOB and General Admission tickets?

Good question. HERE is the difference between all the ticket types we offer. 19+ only.

Q: What are the prices of TFOB 2019 tickets?

Tickets for the 2019 edition of #TOBeerFest start at $45 for a General Admission ticket to Friday. They go right up to $115 for a Club Ticket ticket. The Early Bird tickets (which go on sale December 4, 2018) are the best value, so get yours early! Early-Bird prices go up on Jan 29th, 2019, and again on April 2nd, 2019 and again on May 28th, 2019.  SEE FULL PRICING GRID HERE.

Q: What bands are playing Toronto’s Festival of Beer 2019?

A: We announce one headliner at a time. The best way to find out before everyone else is to sign up through our TFOB Email List. You can do so by clicking HERE.

Q: Where is Toronto’s Festival of Beer 2019?

A: Bandshell Park, Exhibition Place. Technically the addy is 200 Princes’ Blvd. 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?

  • Friday, July 26 from 4:30pm to 11pm (early access at 3:00pm for Club TFOB, VIP and Hoptimized ticket holders)
  • Saturday, July 27 from 1:30pm to 8pm (early access at 12:00pm for Club TFOB, VIP and Hoptimized ticket holders)
  • Sunday, July 28 from 1:30pm to 8pm (early access at 12:00pm for Club TFOB, VIP and Hoptimized ticket holders)

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
  • Bags are restricted to small purses, totes and drawstring bags only. Bag size may not exceed 14” x 11” x 5” (35cm x 28cm x 12cm), or 30 linear inches (75cm) in total, and must have no more than one singular pocket or opening.
  • 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 – We offer FREE WATER through our quench buggy on site. Don’t bring that fancy water bottle!
  • Food
  • Chairs
  • Backpacks and bags with multiple pockets as well as Hydration packs are prohibited
  • 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.
  • Cannabis (aka: Weed, ganja, green, doobs, doobies, reefer, trees, hash, hashish, devils lettuce, shrooms, or any other type of drug) is NOT PERMITTED on site. 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 2019?

The front entrance is located at 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?

The quick answer is no… Bags are restricted to small purses, totes and drawstring bags only. Bag size may not exceed 14” x 11” x 5” (35cm x 28cm x 12cm), or 30 linear inches (75cm) in total, and must have no more than one singular pocket or opening. We’ll be using metal detector wands and searching all small bags, totes, and drawstring bags 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 Was There To Eat at TFOB 2018?

In a word… LOTS. The food purveyors coming to the festival this year will be second to none. We will post the final list by June, 2019 so keep checking back and you’ll find all the details! Explore them all and be sure to take lots of eating breaks. This is all part of #TasteTFOB – our commitment to providing an incredible food experience. We will definitely raise the bar again in 2019! Stay tuned!

Q: Will There Be Water For Me To Drink?

You need to stay hydrated. That’s why we offer FREE WATER through our quench buggy on site. Just 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 400+ Brews To Discover?

Our festival hosts 100 brewers from all over the world every year and most brewers bring multiple brands. 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.

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WHAT TICKET TYPE IS FOR ME?

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There are many avenues to experience the greatest beer festival ever created. There’s absolutely no excuses!! Since there are so many options to consider, we thought we’d break it down a bit for you…

GENERAL ADMISSION TICKET 

The General Admission ticket is our first offering and is perfect if you prefer to weigh your options first before you decide to go all in on the beer and food sampling. It’s simple but a great way to kick start your experience at Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by the Beer Store. – especially if you have never been to the event before. The General Admission ticket is available all three days of the festival and come with five (5) sampling tokens that can be used for beer, food and even souvenirs. 

HOPTIMIZED ADMISSION TICKET

The Hoptimized ticket has always been our most popular ticket at Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by the Beer Store. This ticket adds just enough pizazz to your experience without any additional bells and whistles that you didn’t ask for. The Hoptimized ticket includes early access to the festival for an additional 1.5 hours and ten (10) sampling tokens that can be used for beer, food and even souvenirs.   

VIP ADMISSION TICKET

The VIP experience is a great option if you are looking for an elevated experience when you come to the event. This ticket includes an express entrance and early entry in to the event, ten (10) sampling tokens that can be used for beer, food and even souvenirs, a catered meal that comes with two (2) full drinks in the VIP lounge, and access to air-conditioned washrooms. 

CLUB TFOB ADMISSION TICKET

Club TFOB is our most exclusive and newest offering at Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by the Beer Store. This ticket includes an express entrance and early entry in to the event, access to the Club TFOB lounge that has an air-conditioned washroom and a private bar, and 15 sampling tokens for beer, food and even souvenirs. Club TFOB ticket holders will also experience incredible cuisine from a renowned local Chef and access to a complimentary oyster bar in the Club TFOB lounge that is available for the first two hours of gates opening. This ticket is only available on Friday and Saturday and a valid photo ID along with the credit card used for payment must be displayed at check-in, in order to be permitted entry.

HERE is the full pricing grid for each ticket type. Yes, the sooner you buy, the better deal you get.  See you in July! 

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Falling For Autumn Flavours? Check Out These Tasty Fall Brews Available Now!

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Fall is here and it’s one of the best times to taste and discover some incredible creations that the brewing industry is producing. Now is when you are sure to see a ton of new Stouts, Porters, Amber Ales and even some tasty Autumn flavours like Pumpkin!

We did some research and wanted to share some really cool ones that are available right now. If discovering new beer is something you enjoy doing as much as us, then you need to check this out! Whether you head to your local Beer Store or fancy taking a trip to each breweries bottle shop, you are bound to find something that suits your taste-buds. Check it out below!

 

Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery – Paranormal Imperial Pumpkin Ale

This rich and mesmerizing brew has distinctive roasted pumpkin aromas with a beautiful orange body that are bolstered by tastes of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and allspice. Think pumpkin pie and a malty incarnation of graham cracker crust.

 

Great Lakes Brewery – Saison Dupump

This Belgium Saison by Great Lakes Brewery has aromas of earth, spice and pumpkin with nutty and spicy notes underlying. It’s dry and fruity with a cleansing hops bitterness.

 

Nickelbrook Brewing Co. – Cheeky Bastard Stout

 

A twist on a traditional English stout, this dark ale is packed with rich chocolate, light roast and sweet maltiness, but it remains incredibly smooth and drinkable. It’s low in ABV (4.5%) but high in deliciousness. Certainly, a cheeky brew that is perfect for enjoying during the fall season.

 

McAuslan Brewery – St-Ambroise Pumpkin Ale

This magical brew casts a potent smell with its well-crafted blend of blond caramelized malts, gentle hop, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and pumpkin. It has a hint of sweetness with a malty character that is perfect for anyone looking for an easy-drinking refreshment.

 

Sawdust City Brewing Co. – Maple Butter Tart Ale

This brew has a deep amber colour with a creamy head. Rich aromas of maple, butter rum pudding, vanilla, and caramel candy lead the way for notes of pie crust, toffee, molasses and chocolate. It has a dry, medium bodied, creamy, well-balanced crisp-hoppy bitterness. Try it for yourself and you will notice tastes of maple, toffee, and malt, along with subtle noted of fruit, amber rum and butter.

 

The 2019 edition of Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by the Beer Store happens July 26 to 28 at Bandshell Park Exhibition Place. There will be hundreds of breweries, dozens of food choices, and live entertainment each day. Tickets go on sale December 4 but you can get exclusive presale access if you sign up to our mailing list HERE. It’s all about the #BeerLove.

Don’t miss the highlights from last year:

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Hoppy Thanksgiving! Enjoy Your Turkey with These Tasty Ontario Based Brews

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Thanksgiving is already here and we could not be more excited! It’s one of our favourite holidays of the year because let’s face it, we have a lot to be thankful for… Our loving family, great friends, and of course our favourite golden beverage #Beer.

 

No matter how you plan to celebrate this wonderful weekend, you have tons of beer options available to pair with all that delicious food you will be eating. Here are some great options to consider when heading over to your local Beer Store. Happy Thanksgiving!

Anderson Craft Ales – Amber Ale

Anderson Craft Ales’ Amber is an enticing combination of caramel, toffee, biscuit, bread and malt notes, perfectly balanced with a touch of North American hop character.

Broadhead Brewing Co. – Grindstone Amber Ale

Broadhead’s Grindstone Amber is a super tasty, rich-coloured amber ale that is hell-bent on hitting the spot. It has just the right balance of caramel malts and finished with a sweet sharpness,. It’s a refreshing medium body ale.

Mill St. Brewery – Vanilla Porter

Mill St. Brewery’s Vanilla Porter is a great cold weather beer. The vanilla extract used is cold pressed from vanilla orchid bean pods giving it over 250 individual flavor notes resulting in a attractive depth of flavor.

Muskoka Brewery – Harvest Ale

Muskoka Brewery’s Harvest Ale marks the end of the growing season and the process of gathering mature crops from the fields. This year, Muskoka Brewery worked with local farmers across Ontario to brew a true reflection of Ontario’s harvest in their beer. Prepare to taste malt forward, soft biscuit flavours that transform into notes of mango, grapefruit, and stone-fruit.

Beaus All Natural Brewing Co. – Fall Mix Pack

 

Beaus All Natural Brewing Co., has a Fall Mix Pack that includes their crisp and refreshing Lug Tread Lagered Ale, along with three other interesting and tasty brews we think you’ll enjoy too: like their Maple Rush Porter, Dortmunder, and their CDN Pale Ale.

The Maple Rush has a heady mixture of black malt and espresso notes that are softened by sweet maple wood impressions, while their Dortmunder offers floral, herbal and malty notes with a flavour balanced grainy cereal sweetness offset by firm hop bitterness. The CDN Pale Ale is a medium-bodied beer with a silky mouthfeel, moderate bitterness and big fruit flavours.

It’s a fun variety to sample or share with friends, all in one handy-dandy box!

 

The 2019 edition of Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by the Beer Store happens July 26 to 28 at Bandshell Park Exhibition Place. There will be hundreds of breweries, dozens of food choices, and live entertainment each day. Tickets go on sale December 4 but you can get exclusive presale access if you sign up to our mailing list HERE. It’s all about the #BeerLove.

 

Don’t miss the highlights from last year:

 

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It’s National Drink Beer Day! Celebrate At These Five New Toronto Breweries

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It’s National Drink Beer Day! On top of that, it’s also Friday – WOO!!! Start rallying the troops and get ready to kick off the weekend by simply raising a glass of your favourite ale or lager.

Don’t know where to start? Here is a list of five great Toronto breweries / brewpubs that just opened up in 2018, that are totally worth checking out!

The Aviary Brewpub

The Aviary Brewpub is the larger sibling of the popular Dundas and Dovercourt neighbourhood sports bar Dock Ellis and home of Longslice Brewing. It’s a great place to enjoy some retro music, shoot some pool, and play some nostalgic arcade games. Also, all Longslice draught is just $7.08 for 16 ounce pours, including their famous Hopta La Vista.

Lot 30 Brewers

Lot 30’s namesake is torn from the pages of the city’s history because the plot of land they sit on was originally called “Park Lot 30” before it was parcelled off in to the vibrant community it is now. Their beer is said to be inspired by the industrial history that once filled this area of Toronto (Lansdowne & Dundas) so if you like history and beer this might be the perfect place for you!

People’s Pint Brewing Company

People’s Pint Brewing Company started back in 2015 and their story is quite unique. They did some serious organic community outreach before actually opening a physical location. They built their following by collaborating with other brewers and hosting small beer tasting events out of local beer focused venues in Toronto like The Gladstone Hotel, Lansdowne Brewery, and even 3030 Dundas. Eventually they saved up enough money and in 2016 they made a deal to purchase 4HL fermenters and brite tank from Muddy York Brewing Company and at the beginning of 2018 ended up taking over Junction Craft Brewing’s old facility after they expanded. They officially opened their doors on March 16, 2018 and are certainly worth checking out!

The Six Brewing Company

 

Nestled in the hearty of Trinity Bellwoods, The Six Brewing Co., is a great spot to not only enjoy a delicious ice-cold beer but also a great spot to enjoy some tasty eats as well! Their website states that they are dedicated to creating exceptional craft beer that is every bit as unique and cultured as our city and it shows! When you walk in their brew house their dark lighting immediately gives you a sense of an edgy hang out and somewhere you want to be. We really enjoyed their White Squirrel Wit but since the fall & winters seasons are upon us, you might want to give their Trash Panda Porter a try because it’s very tasty.

Von Bugle Brewing

The Bugle was one of the first European instruments to make the journey and was favoured for its simplicity and versatility. Von Bugle Brewing attributes its Brewmasters inspiration to this very instrument while staying true to the same brewing methods and ingredients that travelled with our European forefathers, and the way beer was first brewed in Canada. Their core brew is their Von Bugle Munich lager which is a rich, well balanced amber lager that uses European malts and noble hops. It brings the old world to the new world because some traditions should never change. Be sure to visit their Tap Room just off the Gardiner Express Way in south Etobicoke.

 

The 2019 edition of Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by the Beer Store happens July 26 to 28 at Bandshell Park Exhibition Place. There will be hundreds of breweries, dozens of food choices, and live entertainment each day. Tickets go on sale December 4 but you can get exclusive presale access if you sign up to our mailing list HERE. It’s all about the #BeerLove.

 

Don’t miss the highlights from last year:

 

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It’s Comic Book Day! Here Are Five Comic-Themed Brews To Celebrate

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Today marks Comic Book Day. Every year on September 25, comic book readers, collectors, lovers, and fans participate by picking up a comic book to read.

We want to help you take that experience one step further… Since it’s all #BEERLOVE here, why not taste some comic book / pop-culture themed brews to go along with your comic book reading! We searched the internet far and wide to find some awesome brews that align perfect with Comic Book Day. Check them out below!

Triforce IPA – Second Self Beer Co.

Inspired by the Legend of Zelda Series, Triforce is the ultimate source of power according to the original story. Atlanta, GA based brewery Second Self Beer Co. has taken that concept and brewed this beer with what they call the Triforce of malts (oats, wheat, and barley).

Star Trek Klingon Imperial Porter – Federation of Beer  

 

Raise a goblet of Klingon Imperial Porter to the strongest warriors in the Galaxy. Discover the ruby undertones that pay homage to Klingon Bloodwine and fallen warriors who hold honor above life. “There is no honor in attacking the weak,” so take pleasure in besieging this 9.0% ABV Imperial Porter.

HOPTIMUS PRIME Double IPA – Ruckus Brewing Co.

Let’s be real here: Ruckus Brewing’s Hoptimus Prime Couble IPA may not give you Autobot strength but, its 9% ABV combined with 5 different hops, 3 distinct malts, and a two-week dry hopping process will no doubt wake your taste buds up. This brew is obviously best served while enjoying any of the Transformers’ comics!

Mr Orange – To Øl Brewery

Inspired by the iconic Quentin Tarantino film “Reservoir Dogs”. This Danish craft brewery, To Øl Brewery, has a series of brews named after each of the characters in the film. Our personal favourite is Mr. Pink of course.

Bend The Knee – Brewery Ommegang

Brewery Ommegang has been in the news a lot the last few years because they have earned the exclusive rights to brew beer for arguably the best television show of all time – Game of Thrones. Bend the Knee is their most recent release. It pays homage to the struggle for control over the Seven Kingdoms.

Luckily for fans, they just announced their newest brew that is currently in production called King In The North. That brew won’t be released until Black Friday (November 23) but you can certainly build up your anticipation for both the beer and the show by trying Bend The Knee first since winter is coming…

The 2019 edition of Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by the Beer Store happens July 26 to 28 at Bandshell Park Exhibition Place. There will be hundreds of breweries, dozens of food choices, and live entertainment each day. Tickets go on sale December 4 but you can get exclusive presale access if you sign up to our mailing list HERE. It’s all about the #BeerLove.

Don’t miss the highlights from last year:

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THE 2018 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 came to Toronto’s Festival of Beer from July 26-29 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 Funk Town. 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 2019 Toronto’s Festival of Beer
Contest Rules & Regulations

1. The Contest Period for the TFOB Team Tee Shirt Contest (the “Contest”) starts at 10AM EST Friday, August 10th 2018 and continues until 12:00 PM (Noon) ET on Friday, August 24th, 2018 (“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 2018. These photos will then be placed in a Facebook album on the official Toronto’s Festival of Beer Facebook page on August 10th. 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 Friday, August 24th, 2018 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, 2019.

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.

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Thanks For The #BeerLove… See You Next Year!

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TFOB 2018 is in the books.

Here are some takeaways from the event that was:

1) #TFOB2018 Got Pretty Funky! Listen friends… We knew Sour Beer was the hot topic going in to this year, but we didn’t realize how funky things were going to actually get. Our TFOB Spotlight was bumping all weekend long with all your favourite hits. At one point, if you looked inside it was a raging dance party. So, cheers to keeping things funky and loving sour beer!

2) Get In Ma Belly! The food this year was outstanding! We had so many options to choose from, including fried chicken to pay respect to Luda’s Chicken & Beer album. We had some new vendors join us as well like ONO Pokè and The Jerk Bros, while some vendors returned from previous years like Fidel Gastros and Ted’s World Famous BBQ. Basically, it was impossible for 

3) Toronto Stands By Its Neighbours! We launched a special TorontoStrong ticket offer last week for our Thursday Night show. This ticket was valued at $25 + HST and 100% of the proceeds are being donated back to the families affected by the Danforth Shooting Tragedy. We managed to raise $10,000 with this ticket in the 24 hours it was on sale and to make this story even better, Broken Social Scene agreed to donate an additional $5,000 to the cause as well. We are reaching out to our brewery friends and beer family for additional support for the fund. Torontoians stand strong in times of need.

4) The New Brews On The Block Are Amazing! We had 12 brewers set up at #TFOB2018 for the very first time in our New Brews, presented by TekSavvy pavilion and they were a huge hit. From Midtown Brewery, to OverHop, to even Glutenberg, these brewers set the bar for having some incredible products and you knew exactly why when you spoke with them. They all are so passionate when they talk about their product so congrats to them on making this year’s festival even better than it already was. 

5) Join The CLUB! This was the second year we offered Club TFOB experience and you proved to us once again that you appreciate the luxury experience. Chef Craig Harding of Campagnolo, La Palma, and Constantine displayed his amazing culinary skills, alongside full-sized brew samples, wine and more. The ticket also got you early access to TFOB and air conditioned VIP restrooms, snacks and more. We will be offering Club TFOB again next year, so stay tuned!

6) Let There Be Music! TFOB Thursday features the likes of some pretty rad Canadian Bands. The Darcys, The Rural Alberta Advantage and Broken Social Scene put a whole new spin on the music component at TFOB and based on your feedback – you were totally in to it! Ludacris put on an electrifying performance on Friday to a sold out crown of 11,000 people. It was absolutely bonkers looking out to the crowd and seeing an ocean of beer lovers like yourself take it all in. TFOB Saturday was a great day to sing all your favourite hits because Dwayne Gretzky rocked the park. They sang everything from 70s hits, 80s hits, to some 90s favourites and even early 2000s so there was something for everyone to sing. Our personal favourite was when they sang Bohemian Rhapsody and the enter park sang in unison – what an amazing experience. Finally, TFOB Sunday brought some kick-ass rock and roll bands to the OLG Bandshell Stage which included I Mother Earth and Finger Eleven. They even joined forces at the end and sand on stage together. We also can’t forget how awesome the opening acts were too, Stuck On Planet Earth and Brothers of North did an amazing job and really put on an in your face rock-and-roll show that helped prime people for the grand finally to the weekend. 

All in all, a pretty epic weekend that saw great weather, countless good times and smiling facing all around. Hope you’ll join us again next year. We’ll go on sale December 1st 2018.

Thank you for all the #BeerLove

Here are some pics from TFOB 2018!

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