Club TFOB is now on sale!

Club TFOB – Pool + Patio Lounge is our most premium offering ever, for the legendary Toronto’s Festival of Beer. This is our VIP ticket and features some unbelievable perks. July 22-24, 2022 can’t come soon enough. With Club TFOB Pool + Patio Lounge you get access to: 

☑️ Exclusive VIP lounge and multiple pools, 

☑️ Access to the entire beer festival featuring hundreds of brews and delicious food. 

☑️ Access to Live entertainment. Whichever day you purchase, your Club TFOB ticket gets you up front for that day. Could be Grammy award-winning rapper Nas on TFOB Friday, or Canadian legends Sam Roberts Band on TFOB Saturday. And we say ‘up front’, we mean it. CLUB TFOB ticket holders get access to the very first row in front of the Bandshell Main Stage. We call it Club TFOB Front Row! 

It’s Beerfest meets Vegas pool party. Here are some features of Club TFOB Pool + Patio lounge:

  • 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.
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TFOB 2022 Ticket Types Explained

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.
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Yes, TFOB 2022 Tickets Are On Sale!

You’ve waited. We’ve waited. Nas waited. Sam Roberts Band waited. The wait is now OVER!. And, if feels so good to say, WE ARE BACK! Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by The Beer Store runs Friday, July 22nd to Sunday, July 24, 2022.

For those who kept your tickets with us the answer is YES, they are still valid. You are good to go. If you are considering joining us, then please click HERE and get you some tickets, friend! There are a few ticket options, General Admission, Hoptimized and our VIP option: CLUB TFOB Pool + Patio Lounge.

WHERE is TFOB 2022?

Bandshell Park inside Exhibition Place is once again our home. TFOB 2022

WHEN is TFOB 2022?

Friday, July 22, 2022 to Sunday, July 24, 2022. Gate times and stage times will be made available just ahead of the weekend.

WHO headlines TFOB 2022?

Grammy-award winning artist NAS will headline Friday, July 22nd, 2022 and legendary Canadian rockers Sam Roberts Band will headline Saturday, July 23rd, 2022. We are still looking for the right headliner for Sunday, July 24th, so stay tuned.

How do I get in on this epic weekend?

Easy peasy. Get some tickets HERE. Don’t hesitate, because we sell out every year.

But I have my tickets from TFOB 2020 still?

Then you are way ahead of the game. Kudos to you for supporting us and keeping a hold of your tickets. Yes, they are valid. Yes, they are still good.

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TFOB Saturday with Sam Roberts Band

Live Saturday, July 23 2022, Bandshell Park, Ex Place

Sam Roberts Band will headline Saturday of Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by The Beer Store.  This will be a jam packed day of rock ‘n roll paired with hundreds of brews and mouth-watering food options. Don’t miss out!

A little bit more about SRB … Sam Roberts hails from Montreal and his band’s discography spans six albums. The five-member Sam Roberts Band has won five MuchMusic Video Awards and has performed at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, Ottawa Canada Day celebrations and NHL and CFL events. Their latest album titled All Of Us was nominated for Juno Rock Album of the Year. Check out some hits below…

Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by THE BEER STORE is a three day celebration of the golden beverage! Join us from July 22 to 24 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!  

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TFOB Friday with Nas!

Live Friday, July 22 2022, Bandshell Stage, Ex Place

Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by The Beer Store is proud to announce the one and only Nas as the official headliner for the opening night of its 2022 festival. The iconic rap legend will perform on Friday, July 22.

Nas is one of the most iconic lyricists to ever grace the microphone. He is a gifted poet, confessor, agitator, metaphor master, and tongue twisting genius. Ever since he dropped his 1994 album Illmatic, the hiphop game changed forever and people to this day continue to refer to it as one of the greatest hiphop albums of all time. An album which he released before he was legal drinking age.

Three decades on, Nas continues to be the explosive, outspoken and brutally candid rapper we all love with timeless hits like If I Ruled the World, N.Y. State of Mind, The Message, Nas Is Like, It Ain’t Hard To Tell, Made You Look, and so many more.

Nas – If I Ruled The World (Imagine That)
Nas – Nas Is Like
Nas – It Ain’t Hard To Tell
Nas – The World Is Yours

Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by THE BEER STORE is a three day celebration of the golden beverage!  Join us from July 22 to 24 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!

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It’s a Christmas Beeracle!

The 2022 edition of Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by The Beer Store is now on sale. This is like waking up on Christmas morning when you were a kid and finding your favourite toy under the tree. Maybe it was a Transformer? Maybe a Razor Scooter? Maybe it was a Bratz doll?

Speaking of gifts, consider tickets to TFOB 2022 for the ones on your list. Think about it. It’s a beer festival with incredible live performances. It’s basically perfect.

All that beer paired with all that delicious food paired with live music from Nas and Sam Roberts Band. This is the legendary Toronto’s Festival of Beer. A ticket to TFOB 2022 makes a perfect Xmas gift. Job done.

Buy Tickets Now!

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Top Ontario Stouts For St. Patrick’s Day 2021

St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) will mark one full year since Canada shut down because of the global pandemic. This pandemic hasn’t been easy for anyone but stay positive, cause there is light at the end of the tunnel. With news of some momentum (hopefully) for the vaccine rollout, and spring days on the horizon, there is plenty of reasons to enjoy this St. Patrick’s Day, even if its from the comfort of your own home.

For all you lucky readers, we have a great list of stouts, the perfect libation for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Each of these stouts have been produced from local Ontario Craft brewers and are available for delivery, right to your door, through their brewery website (links below!). Some stouts are also available through The Beer Store in your area. Now let’s get down to business – Here are the top stouts for St. Patrick’s Day 2021. 

Divine Intervention Imperial Stout (ABV 11%)

Collective Arts Brewing in Collaboration with Indie Alehouse

Divine Intervention is a big, beautiful beer that’s absolutely loaded with real cacao, sourced from Toronto’s own SOMA Chocolatemaker, with chocolate fudge adding a rich sweetness. Chocolate lovers: get ready to treat yourself with this smooth, decadent brew. Divine Intervention is available now at the Collective Arts online shop, and its brewery retail stores in Toronto and Hamilton.

Chocolate Milk Stout (ABV 6.6%)

Wellington Brewery

This is a sweet and robust stout brewed with cocoa, lactose, roasted malts, and a touch of flaked oats. It has an inviting aroma of dark chocolate and silky-smooth unfiltered malt body making it a decadent treat after any meal. This brew was also the Bronze Winner at the Canadian Brewing Awards in 2020 for the category of Sweet Stout or Cream Stout and the Silver Winner in 2017 for the category of Milk Stout.

The Entire Ocean In A Drop XXX Stout (ABV 7.5%)

Muddy York Brewing Co.

To no one’s surprise, there is a lot going on here. The beer is big but doesn’t taste hot. The peanut butter comes off the nose predominantly, with banana making an appearance mid palate and mixing with a salty bacon savoury note. Huge body and big flavour. Like Elvis. This brew does contain peanuts so be sure to keep that in mind if you have any allergies.

April Stout (ABV 4%)

Burdock Brewery

This easy drinking, relatively dry stout is brewed with premium Ontario oats that according to the brewery are “so premium that we eat ‘em for breakfast.” They also say that this particular batch is balanced and clean; not quite as light as a dark lager but is most definitely lurking in the refreshing darkness zone. This brew also has notes of dark chocolate cake, light brown salted caramel, and fancy fruity 3rd wave drip coffee.

Brown Cow Nitro Stout (ABV 5.5%)

Calabogie Brewing Co.

The Cow Nitro Stout from Calabogie Brewing pours a beautiful cascade leaving a thick ice cream mocha head. The nose is brown sugar, vanilla beans, chocolate and espresso. Rich chocolate and slightly roasted flavours complement the big body and silky texture. This brew is available directly through Calabogie Brewing’s websiteor at The Beer Store.

Kensington It’s A Stout (ABV 5.8%)

Kensington Brewing Co.

It’s A Stout by Kensington Brewing Company is a delicious dark ale brewed with roasted cacao nibs which give it a baker’s chocolate vibe and roasted espresso aromas. This brew was a Gold Medal winner of the 2020 Ontario Brewing Awards and pairs well with frigid weather, windchills, and Netflix. Is there really a better way is there to enjoy the last few weeks of winter? You can purchase this brew now from Kensington Brewing Company’s website and at The Beer Store.

Stouty McStout Face (ABV 5.8%)

Sleeping Giant Brewing Co.

Brewed for St. Patrick’s Day, this Foreign Extra Stout is malt forward with a distinct roastiness and very little to no hop presence. Brewed with American Ale yeast, this Stout is full-bodied and will have a nice alcoholic warmth along with it. Its flavour profile is described as strong, bold, heavy, smooth mouthfeel.

Gamma Ray Imperial Coffee Stout (ABV 9.5%)

Signal Brewing Company

Gamma Ray blends five malts and a large quantity of oats to deliver a decadently deep and indulgent experience. A healthy dose of roasted coffee added to each batch brings out the beer’s dark chocolate flavors and enhances its drinkability. A luxuriously smooth mouthfeel is followed by full flavours of chocolate, liquorice and subtle notes of coffee. The finish is rich and satisfying with a lingering roasted bitterness. Despite its intensity, Gamma Rays fine carbonation and creamy mouthfeel make it very smooth and surprisingly easy to drink.

Celestial Barrel Aged Imperial Stout 2020 (ABV 9.7%)

Bobcaygeon Brewing Company

Brewed in the Fall of 2019, the team at Bobcaygeon Brewing Company laid this tasty beer to rest in some Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels for over a year. During this time, the barrels contributed notes of vanilla, charred-oak and bourbon booziness that are a beautiful compliment to the dark chocolate, cherry and raspberry notes of the base beer.

Pouring a syrupy black with a dark brown head, this is a full-bodied beer for sipping and savouring. A perfect brew to enjoy during St. Patrick’s Day or cellared and enjoyed years down the road.

Paradise Found: Tropical Stout (ABV 5.8%)

Saulter Street Brewing Co.

With inspiration pulled from the West Indies this Tropical Stout inspires visions of warmer days with its sweet aroma and flavours of chocolate covered espresso beans from the roasted barley and added Demerara sugar. The perfect brew to cap off winter and get you excited for the brighter (and warmer) days ahead.

There you have it… Plenty of options in the category of stouts to celebrate this year’s St. Patrick’s Day. If you’re looking for even more options and want to support your local brewery, check out The Ontario Beer Delivery Index created by Cass Enright at BarTowel.com. This list shows you all the brewers of Ontario who have adopted home delivery, along with shipping details. It is a great resource if you need to stock up on brews during this time and also support your local brewery.

Be Well! Be Safe! Slainté

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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!

Get TFOB FRIDAY Tickets Now!

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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)

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  • 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)

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  • 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)

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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)

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  • 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.

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