24 Days of Giveaways Presented by #TOBeerFest

As we navigate these uncertain times of 2020, Toronto’s Festival of Beer has had to make the difficult decision to postone this year’s edition of Toronto’s Festival of Beer.

We are using this time to make the 25th anniversary of Toronto’s Festival of Beer in 2021 bigger and better than ever. We have even secured our headlining acts for next year including NAS on Friday, July 23, 2021; Sam Roberts Band on Saturday, July 24, 2021; and legendary TLC on Sunday, July 25, 2021.

We continue to build out some exciting new beer programming for next year and will keep you posted shortly on the ticket relaunched for the 25th anniversary celebration of Toronto’s Festival of Beer in 2021.

That said, we certainly couldn’t let our 24th year go by without sending some beer love to our beer family. So starting on Canada Day (July 1st), we are launching 24 days of giveaways to celebrate 24 years of Toronto’s Festival of Beer (You read that right!). Check out the official details below!


24 days of giveaways presented by #TOBeerFest

Starting on Canada Day (July 1st, 2020), Toronto’s Festival of Beer will be giving away five (5) gift cards to The Beer Store every day for 24 days. That’s 120 individual prizes valued at $50 CAD each. These gift cards can be redeemed within any location of The Beer Store. Five new winners will be selected each day to receive one (1) gift card.

This Contest is open to residents of the province of Ontario (Canada) who are 19 years or older at the time of entry, excluding employees of Beerlicious Inc., and their respective affiliated companies, agents, advertising and promotional agencies, and prize suppliers, and all those with whom they are domiciled. The Contest is subject to all applicable federal, provincial and municipal laws and regulations.

The platforms in which the contest is available are through our website ON THIS PAGE, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. To enter the contest, you must register for our email database to receive further information on promotional offers, announcements, and other details pertaining to Toronto’s Festival of Beer.



The “Contest Winners” will be selected through a random number generator on Friday, July 24th to receive a gift card to The Beer Store valued at $50 CAD. Each of the 120 winners will be contacted individually between July 26th and July 29th and must sign and send back the official Waiver and Declaration form in order for the prize to be released.  

Here are the full Rules & Regulations:

24 Days Of Giveaways Contest Presented by Toronto’s Festival of Beer
Contest Rules & Regulations

1. The Contest Period for the 24 Days of Giveaways Contest (the “Contest”) starts at 10AM EST Wed, July 1st, 2020 and continues until 12:00 PM (Noon) ET on Friday, July 24th, 2020 (“Contest Closing Date”), (“Contest Period”).

2. No Purchase Necessary. For your chance to WIN, you must willingly register your information (First Name, Last Name, and Email Address) to receive further communication from Toronto’s Festival of Beer and its parent company Beerlicious, through its email database. You will be required to enter this information via one of the four platforms: via our website HERE, through Facebook, Instagram, or through Twitter. These entries will then be entered into a random number generator on Friday, July 24 to determine the 120 winners and each winner will be contacted via email by one of the Beerlicious staff members between July 26th and July 29th.

3. Limit 1 (one) entry per email address. Entries will be rejected if entry process is not fully completed and submitted during the Contest Period.

4. This Contest is open to residents of the province of Ontario (Canada) who are 19 years or older at the time of entry, excluding employees of Beerlicious Inc., The Beer Store, and their respective affiliated companies, agents, advertising and promotional agencies, and prize suppliers, and all those with whom they are domiciled. The Contest is subject to all applicable federal, provincial and municipal laws and regulations.

5. The potential winners will be contacted individually between July 26th and July 29th from all eligible entries who reside within Ontario, Canada. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. Selected entrants who are chosen as the winner must fill out the official Release Waiver and Declaration Form provide by a Beerlicious staff member and email a signed copy back to the Beerlicious general email address (info@beerlicious.ca). If a selected entrant does not send this Release Waiver & Declaration Form back to Beerlicious by July 31st at 5pm, or if the entrant declines the Prize, or does not otherwise comply with these Contest Rules (“Rules”) he/she will forfeit their prize and another random draw will be conducted to select a replacement entrant in the same manner.

6. Selected entrants, for the Contest, will be required to correctly answer, unaided, a time-limited mathematical skill-testing question to be administered by email, before being named the official daily winner. Selected entrants must also return a signed Declaration and Release of Liability within a specified period of time (July 31 at 5pm), before being named a winner, failing which they will forfeit the prize. The selected entrants may also be asked to present a valid photo ID to verify that they are in fact a resident of Ontario, Canada and that they are 19 years of age, or older.

7. If the identity of an online entrant is disputed, the person who has been selected by a Beerlicious staff member must provide photo identification in the form of an Ontario Driver’s License or Ontario Citizenship Card to confirm their age and location of residence. All online entries must be submitted from a valid e-mail account that may be identified by reverse domain name search. The sole determinant of time for the purposes of receipt of a valid entry in this Contest will be the Contest Sponsor’s server machine(s).

8. There are one hundred and twenty (120) individual prizes to be won, which include: One (1) official gift card to The Beer Store, valued at $50 CAD awarded to each winner.

9. Once a winner has been deemed as eligible for a prize on Friday, July 24th, he/she will not be eligible for any additional prizes and any attempt at further contest entry will not be considered a valid entry.

10. Prize must be accepted as awarded and may not be transferred or exchanged and has no cash surrender value. No substitutions applicable. The Contest Sponsor reserves the right to substitute the prize, or any portion of the prize component for a substitute prize of at least equal value in the event of the unavailability, for whatever reason, of the advertised Prize or Prize component. The Contest Sponsor will not be responsible for cancellations or other factors beyond the Contest Sponsor’s reasonable control which prevent the Grand Prize or part of the Grand Prize from being fulfilled. In such event, winners will not be provided with a substitute prize or cash equivalent. Each Prize winner is responsible for all additional costs related to the Prize not specifically included above.

11. The Contest Sponsor’s rulings are final and without appeal in all matters related to this Contest and the awarding of the Prizes.

12. By entering this Contest, each winner consents to the use of his/her name, city of residence, and/or photograph in any publicity carried out by the Contest Sponsors, and their respective subsidiaries, affiliated companies, advertising and promotional agencies, dealers and agents without further notice or compensation. All entries become the property of the Contest Sponsor and will not be returned.

13. No communications will be entered into except with the selected entrants who will be notified via email communication.

14. Contest Sponsor, its advertising and promotion agencies and the contest judges assume no responsibility for lost, stolen, delayed, damaged, illegible or misdirected entries that have been submitted through illicit means, or do not conform to or satisfy the Contest Rules or for failure of the website during the Contest Period, for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers, access providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any email to be received or traffic congestion on the internet or at any website, or any combination thereof including any injury or damage to an entrant’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from playing or downloading any material in the contest.

15. The Contest Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel or suspend the online portion of this Contest should a virus, bug or other cause beyond the reasonable control of the Contest Sponsor corrupt the security or proper administration of the Contest and at their sole option, to award prizes based on entries received at the time of such cancellation. Any attempt to deliberately damage any web site or to undermine the legitimate operation of this Contest is a violation of criminal and civil laws. Should such an attempt be made, the Contest Sponsor reserves the right to seek remedies and damages to the fullest extent permitted by law, including criminal prosecution. The Contest Sponsor is not responsible for any errors or omissions in printing or advertising this Contest.

16. The Contest Sponsor reserves the right to cancel or suspend this Contest in the event of any accident, printing, administrative, or other error of any kind without prior notice or obligation.

17. The Contest Sponsor is collecting personal data about entrants for the sole purpose of administering this Contest. The Contest Sponsor will not share any personal data about entrants with any other party. The personal data collected for this Contest will not be used for any other purposes unless entrants provide explicit permission as indicated on the entry form.

By entering this Contest, entrants agree to release and hold harmless the Contest Sponsors, their advertising and promotion agencies, the contest judges and their respective officers, directors, agents, representatives, successors and assigns from any liability for any loss or damage of any kind to the entrant or any other person in connection with this Contest or participation in any Contest related activities or, if declared a winner, the use or misuse of the Prize or any portion of the Prize including personal injury, death or property damage. This Contest will run in accordance with these Contest Rules, subject to amendment by the Contest Sponsor. Contest Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, amend, modify or terminate this Contest or the Rules at any time in its sole discretion and without notice. Entrants must comply with these rules and will be deemed to have received and understood the rules if they participate in the Contest.

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Six Brews for St Patrick’s Day

The celebrations start on March 17th!

St. Patrick’s Day is quickly approaching on March 17 and that means one thing – BEER! Now, there’s nothing wrong with an Irish classic like Guinness. It’s certainly a staple on the list of St. Patrick’s Day greats but why not expand your horizons and try something new?

If that sounds like something you might be in to then today is your lucky day because we’ve made a list of some of our favourite Irish-style brews just for you.

There are still a few days left until St. Patrick’s Day, but this list should get you excited for the celebration to come. And as you count down the days until then, be sure to grab your tickets to Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by The Beer Store on July 24 to 26 at Bandshell Park and see Nas, Sam Roberts Band, TLC and more!

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Now let’s get to the beer! Here is your list of six brews that will take your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations to the next level:

Inn O’Slainte Irish Red Ale from The Innocente Brewing Co.

Innocente Brewing Company

A play on the word, “Slainte”, which is an Irish Gaelic toast for good health, Inn O’Slainte is an Irish Red Ale that is deep amber in colour, with aromas of coffee, toasted nuts, orange zest and spice. Strong Patrick from Beau’s All-Natural Brewing Company Where to Buy

Strong Patrick from Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co.

Beaus All Natural Brewing Company

Strong Patrick is Beau’s version of an Irish-style red ale. Rich and malty, this strong ale gains complexity through partial ageing in Irish whiskey casks. Since it was first brewed in 2012 for St. Patrick’s celebrations at Beau’s Brewery, it has now become a seasonal favourite every St. Patrick’s Day.

Traditional Irish Red from Brock Street brewing Co.

Brock Street Brewing Co.

Darker then most amber beers on the market, the Brock Street Irish Red is a traditional Irish Red and is gold medal winning brew at the 2016 OBA’s for the best Dark Ale. Ruby red in colour, full of malt and caramel flavours, and exactly what you would expect from a quality imported Irish Red Ale

Heritage Gold Pilsner from Hespeler Brewing Co.

Hespeler Brewing Co.

If you’re looking for something a little on the lighter side, Hespeler’s Pilsner showcases hops grown exclusively in Ontario. Naturally clear with an ultra-light body; a perfect showcase for the subtle flavor and aroma of Ontario’s Heritage hops.

Small Batch Irish Red from Moosehead

Moosehead Brewery

This small-batch red ale from Moosehead Breweries is a light amber colour and has aromas of malt, cocoa, caramel and grains. The perfect addition to your St. Patricks’ day bash!

Death By Coconut Irish Porter from Oskar Blues Brewery

Oskar Blues Brewery

Death By Coconut is an Irish Porter – similar to Guinness but with a unique twist. Bittersweet chocolate flavour comes together with raw coconut and a malt bill based around Simpson’s Extra Dark Crystal. Described as a rich, dessert-y flavour with a light, approachable mouthfeel.

There you have it – six tasty brews that will take your St. Patricks Day celebrations to the next level. Don’t forget to scoop up your #TOBeerFest tickets below while supplies last. If you have any questions about ticket types, THIS BLOG POST should help you out. That’s beer love baby! See you on July 24 to 26 at Bandshell Park!

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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: 


Bake/Cook Time: 

9m – 11m


24 large cookies


  • 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*


  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:


Cook Time:



  • 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


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


  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.


  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:


Cook time:




  • 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



  • 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)


  • 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)


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



  • 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.


  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:


Cook Time:


Chill Time:




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


  • 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)



  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.


  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:


Cook Time:



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


  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:


Cook Time:

2hrs & 15m

Chill Time:

Minimum 2hrs / up to 3 days


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


  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)


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


  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:


Cook Time:



16 tablespoons


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


  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:


Cook Time:



  • 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


  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:


Cook Time:

1hrs & 20m



  • 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


  •  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)


  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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Are TFOB 2020 Tickets On Sale?

In light of the City of Toronto’s announcement with respect to events and festivals being cancelled until August 31st due to the impact of COVID-19, the 24th edition of Toronto’s Festival of Beer originally scheduled to take place this July will be postponed.

We will be contacting all ticket holders in the coming days with additional information regarding refunds and other ticket options. If you have any questions, please email us at info@beerlicious.ca and we will be happy to assist.

Thank you for your patience and continued support.

Q: When Do TFOB 2020 Tickets Go On Sale?

Tickets for the 2020 edition of #TOBeerFest go on sale December 3, 2019 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 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 2020 tickets?

Tickets for the 2020 edition of #TOBeerFest start at $50 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 3, 2019) are the best value, so get yours early! Early-Bird prices go up on Jan 28th, 2020 (at 8am), and again on March 31, 2020 (at 8am) and again on May 26th, 2020 (at 8am).  SEE FULL PRICING GRID HERE.

Q: What bands are playing Toronto’s Festival of Beer 2020?

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 2020?

A: Bandshell Park, Exhibition Place. Technically the addy is 100 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 24 from 4:30pm to 11pm (early access at 3:00pm for Club TFOB and Hoptimized ticket holders)
  • Saturday, July 25 from 1:30pm to 8pm (early access at 12:00pm for Club TFOB and Hoptimized ticket holders)
  • Sunday, July 26 from 1:30pm to 8pm (early access at 12:00pm for Club TFOB 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 2020?

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). The only entrance that is outside of the BLC is the Club TFOB Entrance which is right next to the BLC on the west side.

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 2019?

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, 2020 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 2020! 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 and rubber boots 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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Five Funny Halloween Costumes for Beer Lovers

We can’t believe it’s already that time of year! Halloween officially happens this week and it’s the time of year where you can let your freak flag fly. With that comes some challenges on creativity but luckily we have the perfect solution for this sort of thing. Beer!

The possibilities of how you can create a beer focused costume are endless and it’s the perfect way to mesh your favourite night of the year with your favourite beverage. So, without further ado let’s take a look at this list of awesome Halloween Costumes for beer lovers:

Oktoberfest Attendee Costume


Time to dust off that old Lederhosen or Dirndl from that time you went to Oktoberfest (or cough… Toronto’s Festival of Beer). There are also a ton of options available for you to choose from on AMAZON.

Six-Pack Costume


Who needs a Wolf-Pack when you and your crew can be a Six-Pack – right? You just need to be a little bit handy in the DIY department and be one with the beer – that’s it! Check out THE BEER STORE for some beer-inspiration and might as well use that time to learn a bit more about your favourite beer too.

Beer Pong Costume

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This is a great couple costume and also a great way to let everyone know that you take your Beer Pong seriously. All you need is something to hold the cups on to your shirt or sweater and maybe add a few other accessories like letters and a hat like the picture above. Easy-peasy!

Bud-Light Year Costume

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This one is bound to get people laughing. All you need is to take those old Bud Light boxes you have lying in your garage or condo and make yourself an armoured suit so you are ready for infinity and beyond!

Duffman Costume

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We’ve all watched the Simpsons and out of the many iconic characters from that show, Duffman was always a fan favourite. You can find this one at many of the costume stores around the city but if buying online is your thing, you can get grab this one and others on AMAZON.

There you have it! You have plenty of options to choose from, just make sure you get on it because Halloween is this Thursday and no one wants to be that guy who shows up to the party without a costume.

The 2020 edition of #TOBeerFest presented by THE BEER STORE happens July 24 to 26 at Bandshell Park Exhibition Place. There you can expect hundreds of breweries, dozens of food choices, and live entertainment each day. Tickets go on sale December 3, 2019 but you can get exclusive presale access if you sign up to our mailing list HERE.

Don’t miss the highlights from last year:

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There are many avenues to experience the greatest beer festival ever created. There’s absolutely no excuses!! Since there are so many options to consider, we thought we’d break it down a bit for you…


The General Admission ticket is our first offering and is perfect if you prefer to weigh your options first before you decide to go all in on the beer and food sampling. It’s simple but a great way to kick start your experience at Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by The Beer Store. – especially if you have never been to the event before. The General Admission ticket comes with:

  • One commemorative Festival Sampling Mug
  • Five (5) tokens to redeem on site for beer, food, souvenirs


The Hoptimized ticket has always been our most popular ticket at Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by The Beer Store. This ticket adds just enough pizazz to your experience without any additional bells and whistles that you didn’t ask for. The Hoptimized ticket comes with:

  • Access to festival for additional 1 hour (3pm on Friday / 12pm on Saturday and Sunday)
  • One (1) Commemorative Festival Sampling Mug
  • Ten (10) Tokens to redeem on site for beer, food, or souvenirs


Club TFOB Pool + Patio Lounge is our most exclusive offering at Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by The Beer Store. It’s for the person who is looking for the five star treatment when attending an outdoor festival like this. If that’s sounds like something you would be in to, then this is the ticket for you. The Club TFOB ticket comes with:

  • 3 infinity pools , 2000 square feet of summer patio enjoyment
  • Lounge poolside; access to sun chairs, loungers, sunbeds, cabanas, sectionals, shaded dining areas
  • VIP washroom trailers, change rooms, locker facilities (bring your own lock), towel service, and more
  • Full Club TFOB access right into the festival park from the pool / patio area.
  • Exclusive entrance gate for Club TFOB ticket holders
  • Oyster and charcuterie table ( Fri 4-6pm, Sat/Sun noon – 2pm) 
  • BBQ and beer-themed stations  (Fri 6-9pm, Sat/Sun 2-5pm)
  • Beer and Cocktail refresh stations around the patio, serving ice cold, full-sized beverages
  • Exclusive access to Club TFOB Front Row – front of stage viewing area.
  • 20 complimentary beer festival tokens good for food/beer on the festival grounds.
  • 1 complimentary welcome cocktail upon arrival.

See you in July! 

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