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Are TFOB 2019 Tickets On Sale?

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

Q: When Do TFOB 2019 Tickets Go On Sale?

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

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

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

Q: What are the prices of TFOB 2019 tickets?

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

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

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

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

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

Q: Can You Give Me Directions Via The TTC?

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

Q: What are the Hours of TFOB?

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

Q: What Can/Should I Bring With Me?

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

Q: What Can’t I Bring With Me?

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

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

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

Q: – Should I Bring Cash?

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

Q: How Do I Get Tokens?

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

Q: Can I Bring A Backpack?

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

Q: What If I Want To Drive?

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

Q: What Was There To Eat at TFOB 2018?

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

Q: Will There Be Water For Me To Drink?

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

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

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

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

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

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#TFOB2019 PRICE GRID

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

#TFOB2019 TICKET PRICES

AVAILABLE TICKET TYPES General Admission Hoptimized VIP Club TFOB
Ticket Type/Date

Limited quantities available per Tier level. New Tier Starts Upon Sell Out or Scheduled Date.

Fri.
July 26th
Sat.
July 27th
Sun.
July 28th
EARLY BIRD General Admission – to JAN 29* $45.00 $45.00 $40.00
TIER 1 General Admission – JAN 29 to APR 2* $50.00 $50.00 $45.00
TIER 2 General Admission – APR 2 to MAY 28* $60.00 $60.00 $50.00
TIER 3 General Admission – MAY 28 to EVENT* $65.00 $65.00 $55.00
EARLY BIRD Hoptimized – to JAN 29* $55.00 $55.00 $50.00
TIER 1 Hoptimized – JAN 29 to APR 2* $60.00 $60.00 $55.00
TIER 2 Hoptimized – APR 2 to MAY 28* $70.00 $70.00 $60.00
TIER 3 Hoptimized – MAY 28 to EVENT* $75.00 $75.00 $65.00
VIP $95.00 $95.00 $95.00
Club TFOB $115.00 $115.00 $115.00

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

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

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Thanks For The #BeerLove… See You Next Year!

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TFOB 2018 is in the books.

Here are some takeaways from the event that was:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for all the #BeerLove

Here are some pics from TFOB 2018!

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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!

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New Brews presented by TekSavvy

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

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

Get TFOB THURSDAY Tickets Now!

TFOB Friday: SOLD OUT!

TFOB Saturday: SOLD OUT!

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

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

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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!

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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:

BreweryBeer
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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