Beer Experience

I entered a contest a few weeks ago, for free tickets to The Beer Experience in Toronto, and promptly forgot about it. Until Wednesday, when I was informed that I had won! I have a new favourite beer festival. The space, the Berkely Church, is interesting with all kinds of unique areas (including a treehouse!), and the breweries all had a good selection of beer not found at the LCBO or Beer Store. Katherine and I were happy to see that there were a lot of really interesting stouts and porters. Highlights for me were 33 1/3 by Beau’s, 1606 from Sawdust City …

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The Only and The Roundhouse

Two beer fests in two days. I really do love my life right now. The first was The Only Summer Beerfest on Friday. They do this four times a year, and the summer is timed to take place with the Taste of the Danforth. This was my first one, and I was pouring for St. Ambroise. It seemed like a pretty quiet night, and I poured a bunch of Death Valley Belgian IPA (way better on draught than in bottles, IMHO) and Raspberry Ale. I had lots of great conversations with other folks working the festival, like Fabian of the Only, …

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Hart House Beer Festival

Finally, the event I waited for all year arrived: the Hart House Beer Festival. I took my friend Katherine (aka That Damned Canasian), and we wandered around the venue (what is that open spot in the middle of Hart House called? do they call it a quad? a square?), sipping good beer, eating some great food and listening to great beats courtesy of CIUT’s Higher Ground. There were more breweries than last year, but not a lot of brews I couldn’t find at the LCBO or Beer Store, which was a bit disappointing. I got to try Mill Street’s Ginger …

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Because Beer

So glad I was able to check out the Because Beer Festival in Hamilton this weekend. Great beer, great food, great music, great location, great vibe…and that was just Friday! Kudos to Brandi and the other organizers who made herding that many cats look easy, and thanks to Victor of Garden Brewers for letting me hang out and help.