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TFOB Thursday with Broken Social Scene and The Rural Alberta Advantage

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The wait is finally over! The First Taste of TFOB 2018 and opening night headliners are here and we couldn’t be more excited. Toronto-based performers Broken Social Scene and The Rural Alberta Advantage will perform live on the OLG Bandshell Stage on Thursday, July 26 to kick-off the legendary weekend. You do not want to miss this night. TFOB Thursday gates open at 5:00pm and the best part is that opening night tickets are only 50 bucks! Get your tickets now before they are all gone.

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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.  Make this your summer tradition! Below are the links to the other days available.  If you have any questions about ticket types THIS BLOG POST should help you out.

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The TekSavvy Tap Series with OverHop

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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 have 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.

As part of this programme, we will be rolling out information about each participating brewer throughout the month of June in a series we are calling the TekSavvy Tap Series, to help you get to know who our New Brews are! So, without further ado – here is OverHop:

What made you want to become a brewer? Tell your story!

We started as homebrewers and we were amazed by everything related to the process of making beer. We added that to our business background and OverHop was born. We are gypsy brewers, the only ones producing locally in Quebec, Ontario and Rio de Janeiro. We’re passionate about the craft beer revolution and everything that is related to it!

What kind of beer(s) will you be bringing to TFOB 2018? If you have tasting notes that you could share with fans, it will help paint a picture of what they can expect?

We are bringing our flagships Hazy and OneLove. Both of them are incredibly fresh and bring delicious tropical notes:

Hazy is a New England IPA with 6,5 ABV and 50 IBU. It pours a super juicy cloudy gold. It has notes of passion fruit, pineapple, star fruit and grapefruit on the nose. Very smooth on the sip with a bitterness of grapefruit and orange zest, and a slight mango juiciness.

OneLove is a Double IPA with 9%ABV and 90 IBU. It pours a deep copper color with a thick white head. It has notes of pine, orange and grapefruit on the nose that matches to the taste. On the sip, these notes are perfectly combined with the toasted malt body.

What are you most excited about participating at TFOB 2018?

We’re very excited for this festival being in the heart of the city we live and love and also because of the cool attractions and great vibe it always has! We used to be customers, now we’re featuring our brewery to the public. What an honor!

Where can people find more information about your brewery, other brews you are making, etc?

We are big Instagram users (@overhopcanada) but you can also follow us on Facebook and check our website at www.overhop.com.

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!

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The TekSavvy Tap Series with Fenelon Falls Brewing Co.

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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 have 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.

As part of this programme, we will be rolling out information about each participating brewer throughout the month of June in a series we are calling the TekSavvy Tap Series, to help you get to know who our New Brews are! So, without further ado – here is Fenelon Falls Brewing Co:

What made you want to become a brewer? Tell your story!

Fenelon Falls Brewing Co. was founded by my wife and I. I immigrated to Canada in the 1970s, arriving in Fenelon Falls not knowing a soul, a word of English, or really having a place that felt like home. That didn’t last long. The town welcomed my family unequivocally in every way.

Fenelon Falls Brewing Co. is an expression of all of that—accepting opportunities, and applying the effort necessary to put a bit of good into the world. It’s a way of saying thanks, playing part in the life of the community, and paying forward the tradition of hospitality that has meant so much to us.

Our brewery offers handcrafted premium beer made in small batches. Our brewing philosophy is to keep our ingredients simple and our processes to a minimum to make beer that allows the flavours and aromas to shine through. Of course, all our beer is brewed with no additives and no preservatives. The way it should be.

What kind of beers will you be bringing to TFOB 2018? If you have tasting notes that you could share with fans, it will paint a picture of what they can expect? 

Vienna Lager

  • Traditional Vienna and Munich malts combine to deliver a flavourful, medium body with gentle hop notes and a refreshingly distinctive finish

Red Ale

  • A supremely approachable deep red ale combining sweet caramel notes with citrus aromas for a refreshingly smooth, clean finish

What are you most excited about participating at TFOB 2018?

Fenelon Falls is known as the jewel of the Kawarthas, and we’re extremely excited to showcase what Fenelon has to offer. We’ll be operational in September and invite you to drop by, sample flavours exclusively available in our taproom and see where the beer is made. Come by boat, car, bus, bike, or foot. The town is always here to welcome you!

Where can people find more information about your brewery, other brews you are making, etc?

Great question! People can find more information by visiting our website www.fenelonfallsbrewing.com and by following us on social media:

Facebook: @fenelonbrewco
Instagram: @fenelonbrewco
Twitter: @fenelonbrewco

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!

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The TekSavvy Tap Series with GoodLot Farm & GoodLot Farmstead Brewing Co

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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 have 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.

As part of this programme, we will be rolling out information about each participating brewer throughout the month of June in a series we are calling the TekSavvy Tap Series, to help you get to know who our New Brews are! So, without further ado – here is Goodlot Farm & Goodlot Farmstead Brewing Co:

What made you want to become a brewer? Tell your story!

Gail and Phil established GoodLot Farm in Caledon in 2010 (originally as Winterbrook Hops), supplying fresh organic Ontario hops to great craft brewers across the Province.

In 2016, we changed our name to better reflect our land and community, and launched GoodLot Farm and Farmstead Brewing Company.

In 2017, we became the first farm-to-barrel brewery in the Greenbelt, featuring fresh, hyper-local beer using ingredients raised on our own farm, and those of neighbouring farms. Our new on-farm brewery is a natural extension of our organic farm practice.

We embrace a holistic approach to agriculture to produce quality, nutrient-dense ingredients. Our beer, inspired by the Headwaters and Greenbelt region, embodies our values to protect our water, promote soil health and biodiversity, and whole-heartedly support our community in everything we do.

What kind of beers will you be bringing to TFOB 2018? If you have tasting notes that you could share with fans, it will paint a picture of what they can expect? 

We are bringing GoodLot Farmstead Ale (GoodLot Farm Pale Ale)  – our first release is a smooth golden pale ale with tropical and stone fruit flavours, featuring our organic Cascade and Nugget hops, along with hops from two other Ontario hop farms – Tavistock Hops and Clear Valley Hops.

This beer is a 100% Ontario Hops BrewON gold label beer. GoodLot Farmstead Ale has a soft body, with a sweet honey backbone. Not excessively bitter, with notes of pineapple, apricot, lychee and tangerine. Easy drinking, yet incredibly flavourful.    6.2% ABV / 38 IBU

What are you most excited about participating at TFOB 2018?

TFOB is such a great and legendary event – one of the oldest and premier craft beer events of the year.  Between the great music and people, it is a great place to enjoy and support your favourite local breweries.   Participating in the new brewery tent is going to be so much fun, and we cant wait to meet the people and try the beer from other new Ontario craft breweries hanging in the tent. 

Where can people find more information about your brewery, other brews you are making, etc?

Great questions. www.GoodLot.Beer  is a good place to start.  We will be opening the farm and our solar powered brewery to the public this summer, so come up and learn more while you drink beer and wander the hop yard in the beautiful Greenbelt and  Headwaters region of Caledon, ON.

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!

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The TekSavvy Tap Series with Skeleton Park Brewery

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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 have 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.

As part of this programme, we will be rolling out information about each participating brewer throughout the month of June in a series we are calling the TekSavvy Tap Series, to help you get to know who our New Brews are! So, without further ado – here is Skeleton Park Brewery:

What made you want to become a brewer? Tell your story!

My story of becoming a brewer is an unusual one. While I was teaching overseas in Southern Asia, the city that I was living in had become a dry city. The mayor at the time had ordered for every bar and pub to be shut down. Me and a fried of mine, who both had a bit of brewing experience, decided to open up a little “hangout” for our friend and have fresh beer brewed available. We rented out a spot above a bustling night market and began brewing. Our little hangout got fairly popular and turned into somewhat of a speakeasy brewpub. For legal reasons we decided to move the business to Taipei where we could operate a little more legitimately. I then moved home to Canada to open my own brewery.

What kind of beers will you be bringing to TFOB 2018? If you have tasting notes that you could share with fans, it will paint a picture of what they can expect? 

We will be bringing our Amber 66 and our Proper English with us. I’ve attached two flyers below with a description of the beer and the tasting notes.

Amber 66

This well-balanced European-style amber ale is the flagship to our Heritage Series. Reminiscent of our time as an early nation, we have held true to the big bodied, high ABV ales that were very popular among the hard working men and women who helped Canada become what it is today.

It is full bodied with a complex malt profile. Velvety and subtle. Notes of rye bread, cherry, and toast, with a warm highland whiskey finish. A true old-world ale.

Proper English

Vintage a vintage gets. This 150-year-old Extra Special Bitter recipe uses ingredients brought over from England by the United Empire Loyalists and still grown locally today. The simple complexity of this brilliant, golden ale recaptures a time of shared purpose and honest reward.

Earthy and slightly floral on the nose with notes of Sauvignon blanc. A malty, biscuit and pie-crust body. Hints of hazelnut and caramel with a crisp, dry finish.

What are you most excited about participating at TFOB 2018?

Beer festivals are always fun. It’s great meeting new people in the industry along with other brewers and of course it’s always fun to meet some new fans of our products.

Where can people find more information about your brewery, other brews you are making, etc?

More information about what we are all about can be found on our website www.skeletonpark.ca and on our social media pages; Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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!

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The TekSavvy Tap Series with Midtown Brewing Company

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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 have 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.

As part of this programme, we will be rolling out information about each participating brewer throughout the month of June in a series we are calling the TekSavvy Tap Series, to help you get to know who our New Brews are! So, without further ado – here is Midtown Brewing Company:

What made you want to become a brewer? Tell your story!

Midtown founded by Paul Spike Lees and Mark Andrewsky as a Craft Brewery, Restaurant, Public house and Market in the center of wellington is well known for its relaxed atmosphere, good times and traditional beer styles, One of the few breweries in the area with a focus on traditional cask conditioned ales.

PSL Head Brewer; I started brewing with kits bought from the local pharmacy as a school science experiment, in buckets, in the kitchen aged 14  and Ive just kept going.   The more I learn the more i realize how much i don’t know.

I’m always amazed when the wort runs clear and the ferment take off and beer actually comes out of a bright tank. The thing i love the most is that ultimately this is a natural process thats been around in one form or another for thousands of years.

I feel that the process of making beer in traditional styles connects me directly with the social history of brewers, regions, people and cultures.

What kind of beers will you be bringing to TFOB 2018? If you have tasting notes that you could share with fans, it will paint a picture of what they can expect? 

Extra Special Bitter (ESB)

Based on the classic unfiltered Extra Special Bitter, this beer has a medium Body with a clean dry finish, Its flavour profile is a balanced malt sweetness against the hop bittering. The hop profile is low

On the palate it shows caramel notes with a nutty middle and has dark stone fruits and a jamminess on the finish. The finish is accented at cellar drinking temperature 10-12C, while still maintaining a clean caramel and nutty character at lower serving temperatures.

KOLSCH

This is a Canadian twist on the classic German Beer interplays lower levels of bittering hops accentuating the Pilsner malt and the earthy character from the wheat malt, creating a clean crisp easy drinking beer with a dry finish and a pleasant peach apricot aromas.

What are you most excited about participating at TFOB 2018?

Participating in TFOB its Midtown Brewing Company’s first venture out to a festival on this scale, Its always a pleasure to mingle with your pear group and try new brews and compare notes. you always learn something new as well as getting the opportunity to introduce our brews to new folks

Where can people find more information about your brewery, other brews you are making, etc?

We can be found at: www.midtownbrewingcompany.com or on Instagram: @midtownbrewingcompany

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!

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The TekSavvy Tap Series with Saulter Street Brewery

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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 have 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.

As part of this programme, we will be rolling out information about each participating brewer throughout the month of June in a series we are calling the TekSavvy Tap Series, to help you get to know who our New Brews are! So, without further ado – here is Saulter Street Brewery:

What made you want to become a brewer? Tell your story!

Saulter Street Brewery was built for those whose lives move a little too fast. The brewery is a mini escape from the city within it. Our brewing process fuses traditional ingredients in unconventional combinations underlined by a great deal of patience, creating something that’s meaningful to us, and hopefully to you too. For us, this brewery was created with a lot of heart and passion for beer in the hopes to be a vehicle for meaningful moments, connections, and conversations.

What kind of beers will you be bringing to TFOB 2018? If you have tasting notes that you could share with fans, it will paint a picture of what they can expect? 

Riverside Pilsner: 4.7% and 25 IBU

  • Our flagship Czech-style Pilsner is made from locally sourced small batch malts and Saaz hops to give it a spicy bite. Smooth and crisp, this copper-coloured, medium-bodied beer has been aged for twenty-eight days

Golden Ale: 5.5% and 60 IBU

  • A traditional English Style Ale using a new English hop, Olicana, which is made to resemble tropical flavoured hops from Australia and the Pacific Northwest. This golden coloured ale is crisp with bitter & earthy notes. Aroma of citrus zest, dried mango and apricot.

What are you most excited about participating at TFOB 2018?

We cannot wait to pour our Pilsner and Golden Pale Ale at TFOB 2018! Other than the sunshine and live music, we are excited to introduce out beer and our brewery to all of Toronto! See you soon

Where can people find more information about your brewery, other brews you are making, etc?

Our website, www.saulterstreetbrewery.com or on social media channels- Instagram (@SaulterstreetBrewery) and Facebook (@SaulterstreetBrewery). Also, come by the tap room at #1, 31 Saulter Street in Riverside, TO. Open 12-9pm, 7 days a week!

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!

 

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The TekSavvy Tap Series with William Street Beer Co.

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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 have 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.

As part of this programme, we will be rolling out information about each participating brewer throughout the month of June in a series we are calling the TekSavvy Tap Series, to help you get to know who our New Brews are! So, without further ado – here is William Street Beer Co:

What made you want to become a brewer? Tell your story!

I started home brewing in the early 2000’s, probably for the same reason most people do… to save a few bucks. I could not have been more wrong. 20L batches quickly gave way to 50L batches. That trend has continued to this day as we brew on a 10HL system at William Street Beer Co. in Cobourg. Our brewery brews primarily traditional North American and German styles with a focus on securing the best possible ingredients and utilizing traditional, proven processes.

All of our core brands are brewed with 100% Northumberland County Hops, brewed by Valley Hops in Port Hope.

What kind of beer(s) will you be bringing to TFOB 2018? If you have tasting notes that you could share with fans, it will help paint a picture of what they can expect?

William Street Beer Co. is very excited to present one of our Core Brands and one of our Seasonal.

Cliff Top Pale Ale is a 5.5% ABV North American Pale Ale which is brewed with 100% Northumberland County grown Magnum, Chinook and Cascade Hops.

Orange CreamCycle is a traditional Cream Ale which is unfused with orange zest and real vanilla to create an amazingly sweet and delicious summer experience.

What are you most excited about participating at TFOB 2018?

As a small, regional brewery, we are excited to introduce the fruits of our labours to the Toronto market

Where can people find more information about your brewery, other brews you are making, etc?

www.williamstreetbeer.com

Facebook: @WilliamStreetBeer

Instagram: @WilliamStreetBeer

Twitter: @WilliamStBeer

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!

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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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