Club TFOB is now on sale!

Club TFOB – Pool + Patio Lounge is our most premium offering ever, for the legendary Toronto’s Festival of Beer. This is our VIP ticket and features some unbelievable perks. July 22-24, 2022 can’t come soon enough. With Club TFOB Pool + Patio Lounge you get access to: 

☑️ Exclusive VIP lounge and multiple pools, 

☑️ Access to the entire beer festival featuring hundreds of brews and delicious food. 

☑️ Access to Live entertainment. Whichever day you purchase, your Club TFOB ticket gets you up front for that day. Could be Grammy award-winning rapper Nas on TFOB Friday, or Canadian legends Sam Roberts Band on TFOB Saturday. And we say ‘up front’, we mean it. CLUB TFOB ticket holders get access to the very first row in front of the Bandshell Main Stage. We call it Club TFOB Front Row! 

It’s Beerfest meets Vegas pool party. Here are some features of Club TFOB Pool + Patio lounge:

  • 3 infinity pools , 2000 square feet of summer patio enjoyment
  • Lounge poolside; access to sun chairs, loungers, sunbeds, cabanas, sectionals, shaded dining areas
  • VIP washroom trailers, change rooms, locker facilities (bring your own lock), towel service, and more
  • Full Club TFOB access right into the festival park from the pool / patio area.
  • Exclusive entrance gate for Club TFOB ticket holders
  • Oyster and charcuterie table ( Fri 4-6pm, Sat/Sun noon – 2pm) 
  • BBQ and beer-themed stations  (Fri 6-9pm, Sat/Sun 2-5pm)
  • Beer and Cocktail refresh stations around the patio, serving ice cold, full-sized beverages
  • Exclusive access to Club TFOB Front Row – front of stage viewing area.
  • 20 complimentary beer festival tokens good for food/beer on the festival grounds.
  • 1 complimentary welcome cocktail upon arrival.
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TFOB 2022 Ticket Types Explained

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…


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 comes with:

  • One commemorative Festival Sampling Mug
  • Five (5) tokens to redeem on site for beer, food, souvenirs


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 comes with:

  • Access to festival for additional 1 hour (3pm on Friday / 12pm on
  • Saturday and Sunday)
  • One (1) Commemorative Festival Sampling Mug
  • Ten (10) Tokens to redeem on site for beer, food, or souvenirs


Club TFOB Pool + Patio Lounge is our most exclusive offering at Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by The Beer Store. It’s for the person who is looking for the five star treatment when attending an outdoor festival like this. If that’s sounds like something you would be in to, then this is the ticket for you. The Club TFOB ticket comes with:

  • 3 infinity pools , 2000 square feet of summer patio enjoyment
  • Lounge poolside; access to sun chairs, loungers, sunbeds, cabanas, sectionals, shaded dining areas
  • VIP washroom trailers, change rooms, locker facilities (bring your own 
  • lock), towel service, and more
  • Full Club TFOB access right into the festival park from the pool / patio 
  • area.
  • Exclusive entrance gate for Club TFOB ticket holders
  • Oyster and charcuterie table ( Fri 4-6pm, Sat/Sun noon – 2pm) 
  • BBQ and beer-themed stations  (Fri 6-9pm, Sat/Sun 2-5pm)
  • Beer and Cocktail refresh stations around the patio, serving ice cold, full-sized beverages
  • Exclusive access to Club TFOB Front Row – front of stage viewing area.
  • 20 complimentary beer festival tokens good for food/beer on the festival grounds.
  • 1 complimentary welcome cocktail upon arrival.
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Yes, TFOB 2022 Tickets Are On Sale!

You’ve waited. We’ve waited. Nas waited. Sam Roberts Band waited. The wait is now OVER!. And, if feels so good to say, WE ARE BACK! Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by The Beer Store runs Friday, July 22nd to Sunday, July 24, 2022.

For those who kept your tickets with us the answer is YES, they are still valid. You are good to go. If you are considering joining us, then please click HERE and get you some tickets, friend! There are a few ticket options, General Admission, Hoptimized and our VIP option: CLUB TFOB Pool + Patio Lounge.

WHERE is TFOB 2022?

Bandshell Park inside Exhibition Place is once again our home. TFOB 2022

WHEN is TFOB 2022?

Friday, July 22, 2022 to Sunday, July 24, 2022. Gate times and stage times will be made available just ahead of the weekend.

WHO headlines TFOB 2022?

Grammy-award winning artist NAS will headline Friday, July 22nd, 2022 and legendary Canadian rockers Sam Roberts Band will headline Saturday, July 23rd, 2022. We are still looking for the right headliner for Sunday, July 24th, so stay tuned.

How do I get in on this epic weekend?

Easy peasy. Get some tickets HERE. Don’t hesitate, because we sell out every year.

But I have my tickets from TFOB 2020 still?

Then you are way ahead of the game. Kudos to you for supporting us and keeping a hold of your tickets. Yes, they are valid. Yes, they are still good.

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TFOB Saturday with Sam Roberts Band

Live Saturday, July 23 2022, Bandshell Park, Ex Place

Sam Roberts Band will headline Saturday of Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by The Beer Store.  This will be a jam packed day of rock ‘n roll paired with hundreds of brews and mouth-watering food options. Don’t miss out!

A little bit more about SRB … Sam Roberts hails from Montreal and his band’s discography spans six albums. The five-member Sam Roberts Band has won five MuchMusic Video Awards and has performed at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, Ottawa Canada Day celebrations and NHL and CFL events. Their latest album titled All Of Us was nominated for Juno Rock Album of the Year. Check out some hits below…

Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by THE BEER STORE is a three day celebration of the golden beverage! Join us from July 22 to 24 for hundreds of brews, an amazing selection of food and live entertainment each and every day. 

Make this your Summer tradition! Below are the links to the other days available. We have a bunch more announcements coming up for this year so stay tuned!  

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TFOB Friday with Nas!

Live Friday, July 22 2022, Bandshell Stage, Ex Place

Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by The Beer Store is proud to announce the one and only Nas as the official headliner for the opening night of its 2022 festival. The iconic rap legend will perform on Friday, July 22.

Nas is one of the most iconic lyricists to ever grace the microphone. He is a gifted poet, confessor, agitator, metaphor master, and tongue twisting genius. Ever since he dropped his 1994 album Illmatic, the hiphop game changed forever and people to this day continue to refer to it as one of the greatest hiphop albums of all time. An album which he released before he was legal drinking age.

Three decades on, Nas continues to be the explosive, outspoken and brutally candid rapper we all love with timeless hits like If I Ruled the World, N.Y. State of Mind, The Message, Nas Is Like, It Ain’t Hard To Tell, Made You Look, and so many more.

Nas – If I Ruled The World (Imagine That)
Nas – Nas Is Like
Nas – It Ain’t Hard To Tell
Nas – The World Is Yours

Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by THE BEER STORE is a three day celebration of the golden beverage!  Join us from July 22 to 24 for hundreds of brews, an amazing selection of food and live entertainment each and every day. 

Make this your Summer tradition! Below are the links to the other days available. We have a bunch more announcements coming up for this year so stay tuned!

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It’s a Christmas Beeracle!

The 2022 edition of Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by The Beer Store is now on sale. This is like waking up on Christmas morning when you were a kid and finding your favourite toy under the tree. Maybe it was a Transformer? Maybe a Razor Scooter? Maybe it was a Bratz doll?

Speaking of gifts, consider tickets to TFOB 2022 for the ones on your list. Think about it. It’s a beer festival with incredible live performances. It’s basically perfect.

All that beer paired with all that delicious food paired with live music from Nas and Sam Roberts Band. This is the legendary Toronto’s Festival of Beer. A ticket to TFOB 2022 makes a perfect Xmas gift. Job done.

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Top Ontario Stouts For St. Patrick’s Day 2021

St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) will mark one full year since Canada shut down because of the global pandemic. This pandemic hasn’t been easy for anyone but stay positive, cause there is light at the end of the tunnel. With news of some momentum (hopefully) for the vaccine rollout, and spring days on the horizon, there is plenty of reasons to enjoy this St. Patrick’s Day, even if its from the comfort of your own home.

For all you lucky readers, we have a great list of stouts, the perfect libation for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Each of these stouts have been produced from local Ontario Craft brewers and are available for delivery, right to your door, through their brewery website (links below!). Some stouts are also available through The Beer Store in your area. Now let’s get down to business – Here are the top stouts for St. Patrick’s Day 2021. 

Divine Intervention Imperial Stout (ABV 11%)

Collective Arts Brewing in Collaboration with Indie Alehouse

Divine Intervention is a big, beautiful beer that’s absolutely loaded with real cacao, sourced from Toronto’s own SOMA Chocolatemaker, with chocolate fudge adding a rich sweetness. Chocolate lovers: get ready to treat yourself with this smooth, decadent brew. Divine Intervention is available now at the Collective Arts online shop, and its brewery retail stores in Toronto and Hamilton.

Chocolate Milk Stout (ABV 6.6%)

Wellington Brewery

This is a sweet and robust stout brewed with cocoa, lactose, roasted malts, and a touch of flaked oats. It has an inviting aroma of dark chocolate and silky-smooth unfiltered malt body making it a decadent treat after any meal. This brew was also the Bronze Winner at the Canadian Brewing Awards in 2020 for the category of Sweet Stout or Cream Stout and the Silver Winner in 2017 for the category of Milk Stout.

The Entire Ocean In A Drop XXX Stout (ABV 7.5%)

Muddy York Brewing Co.

To no one’s surprise, there is a lot going on here. The beer is big but doesn’t taste hot. The peanut butter comes off the nose predominantly, with banana making an appearance mid palate and mixing with a salty bacon savoury note. Huge body and big flavour. Like Elvis. This brew does contain peanuts so be sure to keep that in mind if you have any allergies.

April Stout (ABV 4%)

Burdock Brewery

This easy drinking, relatively dry stout is brewed with premium Ontario oats that according to the brewery are “so premium that we eat ‘em for breakfast.” They also say that this particular batch is balanced and clean; not quite as light as a dark lager but is most definitely lurking in the refreshing darkness zone. This brew also has notes of dark chocolate cake, light brown salted caramel, and fancy fruity 3rd wave drip coffee.

Brown Cow Nitro Stout (ABV 5.5%)

Calabogie Brewing Co.

The Cow Nitro Stout from Calabogie Brewing pours a beautiful cascade leaving a thick ice cream mocha head. The nose is brown sugar, vanilla beans, chocolate and espresso. Rich chocolate and slightly roasted flavours complement the big body and silky texture. This brew is available directly through Calabogie Brewing’s websiteor at The Beer Store.

Kensington It’s A Stout (ABV 5.8%)

Kensington Brewing Co.

It’s A Stout by Kensington Brewing Company is a delicious dark ale brewed with roasted cacao nibs which give it a baker’s chocolate vibe and roasted espresso aromas. This brew was a Gold Medal winner of the 2020 Ontario Brewing Awards and pairs well with frigid weather, windchills, and Netflix. Is there really a better way is there to enjoy the last few weeks of winter? You can purchase this brew now from Kensington Brewing Company’s website and at The Beer Store.

Stouty McStout Face (ABV 5.8%)

Sleeping Giant Brewing Co.

Brewed for St. Patrick’s Day, this Foreign Extra Stout is malt forward with a distinct roastiness and very little to no hop presence. Brewed with American Ale yeast, this Stout is full-bodied and will have a nice alcoholic warmth along with it. Its flavour profile is described as strong, bold, heavy, smooth mouthfeel.

Gamma Ray Imperial Coffee Stout (ABV 9.5%)

Signal Brewing Company

Gamma Ray blends five malts and a large quantity of oats to deliver a decadently deep and indulgent experience. A healthy dose of roasted coffee added to each batch brings out the beer’s dark chocolate flavors and enhances its drinkability. A luxuriously smooth mouthfeel is followed by full flavours of chocolate, liquorice and subtle notes of coffee. The finish is rich and satisfying with a lingering roasted bitterness. Despite its intensity, Gamma Rays fine carbonation and creamy mouthfeel make it very smooth and surprisingly easy to drink.

Celestial Barrel Aged Imperial Stout 2020 (ABV 9.7%)

Bobcaygeon Brewing Company

Brewed in the Fall of 2019, the team at Bobcaygeon Brewing Company laid this tasty beer to rest in some Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels for over a year. During this time, the barrels contributed notes of vanilla, charred-oak and bourbon booziness that are a beautiful compliment to the dark chocolate, cherry and raspberry notes of the base beer.

Pouring a syrupy black with a dark brown head, this is a full-bodied beer for sipping and savouring. A perfect brew to enjoy during St. Patrick’s Day or cellared and enjoyed years down the road.

Paradise Found: Tropical Stout (ABV 5.8%)

Saulter Street Brewing Co.

With inspiration pulled from the West Indies this Tropical Stout inspires visions of warmer days with its sweet aroma and flavours of chocolate covered espresso beans from the roasted barley and added Demerara sugar. The perfect brew to cap off winter and get you excited for the brighter (and warmer) days ahead.

There you have it… Plenty of options in the category of stouts to celebrate this year’s St. Patrick’s Day. If you’re looking for even more options and want to support your local brewery, check out The Ontario Beer Delivery Index created by Cass Enright at BarTowel.com. This list shows you all the brewers of Ontario who have adopted home delivery, along with shipping details. It is a great resource if you need to stock up on brews during this time and also support your local brewery.

Be Well! Be Safe! Slainté

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Six Brews for St Patrick’s Day

The celebrations start on March 17th!

St. Patrick’s Day is quickly approaching on March 17 and that means one thing – BEER! Now, there’s nothing wrong with an Irish classic like Guinness. It’s certainly a staple on the list of St. Patrick’s Day greats but why not expand your horizons and try something new?

If that sounds like something you might be in to then today is your lucky day because we’ve made a list of some of our favourite Irish-style brews just for you.

There are still a few days left until St. Patrick’s Day, but this list should get you excited for the celebration to come. And as you count down the days until then, be sure to grab your tickets to Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by The Beer Store on July 24 to 26 at Bandshell Park and see Nas, Sam Roberts Band, TLC and more!

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Now let’s get to the beer! Here is your list of six brews that will take your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations to the next level:

Inn O’Slainte Irish Red Ale from The Innocente Brewing Co.

Innocente Brewing Company

A play on the word, “Slainte”, which is an Irish Gaelic toast for good health, Inn O’Slainte is an Irish Red Ale that is deep amber in colour, with aromas of coffee, toasted nuts, orange zest and spice. Strong Patrick from Beau’s All-Natural Brewing Company Where to Buy

Strong Patrick from Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co.

Beaus All Natural Brewing Company

Strong Patrick is Beau’s version of an Irish-style red ale. Rich and malty, this strong ale gains complexity through partial ageing in Irish whiskey casks. Since it was first brewed in 2012 for St. Patrick’s celebrations at Beau’s Brewery, it has now become a seasonal favourite every St. Patrick’s Day.

Traditional Irish Red from Brock Street brewing Co.

Brock Street Brewing Co.

Darker then most amber beers on the market, the Brock Street Irish Red is a traditional Irish Red and is gold medal winning brew at the 2016 OBA’s for the best Dark Ale. Ruby red in colour, full of malt and caramel flavours, and exactly what you would expect from a quality imported Irish Red Ale

Heritage Gold Pilsner from Hespeler Brewing Co.

Hespeler Brewing Co.

If you’re looking for something a little on the lighter side, Hespeler’s Pilsner showcases hops grown exclusively in Ontario. Naturally clear with an ultra-light body; a perfect showcase for the subtle flavor and aroma of Ontario’s Heritage hops.

Small Batch Irish Red from Moosehead

Moosehead Brewery

This small-batch red ale from Moosehead Breweries is a light amber colour and has aromas of malt, cocoa, caramel and grains. The perfect addition to your St. Patricks’ day bash!

Death By Coconut Irish Porter from Oskar Blues Brewery

Oskar Blues Brewery

Death By Coconut is an Irish Porter – similar to Guinness but with a unique twist. Bittersweet chocolate flavour comes together with raw coconut and a malt bill based around Simpson’s Extra Dark Crystal. Described as a rich, dessert-y flavour with a light, approachable mouthfeel.

There you have it – six tasty brews that will take your St. Patricks Day celebrations to the next level. Don’t forget to scoop up your #TOBeerFest tickets below while supplies last. If you have any questions about ticket types, THIS BLOG POST should help you out. That’s beer love baby! See you on July 24 to 26 at Bandshell Park!

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10 Tasty Valentine’s Day Pairings

What’s a better treat on Valentine’s Day than a box of chocolate and wine? A box of chocolate with a bottle of beer of course!

Now that it’s 2020, try shaking up your Valentine’s Day tradition by surprising your significant other with a homemade dessert and a bottle (or 6) of their new favourite beer. With hundreds of craft breweries in Ontario and an amazing selection of brews available at The Beer Store, there are so many fantastic options to choose from.

You can also make your Valentine’s Day gift even better with tickets for the Toronto Festival of Beer on July 24 to 26 at Bandshell Park. The combination of the two will make you a rockstar in the relationship and it will be the perfect Valentine’s Day gift. Just be sure to buy early while supplies last!

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Without further ado, here are our picks for the 10 beer and desert parings to go with your tickets to #TOBeerFest 2020:

THE BEER: Clifford Porter From Clifford Brewing Co.

THE DESSERT: Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies (Source: https://bit.ly/30XtBPL)

Prep Time: 


Bake/Cook Time: 

9m – 11m


24 large cookies


  • 1 cup cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1 cup Imperial Sugar Light Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Imperial Sugar Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour*


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Using a paddle attachment, mix butter and both sugars. Continue mixing on medium speed for 2 more minutes until light and fluffy, scraping sides of bowl as necessary. Add in cocoa powder until evenly mixed.
  3. With mixer still on medium, add eggs, vanilla, baking soda, and salt and mix for 1 minute until smooth. Scrape sides of bowl making sure everything is incorporated.
  4. Turn mixer to low and add in flour, mixing until just combined.
  5. Fold in peanut butter chips.
  6. Using a large (3 tablespoon) cookie scoop, drop dough onto prepared cookie sheet.
  7. Bake for 9-11 minutes until edges are set. Centers might seem under-baked – this is ok.
  8. Allow cookies to cool for 3 minutes on the cookie sheet and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  9. Store airtight at room temperature for up to 3 days.

THE BEER: Night Shift Stout From Broadhead

THE DESSERT: Chocolate Espresso Cake (Source: https://bit.ly/36wk6be)

Prep Time:


Cook Time:



  • 4 oz semi-sweet chocolate chopped
  • 2 cups (256g) all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup (50g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cups (300g) packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup (226g) unsalted butter softened
  • 4 large eggs
  • 8 oz freshly brewed espresso
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup (180g) buttermilk


  • 6 oz semi-sweet chocolate chopped
  • 6 oz heavy cream


  1. Preheat oven to 350º F. Prepare two 8-inch round baking pans.
  2. Chop chocolate and melt in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Set aside to cool to room temperature.
  3. Sift flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt in small bowl.
  4. Whisk brown sugar, butter, eggs, espresso, and vanilla extract for 3 minutes. (Or about a minute with a hand-held mixer or stand mixer)
  5. Gradually add melted chocolate and continue whisking for an additional minute.
  6. Stir flour mixture into creamed mixture and then add buttermilk.
  7. Pour into prepared pans.
  8. Bake for 33 to 38 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out somewhat clean(not wet). Cool in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes. Run a knife around edges of cakes.
  9. Invert onto wire racks; cool completely.


  1. Place the chopped chocolate in a medium bowl.
  2. Heat the cream in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a low boil, watching very carefully because if it boils for a few seconds, it will boil out of the pot.
  3. Pour hot cream over the chopped chocolate.
  4. Let sit for a few minutes, then whisk until smooth.
  5. Allow the ganache to cool slightly before pouring over a cake.

THE BEER: The Blood of Cthulhu From Sawdust City Brewing Co.

THE DESSERT: Chocolate Raspberry Mousse Cake (Source: https://bit.ly/2O2A6LU)

Prep time:


Cook time:




  • 3 1/3 oz all-purpose flour (3/4 cup)
  • 2 oz unsweetened cocoa powder (2/3 cup)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 4 oz unsalted butter
  • 7 3/4 oz granulated sugar (1 cup +2 tbsp)
  • 2 eggs large, at room temperature
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract



  • 1 1/2 cups raspberries fresh
  • 9 oz white chocolate finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream divided use
  • Pinch salt
  • 2 tsp unflavored powdered gelatin
  • 2 tbsp water
  • Pink food coloring (optional)


  • 9 oz white chocolate finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream divided use
  • 4 tbsp honey
  • Pinch salt
  • 2 tsp powdered gelatin unflavoured
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2 tsp vanilla bean paste (can substitute vanilla extract)


  • 4 oz semi-sweet chocolate finely chopped
  • 4 oz heavy cream
  • 1 pint raspberries fresh
  • Chocolate curls or other decorations



  • Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line a 9-inch cake pan with parchment and spray well with nonstick cooking spray. Whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking powder in a small bowl. Set aside for now.
  • Cube the butter and place it in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir occasionally as the butter melts. Add the sugar and stir it into the melted butter until combined. 
  • Remove the pan from the heat, and let it cool to lukewarm. Once it has cooled, add the eggs, one at a time, whisking well between each addition. The mixture will start out grainy, but as you add the eggs, it will become shiny and smooth. Whisk the vanilla in. Finally, add the dry ingredients, and stir them in with a spatula.
  • Scrape the brownie batter into the prepared pan, and bake it for 22-24 minutes, until a toothpick comes out with just a few moist crumbs attached. Cool the brownie layer completely before proceeding.


  1. Prepare your pan. You need a 9-inch pan with sides at least 3 inches tall, and the ability to remove the bottom. Either a cake pan with a removable bottom or a springform pan will work. Line the inner wall with a 4-inch high acetate cake collar or strip of aluminum foil or waxed paper. Make sure the acetate or waxed paper is long enough so that it overlaps itself, and if you are using foil/waxed paper, make sure you cut the strip tall enough to extend at least an inch over the pan’s sides, since the cake is about 4 inches tall.
  2. Place a cake cardboard in the bottom of the pan, then carefully place the baked brownie on top of the cardboard. Prepare the chocolate mousse layer: combine the chocolate, 3/4 cup of cream, and salt in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30-second increments, stirring every 30 seconds, until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth. Pour it into a large bowl, and let it cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally.
  3. While you wait for the chocolate mixture to cool, prepare the gelatin. Whisk together the gelatin and the cold water in a small bowl, and set it aside to let the gelatin absorb the water. When the chocolate is at room temperature, microwave the bowl of gelatin for 15 seconds, until it is melted. Whisk the melted gelatin and chocolate together.
  4. Whip the remaining 1 cup heavy cream to firm peaks. Fold half of the whipped cream into the chocolate, and once it’s incorporated, gently fold in the remaining whipped cream. Scrape the mousse on top of the brownie, and spread it into an even layer. Refrigerate the cake for 25 minutes, until the mouse has started to set and is firm enough that a second layer can be added.
  5. For the raspberry mousse, make a quick puree by blending 1/2 cup fresh raspberries in a blender or food processor. Pour them through a fine mesh strainer to remove the seeds, and measure out 1/4 cup raspberry puree. (If you have extra puree, save it for another use.)
  6. Combine the white chocolate, raspberry puree, 1/2 cup of heavy cream, and salt in a microwave-safe bowl. Continue to make this layer the same way you made the chocolate layer, by melting and cooling the chocolate, whisking in melted gelatin, and folding in whipped cream. Add a few drops of pink food coloring to boost the pink color, if desired. At the very end, stir in the remaining 1 cup of fresh raspberries and pour the mousse over the chocolate mousse layer. Spread it into an even layer, and refrigerate again.
  7. Finally, prepare the vanilla bean layer. Combine the white chocolate, 1/2 cup heavy cream, honey, and salt in a microwave-safe bowl. Continue to make this layer the same way you made the previous two layers. At the very end, stir in the vanilla bean paste and pour the mousse over the raspberry mousse layer. Refrigerate to set the mousse layers very well, at least 4 hours or overnight.
  8. To finish the cake, push the bottom out from the pan, or unhinge the sides, and unwrap the acetate strip. Transfer the cake to your serving platter. Make a quick chocolate ganache by putting the chopped chocolate in a small bowl and heating the cream to a simmer. Pour the hot cream over the chopped chocolate and whisk gently until the chocolate melts and you have a smooth, shiny mixture.
  9. Pour the ganache over the top of the cake and use a spatula to nudge it right to the edge and over in evenly spaced drizzles. Don’t worry if the top is not smooth—it will be covered up! Add the fresh raspberries and chocolate curls on top of the cake. Refrigerate to set the ganache.
  10. For the cleanest slices, cut the cake when it is well chilled. Use a large sharp knife and wash it frequently between cuts. For the best taste and texture, allow the cake slices to sit at room temperature for 10-15 minutes before serving.
  11. Store Chocolate Raspberry Mousse Cake, well-wrapped, in the refrigerator for up to a week

THE BEER: Huron St. Hefeweizen From Bitte Schon Brauhaus Inc.

THE DESSERT: Key Lime Pie (Source: https://bit.ly/2tSFESc)

Prep Time:


Cook Time:


Chill Time:




  • 1 1/4 cups (310 ml) graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) sugar


  • 1 cup (250 ml) lime or key lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) cornstach
  • 1 can 300 ml sweetened condensed milk
  • Grated zest of 1 lime or Grated zest of 6 key limes
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) 35% cream
  • 2 eggs

Whipped Cream

  • 1 3/4 cups (430 ml) 35% cream
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) icing sugar
  • Grated zest of 1 lime (optional)



  1. With the rack in the middle position, preheat the oven to 180 °C (350 °F).
  2. In a bowl, combine all the ingredients. Press into a 23-cm (9-inch) pie plate. Bake for about 10 minutes. Set aside.


  1. In a saucepan, off the heat, mix lime juice and cornstarch with a whisk. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring and scraping the bottom of the pan, until it thickens. Pour filling into crust. Refrigerate for about three hours or until completely cooled.

Whipped Cream

  1. In a bowl, beat all the ingredients with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form.
  2. Garnish the pie with the whipped cream.

THE BEER: Hustle Over Hype Pale Wheat Ale From All or Nothing Brewhouse

THE DESSERT: Berries & Cream (Source: https://bit.ly/2t306zB)

Prep Time:


Cook Time:



  • 3/4 cup vanilla ice cream adjust quantities to suit your taste
  • 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries; adjust quantities to suit your taste


  1. Thaw the berries just a bit. I do this by placing them in a mug and microwaving them for about 15 seconds. They should still be partially frozen, but juicy and easy to mash.
  2. Add the ice cream and stir and mash until the berry juices are running through the ice cream and any large chunks of berries are broken up. Eat immediately.

THE BEER: Double Drooling Dog Black IPA From Magnotta Brewery

THE DESSERT: Crème Brûlée (Source: https://bit.ly/30VjbjG)

Prep Time:


Cook Time:

2hrs & 15m

Chill Time:

Minimum 2hrs / up to 3 days


  • 1-quart heavy cream
  • 1 vanilla bean, split and scraped
  • 1 cup vanilla sugar, divided
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 2 quarts hot water


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. 
  2. Place the cream, vanilla bean and its pulp into a medium saucepan set over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat, cover and allow to sit for 15 minutes. Remove the vanilla bean and reserve for another use. 
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup sugar and the egg yolks until well blended and it just starts to lighten in color. Add the cream a little at a time, stirring continually. Pour the liquid into 6 (7 to 8-ounce) ramekins. Place the ramekins into a large cake pan or roasting pan. Pour enough hot water into the pan to come halfway up the sides of the ramekins. Bake just until the creme brulee is set, but still trembling in the center, approximately 40 to 45 minutes. 
  4. Remove the ramekins from the roasting pan and refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to 3 days. Remove the creme brulee from the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes prior to browning the sugar on top. Divide the remaining 1/2 cup vanilla sugar equally among the 6 dishes and spread evenly on top. Using a torch, melt the sugar and form a crispy top. Allow the creme brulee to sit for at least 5 minutes before serving.

THE BEER: Royal City Dubbel From Royal City Brewing Co.

THE DESSERT: Chocolate Covered Strawberries (Source: https://bit.ly/3aRwVkb)

Total Time:

50m (includes settling time)


  • 6 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 3 ounces white chocolate, chopped
  • 1-pound strawberries with stems (about 20), washed and dried very well


  1. Put the semisweet and white chocolates into 2 separate heatproof medium bowls. Fill 2 medium saucepans with a couple inches of water and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Turn off the heat; set the bowls of chocolate over the water to melt. Stir until smooth. (Alternatively, melt the chocolates in a microwave at half power, for 1 minute, stir and then heat for another minute or until melted.)
  2. Once the chocolates are melted and smooth, remove from the heat. Line a sheet pan with parchment or waxed paper. Holding the strawberry by the stem, dip the fruit into the dark chocolate, lift and twist slightly, letting any excess chocolate fall back into the bowl. Set strawberries on the parchment paper. Repeat with the rest of the strawberries. Dip a fork in the white chocolate and drizzle the white chocolate over the dipped strawberries.
  3. Set the strawberries aside until the chocolate sets, about 30 minutes.

THE BEER: Nut Brown Ale From Black Oak Brewing Co. 

THE DESSERT: Chocolate Covered Almonds (Source: https://bit.ly/2GxYmkJ)

Prep Time:


Cook Time:



16 tablespoons


  • 1 cup almonds whole, unsalted, roasted (optional)
  • 14 ounces dark chocolate (70%) 400 grams


  1. Line a standard baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside. 
  2. Break the dark chocolate into little pieces and place in a heatproof bowl.
  3. Set bowl of chocolate over pot of water. Ensure water does not touch the bottom of the bowl.
  4. Bring a pot of water to a simmer.
  5. When chocolate is almost completely melted, remove from heat and stir to finish melting.
  6. Combine and stir to completely coat the almonds with the melted chocolate.
  7. Using 2 forks, pick up one almond at a time and transfer to the parchment lined baking sheet. Remove as much excess chocolate as possible.
  8. Continue this manner until all the almonds have been transferred. When placing the chocolate covered almonds on the sheet, keep them separate otherwise they will stick together when the chocolate dries.
  9. Allow to air dry for about 1 hour. Once dry, peel them off the parchment paper and enjoy. For longer storage, place in an airtight jar and keep at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

THE BEER: New Lang Syne From Beau’s Brewing Co.

THE DESSERT: Dark Chocolate Fudge Brownies (Source: https://bit.ly/2GqCqbc)

Prep Time:


Cook Time:



  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 8 oz. bittersweet chocolate, (You can use Ghirardelli 60% cacao baking chips)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 13×9 inch baking pan and set aside.
  2. In a 3-quart saucepan, melt butter and chocolate over low heat, stirring until smooth. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  3. Once chocolate mixture is cool, whisk in the sugar and vanilla. Whisk in eggs, one at a time, until combined and smooth.
  4. In a separate bowl sift together cocoa powder, flour, and salt. Combine flour mixture with chocolate mixture and whisk thoroughly.
  5. Spread brownie batter into prepared pan and bake for 25-35 minutes. Allow to cool before cutting. Enjoy!

THE BEER: Cherry Training Wheels Sour From Fixed Gear Brewing Co.

THE DESSERT: New York Cheesecake (Source: https://bit.ly/2tY4ro7)

Prep Time:


Cook Time:

1hrs & 20m



  • 1 and 1/2 cups (150g) graham cracker, digestive biscuits, or vanilla wafer crumbs (pulse in a food processor until finely ground)
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 4 and 1/2 tablespoons (65g) unsalted butter, melted


  •  32 ounces (900g) full-fat cream cheese, at room temperature
  •  1 and 1/8 cups (225g/8 oz.) granulated sugar
  •  2 tablespoons cornstarch
  •  4 large eggs plus 1 egg yolk, at room temperature
  •  1/2 cup (120ml) heavy cream
  •  1 and 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  •  Grated lemon zest from 1 small lemon (1 teaspoon)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C. Wrap the outside of a 9-inch springform pan (bottom and sides) with a large piece of foil.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together crumbs, sugar, and melted butter and mix until combined and moistened. Press mixture into the bottom of prepared pan to form an even layer of crumbs. Bake for 8-9 minutes until golden brown. Allow to cool completely on a wire rack. Meanwhile, prepare the filling.
  3. Increase oven temperature to 425°F/220°C.
  4. In a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat cream cheese on medium-low speed until smooth and lump-free, 1-2 minutes. Add sugar and beat until blended. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as necessary. Add cornstarch and mix until blended. Add the eggs and beat until fully combined. Add cream, vanilla extract, and lemon zest and beat just until combined and smooth. Pour batter over cooled crust and spread evenly.
  5. Bake cake for 10 minutes, then lower temperature to 225°F/110°C and continue to bake for 60 minutes until golden brown around the edges, the sides are set but the center is still slightly wobbly (some comments suggested this was not enough baking time. I baked this so many times and it works. If you’re not sure if your oven temperature is accurate or if your baking time is usually longer than those called for in a recipe, you can add an additional 10-20 minutes, and avoid opening the oven door too many times). Turn off oven, open the oven door slightly or halfway to let in cold air, and leave the cake in the oven for 60 minutes. This will help prevent the cake from cracking and the cake will remain creamy. Transfer the cake to a wire rack and allow it to cool to room temperature. Cover the cake with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight or for at least 12 hours.
  6. Cheesecake will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

There you have it. Our list of 10 tasty pairings for Valentine’s Day. And don’t forget to scoop up your #TOBeerFest tickets below while supplies last. That’s #BeerLove baby! See you love birds on July 24 to 26 at Bandshell Park!

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Are TFOB 2020 Tickets On Sale?

In light of the City of Toronto’s announcement with respect to events and festivals being cancelled until August 31st due to the impact of COVID-19, the 24th edition of Toronto’s Festival of Beer originally scheduled to take place this July will be postponed.

We will be contacting all ticket holders in the coming days with additional information regarding refunds and other ticket options. If you have any questions, please email us at info@beerlicious.ca and we will be happy to assist.

Thank you for your patience and continued support.

Q: When Do TFOB 2020 Tickets Go On Sale?

Tickets for the 2020 edition of #TOBeerFest go on sale December 3, 2019 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 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 2020 tickets?

Tickets for the 2020 edition of #TOBeerFest start at $50 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 3, 2019) are the best value, so get yours early! Early-Bird prices go up on Jan 28th, 2020 (at 8am), and again on March 31, 2020 (at 8am) and again on May 26th, 2020 (at 8am).  SEE FULL PRICING GRID HERE.

Q: What bands are playing Toronto’s Festival of Beer 2020?

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 2020?

A: Bandshell Park, Exhibition Place. Technically the addy is 100 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 24 from 4:30pm to 11pm (early access at 3:00pm for Club TFOB and Hoptimized ticket holders)
  • Saturday, July 25 from 1:30pm to 8pm (early access at 12:00pm for Club TFOB and Hoptimized ticket holders)
  • Sunday, July 26 from 1:30pm to 8pm (early access at 12:00pm for Club TFOB 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
  • Blanket
  • Smoking / Cannabis Policy: Toronto’s Festival of Beer has designated smoking areas on the grounds where smoking is permitted. Consumers smoking outside the designated areas will be asked to extinguish their smoke and move to a designated area. Consumer’s refusing to abide by the smoking policy will be subject to removal from the festival grounds. Consumers are allowed entry with a small quantity of “personal use only” cannabis (recreational or medicinal) in a pre-rolled format (max 3 pre-rolled, single-wide at 68-70mm in length). Entry will be denied for anyone with loose leaf cannabis, cannabis edibles / oils or other cannabis products.
  • All illegal substances are strictly prohibited.

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
  • Umbrella
  • 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.

Q: What will the security be like at the festival? How long will it take to enter?

Our front gate and security staff are industry professionals who will help get everyone in to the event in an efficient and safe manner. Please anticipate a short wait before entering the event so that our staff can be thorough in searching our attendees. It’s for your own safety so let’s work together on this and it will help everything move a lot quicker. Below is our formal notice regarding our safety protocol when entering the event…  

In order to provide our patrons with a safe environment, the following security measures may be in effect:

1) As a condition of entry and for the purpose of public safety, everyone will be subject to reasonable search of their person including the use of hand-held metal detectors and/or pat downs.

2) Searches may cause brief delays in entering, so we encourage everyone to arrive early. Those patrons who do not carry any items into TFOB will enter more rapidly than those who bring items in with them. Guests are encouraged to leave belongings in their vehicles or at home whenever possible.

3) Law enforcement personnel will be present at entrances along with our staff to ensure guest safety. We thank our guests for their patience and cooperation in making your experience at TFOB safe and enjoyable.

4) Please report any suspicious activity in or around TFOB – See Something, Say Something
Safety is everyone’s responsibility – if you see suspicious activity please report it to any member of our Event staff or uniformed Police personnel.

Q: Where Is The Actual Entrance To Toronto’s Festival of Beer 2020?

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). The only entrance that is outside of the BLC is the Club TFOB Entrance which is right next to the BLC on the west side.

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: Will I be photographed at the event?

Our photography / video team might see you and say… “WOW! That person looks like they are having the best time, I need to capture this moment!” If that happens you should know that by entering the event premises, you consent to photography, audio recording, video recording and its/their release, publication, exhibition, or reproduction to be used for news, web casts, promotional purposes, telecasts, advertising, inclusion on websites, social media, or any other purpose by Beerlicious Inc.

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 2019?

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, 2020 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 2020! 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 and rubber boots 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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