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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. 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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Here’s a quick message from Nick and Tyler of Dwayne Gretzky…

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.

Buy Friday TFOB Tickets

Buy Sunday TFOB Tickets

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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Top 10 Beer Gifts To Spread #BeerLove This Season

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The holidays are just around the corner and that means it’s time to start planning your shopping for all the beer lovers in your life.

Whether you are someone who likes to get shopping done in advance, or just chill, you have a ton of great options available at your fingertips.

That’s why we’re here to make your life easier – Check out these ten awesome beer gifts that are available right now and have fun spreading the joy of #BeerLove!

Beer Socks! – $12.71

Who doesn’t love a fresh pair of socks, let alone a pair of beer themed socks to wear any time to keep your feet cozy while you relax during the holidays? This great beer gift is cheap and cheerful and comes in a few different styles.

 

Wood Shadow Box Display For Your Beer Caps – $60.84

This is the perfect display box for beer and wine lovers. You can hang this up behind your bar, or even in your kitchen as you fill it with the remanence of brews that have past. It’s like a capsule of the good times with you and your favourite golden beverage.

 

Beer Caddy with Bottle Opener – $39.99

 

Need a sleek way to carry your brews as you head out to a backyard BBQ? Search no more with this crafty caddy that comes with a removable six-pack separator to keep brews safe and ice cold. Oh, and should you forget to pack a bottle opener there’s no need to turn to one of nature’s methods because the pack comes with an attached steel opener so you never have to worry. Give one to a beer buff or outdoor adventurer to inspire the question, “Where to next, brew crew?”

 

THE BEER STORE GIFT CARD. $1-$500

Buying gift cards may be considered a cop out, BUT, not if it’s a beer gift card.

 

When you purchase this for a loved one, it says, “I love you. In fact, I love you so much that I travelled to my local Beer Store and purchased this gift card for you.”

 

The least they could do in return is go buy some brews straight away and share them with you. Cheers to you both.

 

Vintage-Inspired Craft Beer Opener – $52.53

Does the beer lover in your life love nostalgic items? Maybe they just love conversation pieces? Either way, this vintage-inspired beer opener is a perfect addition to any home bar and pairs perfectly with any bottle of sudz.

 

Craftsman Beer Soap Set – $24.95

Whether you prefer India Pale Ales or Brown Ales, you can find beer soap that satisfy any beer lover’s needs. They are the perfect addition to any bathroom and lather up nicely!

 

Homecraft on Single Tap Beer Growler Cooling System – $244.99

How awesome would it be to pour beer directly from a tap any time you wanted to? Well you’re in luck and you don’t even need a bar! This Homecraft on Single Tap Beer Growler Cooling System refreshing craft beer straight from your countertop tap! Bring 5-litres of your favourite craft brew right into your kitchen, and keep it cold and fresh for 30+ days after tapping. An easy-pull tap handle makes dispensing easy, while a removable drip tray catches any drips.

Lambic Basket – $81.30

Fan of Belgium Beer? Lambic is a specific style of beer from Belgium, considered special because it’s fermented with native yeast in the bottle. (That’s also known as bottle-conditioned beer.) But the yeast means that it’s a finicky type of beer to serve, and so you want to pour it and store it at a tilt so that you don’t get sediment in your glass while drinking. That’s where the lambic basket comes in, and it’s a great gift for Belgian beer nerds.

 

Outdoor Beer Growler Carrier and Glasses – $58.88 – 75.89

Take this beer growler and glassware tote to your next picnic, barbecue or tailgate party, and it’s like bringing your favourite local brewhouse with you. The heirloom-quality tote is full of handcrafted details, from its wrought iron frame, to the removable handle and its lathe-formed metal coil. Perhaps the best feature of the carrier, however, is that it includes a quartet of actual glasses, which offer a grown-up alternative to sipping from a plastic cup.

 

Tickets To Toronto’s Festival of Beer, presented by the Beer Store: $45-$110

No, it’s not too early to think about summer, so get the beer lover in your life tickets to the beer event of the summer; with 35,000+ attendees over three glorious days.

You can also get creative with how you give the tickets. Buy ‘em, print ‘em, place ‘em in case of beer? Or hang them from the tree? Be festive! That’s #BeerLove.

 

As always, we encourage donations to charity as excellent options. Here are some friends of ours:

WAR CHILD

FRIENDS OF THE GREENBELT FOUNDATION

SHEENA’S PLACE

Have a safe and happy holiday season.

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Are TFOB 2019 Tickets On Sale?

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

Q: When Do TFOB 2019 Tickets Go On Sale?

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

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

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

Q: What are the prices of TFOB 2019 tickets?

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

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

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

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

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

Q: Can You Give Me Directions Via The TTC?

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

Q: What are the Hours of TFOB?

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

Q: What Can/Should I Bring With Me?

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

Q: What Can’t I Bring With Me?

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

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

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

Q: – Should I Bring Cash?

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

Q: How Do I Get Tokens?

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

Q: Can I Bring A Backpack?

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

Q: What If I Want To Drive?

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

Q: What Was There To Eat at TFOB 2018?

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

Q: Will There Be Water For Me To Drink?

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

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

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

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

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

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WHAT TICKET TYPE IS FOR ME?

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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…

GENERAL ADMISSION TICKET 

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 is available all three days of the festival and come with five (5) sampling tokens that can be used for beer, food and even souvenirs. 

HOPTIMIZED ADMISSION TICKET

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 includes early access to the festival for an additional 1.5 hours and ten (10) sampling tokens that can be used for beer, food and even souvenirs.   

VIP ADMISSION TICKET

The VIP experience is a great option if you are looking for an elevated experience when you come to the event. This ticket includes an express entrance and early entry in to the event, ten (10) sampling tokens that can be used for beer, food and even souvenirs, a catered meal that comes with two (2) full drinks in the VIP lounge, and access to air-conditioned washrooms. 

CLUB TFOB ADMISSION TICKET

Club TFOB is our most exclusive and newest offering at Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by the Beer Store. This ticket includes an express entrance and early entry in to the event, access to the Club TFOB lounge that has an air-conditioned washroom and a private bar, and 15 sampling tokens for beer, food and even souvenirs. Club TFOB ticket holders will also experience incredible cuisine from a renowned local Chef and access to a complimentary oyster bar in the Club TFOB lounge that is available for the first two hours of gates opening. A valid photo ID along with the credit card used for payment must be displayed at check-in, in order to be permitted entry.

HERE is the full pricing grid for each ticket type. Yes, the sooner you buy, the better deal you get.  See you in July! 

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Falling For Autumn Flavours? Check Out These Tasty Fall Brews Available Now!

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Fall is here and it’s one of the best times to taste and discover some incredible creations that the brewing industry is producing. Now is when you are sure to see a ton of new Stouts, Porters, Amber Ales and even some tasty Autumn flavours like Pumpkin!

We did some research and wanted to share some really cool ones that are available right now. If discovering new beer is something you enjoy doing as much as us, then you need to check this out! Whether you head to your local Beer Store or fancy taking a trip to each breweries bottle shop, you are bound to find something that suits your taste-buds. Check it out below!

 

Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery – Paranormal Imperial Pumpkin Ale

This rich and mesmerizing brew has distinctive roasted pumpkin aromas with a beautiful orange body that are bolstered by tastes of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and allspice. Think pumpkin pie and a malty incarnation of graham cracker crust.

 

Great Lakes Brewery – Saison Dupump

This Belgium Saison by Great Lakes Brewery has aromas of earth, spice and pumpkin with nutty and spicy notes underlying. It’s dry and fruity with a cleansing hops bitterness.

 

Nickelbrook Brewing Co. – Cheeky Bastard Stout

 

A twist on a traditional English stout, this dark ale is packed with rich chocolate, light roast and sweet maltiness, but it remains incredibly smooth and drinkable. It’s low in ABV (4.5%) but high in deliciousness. Certainly, a cheeky brew that is perfect for enjoying during the fall season.

 

McAuslan Brewery – St-Ambroise Pumpkin Ale

This magical brew casts a potent smell with its well-crafted blend of blond caramelized malts, gentle hop, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and pumpkin. It has a hint of sweetness with a malty character that is perfect for anyone looking for an easy-drinking refreshment.

 

Sawdust City Brewing Co. – Maple Butter Tart Ale

This brew has a deep amber colour with a creamy head. Rich aromas of maple, butter rum pudding, vanilla, and caramel candy lead the way for notes of pie crust, toffee, molasses and chocolate. It has a dry, medium bodied, creamy, well-balanced crisp-hoppy bitterness. Try it for yourself and you will notice tastes of maple, toffee, and malt, along with subtle noted of fruit, amber rum and butter.

 

The 2019 edition of Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by the Beer Store happens July 26 to 28 at Bandshell Park Exhibition Place. There will be hundreds of breweries, dozens of food choices, and live entertainment each day. Tickets go on sale December 4 but you can get exclusive presale access if you sign up to our mailing list HERE. It’s all about the #BeerLove.

Don’t miss the highlights from last year:

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It’s National Drink Beer Day! Celebrate At These Five New Toronto Breweries

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It’s National Drink Beer Day! On top of that, it’s also Friday – WOO!!! Start rallying the troops and get ready to kick off the weekend by simply raising a glass of your favourite ale or lager.

Don’t know where to start? Here is a list of five great Toronto breweries / brewpubs that just opened up in 2018, that are totally worth checking out!

The Aviary Brewpub

The Aviary Brewpub is the larger sibling of the popular Dundas and Dovercourt neighbourhood sports bar Dock Ellis and home of Longslice Brewing. It’s a great place to enjoy some retro music, shoot some pool, and play some nostalgic arcade games. Also, all Longslice draught is just $7.08 for 16 ounce pours, including their famous Hopta La Vista.

Lot 30 Brewers

Lot 30’s namesake is torn from the pages of the city’s history because the plot of land they sit on was originally called “Park Lot 30” before it was parcelled off in to the vibrant community it is now. Their beer is said to be inspired by the industrial history that once filled this area of Toronto (Lansdowne & Dundas) so if you like history and beer this might be the perfect place for you!

People’s Pint Brewing Company

People’s Pint Brewing Company started back in 2015 and their story is quite unique. They did some serious organic community outreach before actually opening a physical location. They built their following by collaborating with other brewers and hosting small beer tasting events out of local beer focused venues in Toronto like The Gladstone Hotel, Lansdowne Brewery, and even 3030 Dundas. Eventually they saved up enough money and in 2016 they made a deal to purchase 4HL fermenters and brite tank from Muddy York Brewing Company and at the beginning of 2018 ended up taking over Junction Craft Brewing’s old facility after they expanded. They officially opened their doors on March 16, 2018 and are certainly worth checking out!

The Six Brewing Company

 

Nestled in the hearty of Trinity Bellwoods, The Six Brewing Co., is a great spot to not only enjoy a delicious ice-cold beer but also a great spot to enjoy some tasty eats as well! Their website states that they are dedicated to creating exceptional craft beer that is every bit as unique and cultured as our city and it shows! When you walk in their brew house their dark lighting immediately gives you a sense of an edgy hang out and somewhere you want to be. We really enjoyed their White Squirrel Wit but since the fall & winters seasons are upon us, you might want to give their Trash Panda Porter a try because it’s very tasty.

Von Bugle Brewing

The Bugle was one of the first European instruments to make the journey and was favoured for its simplicity and versatility. Von Bugle Brewing attributes its Brewmasters inspiration to this very instrument while staying true to the same brewing methods and ingredients that travelled with our European forefathers, and the way beer was first brewed in Canada. Their core brew is their Von Bugle Munich lager which is a rich, well balanced amber lager that uses European malts and noble hops. It brings the old world to the new world because some traditions should never change. Be sure to visit their Tap Room just off the Gardiner Express Way in south Etobicoke.

 

The 2019 edition of Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by the Beer Store happens July 26 to 28 at Bandshell Park Exhibition Place. There will be hundreds of breweries, dozens of food choices, and live entertainment each day. Tickets go on sale December 4 but you can get exclusive presale access if you sign up to our mailing list HERE. It’s all about the #BeerLove.

 

Don’t miss the highlights from last year:

 

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Thanks For The #BeerLove… See You Next Year!

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TFOB 2018 is in the books.

Here are some takeaways from the event that was:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for all the #BeerLove

Here are some pics from TFOB 2018!

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