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.

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