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Top 10 Beer Gifts To Spread #BeerLove This Season

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

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

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

Beer Socks! – $12.71

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

 

Wood Shadow Box Display For Your Beer Caps – $60.84

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

 

Beer Caddy with Bottle Opener – $39.99

 

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

 

THE BEER STORE GIFT CARD. $1-$500

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

 

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

 

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

 

Vintage-Inspired Craft Beer Opener – $52.53

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

 

Craftsman Beer Soap Set – $24.95

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

 

Homecraft on Single Tap Beer Growler Cooling System – $244.99

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

Lambic Basket – $81.30

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

 

Outdoor Beer Growler Carrier and Glasses – $58.88 – 75.89

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

WAR CHILD

FRIENDS OF THE GREENBELT FOUNDATION

SHEENA’S PLACE

Have a safe and happy holiday season.

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Are TFOB 2019 Tickets On Sale?

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

Q: When Do TFOB 2019 Tickets Go On Sale?

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

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

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

Q: What are the prices of TFOB 2019 tickets?

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

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

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

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

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

Q: Can You Give Me Directions Via The TTC?

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

Q: What are the Hours of TFOB?

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

Q: What Can/Should I Bring With Me?

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

Q: What Can’t I Bring With Me?

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

Q: Where Is The Actual Entrance To Toronto’s Festival of Beer 2019?

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

Q: – Should I Bring Cash?

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

Q: How Do I Get Tokens?

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

Q: Can I Bring A Backpack?

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

Q: What If I Want To Drive?

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

Q: What Was There To Eat at TFOB 2018?

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

Q: Will There Be Water For Me To Drink?

You need to stay hydrated. That’s why we offer FREE WATER through our quench buggy on site. Just take your commemorative mug (which you get when you arrive), rinse it out and fill it up at a water station. Do not bring your water bottle from home, they will be taken away. 

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

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

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

Our festival hosts 100 brewers from all over the world every year and most brewers bring multiple brands. Try something new, something crazy or maybe something you can’t pronounce. Let us open your eyes to a whole new world of beer. *Starts singing A Whole New World from Aladdin*. Seriously, At TFOB we have every type of brewer imaginable. From big to small, and, from local to international.

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#TFOB2019 PRICE GRID

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Welcome to the 2019 edition of Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by the Beer Store. #TFOB2019 runs Friday, July 26 to Sunday, July 28. You must be 19+. Early Bird tickets go on sale December 4, 2018! Buy early to save. Only the ticket types that are currently on-sale will be clickable. Tier pricing for each event day will automatically transition upon the capacity sell out and/or scheduled start date. See you in July. #BeerLove

#TFOB2019 TICKET PRICES

AVAILABLE TICKET TYPES General Admission Hoptimized VIP Club TFOB
Ticket Type/Date
Limited quantities available per Tier level. New Tier Starts Upon Sell Out or Scheduled Date.
Fri.
July 26th
Sat.
July 27th
Sun.
July 28th
EARLY BIRD General Admission – to JAN 29* $45.00 SOLD OUT $40.00
TIER 1 General Admission – JAN 29 to APR 2* $50.00 $50.00 $45.00
TIER 2 General Admission – APR 2 to MAY 28* $60.00 $60.00 $50.00
TIER 3 General Admission – MAY 28 to EVENT* $65.00 $65.00 $55.00
EARLY BIRD Hoptimized – to JAN 29* $55.00 SOLD OUT $50.00
TIER 1 Hoptimized – JAN 29 to APR 2* $60.00 $60.00 $55.00
TIER 2 Hoptimized – APR 2 to MAY 28* $70.00 $70.00 $60.00
TIER 3 Hoptimized – MAY 28 to EVENT* $75.00 $75.00 $65.00
VIP $95.00 SOLD OUT $95.00
Club TFOB $115.00 $115.00 $115.00

*Tiers transition at 8am on noted date. Limited quantities available per Tier level. Tier pricing for each event day will automatically transition upon the capacity sell out and/or scheduled start date. Once transactions are complete, tickets are non-refundable, or transferrable and cannot be exchange.

For a breakdown of ‘What’s included with each Ticket Type’ please CLICK HERE.

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WHAT TICKET TYPE IS FOR ME?

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

GENERAL ADMISSION TICKET 

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

HOPTIMIZED ADMISSION TICKET

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

VIP ADMISSION TICKET

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

CLUB TFOB ADMISSION TICKET

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

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

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

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

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

The Aviary Brewpub

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

Lot 30 Brewers

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

People’s Pint Brewing Company

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

The Six Brewing Company

 

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

Von Bugle Brewing

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

 

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

 

Don’t miss the highlights from last year:

 

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Thanks For The #BeerLove… See You Next Year!

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TFOB 2018 is in the books.

Here are some takeaways from the event that was:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for all the #BeerLove

Here are some pics from TFOB 2018!

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Help Us Support Our Neighbours! #TorontoStrong

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On July 22, 2018, the people of Toronto were enjoying a warm summer evening with friends and families in Toronto’s Danforth Neighbourhood when a gunman opened fire and injured many people, including a 10 year old girl and 18 year old girl who were killed.

Since this happened people from around the world have come forward to raise funds to help these people cover the costs associated with this tragedy. Whether it be for health care costs, funeral arrangements or lost wages,  Toronto’s Festival of Beer, presented by the Beer Store is committed to supporting all those people who were directly affected by this horrible incident.

This is why we offering 100% of the proceeds raised for a new ticket that is being introduced for TFOB Thursday called the #TorontoStrong Special Ticket Offer. This ticket offers General Admission access to TFOB Thursday for $25 + HST and includes no service fees. Toronto’s Festival of Beer is committed to donating 100% of the revenue generated from this ticket to help the families directly affected by this horrible tragedy with hopes to help them move forward with their lives. Please stand with us in supporting our neighbours get through this difficult time.

Buy Your Toronto Strong Special Ticket Offer Now!

Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by the Beer Store is a 4 day celebration of the golden beverage! This year, we’re celebrating 22 glorious years. Join us in July for hundreds of brews, an amazing selection of food and live entertainment each and every day. If you have any questions about ticket types THIS BLOG POST should help you out. Make this your Summer tradition!

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Everything You Need To Know About Attending TFOB 2018

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Well hello there #BeerFam … 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 Still Get Tickets to TFOB 2018?

Yes, you can. TFOB Friday & TFOB Saturday are Sold Out but TFOB Thursday and TFOB Sunday are still available:

Get TFOB THURSDAY Tickets Now!

Get TFOB SUNDAY Tickets Now!

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

A: Bandshell Park, Exhibition Place. Technically the addy is 60 Prince Edward Island Crescent. 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?

TFOB Thursday Hours:

  • 5:00p – Doors Open for Club TFOB, VIP and Hoptimized Ticket Holders
  • 6:30p – The Darcys
  • 7:45p – The Rural Alberta Advantage
  • 9:15p – Broken Social Scene
  • 10:45p – Taps Off
  • 11:00p – Closed

TFOB Friday Hours: 

  • 3:00p – Doors Open for Club TFOB, VIP and Hoptimized Ticket Holders
  • 4:30p – General Admission Doors Open
  • 7:30p  Garçons
  • 8:30p – JXCK KXLLY
  • 9:30p – Ludacris
  • 10:45p – Taps Off
  • 11:00p – Closed

TFOB Saturday Hours:

  • 12:00p –Doors Open for Club TFOB, VIP and Hoptimized Ticket Holders
  • 1:30p – General Admission Doors Open
  • 2:30p – Frank Ryan
  • 3:30p – Shotty Horroh
  • 7:45p – Taps Off
  • 8:00p – Closed

TFOB Sunday Hours:

  • 12:00p –Doors Open for Club TFOB, VIP and Hoptimized Ticket Holders
  • 1:30p – General Admission Doors Open
  • 2:30p – Brothers Of North
  • 3:30p – Stuck On Planet Earth
  • 4:30p – Finger Eleven
  • 6:15p – I Mother Earth
  • 7:45p – Taps Off
  • 8:00p – Closed

For the full Band Schedules, just click your day: THURSDAY – FRIDAY – SATURDAY – SUNDAY

Q: What Can/Should I Bring With Me?

  • Valid photo ID – This is a 19+ event (a photocopy of ID does not count). Valid ID includes: Drivers License, Passport, or Ontario Photo Card.
  • 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, ‘Ubes’ or Lyft – 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 have FREE WATER available all weekend long through our festival Quench Buggy meant strictly for drinking. You don’t need to 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.
  • Illegal Substances (aka: Weed, ganja, green, doobs, doobies, reefer, trees, hash, hashish, devils lettuce, shrooms, or any other type of drug) 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?

The entrance to Toronto’s Festival of Beer is in front of the Better Living Centre (100 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?

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. 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 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, a cab, an Ubes or even a Lyft. 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 Is There To Eat at TFOB 2018?

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. 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. We have FREE WATER available all weekend long through our festival Quench Buggy which will be there strictly for drinking. 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 416 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. Plus, this year we are featuring three exciting TFOB Spotlights: Women In Beer, Victoria, BC with Phillips Brewing & Malting Co., and Funk Town.

That’s it! We can’t wait to see you all this weekend at TFOB 2018.

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TFOB 2018 Thursday Schedule

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Time Event Location
5:00pm **Doors open for all Ticket Holders** Main Gates
6:30pm The Darcys OLG Bandshell Stage
7:45pm The Rural Alberta Advantage OLG Bandshell Stage
9:15pm Broken Social Scene OLG Bandshell Stage
10:30pm **Last call for alcohol**
10:45pm **TAPS OFF**
11:00pm **Gates Closed – Get Home Safe**

TFOB SITEMAP


BreweryLocation
Amsterdam Brewery99
Angry Orchard54
Beau's All Natural Brewing Co.80
Big Rig Brewery85
Big Rock Brewery21
Bobcaygeon Brewing Co.91
Brickworks Ciderhouse26
Bruce Ashley Group Inc.22
Bruce Ashley Group Inc.23
Bruce Ashley Group Inc.24
Bruce Ashley Group Inc.25
Campagnolo67
Cool Beer Brewery96
Crabbies Ginger Beer59
Faxe Beer16
Faxe Beer17
Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery79
Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery87
Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery88
Fries You Can Dip66
Goose Island60
Great Lakes Brewery86
Great Lakes Brewery89
Heirloom Toronto3
Hop City Brewing Co.97
Hop City Brewing Co.98
Horizon Beers Inc.9
Hot Bunzz Street Cuizine2
Junction Craft Brewing93
Kanpai Snack Bar65
Landshark Lager58
Lech61
Lost Craft77
Meantime38
Melt Grilled Cheese39
Michelob Ultra18
Mill Street Brewery55
Mill Street Brewery56
Naughty Otter83
Nickel Brook Brewing Co.84
Northern Maverick76
Old Credit Brewing Co.95
Ontario Corn Roasters64
Oyster Boy20
Pilsner Urquell27
Post-Game Brewing Co.8
Prince Eddy's Brewing Co.81
Samuel Adams53
Shiny Apple Cider57
Silly Sir Brewing Co.94
Singha Beer19
St. Ambroise15
TFOB Spotlight: Victoria (Phillips Brewing & Malting Co.)28
TFOB Spotlight: Victoria (Phillips Brewing & Malting Co.)37
TFOB Spotlight: Women in Beer (Various Brewers)31
TFOB Spotlight: Women in Beer (Various Brewers)32
TFOB Spotlight: Women in Beer (Various Brewers)33
TFOB Spotlight: Women in Beer (Various Brewers)34
The Six Brewing Co.90
Tyskie62
Waterloo Brewing78

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TFOB 2018 Friday Schedule

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Time Event Location
3:00pm HOP / VIP / Club TFOB Gates Open Main Gates
4:30pm **Doors open for all Ticket Holders** Main Gates
7:30pm Garçons OLG Bandshell Stage
8:30pm JXCK KXLLY OLG Bandshell Stage
9:30pm Ludacris OLG Bandshell Stage
10:30pm **Last call for alcohol**
10:45pm **TAPS OFF**
11:00pm **Gates Closed – Get Home Safe**

TFOB SITEMAP


BreweryLocation
Amsterdam Brewery99
Angry Orchard54
Beau's All Natural Brewing Co.80
Big Rig Brewery85
Big Rock Brewery21
Bobcaygeon Brewing Co.91
Brickworks Ciderhouse26
Bruce Ashley Group Inc.22
Bruce Ashley Group Inc.23
Bruce Ashley Group Inc.24
Bruce Ashley Group Inc.25
Campagnolo67
Cool Beer Brewery96
Crabbies Ginger Beer59
Faxe Beer16
Faxe Beer17
Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery79
Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery87
Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery88
Fries You Can Dip66
Goose Island60
Great Lakes Brewery86
Great Lakes Brewery89
Heirloom Toronto3
Hop City Brewing Co.97
Hop City Brewing Co.98
Horizon Beers Inc.9
Hot Bunzz Street Cuizine2
Junction Craft Brewing93
Kanpai Snack Bar65
Landshark Lager58
Lech61
Lost Craft77
Meantime38
Melt Grilled Cheese39
Michelob Ultra18
Mill Street Brewery55
Mill Street Brewery56
Naughty Otter83
Nickel Brook Brewing Co.84
Northern Maverick76
Old Credit Brewing Co.95
Ontario Corn Roasters64
Oyster Boy20
Pilsner Urquell27
Post-Game Brewing Co.8
Prince Eddy's Brewing Co.81
Samuel Adams53
Shiny Apple Cider57
Silly Sir Brewing Co.94
Singha Beer19
St. Ambroise15
TFOB Spotlight: Victoria (Phillips Brewing & Malting Co.)28
TFOB Spotlight: Victoria (Phillips Brewing & Malting Co.)37
TFOB Spotlight: Women in Beer (Various Brewers)31
TFOB Spotlight: Women in Beer (Various Brewers)32
TFOB Spotlight: Women in Beer (Various Brewers)33
TFOB Spotlight: Women in Beer (Various Brewers)34
The Six Brewing Co.90
Tyskie62
Waterloo Brewing78

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