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10 Tasty Valentine’s Day Pairings

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

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

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

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

THE BEER: Clifford Porter From Clifford Brewing Co.

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

Prep Time: 

10m

Bake/Cook Time: 

9m – 11m

Yield: 

24 large cookies

INGREDIENTS:

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

DIRECTIONS:

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

THE BEER: Night Shift Stout From Broadhead

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

Prep Time:

20m

Cook Time:

38m

INGREDIENTS

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

GANACHE

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

DIRECTIONS

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

GANACHE

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

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

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

Prep time:

3hrs

Cook time:

24m

INGREDIENTS:

FOR THE BROWNIE LAYER:

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

FOR THE CHOCOLATE MOUSSE:

FOR THE RASPBERRY MOUSSE:

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

FOR THE VANILLA MOUSSE:

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

TO FINISH:

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

DIRECTIONS:

TO MAKE THE BROWNIE LAYER:

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

TO MAKE THE MOUSSE LAYERS:

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

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

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

Prep Time:

40m

Cook Time:

45m

Chill Time:

4hrs

INGREDIENTS:

Crust

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

Filling

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

Whipped Cream

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

DIRECTIONS:

Crust

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

Filling

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

Whipped Cream

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

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

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

Prep Time:

2m

Cook Time:

0m

INGREDIENTS:

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

DIRECTIONS:

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

THE BEER: Double Drooling Dog Black IPA From Magnotta Brewery

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

Prep Time:

15m

Cook Time:

2hrs & 15m

Chill Time:

Minimum 2hrs / up to 3 days

INGREDIENTS:

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

DIRECTIONS:

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

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

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

Total Time:

50m (includes settling time)

INGREDIENTS:

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

DIRECTIONS:

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

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

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

Prep Time:

20m

Cook Time:

5m

Yields:

16 tablespoons

INGREDIENTS:

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

DIRECTIONS:

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

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

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

Prep Time:

5m

Cook Time:

40m

INGREDIENTS:

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

DIRECTIONS:

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

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

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

Prep Time:

30m

Cook Time:

1hrs & 20m

INGREDIENTS:

Crust

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

Filling

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

DIRECTIONS:

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

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

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Five Awesome Wearable Gifts From Brewers

Tis’ the season to shop-till-you-drop while enjoying quality time with friends and family. You’ve probably already started your Christmas shopping, unless you like the rush of waiting until the last minute to get everything but we figured some of you might need some help.

A great way to make that beer lover in your life happy, is by grabbing some awesome merch from Ontario’s many breweries. This way you can rep your favourite beer while keeping things affordable, since we all know how expensive the holidays can be.

Therefore, we’ve compiled a short list of five great breweries in Ontario that you can purchase merch right through their website. Check them out below! 

Silly Sir Brewing Company – T-Shirt: $25.00

 

Waterloo Brewing – Work Shirt: $39.95

 

Sawdust City Brewing Company – Navy Corduroy Hat: $32.00

 

 

All Or Nothing Brewhouse – T-Shirt: $21.99

Cameron’s Brewing Company – BEER GEEK T-Shirt: $23.95

 There you have it! Your TFOB Fam has you covered. Be sure to grab these while you still have time. We know the beer lover in your life will be very happy.

Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by the Beer Store is a three day celebration of the golden beverage! This year, we’re celebrating 23 glorious years. Join us July 26 to 28 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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Top 10 Beer Gifts To Spread #BeerLove This Season

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?

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
  • Blanket
  • Smoking / Cannabis Policy: Toronto’s Festival of Beer has designated smoking areas on the grounds where smoking is permitted. Consumers smoking outside the designated areas will be asked to extinguish their smoke and move to a designated area. Consumer’s refusing to abide by the smoking policy will be subject to removal from the festival grounds. Consumers are allowed entry with a small quantity of “personal use only” cannabis (recreational or medicinal) in a pre-rolled format (max 3 pre-rolled, single-wide at 68-70mm in length). Entry will be denied for anyone with loose leaf cannabis, cannabis edibles / oils or other cannabis products.
  • All illegal substances are strictly prohibited.

Q: What Can’t I Bring With Me?

  • Pets (We love them, but they can’t come with you)
  • Children (We love them too, but they can’t come with you. This is a 19+ event)
  • Any type of Water Bottle – We offer FREE WATER through our quench buggy on site. Don’t bring that fancy water bottle!
  • Food
  • Chairs
  • Backpacks and bags with multiple pockets as well as Hydration packs are prohibited
  • Coolers
  • Umbrella
  • Large video cameras
  • Selfie Sticks (seriously, are these things still a ‘thing’? lol)
  • Cameras, other than for personal use
  • Mobile phone charger (there is no place to plug it in)
  • Water guns
  • Your own glassware/bottles.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Q: Where Is The Actual Entrance To Toronto’s Festival of Beer 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: Will I be photographed at the event?

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

Q: What If I Want To Drive?

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

Q: What Was There To Eat at TFOB 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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Hoppy Thanksgiving! Enjoy Your Turkey with These Tasty Ontario Based Brews

Thanksgiving is already here and we could not be more excited! It’s one of our favourite holidays of the year because let’s face it, we have a lot to be thankful for… Our loving family, great friends, and of course our favourite golden beverage #Beer.

 

No matter how you plan to celebrate this wonderful weekend, you have tons of beer options available to pair with all that delicious food you will be eating. Here are some great options to consider when heading over to your local Beer Store. Happy Thanksgiving!

Anderson Craft Ales – Amber Ale

Anderson Craft Ales’ Amber is an enticing combination of caramel, toffee, biscuit, bread and malt notes, perfectly balanced with a touch of North American hop character.

Broadhead Brewing Co. – Grindstone Amber Ale

Broadhead’s Grindstone Amber is a super tasty, rich-coloured amber ale that is hell-bent on hitting the spot. It has just the right balance of caramel malts and finished with a sweet sharpness,. It’s a refreshing medium body ale.

Mill St. Brewery – Vanilla Porter

Mill St. Brewery’s Vanilla Porter is a great cold weather beer. The vanilla extract used is cold pressed from vanilla orchid bean pods giving it over 250 individual flavor notes resulting in a attractive depth of flavor.

Muskoka Brewery – Harvest Ale

Muskoka Brewery’s Harvest Ale marks the end of the growing season and the process of gathering mature crops from the fields. This year, Muskoka Brewery worked with local farmers across Ontario to brew a true reflection of Ontario’s harvest in their beer. Prepare to taste malt forward, soft biscuit flavours that transform into notes of mango, grapefruit, and stone-fruit.

Beaus All Natural Brewing Co. – Fall Mix Pack

 

Beaus All Natural Brewing Co., has a Fall Mix Pack that includes their crisp and refreshing Lug Tread Lagered Ale, along with three other interesting and tasty brews we think you’ll enjoy too: like their Maple Rush Porter, Dortmunder, and their CDN Pale Ale.

The Maple Rush has a heady mixture of black malt and espresso notes that are softened by sweet maple wood impressions, while their Dortmunder offers floral, herbal and malty notes with a flavour balanced grainy cereal sweetness offset by firm hop bitterness. The CDN Pale Ale is a medium-bodied beer with a silky mouthfeel, moderate bitterness and big fruit flavours.

It’s a fun variety to sample or share with friends, all in one handy-dandy box!

 

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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TFOB 2018 Saturday Schedule

See the full Site Map here Site Map


Time Event Location
12:00pm HOP / VIP / Club TFOB Gates Open Main Gates
1:30pm **Doors open for all Ticket Holders** Main Gates
2:30pm Frank Ryan OLG Bandshell Stage
3:30pm Shotty Horroh OLG Bandshell Stage
4:45pm Dwayne Gretzky Set 1 OLG Bandshell Stage
6:30pm Dwayne Gretzky Set 2 OLG Bandshell Stage
7:30pm **Last call for alcohol**
8:00pm **TAPS OFF**
8:30pm **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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10 Beer & Dessert Pairings For Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is Feb 14th and you may or may not be scrambling to find that perfect gift for that special someone in your life. We’re here to tell you not to worry because Valentine’s Day is more than just finding that new shiny thing to buy.

Since you’re a beer lover (like us), why not give the gift of beer to show your love? So, we whipped up a list of great brews – available right now – that pair perfectly with tasty desserts. Nothing says love, more than some sweets and some beer… so enjoy!

THE BEER: Sweet Jesus Mocha Marshmallow Stout from Left Field Brewery

THE DESSERT: Vanilla Ice Cream or S’mores

THE BEER: The Chocolate Manifesto (Chocolate Milk Stout) from Flying Monkeys Brewery

THE DESSERT: Chocolate Bread Pudding

THE BEER: The Tom Green Beer, a Milk Stout from Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co.

The Dessert: Chocolate Creme Brulée

THE BEER: Oatmeal Coffee Stout from Stone Hammer Brewing

THE DESSERT: Mocha Chocolate Icebox Cake

THE BEER: Cheat Day Black Forest Porter from Hop City Brewing Co.

The Dessert: Black Forest Cake

THE BEER: COLLECTIVE PROJECT IMPERIAL PORTER from Collective Arts Brewing

THE DESSERT: Peanut Butter Cookies

THE BEER: County Brown Ale from Wellington Brewery

THE DESSERT: Chocolate Pecan Pie

THE BEER: DOWNTOWN BROWN NUT ALE from Amsterdam Brewing Company

THE DESSERT: Nutty Chocolate Brownies

THE BEER: Dark & Sticky India Brown Ale from Cameron’s Brewing Co.

THE DESSERT: Jamocha Almond Fudge Cake

 

THE BEER: Pioneer Black Creek – Rifleman’s Ration Brown Ale from All or Nothing Brewhouse / Trafalgar Ales and Meads

THE DESSERT: Ferrero Rocher

There you go. Our list of 10 tasty pairings. Not a bad idea to scoop up your TFOB 2018 tickets before the price goes up. Would make a stellar Valentine’s Day gift. That’s #BeerLove baby! See you in July lovers!

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Your TFOB Ticket Becomes An Ornament!

If you already purchased your TFOB 2018 tickets, we thank you. You’re a class act. If you’re on the fence about securing yours now, please know that tickets are selling fast and prices go up soon. Full details on price grids. Now, on to the serious business… Here are the steps to make your TFOB 2018 ticket the ultimate Xmas gift and perfect tree decoration…

1) Buy Ticket

2) Print Ticket

3) Fold Ticket

4) Sign Ticket

5) Hang On Tree

The 2018 edition of Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by the Beer Store happens July 26 to 29 at Bandshell Park Exhibition Place. There will be hundreds of breweries, dozens of food choices and live entertainment each day. We also added a Thursday Night to our already legendary Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 4 days of glory! Pick your day below and we’ll see you in July. It’s all about the #BeerLove

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Last Minute Gift Ideas For Beer Lovers

You’ve waited until the last minute again. That’s so you! Don’t worry about it fam, we got you. Here’s a selection of gifts that beer lovers will enjoy. The best part… these are all super easy to get. Have a Hoppy Holiday filled with #BeerLove!

1) Gift Card for the Beer Store – $1 to $500

Just walk into a location of the Beer Store, put some money down and a gift card can be yours. Giving the gift of beer is like telling someone you are a true friend who really cares. Gift Cards can up to $500 and they never expire. It’s a Christmas Beeracle! The Beer Store website has more info.

2) ‘Bring Beer’ Socks – $12.73

The perfect pair of socks does not exi… These legendary socks are what your feet have been looking for. Send the right message this holiday season. If your friends or family can read your socks, they know what to do. Keeping it lazy, bro! Seriously, these are super cool socks. There’s also a few bundle deals from this seller on Sweet and Rosy.

3) Team Beer Helmets – $56.99

These helmets scream to the world that you and three friends take beer seriously, and not seriously all at the same time. It’s a 4 pack of helmets that you can get super quick via Amazon Prime.  No, these will not work in our festival, but you can wear them every other day of the year, like the legend you are.

4) Beer Mug Cufflinks – $39.99

Sometimes you gotta dress up. It’s just the reality of things now. You’re growing up. So, when you’re rocking that fr ench cuff shirt, why not show people the passion you have for the golden beverage? These are from Cuff Daddy and can be purchased via Amazon Prime, so you’ll get them right away.

5) TFOB 2018 Tickets – Starting at $30.00

This makes a whole lotta sense. You’re only a couple clicks away from gift perfection. Toronto’s Festival of Beer presnetd by the Beer Store is July 26-29 at Bandshell Park, Exhibition Place. Beer, Bands, Food.

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8 Best Beer Gifts From Breweries

1) Great Lakes Brewery Canuck Pale Ale Mens or Ladies T-Shirt

$28.25 from the GLB Retail Store.

Yes, that’s the legend Gordie Levesque front and centre on that tee. Basically it’s a super comfy, grey-washed tee. But dig a little deeper and you may uncover a metaphor that really strikes a chord. You may see a man with a beard, wearing plaid shirt and a toque, who can balance on a log in water while holding a pretty large axe OR you may see that life is about balance and juggling priorities all while keeping a calm demeanour. Whatever you choose to see, this shirt is for you.

2) All Or Nothing New Era Snapback

$34.99 from the All or Nothing store.

Picture a gorgeous sunny day. You’re with your best mates, sitting on a patio. You have one of All Or Nothing’s famous Hopfenweisse brews in your hand. Now, it’s almost a perfect day, but there’s just one thing… the sun is a wee bit in your eyes. Behold, the remedy… this super cool New Era snapback complete with AorN branding in the AofN colour. Now, you’re not only telling people that your sensible about blocking the sun from your face, but you’re also saying that you know beer. That’s a double win.

3) Steam Whistle K-Way Jacket

$64.95 from the Steam Whistle web store.

Remember that wind breaker you used to have when you were young? The one that folded into one of its own pockets for easy storage? Yeah, that one. Well, it just got an upgrade. Steam Whistle colours and a sleek Steam Whistle logo on the chest makes this a must have for fans of the pils. Wind doesn’t stand a chance.

4) Amsterdam Cruiser Messenger Bag

34.99 from the Amsterdam Brewery Store.

This super stylish bag is perfect for hauling your stuff. Even better if some of that stuff is a couple tasty Amsterdam Cruiser All Day Pale Ales. This bag works on many levels: 1) If you’re actually riding a bike and need to hold gear. 2) Your casual, everyday work bag. 3) If you are a fan of the beer. Combine all three and Instagram that look and no doubt royalty checks will come rolling in from Amsterdam. (Note: not really, No ones gunna pay you, but you’ll probably get a lot of likes.)

5) Rorschach Brewery Hoodie

$40.00 from the Rorschach Brewery Store.

Rorschach Brewery is part of the great Toronto East End Beer boom. We welcomed them to Toronto’s Festival of Beer for the first time in 2017. They were a hit. So when you look at their logo, what do you see? Do you see your childhood? Do you see your parents yelling at you because they found a pack of smokes in your room when you were 15, but you promised then that they were Jason’s smokes and you were just holding on to them? Or do you just see a great brewery logo? Either way, a sick hoodie awaits!

6) Left Field Brewing Tank Top

$25.00 from the LFB Store.

We love this tank top. It screams summer. With that killer LF branding, how can someone not love to receive this as a gift? Pair it with some of that Eephus Oatmeal Brown Ale and I’d say that your CRUSHED XMAS thi s year. Left Field also offer a stocking stuffer pack that beer lovers are sure to enjoy. You cannot lose!

7) Folly Brewing Inkhorn Hoodie

$55.00 from the Folly BrewHouse Online Store.

Does it even matter that this hoodie is named after Folly’s Inkhorn? You know, the Cognac Barrel-Aged Farmhouse Bruin? IT HAS A UNICORN ON IT. There will never be a better reason to buy a hoodie. Folly have plenty of cool merch but what does that say about us if we chose something else to feature? Oh, they also make very tasty brews and have a massive whiskey collection.

8) TFOB 2018 Tickets

The 2018 edition of Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by the Beer Store happens July 26 to 29 at Bandshell Park Exhibition Place. There will be hundreds of breweries, dozens of food choices and live entertainment each day. We also added a Thursday Night to our already legendary Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 4 days of glory! Pick your day below and we’ll see you in July. It’s all about the #BeerLove

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Get TFOB FRIDAY Tickets Now!

Get TFOB SATURDAY Tickets Now!

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