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TFOB Spotlight: Funk Town

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The TFOB Spotlight programme at Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by The Beer Store is designed to help beer lovers discover the latest and greatest in beer and shine the spotlight on some of the many things we love about the beer industry. This will include regions that are making great beer, the amazing styles of brews currently available, and even people and breweries doing great things. We are proud to announce our third TFOB Spotlight of 2019: Funk Town.

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TFOB Spotlight: Funk Town will be returning for its second year at Toronto’s Festival of Beer with more brewers, and more tarty, funkadelic flavours for you to enjoy! Funk Town will showcase a collection of 18 different sour brews from your favourite local and international brewers. Expect to try beer from the likes of: Muddy York Brewing Co, Left Field Brewery, Eastbound Brewing Co, Little Beasts Brewing Co, Collective Arts Brewing, Great Lakes Brewery, Peoples Pint Brewing Co, Amsterdam Brewing Co, 5 Paddles Brewing Co, Anderson Craft Ales, Griffin Claw Brewing Company, Founders Brewing Company, Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales, New Holland Brewing Company, and Bell’s Brewery!

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 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: Michigan, USA

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The TFOB Spotlight programme at Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by The Beer Store is designed to help beer lovers discover the latest and greatest in beer and shine the spotlight on some of the many things we love about beer and the beer industry. This will include regions that are making great beer, the amazing styles of brews currently available, and even people and breweries doing great things. We are proud to announce our second TFOB Spotlight of 2019: Michigan, USA.

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Michigan, USA is known to be the home of some of the top breweries in North America. The 2019 edition of Toronto’s Festival of Beer will feature five of these brewers who will be serving over 40 different brews for fans to enjoy. These breweries are:

Each of these breweries will be setting up with their signature brew at the 2019 edition of Toronto’s Festival of Beer. You will have a chance to speak to representatives from each of these breweries and learn about what goes in to making their signature brews. TFOB Spotlight: Michigan, USA will be available all three days of TFOB 2019 so, come and have a taste from July 26 to 28 at Bandshell Park, Exhibition Place.

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 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: Toronto’s East Brewery Collective

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The TFOB Spotlight programme at Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by The Beer Store is designed to help beer lovers discover the latest and greatest in beer and shine the spotlight on some of the many things we love about beer and the beer industry. This will include regions that are making great beer, the amazing styles of brews currently available, and even people and breweries doing great things. We are proud to announce our first TFOB Spotlight of 2019: Toronto’s East Brewery Collective.

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Toronto’s East Brewery Collective consists of Toronto’s ten brick and mortar breweries located in the east end of the city. It was formed in 2019 with the purpose of operating as an organizing body for events and initiatives benefiting the collective’s members as well as the community at large. These ten breweries include:

Each of these breweries will be setting up with their signature brew at the 2019 edition of Toronto’s Festival of Beer. You will have a chance to speak to representatives from each of these breweries and learn about what goes in to making their signature brews. TFOB Spotlight: Toronto East Brewery Collective will be available all three days of TFOB 2019 so, come and have a taste from July 26 to 28 at Bandshell Park, Exhibition Place.

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 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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Just Added to TFOB Friday: Raekwon & Ghostface Killah, DJ Jazzy Jeff, and more!

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We told you we weren’t finished! Toronto’s Festival of Beer, presented by The Beer Store is proud to announce Raekwon & Ghostface Killah; DJ Jazzy Jeff; Smif-N-Wessun, Black Moon and Rock of Boot Camp Clik; and the Canadian hip-hop trailblazer Michie Mee! Each of these iconic acts will take the stage with The Legends of Hip-Hop: Public Enemy Radio. Grab your tickets now while supplies last!

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There you have it! TFOB Friday’s complete line-up is here. Ready to let your inner ‘hip-hop head’ run wild? Listen to our Spotify playlist below and give us a follow while you’re there to show some love…

Also, here are some classic music videos from these new additions to TFOB Friday:

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 in July for hundreds of brews, an amazing selection of food and live entertainment each and every day.  Make this your Summer tradition! Below are the links to the other days available. We will be announcing our participating brewers and food vendors very soon.  If you have any questions about ticket types, THIS BLOG POST should help you out.

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Complete Country Stage With Brett Kissel, Hunter Brothers, and Blackie Jackett Jr!

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You asked and we listened… Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by THE BEER STORE is proud to announce our new secondary stage that is completely dedicated to country music. The Complete Country Stage presented by Twisted Tea will feature some of today’s hottest country music acts including country music superstars Blackie Jackett Jr. on Friday, July 26,  Brett Kissel on Saturday, July 27, and the Hunter Brothers on Sunday, July 28. This announcement is in partnership with KX Country. Grab your tickets now while supplies last!

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It’s been an amazing few years for each of these artist and we are excited to have them perform for all of you at #TOBeerFest. Blackie Jackett Jr. is a well lubricated country steamroller, with as many as 7 players some nights and they are ready to blast their unique brand of old school smart-assed country rock. Brett Kissel earned his second career Juno Award last month, walking away with the award for Country Album of the Year for “We Were That Song,” after previously winning his first Juno in 2014 in the Breakthrough Artist of the Year category. Hunter Brothers have also been on the steady rise recently, with their upbeat new single, “Lost”, in the Top 10 at Canadian Country Radio. Their album State of Mind has been the #1 Canadian selling country album for three consecutive weeks since its release and has quickly amassed more than 3 million global streams across digital platforms since release.

There you have it! Another music announcement to get you excited for summer… Want some music to listen to while you jump around in excitement? Check out our Spotify playlist below and give us a follow while you’re there to show some love…

Also, check out some of their music videos below!

Blackie Jackett Jr:

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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 in July for hundreds of brews, an amazing selection of food and live entertainment each and every day.  Make this your Summer tradition! Below are the links to the other days available. We have a bunch more announcements coming up for this year so stay tuned!  If you have any questions about ticket types, THIS BLOG POST should help you out.

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TFOB Sunday with Ja Rule & Ashanti!

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Get ready to attend the biggest throw-back party of the summer… We are very excited to announce that your favourite duo,  Ja Rule and the Grammy Award Winning Ashanti, will headline the final day of Toronto’s Festival of Beer, presented by The Beer Store. It goes down Sunday, July 28 at Bandshell Park, Exhibition Place on the OLG Bandshell Stage. This show is in partnership with 99.9 Virgin Radio.

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Ja Rule & Ashanti blew up on the scene with their massive hit Always On Time in 2001. The hits kept rolling out after that with songs like MesmerizePut It On Me, and Wonderful… You can expect to hear them perform all these hits and more on the final day of Toronto’s Festival of Beer 2019.

There you have it! Sunday’s announcement is here and it’s a MAJOR throw-back. Want some music to listen to while you jump around in excitement? Check out our Spotify playlist below and give us a follow while you’re there to show some love…

Also, check out their iconic music videos below:

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 in July for hundreds of brews, an amazing selection of food and live entertainment each and every day.  Make this your Summer tradition! Below are the links to the other days available. We have a bunch more announcements coming up for this year so stay tuned!  If you have any questions about ticket types, THIS BLOG POST should help you out.

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TFOB Friday with The Legends Of Hip-Hop: Public Enemy Radio

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You read that right… The legends of Hip-Hop are coming to Toronto this summer. Public Enemy Radio will headline Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by The Beer Store. This is the same Public Enemy that you knew growing up just with a new name – led by Chuck D, DJ Lord and Jahi. Flavor Flav will not be joining the band on this show but they will still bring you back to the hip-hop foundation of 2 turntable and a microphone with all the hits that you love from Public Enemy. It all goes down at Bandshell Park, Exhibition Place on Friday, July 26 and is in partnership with Flow 93.5. Toronto’s first and only Hip-Hop radio station.

Most of you already know how legendary TFOB Friday is but if you’re new to our festival, trust us when we say that this year is going to be extra special. It’s the biggest Hip-Hop show of the summer and tickets sell out every year. Grab yours now while supplies last and don’t miss out!

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There you have it! Friday’s announcement is here. Want some music to listen to while you jump around in excitement? Check out our Spotify playlist below and give us a follow while you’re there to show some love…

Also, check out the videos below from Public Enemy Radio:

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 in July for hundreds of brews, an amazing selection of food and live entertainment each and every day.  Make this your Summer tradition! Below are the links to the other days available. We will announce the headline entertainment for Sunday very soon.  If you have any questions about ticket types, THIS BLOG POST should help you out.

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TFOB Saturday with Dwayne Gretzky Returns!

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We couldn’t be more excited to share this news with you: Dwayne Gretzky is returning to play TFOB Saturday! If you attended #TOBeerFest in 2018 and saw their show then you know how awesome this is. It’s going to be the best party of the summer on the most iconic day of the festival. That’s because a Dwayne Gretzky live show celebrates the greatest songs of all time and it truly brings the energy.

If this will be your first time, then we are pretty pumped to introduce them to you. The legendary Saturday of TFOB meets the legendary roster of songs from Dwayne Gretzky: from Bowie to Beyoncé, Springsteen to Spears, The Supremes to The Strokes. Get your tickets below and see you on Saturday July 27th. 

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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 in July for hundreds of brews, an amazing selection of food and live entertainment each and every day.  Make this your Summer tradition! Below are the links to the other days available. We will announce the headline entertainment for Friday and Sunday very soon.  If you have any questions about ticket types, THIS BLOG POST should help you out.

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Check out some of the videos from previous Dwayne Gretzky performances and you’ll see exactly what we are talking about:

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Celebrate #FlagshipFebruary With These Great Canadian Breweries

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It’s #FlagshipFebruary and that means it’s the time when we celebrate the brews that we first fell in love with, or as we like to say “The O.Gs” of the brewing industry. This was a fun project for us because we dug through some really old photos and managed to come across some pictures from our very first Toronto’s Festival of Beer, which took place in 1996 at Fort York: Garrison Common.

It was a different time back then and a lot of the acclaimed brewers that you know to be the ‘big cats’ in the beer game were much smaller. Some of them were even just starting out. Nonetheless, they had a vision in mind which all brewers work very hard for today, and that is to provide great tasting, high quality beer that represents where they come from.

A lot of these brewers still set up at Toronto’s Festival of Beer to this day so check them out below and grab your tickets now while supplies last. For a full list of what tickets are currently available, check out our ticket price grid in THIS BLOG POST.

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Muskoka Cream Ale by Muskoka Brewery 

First brewed in 1996, the Muskoka Cream Ale is Muskoka Brewery’s flagship brew, and has become a signature beer of the Muskoka region. Unmistakable with its rich amber colour and inviting floral tones, this laid-back, English pub-style ale is smooth and easy-going. With a Cascade hoppiness and full body of flavour, this gold-medal winning Canadian Cream Ale is the quintessential taste of cottage country. Check out this awesome picture of Muskoka Brewery’s booth from the first ever Toronto’s Festival of Beer in 1996!

Arkell Best Bitter by Wellington Brewery

Wellington Brewery is one of Canada’s oldest independently owned microbreweries based in Guelph, Ontario. They craft their award-winning beers in small batches using the freshest all-natural ingredients. Since 1985, they have been a pioneer in the craft brewing scene by producing timeless, traditional style ales, as well as experimenting with new recipes as part of their Welly One-Off Series.

Their signature brew is called Arkell Best Bitter and it was first brewed back in 1985. It’s an amber session ale with a mild, caramel malt body, and a subtle hop aftertaste. With only 4% alcohol by volume, Arkell Best Bitter is an incredibly flavourful light beer that is easy to enjoy. This well-balanced bitter is the perfect session ale for any occasion. Here is a picture we found of them from TFOB 1996 also!

Grasshopper, Traditional Ale, and Pilsner by Big Rock Brewery

Three bold, European-inspired offerings—Bitter, Porter, and Traditional—launched an industry in 1985, a time heavy on easy-drinking lagers and light on flavour. Today, Big Rock Brewery’s ten signature beers, eight seasonals, four ciders, and custom-crafted private labels are brewed daily in Vancouver, Calgary, and Toronto, bringing quality and consistency to craft beer drinkers across the country. Big Rock Brewery was also present at our very first Toronto’s Festival of Beer in 1996.

Pale Ale by Maclean’s Ales

Maclean’s Ales signature brew is the Pale Ale. It’s made with a unique combination of British malts, English Fuggles, and Goldings hops. Add to that a distinctive strain of English ale yeast and the result is a well hopped, malty ale with a fine balance of flavour.

As the story is told on their website, many years ago Charles MacLean developed a passion for two things: riding motorcycles and enjoying great beer. So, in 1978 he traveled overseas to ride a Norton Commando through the beautiful English countryside. At some point along the way he found his gas tank empty and his trip funds running low, so he began working at a nearby pub where he tended the bar. This was his first introduction to the craft of brewing beer.

Once home, Charles began brewing his own ales in tribute to his time spent in England. His passion flourished, as he became one of Ontario’s pioneering independent craft brewers. This eventually led to what has become his signature ale, the very same one that today bears his name. Here is a picture of him in front of the pub he first began working at in England.

Conductor’s Craft Ale by Junction Craft Brewing

Junction Craft Brewing uses five malt and five hop varieties from Europe and North America to give Conductor’s a biscuity, toasted, caramel base, and a dry and bitter taste with a light bitter finish. Floral and citrus notes come from our hopback mechanism that infuses the hop aromas into the beer in line from the kettle as the beer goes into the fermenter. Conductor’s Craft Ale is inspired by traditional ales that “traveled well” when life was more about the journey than the destination.

Canuck Pale Ale by Great Lakes Brewery

The minute you crack your can, aroma of grapefruit, mango, and pine hit you in the face; like a beaver slapping his tail on a pristine small body of water in Ontario. Canuck pours a deep gold, bordering on burnt orange that produces a tight snowy white toque. Take one last nose before getting into the liquid, which you’ll soon find will be hard to put down. Soft carbonation leads into a sweet honeyish start before it gives way to more grapefruit, tropical citrus, canned peaches, and pine. Light to medium body with a very dry finish.

Steam Whistle Pilsner by Steam Whistle Brewery

At a time when big breweries abandoned tradition in favour of speeding up production, Steam Whistle refused to take shortcuts. They followed the same decoction brewing methods that put Pilsner on the map hundreds of years ago, which involves boiling part of the mash at higher temperatures to caramelize the barley sugars and deliver a rich, malty flavour and a creamier head on the poured beer. They still uphold the standards of the Bavarian Purity Act of 1516. Because purity makes perfect beer, and perfect beer takes time. Besides… what’s the rush?

The folks at Steam Whistle like to say they do one thing really, really well, and that’s brew a premium Pilsner. Pilsner is one of the most challenging styles of beer to perfect; it requires a singular focus and years of training to get it right. They dedicate themselves to making Pilsner, because it’s one of the most refreshing beers.

Lug-Tread by Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co.

Since 2006 Beau’s Brewing Co. has been brewing interesting, tasty beers like their Lug Tread Lagered Ale using the best ingredients & local spring water. Beau’s takes pride in creating unique, wonderful, and certified organic craft beer, conceived with honest consideration for the environment and our local communities, and delivered with a true sense of friendly relationship.

Beau’s year-round flagship beer is Lug-Tread, a certified organic lagered ale. A hybrid style, Lug-Tread is top-fermented (like an ale) and then cold-aged (like a lager), giving it light ale notes complemented by a lager-like crispness. Golden-hued and finely balanced, this tasty golden ale has won more than 20 awards for brewing excellence since 2006.

Blonde Lager by Amsterdam Brewery 

Amsterdam Brewery’s story begins back in 1986, with a vision of bringing unique beers, full of flavour to the City of Toronto. It’s a combination of good people, good ideas, and good beer that has brought them to where they are today. The folks at Amsterdam Brewery put just as much craft and care into their beer, as all the things that happen around it. They have enlisted only the most dedicated employees who are relentlessly committed to bring fresh and flavourful beers to local and like-minded beer drinkers.

Brewed fresh daily since 1986, the Blonde Lager is their flagship brew. They use natural ingredients to make it and ensure that it is never heat pasteurized. It’s also always cold filtered for that refreshing clean, crisp taste, and smooth mellow finish.

Amber Ale by Old Credit Brewing

Confident, classy & well balanced. It’s on the ruby side of amber, with an aromatic bouquet that’s engagingly nutty with fresh fruity notes. Expect a distinctive toasted malt character and a thick, creamy, fine-textured head. A fleeting aftertaste that makes your taste buds smile!

Dark by Waterloo Brewing Company

When the Waterloo Brewing Company opened in 1984, they didn’t know craft beers would become so big. All they wanted was a chance to pursue quality without compromise.

Their Dark brew is where it all began. It also happens to be Ontario’s favourite dark lager, craft or otherwise. This very special boar deserves to be poured slowly and with care to release flavours brewed from Canadian malted barley, specialty malts, imported hops, and pure cultured yeast.

The team at the Waterloo Brewing Company adhere strictly to Reinheitsgebot, the centuries-old German Purity Law, the foundation of the world’s finest beers. Using only water, barley, hops, and yeast, their master brewers handcraft recipes both traditional and new.

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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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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