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TFOB 2022 – The Music Recap

What a weekend. Truly incredible to see a living legend perform his craft. Nas gave us a non stop performance of hit after hit. Crazy to think Illmatic came out 28 years ago and still so powerful. We threw a surprise guest in the mix – Run The Jewels – who gave us quite a show. Killer Mike and El P not only wow’d and amazed TFOB fans, they released a collab beer with Collective Arts. ‘Get It’ is available now, but TFOB-ers got a taste this weekend.

Sam Roberts Band electrified the TFOB Saturday concert goers with a performance to remember under the hot hot sun. What a catalogue of music SRB has. Sing along worthy all night long. The Strumbellas made sure you remembered why you love Canadian music so much. An absolute bunch of beauties who rocked the Bandshell Stage.

TFOB Sunday featuring The Revivalists & Matt Mays was incredible. First, Matt Mays had a singalong with beer lovers and injected some guitar rock into the veins of the crowd. A total vibe. Then, New Orleans-based The Revivalists brought the energy to the BET99.net Bandshell Stage. A really solid performance introducing many to their melodic style. So good.

See you next year beer lovers.


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Cheers for supporting TFOB 2022!

We did it. After two year hiatus,  and a mountain of support from you all, we managed to pull off Toronto’s Festival of Beer 2022. Huge shout out to you – the beer lovers – and props to our title partner, The Beer Store. Tip of the hat to fine folks at BET99.net for the Bandshell Stage partnership.  On that very stage this weekend we witnessed a hip hop legend – Nas – rolling through a set of hits including timeless tracks from Illmatic. Also on TFOB Friday we were joined by special guest Run The Jewels. Killer Mike and El P wow’d BeerFesters and truly made this Friday night legendary.  TFOB Saturday brought us summer sun, The Strumbellas and Sam Roberts Band. It was incredible. TFOB Sunday showcased.

400 types of brews. 60+ brewers including our very special community-focused brewer section: The Changemakers. Our curated list of incredibly talented brewers doing amazing things. Ren Navarro of Beer Diversity helped select the line-up and we couldn’t be prouder of showcasing them.

See you all next year. #TFOB2023 will be announced in Dec 2022. Cheers to you all.

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Everything You Need To Know About Attending TFOB 2022

Well hello there Beer Fam … Here are the most common questions we get asked. If the answer you’re looking for is not below, please reach out to us on Twitter and we’ll be happy to connect and try to answer your question.

Q: Can I Get Tickets to TFOB 2022?

Yes, you can! TFOB Friday with Nas (nnd just added special guest Run The Jewels),  TFOB Saturday with Sam Roberts Band or TFOB Sunday with The Revivalists

Q: What If I Have Tickets From 2020?

Your 2020 TFOB tickets are still valid for the event. Simply present those original tickets at the door for entry on the day for which you purchased them. No new tickets needed.

Can’t find your tickets? Please EMAIL US HERE with your full name and email address used for purchase and we’d be happy to help you out.

Q: Where is Toronto’s Festival of Beer 2022?

Bandshell Park, Exhibition Place. Toronto’s Festival of Beer on Google Maps is Bandshell Park, Exhibition Place. 

Q: Can You Give Me Directions Via The TTC?

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: Can you give me simple graphic site map and stage schedule so I can save to my phone?

Yes, we can do that. HERE you go.

Q: What are the Hours of TFOB?

TFOB Friday Hours: 

  • 3:00p – Doors Open for Club TFOB, and Hoptimized Ticket Holders
  • 4:30p – General Admission Doors Open
  • 8:30p – Special Guest – Run The Jewels 
  • 9:30p – NAS
  • 10:45p – Taps Off
  • 11:00p – Closed

TFOB Saturday Hours:

  • 12:00p – Doors Open for Club TFOB and Hoptimized Ticket Holders
  • 1:30p – General Admission Doors Open
  • 4:30p – The Strumbellas
  • 6:30p – Sam Roberts Band
  • 7:45p Taps Off
  • 8:00p  Closed

TFOB Sunday Hours:

  • 12:00p –Doors Open for Club TFOB and Hoptimized Ticket Holders
  • 1:30p – General Admission Doors Open
  • 4:30p – Matt Mays
  • 6:30p – The Revivalists
  • 7:45p  Taps Off
  • 8:00p  Closed

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 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 are the TFOB House Rules?

All Our Welcome: This is our party and everyone is invited.* (*Except minors and a##holes)

The Beer is Here: This is a place to be loud and proud about your brew, to debate the quality of hops and have passionate conversations about flavour notes.

You Are A Part Of This: With the purchase of your ticket and with the first sip of ice cold suds you are agreeing to our sacred house rules.

Live and Let Live: Colour, creed, background, pronouns, ability, and even choices of brew are not only equal but celebrated. Beauty is in the diversity and anything other than respect and positivity is not welcome. Be yourself and allow others to do the same.

Don’t Kill the Vibe: No bullies, no prejudice, no harassment… no exceptions. There’s no 3 strike rule here. Anyone who chooses not to abide by our house rules will be immediately removed from our event. No refunds either.

House Rules are a Team Sport: These aren’t just rules we post. We’ve ensured our vendors, our partners, our sponsors, and our organizers are on board. We’ve brought on anti-harassment and bulling experts from the #NotMe App  and have aligned all our stakeholders to see something, say something, do something. While at TFOB2022, you can: 

  • Connect via #NotMe App. Download the #NotMe App from your app store.
  • Contact Event Management. They are the people wearing radios.
  • Contact nearest Security Guard. They are easy to spot in black and grey uniforms.

Q: What Will Security Be Like at #TFOB2022?

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 2022?

The entrance to Toronto’s Festival of Beer is in front of the Better Living Centre (195 Princes’ Blvd). 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 or Credit?

We accept cash AND credit. We have teams walking around (pictured) that will be selling tokens and they’ll accept either. 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 2 tokens for a 4oz pour. Some brewers charge more: imports and premium brands. There 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 Are The Rules Around Smoking Cigarettes / Cannabis?

We will have designated smoking areas on the grounds where smoking is permitted. If our security staff see you smoking outside these designated areas they will ask you to extinguish your smoke and move to the proper area. If you refuse to abide by the smoking policy, our security staff will kindly ask you to leave the festival grounds. We don’t want to do that – lets just have fun and be courteous to everyone so we can all have a good time!

You will be allowed to enter the festival 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 other illegal substances are strictly prohibited.

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 Uber or Lyft. 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 Will I Be Able To Eat at TFOB 2022?

In a word… LOTS. We list the food purveyors HERE.  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.

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?

Yep. We list our entire beer line-up HERE. Approximately 65+ brewers from all over the world will be here. Try something new, something crazy or maybe something you can’t pronounce. Let us open your eyes to a whole new world of beer. Seriously, At TFOB we have every type of brewer imaginable. From big to small, and, from local to international. Plus, this year we are featuring some exciting TFOB Spotlights, like a focus on The Changemakers – a group of brewers making a difference.

That’s it! We can’t wait to see you all July 22-24 at TFOB 2022.

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TFOB Sunday with The Revivalists and Matt Mays

This is big. Super stoked to share that The Revivalists will headline the BET99.net Bandshell Stage at TFOB Sunday. This all goes down on Sunday, July 24th. You know their music. You’ve toe-tapped along to one of their many hits, like ‘Wish I Knew You’ or ‘All My Friends’, You’ve seen them as musical guests on pretty much every talk show there is. Now, you have the chance to see them live in concert in Toronto. The Revivalists will be joined by Canadian alt-country king Matt Mays. This will an afternoon that you’ll never forget.

A little bit more about The Revivalists…

Chart-topping rock band The Revivalists had been grinding for 10 years when their now platinum-selling single “Wish I Knew You” took off,setting a record for most single-week spins ever at Alternative Radio and becoming a mainstream phenomenon spending 9 weeks on the BillboardHot 100. Now, their new hit songs from fourth studio album Take Good Care, including #1 Triple A and Top 5 Alternative single “All My Friends,”and #1 Triple A and Top 15 Alternative hit single “Change” (their third Mediabase Triple A #1 in a row) –have become instant fan favorites and are adding to their more than 410 million total streams. The band has performed on numerous television shows including Austin City Limits,The Late Show with Stephen Colbert , Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!, Ellen, TODAY, and garnered major media attention from the likes of Rolling Stone, NPR, Billboard, Buzzfeed, Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, Forbes, Salon, HuffPost, Grammy.com, Alternative Press, Paste, UPROXX, Flaunt, Nylon, Interview, and more. They made a big statement in support of the anti-gun violence movement with their powerful song “Shoot You Down” which they performed during their debut at Lollapalooza, opened for the Rolling Stones, were nominated for a Billboard Music Award and two iHeartRadio Music Awards, were named Billboard’s Top New Rock Artist of 2017, and between sold-out shows at their biggest venues yet, including Beacon Theatre and Red Rocks, the band has also ignited festival stages at Bonnaroo, Governor’s Ball, Lollapalooza, New Orleans Jazz Fest, Outside Lands, and Pilgrimage.Renowned for their live firepower, soulful alt-rock anthems, and their distinct mix of many of the classic styles of American music, the 8-piece ensemble of pedal steel guitar, unique two-drummer set-up, horns, and more is led by the incredible voice of front man David Shaw. Most recently, the band released their Made In Muscle Shoals live studio EP and accompanying documentary, which was recorded and filmed at the legendary FAME Recording Studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama and directed by Jay Sansone of Human Being Media. Capturing the essence of The Revivalists at this exciting time in their 10-year journey, the Made In Muscle Shoals EP features brilliant re-imaginings of the band’s hits “Oh No,” “You & I,” “Change,” and “All My Friends” from Take Good Care, as well as a soulful rendition of The Bee Gees’ “To Love Somebody,” a gorgeous stripped down piano-and-vocal take of “Wish I Knew You,” and a never-before-released, brand new song “Bitter End.” The Revivalists also established their philanthropic umbrella fund, Rev Causes, which supports the essential work of organizations dedicated to reviving and investing in our communities, health, and environment. $1 from every ticket sold will be donated to a variety of organizations that are close to the band’s heart, including Center for Disaster Philanthropy, Everytown For Gun Safety Support Fund, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Songs for Kids Foundation, and Upturn Arts. The Revivalists are: David Shaw [lead vocals, guitar], Zack Feinberg [guitar],Andrew Campanelli [drums], George Gekas [bass], Ed Williams [pedal steel guitar], Rob Ingraham [saxophone], Michael Girardot [keyboard, trumpet], and PJ Howard [drums, percussion].

A little bit more about Matt Mays…

Since departing seminal alt-country collective The Guthries in 2002, Matt Mays has alternated between solo projects (his self-titled debut, the film soundtrack …When the Angels Make Contact) and band projects (the eponymous Matt Mays & El Torpedo record and 2008’s Terminal Romance). Following the dissolution of Matt Mays & El Torpedo in 2009, Mays released Coyote in 2012 to much acclaim, including a JUNO Award win for Rock Album of the Year. In 2017 Mays released Once Upon a Hell of a Time… to be followed a year later by the album’s ‘woody’ companion Twice Upon a Hell of a Time…. As the pandemic shut down touring in early 2020, Mays set up a studio in his garage and produced Dog City, an inspiring album written from the perspective of a rescue dog. In early 2021, From Burnside With Love, a live album showcasing unplugged versions of his most popular songs, was released along with a concert film of the same name.

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The Strumbellas added to TFOB Saturday!

What an amazing day TFOB Saturday is shaping up to be. First, you have hundreds of tasty brews from local and international brewers. Next, you have multi Juno award-winners Sam Roberts Band to headline the BET99 Bandshell Stage. And now, we’ve just added alt rockers The Strumbellas to the mix. A legendary afternoon you don’t want to miss.

Formed in 2008, multi-award winning internationally renowned alternative rock band The Strumbellas have built their career on crafting exceptional songs, easily connecting with fans through their honest and relatable lyricism and versatile sound. The two-time JUNO Award winners have spent much of their time on the road, delivering standout performances at such notable festivals as Bonnaroo, Governor’s Ball, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits and more.


Their 2016 studio album Hope gained international attention with single ‘Spirits’ topping the Billboard Alternative Songs chart, earning them the JUNO Award for ‘Single of the Year’ and a coveted performance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. ‘Spirits’ has since been certified 3x Platinum in Canada and Italy, Platinum in Germany, and Gold in Belgium, France and the United States. Their 2019 release Rattlesnake and lead single ‘Salvation’ garnered another TV performance opportunity, this time on Late Night with Seth Meyers, and the track went on to win the band a 2020 SOCAN ‘Rock Music’ Award.


Now, with four full length albums under their belt, an iHeartRadio Music Award, three Canadian Radio Music Awards and two Canadian Independent Music Awards, The Strumbellas recently reconfigured from six to seven members, adding frontman Jimmy Chauveau to the mix after original lead Simon Ward opted to pull back from the rigorous touring schedule that’s become routine for the group. The latest iteration of The Strumbellas look to the future of the band, working towards the next chapter of their career; ever evolving, adapting and growing. The Strumbellas are Jimmy Chauveau (lead vocals, acoustic guitar), Jeremy Drury (percussion), Jon Hembrey (guitar), Darryl James (bass), Isabel Ritchie (strings), David Ritter (keys), and Simon Ward (songwriter).

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