333 Reasons To Attend TFOB July 22-24


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

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

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

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




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

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


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About Toronto’s Festival of Beer:

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


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Best Beer Gifts for Valentine’s Day

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

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

1) Beer Cuff Links – $112.36

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

2) Retro Beer Ad pendant – $20.97

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

3) Brown Leather Wrist Watch – $35.75

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

4) Hop Earrings – $50.94

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

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

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

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

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

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10 of the Most Awesome Beer Gifts from Brewers

Toronto's Festival of Beer Gifts From Breweries


We work with hundreds of brewers and we’ve gotta say; we have #BeerLove for all! Big or small, we support all things beer.

With gift giving season upon us, we scoured the beer interwebz (so you don’t have to!) and searched out some pretty cool beer gift ideas.

Raise a glass this holiday season and rest assured, the beer lover in your life will love one of these gifts from brewers:

Best Holiday Beer Gift Ideas


1) Beau’s Skateboard Deck. $60.00

Beaus Skateboard Gift Idea Toronto Festival of BeerThis Winter, hit the indoor skate parks in style with this super cool deck.

Add some trucks and wheels, take off your shirt, and you are ready to shred, brah!

After the cast comes off, mount the deck to your wall and use it as a shelf for other cool beer knick knacks.

Bonus: $10 from each board is donated to Ottawa Skateboard association.


2) All Or Nothing Brewhouse Feisty Tap Handle. $39.99

Underdog Brewhouse Beer Tap Toronto Beer FestivalFor those of you who are serious enough to have kegs in your home (and we hope that’s many of you), you need a proper tap handle to pour delicious brews.

The fine folks at All Or Nothing Brewhouse are ready to roll up their sleeves, spit on their hands and bareknuckle box you with awesome gifts this Xmas!




3) Coors Light Money Clip– $18.99

Coors Light Money Clip Best Beer Lover Gifts Toronto Beer FestivalHold on to your cash (and ID and stuff too), with this super cool accessory.

Nothing says ‘high roller’ like a flashy money clip to hold your fat stacks!





4) Spearhead’s Sam Roberts Band Session Ale T-shirt. $24.99

Sam Roberts Session Ale T-Shirt Beer Lover Gift Idea Toronto Festival of BeerRock n roll meets beer with this killer tee.

Printed on premium, unisex, cotton this t-shirt is one you will want to wear all year long.

Just don’t wear it to a Sam Roberts show. That would be awkward.



5) Steam Whistle Wall Mounted Bottle Opener – $24.95

Steam Whistle Wall Mounted Bottle Opener Gift Idea Toronto Festival of BeerComes with strong magnets to mount on the fridge, or screws to mount on the wall.

It’s sturdily constructed and we can vouch for it because we have one on our office fridge!





6) Brickworks Ciderhouse Mason Jar – $5

Brickworks Ciderhouse Mason Jar Gift Idea Toronto Beer FestivalA beautiful, clear jar to drink your cider out of.

Add two straws and reenact the scene from Lady & The Tramp, but minus the spaghetti.

When you fall in love forever-ever, remember who suggested this tactic.

We can only assume our wedding invite is in the mail.

Optional black lid for $0.25.


7) Muskoka Dinner Jacket – $75.00

Muskoka Dinner Jacket Gift Idea Toronto Festival Of BeerWhat’s red and black and awesome all over? This stylish jacket, yo!

How can something be so country and so classy all at once?

We don’t know, but it’s all happening with this jacket.




8) Sawdust City presents Hummingbird Homestead Soap – $15.00

Sawdust City Homestead Soap Beer Gift Ideas Toronto Festival of BeerLone Pine IPA is one delicious and tasty beer.

Now imagine it in soap form all over your body.

Now add the love of your life actually sharing a Lone Pine with you while this is all happening. (*Note: this is how babies get made)

Can’t think of anything better!!!



9) Budweiser Red Light – $159.00

Budweiser Red Light Toronto Beer FestivalSync it up and get ready to cheer on your favourite hockey team.

Perfect addition to the man cave.

Put it right next to the painting of dogs playing poker and you’re set. (Pretty sure the English Bulldog is cheating, btw.)




10) Tickets to Toronto’s Festival of Beer, presented by The Beer Store. $42.50-$80.50

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.

Use code word GIFT and get $5 off regular admission tickets or step up and get them Hoptimized tickets which will get them 5 extra tokens and early entrance.

Note: the promo code does not work for Hoptimized or VIP tix.

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.


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If you find any other awesome gift ideas from one of your favourite brewers, please post it below. Cheers to the Holidays!

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5 Gift Ideas for Beer Lovers



It’s the most wonderful time of the year, when you either plan ahead or just chill… then scramble at the last minute. Either way, if you have a beer lover in your life, then you’ll want to check out this list of the best gifts for beer lovers!


1) Darth Vader Bottle Opener. $59.99

Darth Vader Bottle Opener Beer Gift Ideas Toronto Festival of BeerThe Sith Lord would totally approve of this purchase.

With Star Wars: The Force Awakens coming out December 18th at a theatre near you, Star Wars fandom is at an all time high.

Sure, there are other bottle openers out there, but once you come over to the dark side there’s no turning back.

Please note, if you are friends with any real Jedi knights, just tuck this opener in the drawer when they visit.

Can’t have a rebellion on your hands now can we?


2) The Beer Store Gift Card. $1-$500

Best Beer Gift Ideas Beer Store Gift Cards Toronto Festival of BeerBuying 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.


3) The Book Of Beer Awesomeness. $9.99-$17.99

The Book Of Beer Awesomeness Beer Gift Idea Toronto Festival of BeerSo you’re buying gifts for Mr/Ms Fancy Pants and you keep hitting a brick wall with your options.

I mean you find awesome stuff, but remember you are getting THEM something, not you.

A book is always the answer and this book always seems to find a home when people create lists about beer gifts.


4) The Beer Soap Company. $6.75 and up. (USD)

Beer Soap Toronto Beer Festival Best Gift IdeasYes, they make soap with beer in it.

There are hundreds of different types available and, not gunna lie, they look amazing.

Find out your beer lovers feav type of beer (ale/lager/bock/etc) and you can pair that with their new fav type of soap.

Yes, the Beer Soap Company ships to Canada.


5) Tickets to Toronto’s Festival of Beer, presented by The Beer Store. $42.50-$80.50

It’s a legendary weekend in the summer that is not to be missed. Get the beer lover in your life tickets to TFOB 2016!

Use code word GIFT and get $5 off regular admission tickets or step up and get them Hoptimized tickets which will get them 5 extra tokens and early entrance. (Note: the promo code does not work for Hoptimized or VIP tix).

Buy ‘em, print ‘em, place ‘em under the mistletoe (and grab your selfie stick) to capture an incredible moment! That’s #BeerLove.

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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


Any other suggestions for great beer gifts? Please post them in the comments below…

Have a safe and happy holiday season.

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Star Wars The Force Awakens The Beer Love In All Of Us



We have thousands of probe droids searching the galaxy. I want proof, not leads!

-Kendal Ozzel


We sent a probe droid to search for the perfect Star Wars related beer gifts. Star Wars meets the world of beer.

Not sure it gets any better than this…

Best Beer Gifts for Star Wars Lovers


1) Star Wars Growler – $36.78 and up.

Yoda Beer Growler and Glasses Toronto Festival of BeerMade to order growler etched with your favourite character.

Maybe get two growlers, one with Boba Fett and one with Han and they chase each other all around your kitchen empire?




2) Darth Vader Mounted Bottle Opener $68.14

Darth Vader Wall Mounted Beer Opener Toronto Festival of BeerKeep the Rebel Alliance and their beer on the run, with this magnificent addition to any wall.

Mount this glorious piece in any room.

And if some young Jedi decides not to use it… Feel free to use the ‘I find your lack of faith disturbing’ at any time.



3) R2-D2 Can Coolers – $6.99

Star Wards Beer Gifts R2D2 Beer Coozie Holiday Gift Idea Toronto Festival of BeerThere’s a reason why R2 is one of only two characters to appear in all 7 films… it’s because it is awesome.

R2 is so key to the story that you’ll want to re-watch the entire series with can in hand.

Whether your travels take you to Dagobah or Cloud City, make sure you bring your R2 can cooler to keep you company!


4) Han Solo in Carbonite Bottle Opener. $30

Han Solo Carbonite Toronto Beer FestivalWhen Darth Vader forced Lando Calrissian to help capture Han, our hearts broke.

When he was frozen in carbonite for delivery to Jabba, one of the most iconic images of the series was born.

The Han in Carbonite image has been used on toys, fridges, and now this epic bottle opener.



5) Boba Fett Beer Stein $49.95

Boba Fett Beer Stein Toronto Beer FestivalDon’t let the silent demeanour of Boba Fett trick you into thinking this beer stein not the greatest gift ever!

The most feared bounty hunter in the galaxy is now available for all your beer stein needs.




6) It’s a Nap! Pillow $15.99

Admiral Ackbar Pillow Case Star Wars Gift Idea Toronto Beer FestivalAfter your beer, snacks and movie watching, you may need a little shut eye.

Admiral Ackbar’s famous line takes on a whole new meaning with the It’s a Nap! pillow.

Sweet dreams my little amphibious admiral!



7) Tickets to Toronto’s Festival of Beer, presented by The Beer Store. $42.50-$82.50

This is the one event on your social calendar that members of the rebel alliance AND galactic empire will put down their ray guns, electrostaffs and light sabers for and pick up TFOB commemorate sample mugs.

Beer will be the main driver of a peaceful galaxy and it all starts with the over 300 brews available to sample at TFOB 2016.


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If you see any others that are ‘must haves’, please post them below.

And enjoy Star Wars: The Force Awakens December 18th then TFOB 2016 on July 22-24 2016.


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Support Team MO Beer: Get Your TFOB 2016 Tickets!

The Beer Store presents Toronto’s Festival of Beer, July 22nd-24th 2016. Tickets for Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by The Beer Store are now on sale – And just in time to help support Team MO Beer, our official Movember Canada fundraising team. With over 300 beer brands on-site, over 20 of Toronto’s top food purveyors, and main stage headlining acts to be announced soon, buying tickets to the premier beer event of summer makes supporting men’s health initiatives an easy decision!

On July 22nd – 24th at Bandshell Park inside Exhibition Place, beer fans from across the country will come to celebrate their favourite golden beverage while enjoying culinary delights from some of Canada’s Top Chefs, beer education sessions, live grilling demos and so much more! Last year, over 35,000 attendees enjoyed live music from great acts like Naughty By Nature, 54-40, and Lowest of The Low.

For every TFOB ticket sold from November 3rd to November 30th, $5 will be donated to Movember Foundation via Team MO Beer.

Tickets for Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by The Beer Store sell out in advance every year — so get yours now! Tickets can be purchased online for FRIDAY, SATURDAY, and SUNDAY. Tickets are $42.50 with the ability to Hoptimize your experience for an extra $12. Hoptimizing your ticket will gain you early access and 5 extra sample tokens. This is a 19+ event. For all ticket info and more details about this year’s Beer Festival, click HERE.

About Team MO Beer supporting Movember:
Team MO Beer is Les Murray, Ingrid Kim, Greg Cosway, Jen Murphy and Jon Sinden, the team that owns and operates Toronto’s Festival of Beer. This MO team was put together with focus to give back to the community by raising money for Movember Foundation. Proceeds from Toronto’s Festival of Beer Ticket sales will be directed to Team MO Beer!

About Toronto’s Festival of Beer:
Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by The Beer Store is a celebration of Canada’s rich brewing history, showcasing experts of the brewing craft from around the world. Featuring more than 300 brands, Toronto’s Festival of Beer is Canada’s premier celebration of the golden beverage. The festival takes place July 22-24, 2016 at Bandshell Park in Exhibition Place, Toronto.

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

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

Here is the line to Tweet:

Yes, I want to win tickets to see @lowellcat at Spring Sessions of @TOBeerFestival April 24:  #BeerMe 

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

Official Rules & Regs HERE

Check out some Lowell music below…

I Love You Money

The Bells

And see you at Spring Sessions!

Jon Jen Ingrid and Les
The Beerlicious Team

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

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

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

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

  1. O’Hara’s BrewingIrish Stout

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

  1. Brú BreweryBrú Rua

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

  1. McGargle’s Irish Family Brewers

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

  1. Hercules Brewing – Yardsman Lager

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

  1. Kilkenny – Irish Cream Ale

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


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

  1. Franciscan Well – Rebel Red

  2. Hilden Brewery – Headless Dog

  3. The Porterhouse Brewing Co. – Plain Porter

  4. Dan Kelly’s Irish Cider


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316 Different Brews at Toronto’s Festival of Beer 2015


We are proud to announce the line up of brews at this year’s Festival totals 316 individual brands; which surpasses any of the 20 previous years’ totals. “This is unbelievable news for beer lovers. This year’s festival attendee now has more choices and more selection than ever before” said Les Murray President of Beerlicious; the operator of Toronto’s Festival of Beer. He also added “It’s commonly known that each year patrons find their new favorite beer… This year it might be impossible to have just one!”

TFOB Facts:

Festival started in 1995 at Historic Fort York

Festival moved to Bandshell Park, Exhibition Place in 2009

Brewer who travels the furthest to be here: Singha from Thailand (about 13,623 km)

Brewer who travels the least to be here: Steam Whistle Brewing (about 3.4 km)

Last Years attendance: 33,165

Tickets for Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by The Beer Store, are now on sale with Grammy award winning, HipHop Legends Naughty By Nature headlining the Friday Main Stage and Canadian rockers 54•40 headlining the Saturday Main Stage. Sunday Main Stage performers will be announced soon. Quality Brews, Gourmet Fare and World Class entertainment make this annual Festival one of Toronto’s summer highlights – not to be missed!

Join 316 beer brands, Naughty By Nature, 54•40, culinary delights from some of Canada’s Top Chefs, beer education sessions, and live grilling demos at Toronto’s Festival of Beer, July 24th-26th. Tickets for Toronto’s Festival of Beer sell out in advance every year — so get yours now at Tickets are $39.50 with the ability to Hoptimize your experience for an extra $10. Hoptimizing your ticket will gain you early access and 5 extra sample tokens. This is a 19+ event.  For all ticket info and more details about this year’s Beer Festival, please visit and use promo code OVER300 for $5 Off General Admission tickets.

Check out our line up of brewers HERE

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