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The TekSavvy Tap Series with Midtown Brewing Company

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Beer discovery is the most important part of Toronto’s Festival of Beer. We offer hundreds of brews to try: some you have heard of, and some maybe not. We have created the New Brews presented by TekSavvy programme to do two things: 1) Allow brewers who have never been to our event the chance to feature their product to the masses. 2) Allow beer lovers the chance to discover new brews.

As part of this programme, we will be rolling out information about each participating brewer throughout the month of June in a series we are calling the TekSavvy Tap Series, to help you get to know who our New Brews are! So, without further ado – here is Midtown Brewing Company:

What made you want to become a brewer? Tell your story!

Midtown founded by Paul Spike Lees and Mark Andrewsky as a Craft Brewery, Restaurant, Public house and Market in the center of wellington is well known for its relaxed atmosphere, good times and traditional beer styles, One of the few breweries in the area with a focus on traditional cask conditioned ales.

PSL Head Brewer; I started brewing with kits bought from the local pharmacy as a school science experiment, in buckets, in the kitchen aged 14  and Ive just kept going.   The more I learn the more i realize how much i don’t know.

I’m always amazed when the wort runs clear and the ferment take off and beer actually comes out of a bright tank. The thing i love the most is that ultimately this is a natural process thats been around in one form or another for thousands of years.

I feel that the process of making beer in traditional styles connects me directly with the social history of brewers, regions, people and cultures.

What kind of beers will you be bringing to TFOB 2018? If you have tasting notes that you could share with fans, it will paint a picture of what they can expect? 

Extra Special Bitter (ESB)

Based on the classic unfiltered Extra Special Bitter, this beer has a medium Body with a clean dry finish, Its flavour profile is a balanced malt sweetness against the hop bittering. The hop profile is low

On the palate it shows caramel notes with a nutty middle and has dark stone fruits and a jamminess on the finish. The finish is accented at cellar drinking temperature 10-12C, while still maintaining a clean caramel and nutty character at lower serving temperatures.

KOLSCH

This is a Canadian twist on the classic German Beer interplays lower levels of bittering hops accentuating the Pilsner malt and the earthy character from the wheat malt, creating a clean crisp easy drinking beer with a dry finish and a pleasant peach apricot aromas.

What are you most excited about participating at TFOB 2018?

Participating in TFOB its Midtown Brewing Company’s first venture out to a festival on this scale, Its always a pleasure to mingle with your pear group and try new brews and compare notes. you always learn something new as well as getting the opportunity to introduce our brews to new folks

Where can people find more information about your brewery, other brews you are making, etc?

We can be found at: www.midtownbrewingcompany.com or on Instagram: @midtownbrewingcompany

Make sure you check out the New Brews presented by TekSavvy on-site at TFOB 2018. There will be 12 brewers showcasing the fruits of their labour, along with free WiFi for beer lovers to share their discoveries.  We will feature each brewer leading up to TFOB 2018. And yes, the New Brews presented by TekSavvy pavilion will be on-site for all four days of TFOB.

Get TFOB THURSDAY Tickets Now!

TFOB Friday: SOLD OUT!

TFOB Saturday: SOLD OUT!

Get Tickets to TFOB SUNDAY with I Mother Earth and Finger Eleven Now!

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The TekSavvy Tap Series with Saulter Street Brewery

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Beer discovery is the most important part of Toronto’s Festival of Beer. We offer hundreds of brews to try: some you have heard of, and some maybe not. We have created the New Brews presented by TekSavvy programme to do two things: 1) Allow brewers who have never been to our event the chance to feature their product to the masses. 2) Allow beer lovers the chance to discover new brews.

As part of this programme, we will be rolling out information about each participating brewer throughout the month of June in a series we are calling the TekSavvy Tap Series, to help you get to know who our New Brews are! So, without further ado – here is Saulter Street Brewery:

What made you want to become a brewer? Tell your story!

Saulter Street Brewery was built for those whose lives move a little too fast. The brewery is a mini escape from the city within it. Our brewing process fuses traditional ingredients in unconventional combinations underlined by a great deal of patience, creating something that’s meaningful to us, and hopefully to you too. For us, this brewery was created with a lot of heart and passion for beer in the hopes to be a vehicle for meaningful moments, connections, and conversations.

What kind of beers will you be bringing to TFOB 2018? If you have tasting notes that you could share with fans, it will paint a picture of what they can expect? 

Riverside Pilsner: 4.7% and 25 IBU

  • Our flagship Czech-style Pilsner is made from locally sourced small batch malts and Saaz hops to give it a spicy bite. Smooth and crisp, this copper-coloured, medium-bodied beer has been aged for twenty-eight days

Golden Ale: 5.5% and 60 IBU

  • A traditional English Style Ale using a new English hop, Olicana, which is made to resemble tropical flavoured hops from Australia and the Pacific Northwest. This golden coloured ale is crisp with bitter & earthy notes. Aroma of citrus zest, dried mango and apricot.

What are you most excited about participating at TFOB 2018?

We cannot wait to pour our Pilsner and Golden Pale Ale at TFOB 2018! Other than the sunshine and live music, we are excited to introduce out beer and our brewery to all of Toronto! See you soon

Where can people find more information about your brewery, other brews you are making, etc?

Our website, www.saulterstreetbrewery.com or on social media channels- Instagram (@SaulterstreetBrewery) and Facebook (@SaulterstreetBrewery). Also, come by the tap room at #1, 31 Saulter Street in Riverside, TO. Open 12-9pm, 7 days a week!

Make sure you check out the New Brews presented by TekSavvy on-site at TFOB 2018. There will be 12 brewers showcasing the fruits of their labour, along with free WiFi for beer lovers to share their discoveries.  We will feature each brewer leading up to TFOB 2018. And yes, the New Brews presented by TekSavvy pavilion will be on-site for all four days of TFOB.

Get TFOB THURSDAY Tickets Now!

TFOB Friday: SOLD OUT!

TFOB Saturday: SOLD OUT!

Get Tickets to TFOB SUNDAY with I Mother Earth and Finger Eleven Now!

 

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The TekSavvy Tap Series with William Street Beer Co.

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Beer discovery is the most important part of Toronto’s Festival of Beer. We offer hundreds of brews to try: some you have heard of, and some maybe not. We have created the New Brews presented by TekSavvy programme to do two things: 1) Allow brewers who have never been to our event the chance to feature their product to the masses. 2) Allow beer lovers the chance to discover new brews.

As part of this programme, we will be rolling out information about each participating brewer throughout the month of June in a series we are calling the TekSavvy Tap Series, to help you get to know who our New Brews are! So, without further ado – here is William Street Beer Co:

What made you want to become a brewer? Tell your story!

I started home brewing in the early 2000’s, probably for the same reason most people do… to save a few bucks. I could not have been more wrong. 20L batches quickly gave way to 50L batches. That trend has continued to this day as we brew on a 10HL system at William Street Beer Co. in Cobourg. Our brewery brews primarily traditional North American and German styles with a focus on securing the best possible ingredients and utilizing traditional, proven processes.

All of our core brands are brewed with 100% Northumberland County Hops, brewed by Valley Hops in Port Hope.

What kind of beer(s) will you be bringing to TFOB 2018? If you have tasting notes that you could share with fans, it will help paint a picture of what they can expect?

William Street Beer Co. is very excited to present one of our Core Brands and one of our Seasonal.

Cliff Top Pale Ale is a 5.5% ABV North American Pale Ale which is brewed with 100% Northumberland County grown Magnum, Chinook and Cascade Hops.

Orange CreamCycle is a traditional Cream Ale which is unfused with orange zest and real vanilla to create an amazingly sweet and delicious summer experience.

What are you most excited about participating at TFOB 2018?

As a small, regional brewery, we are excited to introduce the fruits of our labours to the Toronto market

Where can people find more information about your brewery, other brews you are making, etc?

www.williamstreetbeer.com

Facebook: @WilliamStreetBeer

Instagram: @WilliamStreetBeer

Twitter: @WilliamStBeer

Make sure you check out the New Brews presented by TekSavvy on-site at TFOB 2018. There will be 12 brewers showcasing the fruits of their labour, along with free WiFi for beer lovers to share their discoveries.  We will feature each brewer leading up to TFOB 2018. And yes, the New Brews presented by TekSavvy pavilion will be on-site for all four days of TFOB.

Get TFOB THURSDAY Tickets Now!

TFOB Friday: SOLD OUT!

TFOB Saturday: SOLD OUT!

Get Tickets to TFOB SUNDAY with I Mother Earth and Finger Eleven Now!

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New Brews presented by TekSavvy

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Beer discovery is the most important part of Toronto’s Festival of Beer. We offer hundreds of brews to try: some you have heard of, and some maybe not. We created the New Brews presented by TekSavvy programme to do two things: 1) Allow brewers who have never been to our event the chance to feature their product to the masses. 2) Allow beer lovers the chance to discover new brews.

Make sure you check out the New Brews presented by TekSavvy on-site at TFOB 2018. There will be 12 brewers showcasing the fruits of their labour, along with free WiFi for beer lovers to share their discoveries.  We will feature each brewer leading up to TFOB 2018. And yes, the New Brews presented by TekSavvy pavilion will be on-site for all four days of TFOB.

Get TFOB THURSDAY Tickets Now!

TFOB Friday: SOLD OUT!

TFOB Saturday: SOLD OUT!

Get Tickets to TFOB SUNDAY with I Mother Earth and Finger Eleven Now!

Here is this year’s New Brews presented by TekSavvy line-up:

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I Mother Earth & Finger Eleven To Headline TFOB Sunday

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Toronto, ON (March 20, 2018) – Canadian Rock troupes I Mother Earth and Finger Eleven are bringing their electrifying stage shows to Toronto’s Festival of Beer (TFOB 2018), on Sunday July 29. Their performances will take place on OLG Bandshell Stage, Exhibition Place to close out the 2018 weekend celebration of beer, brewers and #BeerLove, presented by 102.1 The Edge.

“Legendary Canadian rock meets our legendary beer festival,” said Les Murray, president of Toronto’s Festival of Beer. “The combo of I Mother Earth and Finger Eleven are the perfect pairing to close out TFOB 2018.”

Building off the momentum of their recently announced cross-Canada tour, TFOB 2018 will be I Mother Earth and Finger Eleven’s first stop in Toronto for 2018. Fans should expect to hear some of their favourite hits as the highly-anticipated weekend comes to a close that evening.

Tickets for TFOB 2018 are on sale now and are selling fast. Fans are encouraged to buy early to secure their tickets. To purchase tickets, please visit the link below…

Get TFOB SUNDAY Tickets Now!

About Finger Eleven:

The members of alternative metal outfit Finger Eleven grew up in Burlington, Ontario, and came together in high school as a funk-styled band named Rainbow Butt Monkeys. Originally comprising vocalist Scott Anderson, bassist Sean Anderson, drummer Rob Gommerman, and James Black and Rick Jackett on guitars, they won a rock band search contest on local radio and used the prize money to record their first album, 1995’s Letters from Chutney. Gommerman left the band soon after, making way for drummer Rich Beddoe.

Now named Finger Eleven, the quintet released Tip on Mercury Records in Canada, which marked the band’s turn to a heavier sound. It was re-released by the New York City-based label Wind-Up Records in September 1998. The album made minor waves on MuchMusic, videos for “Above” and “Tip” increasing their profile at home, but it would still be several years before U.S. audiences really paid attention to the band.

The Greyest of Blue Skies appeared in the summer of 2000, followed three years later by Finger Eleven’s self-titled third album. The latter record eventually went gold, driven by the success of their brooding Top 40 hit “One Thing.”

After various rounds of touring, the guys got to work collectively writing their next album for Wind-Up. March 2007’s Them vs. You vs. Me featured much more varied instrumentation and influences — including dance, funk, and country — than just the chugging metallic guitars of Finger Eleven’s past efforts. The band subsequently hit the road in support with U.S. shows alongside Evanescence and Chevelle.

Back home in Canada, Them vs. You vs. Me wound up winning the Juno for Rock Album of the Year in 2008, raising expectations for the band’s next album, the Juno Award-nominated Life Turns Electric, which appeared in the fall of 2010.

Five Crooked Lines, the band’s seventh studio long-player, was released in 2015 and preceded by the single “Wolves and Doors.”

About I Mother Earth:

Talk of Canadian rock bands may conjure up images of the Guess Who or Bachman-Turner Overdrive, but Toronto quartet I Mother Earth is a modern update combining a wide range of influences, including jazz fusion, funk, and progressive rock. Add a pinch of Canadian counterparts Rush and dashes of artists as disparate as Santana and King Crimson, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Primus, and Jane’s Addiction and Smashing Pumpkins, and you’re bordering on I Mother Earth’s expansive collage of styles. The group formed in Toronto in 1990 with vocalist Edwin, bassist Bruce Gordon, and brothers Jagori Tanna (guitar/vocals) and Christian Tanna (drums).

Signed to Capitol, I Mother Earth’s agressive 1993 debut CD Dig nonetheless caused as much head-scratching as adulation.

Edwin’s heady lyrics hinted at progressive rock acts like Rush and Yes while his vocals were completely different; the rhythm section played crisp funk patterns like an updated James Brown, and the group’s penchant for percussion neared Santana territory.

Making things more complicated was guitarist Tanna, who ranged from Chili Peppers-style rhythm patterns (“Rain Will Fall”) to bluesy Stevie Ray Vaughan licks (“So Gently We Go”) to the Woodstock-era Latin fire of Carlos Santana (“No One”).

The fact that another Toronto band with a similar name (Our Lady Peace) was starting to gain notoriety didn’t help I Mother Earth’s cause, either.

Nonplussed, the quartet set out to go further on its sophomore effort, even if it wasn’t considered commercially wise for bands (especially Canadian bands) to be this versatile.

Recruiting percussionists Luis Conte and Daniel Mansilla, keyboardist Ken Pearson, and even Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson for 1996’s Scenery and Fish, I Mother Earth concocted another epic of genre-defiance.

Even an otherwise radio-friendly track like “One More Astronaut” was filled with stops, starts, and odd rhythmic meters, with more detours through blues (“Three Days Old”), percussion-heavy numbers (the opening “Hello Dave!”), uptempo funk (“Used to Be Alright”), acoustic pieces (“Shortcut to Monelon”), and updated metal à la King Crimson (“Pisser”).

The band would release no more CDs on Capitol, but again took three years to release the successive Blue Green Orange.

Distributed by Mercury throughout Canada, but harder to find in the U.S., the 1999 release expanded on I Mother Earth’s already expansive musical pallette, as did an import CD of acoustic remixes and live tracks (Earth Sky and Everything in Between).

About Toronto’s Festival of Beer:

Toronto’s Festival of Beer, presented by the Beer Store features hundreds of brews, seriously good eats, live entertainment, and plenty of #BeerLove from July 26 to 29 at Bandshell Park, in Exhibition Place. It’s Canada’s premier celebration of the golden beverage.

For more information, please contact:

Davide De Laurentiis

Marketing & Communications Manager

dav@beerlicious.ca

Jon Sinden

Vice President of Marketing

jon@beerlicious.ca

 

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Ludacris To Headline TFOB Friday

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Toronto, ON (February 20, 2018) – Stand Up! The original Dirty South recording artist and actor: Ludacris, is headlining Toronto’s Festival of Beer (TFOB2018), presented by the Beer Store, on Friday, July 27, 2018. TFOB2018 runs from July 26 to 29 at Bandshell Park, in Exhibition Place. His performance is presented by 93.5 The Move.

“Ludacris will bring the southern hospitality to Toronto’s Festival of Beer and fans are sure to love it,” said Les Murray, President of Toronto’s Festival of Beer, “The live music, paired with food and beer, will make Friday night an experience to remember.”

This will be the first time Ludacris headlines Toronto’s Festival of Beer. Last year’s (2017) Friday concert was met with a roaring attendance when the legendary hip-hop duo Method Man & Redman hit the OLG Bandshell Stage and this year is expected to be just as electrifying.

Get TFOB FRIDAY Tickets Now!

Tickets for #TFOB2018 sell out in advance every year — so consumers are encouraged to buy early. To see what ticket levels are currently available, please click HERE. For more information on what each ticket type includes, or to see what other performances are happening on the OLG Bandshell Stage, please visit: www.beerfestival.ca. Toronto’s Festival of Beer is a 19+ event.

About Ludacris:

Born Christopher Bridges on September 11, 1977, in Champaign, Illinois, Ludacris moved to Atlanta during his high-school years and attended Banneker High School there. He then studied at Georgia State University.

His entry into the rap industry came via radio; he worked as a disc jockey at Atlanta-based urban station Hot 97.5 (which later became Hot 107.9), where he was known as DJ Chris Lova Lova, and this was how he became acquainted with Timbaland. The producer featured Ludacris (then billed as Ludichris) on the song “Fat Rabbit” from his album Tim’s Bio (1998), and with such a high-profile feature to his credit, the groundwork was laid for the rapper.

When the Dirty South movement broke nationwide at the turn of the century, Ludacris rode it to immediate widespread popularity, becoming arguably the most commercially successful Southern rapper of the time.

In 2000 the Atlanta-based rapper signed to Def Jam’s newly established Southern rap subsidiary, Def Jam South, and became the label’s flagship Dirty South artist. Def Jam repackaged his underground album Incognegro (2000) as Back for the First Time (2000) and issued “What’s Your Fantasy?” as its lead single. The song soon became a national hit, beginning a long string of hits that would include Billboard Hot 100 number ones (“Stand Up,” “Money Maker”) and Top Tens (“Move Bitch,” “Splash Waterfalls,” “Pimpin’ All Over the World,” “Runaway Love”), as well as a bunch of Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Top Tens (“Southern Hospitality,” “Area Codes,” “Rollout [My Business],” “Saturday [Oooh Oooh!],” “Get Back,” “Number One Spot”).

Moreover, Ludacris established himself as a versatile actor, notably appearing in such mainstream films as 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003), Crash (2005), and Fred Claus (2007), among other films and TV series. Along with associate Chaka Zulu, Ludacris also founded his own boutique label at Def Jam, Disturbing tha Peace (aka DTP), which released albums by such diverse rap/R&B acts as Shawnna, Bobby V., Field Mob, and Playaz Circle.

In 2014, the rapper announced his ninth album and released the EP Burning Bridges as a preview. Ludaversal followed a year later, with Usher, Miguel, and Big K.R.I.T. on the guest list, along with production from David Guetta, Rico Love, and Cashmere Cat. After adding more acting roles to his résumé, Ludacris returned in 2017 with the singles “Vitamin D” with Ty Dolla $ign and “Vices.”

About Toronto’s Festival of Beer:

Toronto’s Festival of Beer, presented by the Beer Store features hundreds of brews, seriously good eats, live entertainment, and plenty of #BeerLove from July 26 to 29 at Bandshell Park, in Exhibition Place. It’s Canada’s premier celebration of the golden beverage.

For more information, please contact:

Davide De Laurentiis

Marketing & Communications Manager

dav@beerlicious.ca

Jon Sinden

Vice President of Marketing

jon@beerlicious.ca

 

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What Ticket Type Is For Me?

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There are many avenues to experience the greatest beer festival ever created. Since we added a whole extra day to enjoy TFOB 2018, now there’s absolutely no excuses!! Since there are so many options to consider, we thought we’d break it down a bit for you…

General Admission Ticket 

The General Admission ticket is our first offering and is perfect if you prefer to weigh your options first before you decide to go all in on the beer and food sampling. It’s simple but a great way to kick start your experience at Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by the Beer Store. – especially if you have never been to the event before. The General Admission ticket is available all four days of the festival but Friday, Saturday and Sunday are the only days that come with five (5) sampling tokens that can be used for beer, food and even souvenirs. The Thursday General Admission ticket doesn’t come with tokens so we have gone ahead and made it a cheaper ticket to reflect that different.  This ticket offers entry in to the event at the regular listed hours. 

Hoptimized Admission Ticket

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

VIP Admission Ticket

The VIP experience has been around for a few years now at Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by the Beer Store. The VIP Admission Ticket includes an express entrance and early entry in to the event, ten (10) sampling tokens that can be used for beer, food and even souvenirs, a catered meal that comes with two (2) full drinks in the VIP lounge, and access to air-conditioned washrooms. VIP are currently Sold Out for TFOB Friday and TFOB Saturday, but still available for TFOB Sunday.

Club TFOB Admission Ticket

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

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

 

 

 

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Are TFOB 2018 Tickets On Sale? (Hint: Yes)

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Here is a list of the most common questions we get asked about Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by the Beer Store. If you don’t see your answer, please reach out to us via email or Twitter or Facebook.

Q: When Do TFOB 2018 Tickets Go On Sale?

#TFOB2018 tickets are on sale right now. You don’t need a password or promo code or anything. Here are the links to purchase tickets for each day:

Get TFOB THURSDAY Tickets Now!

Get TFOB FRIDAY Tickets Now!

Get TFOB SATURDAY Tickets Now!

Get TFOB SUNDAY Tickets Now!

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

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

Q: What are the prices of TFOB 2018 tickets?

#TFOB2018 tickets start at $30 for a General Admission Thursday ticket. They go right up to $150 for a Club Ticket ticket. The Early Bird tickets (which are on sale now) are the best value, so get yours early! Prices go up on Jan 30th, 2018, and again on April 3rd, 2018 and again on May 29th, 2018.  SEE FULL PRICING GRID HERE.

Q: What bands are playing Toronto’s Festival of Beer 2018?

A: We announce one headliner at a time. So far… TFOB Friday with Ludacris and TFOB Saturday with live music collective Dwayne Gretzky.More to come soon!

Q: Where is Toronto’s Festival of Beer 2018?

A: Bandshell Park, Exhibition Place. Technically the addy is 200 Princes’ Blvd. Toronto’s Festival of Beer on Google Maps is Bandshell Park, Exhibition Place. 

Q: Can You Give Me Directions Via The TTC?

A) There are two stations on Exhibition Grounds. Here’s how to get here: 1) 29 Dufferin Bus – Take the Bloor subway to Dufferin Station, board the #29 bus south to Exhibition Place. 2) 511 Bathurst Streetcar – Take the Bloor subway to Bathurst Station, board the #511 streetcar south to Exhibition Place. There are two streetcar stops at Exhibition Place, at Strachan Avenue, and adjacent to the Horse Palace/GO Station. 3) 509 Harbourfront Streetcar – Take the Yonge-University subway to Union Station. Take the 509 Streetcar from the Union Station southbound streetcar tunnel towards Exhibition Loop . There are two streetcar stops at Exhibition Place, at Strachan Avenue, and adjacent to the Horse Palace/GO Station.

Q: What are the Hours of TFOB?

  • Thursday, July 26 from 5pm to 11pm
  • Friday, July 27 from 4:30pm to 11pm (early access for Club TFOB, VIP and Hoptimized ticket holders)
  • Saturday, July 28 from 1:30pm to 8pm (early access for Club TFOB, VIP and Hoptimized ticket holders)
  • Sunday, July 29 from 1:30pm to 8pm (early access for VIP and Hoptimized ticket holders)

Q: What Can/Should I Bring With Me?

  • Valid photo ID – This is a 19+ event (a photocopy of ID does not count)
  • Your Ticket. (Best to print it out and bring with you, unless you ordered a mobile ticket)
  • Sunblock
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Bags are restricted to small purses, totes and drawstring bags only. Bag size may not exceed 14” x 11” x 5” (35cm x 28cm x 12cm), or 30 linear inches (75cm) in total, and must have no more than one singular pocket or opening.
  • Comfortable Shoes
  • Cash
  • TTC tokens / PRESTO card
  • Mobile phone – to take selfies, call a cab or Ubes – Please enjoy responsibly, don’t drink and drive.
  • Raincoat, Umbrella (check the weather before you leave home)
  • Blanket

Q: What Can’t I Bring With Me?

  • Pets (We love them, but they can’t come with you)
  • Children (We love them too, but they can’t come with you. This is a 19+ event)
  • Any type of Water Bottle – We offer FREE WATER through our quench buggy on site. Don’t bring that fancy water bottle!
  • Food
  • Chairs
  • Backpacks and bags with multiple pockets as well as Hydration packs are prohibited
  • Coolers
  • Large video cameras
  • Selfie Sticks (seriously, are these things still a ‘thing’? lol)
  • Cameras, other than for personal use
  • Mobile phone charger (there is no place to plug it in)
  • Water guns
  • Your own glassware/bottles.
  • Cannabis (aka: Weed, ganja, green, doobs, doobies, reefer, trees, hash, hashish, devils lettuce, shrooms, or any other type of drug) is NOT PERMITTED on site. Even if you have a card or something that says you can smoke, that does not mean you can smoke within the grounds. Our liquor license is very clear and does not allow it. There is also no ‘in-out’ privileges, so please keep that in mind.

Q: Where Is The Actual Entrance To Toronto’s Festival of Beer 2018?

A few years ago, we moved the front entrance to the Better Living Centre. All Gates (A, B, C) will go through the front entrance of the BLC. (Say BLC in your best Snoop Dogg impersonation and you’re a legend) This is just a few steps away from where the entrance has been for the past number of years, so it’s not a dramatic change – just wanted to give everyone the heads up.

Q: – Should I Bring Cash?

Yep. We appreciate plastic just as much as the next person, but cash is king at the Festival. We have teams walking around (pictured) that will be selling tokens and they’ll only accept cash. We’re not saying empty your bank account, but be prepared if you want to move around quickly.  ATMs will be on site. Token Booths do accept Credit Card Payments, but we always reco cash for getting ‘er done quickly.

Q: How Do I Get Tokens?

Tokens are the onsite currency. 1 token = $1. Most samples onsite are 1 token for a 4oz pour. Some brewers charge more: imports and premium brands. They are dedicated booths that sell tokens, along with mobile token teams. They will be easy to spot.

Q: Can I Bring A Backpack?

The quick answer is no… Bags are restricted to small purses, totes and drawstring bags only. Bag size may not exceed 14” x 11” x 5” (35cm x 28cm x 12cm), or 30 linear inches (75cm) in total, and must have no more than one singular pocket or opening. We’ll be using metal detector wands and searching all small bags, totes, and drawstring bags at the gate – it’s not that we don’t trust you, it’s just how it goes! You’ve all been to events before and witnessed someone giving security a hard time over searching their belongings. The reason we do it is not because you’re a criminal, but because we want everyone to be safe and have a great time.

Q: What If I Want To Drive?

Don’t drive! It’s a Beer Festival and chances are you’ll be enjoying some beverages. Please enjoy the convenience of the TTC or a cab or an Ubes. Yeah, we said Ubes. Just no drinking and driving whatsoever.  If you are the DD, here’s some parking info: we do not have designated parking for the festival. We recommend finding Pay Parking in Liberty Village or just avoiding driving altogether, if that’s an option for you.

Q: What If I Want To Stay The Night?

You’re in luck! We’ve partnered with Hilton Toronto to give fans an opportunity to Stay The Night at their luxurious Toronto hotel, located at 145 Richmond St W. We’ve also partnered with our pals at Great Lakes Brewery who have helped us put together an awesome gift pack that includes beer and festival branded merchandise to get you started for the weekend! For more details, check out our blog HERE.

Q: What Was There To Eat at TFOB 2017?

In a word… LOTS. The food purveyors we have this year are second to none. See the entire LIST! Explore them all and be sure to take lots of eating breaks. Click HERE for the full Chef and Grilling Tent Schedule. This is all part of #TasteTFOB – our commitment to providing an incredible food experience. We will definitely raise the bar again in 2018! Stay tuned!

Q: Will There Be Water For Me To Drink?

You need to stay hydrated. Most booths have FREE bottled water. All you have to do is ask for it. And you can also take your commemorative mug (which you get when you arrive), rinse it out and fill it up at a water station. Do not bring your water bottle from home, they will be taken away. 

Q: What Happens If It Rains? Or If It’s Too Hot?

Whatever the weather, we will still be pouring. Rain or shine, the show goes on! Remember to dress for the weather and wear sunblock. Even if it is grey and cloudy, wear sunblock. This is vital. Sunblock and water are soooooooo key!! Your raincoat, rubber boats, umbrella may make your experience if it calls for rain.

Q: Do You Really have 400+ Brews To Discover?

About 100 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. *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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Thank You #BeerFam

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TFOB 2017 is in the books.

Here are some takeaways from the event that was:

1) Oh Canada! Listen friends, we all know that Canadian brewers create outstanding beer, but sampling all the great beer from coast to coast takes time, effort and a whole lotta cash. That’s precisely the reason why we created the #Canada150 Pavilion. 48 brands of beer – most of which are not available in Ontario – BUT during TFOB 2017 they were here. From PEI to BC, we showcased the best – and you loved it. The feedback about the variety and selection of brews was awesome. We’re gunna take that energy and inject it to next years feature country… or countries? We’ve said too much. 

2) Get In Ma Belly! The food this year was the perfect pairing to all those brews. Did you even try the paid thai fries from Fidel Gastro’s? Or the pulled pork pie from Pie Commission? OH MY GAWD! Or those delishous Hot Bunz from Hot Bunzz Street Cuisine? GEEZ!! Or how about Lobster Mac n Cheese from Matty’s Seafood? WOWZA!! Honestly, bellies got stuffed and we will do our best to offer even more selection next year.

3) 416 Brews To Discover! Did you have a fav? You must have found something new and exciting this year. 100 brewers showcasing their hard work and efforts. We are already putting the notes together for next year to introduce more and more brewers and more tasty brews. We are always looking for brand new brewers who have never been to our event to get them in our New Brews section. Tweet us if you’ve discovered something new so we can share it withe world!

4) Join The CLUB! Club TFOB was a new offering this year. Chef Craig Harding of Campagnolo and Afrim Pristine of the Cheese Boutique displayed their culinary skills, alongside full-sized brew samples, wine and more. This was an experiment to see if this luxury style option would be something you’d want… and you said yes! The ticket also got you early access to TFOB and air conditioned VIP restrooms, snacks and more. We will be offering Club TFOB again next year, so stay tuned!

5) Let There Be Music! Method Man & Redman were legendary. The energy = unreal. The benchmark for TFOB Friday has been set. We are hard at work seeing who we can get for you next year. TFOB Saturday with Sloan was so memorable for all the right reasons. The vibe was perfect. Sloan playing the hits, brewers pouring the best and the sun shining down on us all. On TFOB Sunday, Alan Doyle brought everything that’s great about his east coast vibe to the Main Stage. It was like the perfect ending to a beautiful weekend. Soulfully leading us into Sunday evening. We promise to keep looking for artists that compliment the beer/summer vibe and can’t wait to announce next year’s line-up to you. 

All in all, a pretty epic weekend that saw great weather, countless good times and smiling facing all around. Hope you’ll join us again next year. We’ll go on sale December 1st 2017. 

Thank you #BeerFam  

Here are some pics from TFOB 2017!

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