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Five Awesome Wearable Gifts From Brewers

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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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Hoppy Thanksgiving! Enjoy Your Turkey with These Tasty Ontario Based Brews

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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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Your TFOB Ticket Becomes An Ornament!

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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

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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

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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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7 Star Wars Beer Gifts

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We did it again! We sent a probe droid to search for the perfect Star Wars related beer gifts. We are pretty pumped for the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi on Dec 15 and we are big fans of beer, so writing this just felt so natural. Star Wars meets the world of beer. Not sure it gets any better than this…

1) Millenium Falcon Beer Opener

$4 plus shipping from Amazon.

You can add a joke about the Kessel run, but this beer opener is no joke. Probably the coolest opener this side of the galaxy.

2) Rogue One StormTrooper Beer Stein

$41.99 from Amazon.

Yes, we all know how Roque One ended, but do we really need to dwell on the past. It was all for the greater good. This ceramic stein seemed to make it through the devastation. 22 ounces of your favourite bevy awaits! This is one Stormtrooper that will no doubt last and have a place on your shelf for years to come.

3) R2D2 Bottle Stopper

$36.77 from Amazon.

Many brewers are offering larger bottles from their bottle shops now. This is a must have if you are a regular at your local brewers’ bottle shop. This is … wait for it … the droid bottle stopper that you’re looking for.

4) TaunTaun Can Cooler

$9.99 plus shipping from Amazon.

All Star Wars fans remember the iconic moment when Luke was stuffed inside a TaunTaun in order to keep warm on the ice planet Hoth. Now you can give a very similar treatment to your beer! Keep your can cold deep inside the TaunTaun can cooler. What will they think of next?

5) Star Wars Pint Glasses

$41.92 from Amazon.

A true fan of the Resistance or Dark Side/First Order would never pour their beer in just any glass. These Star Wars-inspired pint glasses are perfect. 16oz glasses in a four piece set would look stunning filled with your favourite ale. The only thing better than enjoying a bevy in these glasses would be sitting in the actual Mos Eisley Cantina – which would never, ever happen.

6) Darth Vader Tap Handle

$157 plus shipping from Amazon.

If you are a home brewer with a leaning towards the Dark Side, then we suggest this tap handle. Now all you have to do is brew a proper dark beer and brainstorm with your friends on a killer name. Here are some suggestions: Vader’s Dark Lager? Bogan Black Ale? Sith Stout? Anna-inna-Kan?

7) Han Solo In Carbonite Beer Fridge

$750 or so from Amazon.

Have an extra $700+ lying around your summer house on Alderaan? Then, this beer fridge is for you. That legendary moment when Jabba put Han on display at his palace on Tatooine can now last forever in your den.

 

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

Get TFOB THURSDAY Tickets Now!

Get TFOB FRIDAY Tickets Now!

Get TFOB SATURDAY Tickets Now!

Get TFOB SUNDAY Tickets Now!

 

 

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We’ve added a TFOB Thursday!

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Thursday is the new Friday. Well, that’s what someone in our office said one day and it inspired us… inspired us to add an extra day to TFOB in 2018. Thursday, July 26 will feature the same incredible experience as the other days: great selection of brews, a wide assortment of tasty food offerings, and some killer live entertainment. We’ve also launched an introductory early bird ticket offer of $30.

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Brew News: Monks, MMA, DNA

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So Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by the Beer Store happens THIS year, people! LOL. If you scored some tickets over the Holidays, then please join the Facebook Group.

We are always on the look out for cool beer news and neat beer stories… Here are some that recently caught our eye…

1) Beer Based on Your DNA? Yes, it’s true. Talk about a personalized experience. A brewery in London, England is leading the way – for about $30,000 a pop! Just a thought … what it you don’t like the taste of your own beer? Something to consider. Read MORE.

2) The Champ Likes Beer. Amanda Nunes knocks out Ronda Rousey and then instead of champagne, she wants a beer. This is our kind of champ. See the vid from TMZ. If you missed the fight… here ya go…

3) Monks Helping Rebuild. After an earthquake destroyed their 14th Century basilica, the monks are using their business to aid the rebuild. They are brewing beer. The beer is called Birra Nursia – Nursia is the Latin name for Norcia. Read MORE.

4) Kiss Cam Beer Kiss. So this video was going around from the World Juniors. It’s a fan ignoring his girlfriend and kissing his beer. Pretty funny(?) He must really love that brew… but I’m here to break the news that about 95% of moments like this are totally set up.

There you have it. Some Beer News to kick off 2017. Cheers. Looking forward to seeing everyone on May 20-21 for Toronto’s Festival of Beer Spring Sessions and on July 28-30 for the Summer Edition of TFOB.

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Beer Predictions for 2017

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2017 will be a big year. After that —-storm of a year that 2016 was, how can it not get better in 2017? Here are some beer hopes, wishes and predictions for 2017…

  • Les (President) hopes you always have beer. Anything cold, ready and available were his exact words. His prediction for next year: Sour Beers will be top of the list!
  • Ingrid (Operations) thinks that 2017 will keep seeing the rise of beer: more breweries, more styles, more variety.
  • Jon (Marketing) thinks Donald Trump Drinking Games will be huuuuuge! 
  • Dav (PR) thinks Gluten Free Beer will finally make its mark on taste.
  • Luca (Partnerships) thinks Beer Cocktails will be all the rage in 2017.
  • Stacey (Accounting) thinks fruity beer will kill it in 2017. Peaches, grapefruit, raspberries.
  • Jodi (Culinary) thinks more and more ladies will make their voice heard in the beer community. More lady beer drinkers and more lady brewers!

There you have it. Some Beer Predictions for 2017 from our staff? Do you have a prediction? Leave it in the comments. Cheers. Looking forward to seeing everyone on May 20-21 for Toronto’s Festival of Beer Spring Sessions and on July 28-30 for the Summer Edition of TFOB.

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Top 5 Reasons To Stay In On New Year’s Eve

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It’s no secret. We love beer. We love discovering new brews. Like, who doesn’t? And there’s no better time to discover beer than in a cozy environment with friends. That’s why we are highly recommending that you stay in on New Year’s Eve. We came up with 5 pretty compelling reasons to support our cause. Let us present our case…

5) The Taxi Situation – Finding a cab or Uber is hard work on NYE. PLUS – the surge pricing will be crazy. PLUS – if you’re out with more then 4 friends, you have to find two cabs! Every person you know (you included) has a horror story about trying to catch a cab on New Year’s. It’s the worst! Skip it.

4) The Food – Staying in is your chance to show off your culinary skills. Just youtube some fancy recipes and get ready to receive the accolades! (HINT: google slow cooker recipes. so easy!) Or maybe make it a potluck. Everyone bring their best dish. Make sure you delegate someone for apps and desert or everyone might bring mains, and you need to eat sweets!

3) The Company – Spending time with your friends means everything. Play a board game, jump down a Youtube video wormhole, watch some sports, play video games, play cards (we recommend Cribbage, because MUGGINS!)

2) The Hassle – Not deciding on a place to eat, how to get there and how to get home safely is music to our ears. Does it get any better?

1) The Beer – Show off your beer knowledge and make sure your friends only bring their favs. Have some sampling glasses on hand so everyone can try everything. (Our TFOB Festival Mug makes a great sampling mug… just saying… check your cupboards for last years mug!)

The beautiful benefit of staying in, is not drinking and driving. Maybe make it a sleepover for everyone? Rock those onesies or PJs and welcome 2017 in style.

Tag your photos with #BeerFam because we love to share! See you in 2017!

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