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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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Limited Number Of Tickets Released For Friday & Saturday!

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Great news to share!! A limited number of Hoptimized tickets have just been released for Friday, July 27 and Saturday, July 28 from our production holds. This is your last chance to buy them so don’t miss out…

TFOB Friday: SOLD OUT!

TFOB Saturday: SOLD OUT!

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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Beat The Heat With A $40 Ticket To Thursday!

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This summer is gearing up to be a hot one in Toronto! That’s why we’re offering you an exclusive Beat The Heat Offer where you can purchase a General Admission ticket to Thursday, July for just $40 bucks!

The best part about this is that you get to see two kick ass Canadian bands: Broken Social Scene and The Rural Alberta Advantage play live at OLG Bandshell Stage! It’s going to be a wild night to kick off the best weekend of the summer.

BEAT THE HEAT And Get TFOB THURSDAY Tickets 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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416 Brews To Discover at #TFOB2018

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All the Beer! Well, not all of it, but a lot of it will be at Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by the Beer Store. Super pumped to share that 416 brews will be available at TFOB 2018. 90+ brewers will be bringing their product to the people from July 26-29 at Bandshell Park, Exhibition Place. It’s all about discovery and we hope you discover your next ‘go-to’ or re-discover a past favourite. We listed out most of the brewers below, but please keep in mind we are always adding to the list!

Get TFOB THURSDAY Tickets Now!

TFOB Friday: SOLD OUT!

TFOB Saturday: SOLD OUT!

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

Here is the 2018 roster of breweries at Toronto’s Festival of Beer, presented by the Beer Store:

Amsterdam Brewing Co. – Anderson Craft Ales – Angry Orchard – BATCH – Beau’s All Natural Brewing – Belgian Moon – Belhaven Brewery Co.- Belhaven Black – Big Rig Brewery – Big Rock Brewery – Bitburger Brewery – Bobcaygeon Brewing Co. – Brewdog – Brickworks Ciderhouse – Bud Light – Bud Light Radler – Budweiser – Cool Beer Brewing Co. – Coors Banquet – Coors Light – Corona – Cowbell Brewing Co. – Crabbies Alcoholic Ginger Beer – Creemore Springs Premium Lager – Czechvar – Daniel Thwaites Brewery PLC – Lancaster Bomber – Daura Damm – Estrella Damm – Faxe Brewery – Fenelon Falls Brewing Co. – Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery – Glutenberg Craft Brewery – GoodLot Farmstead Brewing Co. – Goose Island Beer Co. – Granville Island – Great Lakes Brewery – Greene King / Morland Brewery – Old Speckled Hen – Hop City Brewing – Horizon Beers – Jameson Caskmates – Junction Craft Brewery – Laguintas Brewing Co. – Landshark Lager – Lech – Leinenkugel Brewing Co. – Lost Craft Inc. – MadJack Iced Tea – Magners Irish Cider  – McAuslan Brewing Co. – St. Ambroise – McClelland Premium Imports – Meantime Brewing Co. – Michelob ULTRA – Midtown Brewing Co. – Mill Street Brewery – Miller Genuine Draft – Molson Canadian – Moosehead Breweries – Nickel Brook Brewing Co. – Northern Maverick Brewing Co. – Old Credit Brewing Co. – OverHop Brewing Co. – Palm Bay – Phillips Brewing & Malting Co. – Pilsner Urquell – Post-Game Brewing Co. – Powerhouse Brewing Co. – Prince Eddy’s Brewing Co. – Q4Q Beer Co. – Rickard’s Radler – Samuel Adams – Saulter Street Brewing Co. – Shiny Apple Cider – Silly Sir Brewing Co. – Singha – Skeleton Park Brewery – Sol -Steam Whistle Brewery – Strongbow Apple Ciders – Tempt Cider No. 9 – Tennent’s Caledonian Breweries – The Six Brewing Co. – Tiger Beer – Tobermory Brewing Co. – Trail’s End Brewing Co. – Twisted Tea – Tyskie – Von Bugle Brewing – Waterloo Brewing Co. – Wernesgruner Brewery – William Street Beer Co. – Wychwood Brewery Co. – Hobgoblin

New Brews presented by TekSavvy:

Saulter Street Brewery – Anderson Craft Ales – Glutenberg Craft Brewery – Tobermory Brewing Co. – Power House Brewing Co. – Fenelon Falls Brewing Co. – OverHop Brewing – William Street Beer Co. – Skeleton Park Brewery – Trail’s End Brewing Co. – Midtown Brewing Company – GoodLot Farmstead Brewing Co.

TFOB Spotlight: Women In Beer:

555 Brewing Co. – Amsterdam Brewing Co. – Beau’s All Natural Brewing – Cowbell Brewing Co. – The Granite Brewery – Wellington Brewery – SweetGrass Brewing Co. – Muddy York Brewing Co. – Forked River Brewing Co. – Overhop Brewing Co.

Society of Beer Drinking Ladies (SOBDL) Collaborations:

Cowbell Brewing Co. – Henderson Brewing Co. – Little Beasts Brewing Co. – People’s Pint Brewing Co. – London Brewing Co-Operative

TFOB Spotlight: Victoria, BC

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TFOB Spotlight: Funk Town

Beau’s All Natural Brewing -Amsterdam Brewing Co. – Left Field Brewery – Block Three Brewing Co. – Elora Brewing Co. – Flying Monkeys Brewing Co. – Forked River Brewing Co. – Muddy York Brewing Co. – Side Launch Brewing Co. – Great Lakes Brewery – Redline Brewing Co. – Northern Maverick Brewing Co. – and The Six Brewing Co.

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TFOB Spotlight: Funk Town

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The TFOB Spotlight programme at this year’s Toronto’s Festival of Beer is designed to help beer lovers discover the latest and greatest. We are super excited to shine the spotlight on some of the things we love about beer and the beer industry. This will include regions that are making great beer like our TFOB Spotlight: Victoria. This will also include showcasing great people, like our first TFOB Spotlight: Women in Beer.

We are proud to introduce to you our third in a three part TFOB Spotlight series. This is the TFOB Spotlight: Funk Town where we will feature a selection of sour brews from some of your favourite Ontario brewers. Expect to try some sour, tarty and funkadelic flavours from the likes of Beaus All Natural Brewing Company, Amsterdam Brewery, Left Field Brewery, Block Three Brewing Co.Elora Brewing Company, Flying Monkeys Brewing Company, Forked River Brewing Company, Muddy York Brewing Company, Side Launch Brewing Company, Great Lakes Brewing Company, Redline Brewing Company, Northern Maverick Brewing Company, and The Six Brewing Company.

TFOB Spotlight: Funk Town will happen all four days of TFOB 2018. Come and have a taste from July 26 to 29 at Bandshell Park, Exhibition Place.

Get TFOB THURSDAY Tickets Now!

TFOB Friday: SOLD OUT!

TFOB Saturday: SOLD OUT!

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

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!

read more

TFOB Spotlight: Victoria

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The TFOB Spotlight programme at this year’s Toronto’s Festival of Beer is designed to help beer lovers discover the latest and greatest. We are super excited to shine the spotlight on some of the things we love about beer and the beer industry. This will include regions that are making great beer – in the same spirit of how we featured Ireland, Sweden and Canada in previous years. This will also include showcasing great people, like our first TFOB Spotlight: Women in Beer.

Proud to introduce to you our second in a three part TFOB Spotlight series. This is the TFOB Spotlight: Victoria. We will feature the beer from Victoria’s landmark brewery Phillips Brewing & Malting Company, paired with delicious eats that hail from Victoria’s surf regions.

You can expect to try Phillips Brewing & Malting Company’s impressive lineup of tasty brews which include: Blue Buck Ale, Bottle Rocket Session Ale, Electric Unicorn White IPA, Short Wave West Cost Pale Ale, Solaris White Peach Ale. The culinary portion of TFOB Spotlight: Victoria will be curated by a local Chef from Toronto, which will be confirmed closer to the event.

TFOB Spotlight: Victoria will happen all four days of TFOB 2018. Come and have a taste from July 26 to 29 at Bandshell Park, Exhibition Place. Phillips Brewery

Get TFOB THURSDAY Tickets Now!

TFOB Friday: SOLD OUT!

TFOB Saturday: SOLD OUT!

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

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!

read more

TFOB Spotlight: Women In Beer

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This year at Toronto’s Festival of Beer we are very excited to shine the spotlight on some of the things we love about beer and the beer industry. This will include regions that are making great beer – in the spirit of how we featured Ireland, Sweden and Canada in previous years. This will also include showcasing great people. Proud to introduce to you our first in a three part series we are calling TFOB Spotlight. We begin with the TFOB Spotlight:  Women In Beer. We will feature about 14 varieties of beer, brewed by women, inspired by women and poured by women. This spotlight is in partnership with the Society of Beer Drinking Ladies.

TFOB Spotlight: Women In Beer will be available all four days of TFOB 2018 and feature beer brewed by women from a ton of incredible breweries. On top of this, expect to try some awesome collaborations with SOBDL. See the complete list of breweries participating and their brews below:

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The Granite BreweryHazy Daze German Wheat
Beaus All Natural Brewing Co.De Berry's Treasure - Black Raspberry & Rhubarb Gose
555 Brewing Co.Drewmy Bruffet Margaritaville: Margarita Kettle Sour
Wellington Brewery3 Weeks Notice - Pomegranate Wit
Sweetgrass Brewing Co. Shagbark - Stout
Amsterdam Brewing Co.Sassy Beach: Fruit Pale Ale with peach, pink guava and mango
Muddy York Brewing Co.Cervisia Saison w/ Soursop
Forked River Brewing Co.Brat Pit: Sour black cherry wheat
OverhopDarkforest: Black Sour Ale w Mixed berries
Society of Beer Drinking Ladies (SOBDL) Collaborations
Cowbell Brewing Co. Abbey Braggot - Honey IPA
Henderson Brewing Co.Picnic Point Pale Ale
Little Beasts Brewing Co. Mango Pineapple Papaya Sour
People's Pint Brewing CompanyTropic Like It's Hot: Pineapple Sour
London Brewing Co-OperativeKumquat Raspberry Saison

Get TFOB THURSDAY Tickets Now!

TFOB Friday: SOLD OUT!

TFOB Saturday: SOLD OUT!

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

Make sure you follow the Society of Beer Drinking Ladies on their website, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter

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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