Toronto Beer Week
Toronto appreciates beer. We have places like Bar Volo, beerbistro, Victory Cafe, and C'est What, all known for their beer selections. We have about a dozen breweries right here in the city, and now we have one more beer festival to add to the roster already including Ontario Craft Beer Week and the Toronto Beer Festival. Toronto Beer Week is kicking off tomorrow, so what better way to plan your week accordingly than with a preview of what sudsy fun is in store.
Due to the limited quantities associated with making beer in one's home, there is no way to actually taste the beers that have been submitted into TBW's fist Homebrew Competition. From ales to lagers, stouts, bocks and meads - over 90 homebrewers entered. Check out the TBW twitter feed, where the winners will be announced throughout the week.
Sunday September 19th
Sunday at 1pm, beerbistro is hosting a brunch to kick off the festival. Tickets are a little steep at $45, but well worth it for many beer enthusiasts because the food is paired with Quebec's treasured Dieu Du Ciel! and the brewers will be on hand to talk beer.
Monday September 20th
Bivalve slurping and beer? Starfish is hosting Malt & Mollusks Monday for those who enjoy a few suds with their seafood. Or if you prefer a liquid dinner, Bar Volo has $4 pints for Ontario's top ten beers.
The Paddock's Paper Bag Night will challenge drinkers to guess what beers they are being poured from covered taps, and at Granite Brewery they'll be unveiling a new beer in honour of Toronto Beer Week.
Tuesday September 21st
For those who like to intellectualize beer, you can learn about marketing and advertising the stuff from Cass Enright (founder of The Bar Towel) or sit down with a bunch of beer writers at C'Est What.
But if you're not down for that kind of sausage fest, how about an all-you-can-eat sausage fest at Cloak & Dagger? $12 gets you a 12oz drink (Beau's All Natural is the feature beer) and all-you-can-eat with 10 different sausages to choose from.
Bar Volo is hosting the Ontario IPA Cask Challenge Finals, where Great Lakes' My Bitter Wife is going up against Flying Monkeys' Smash Bomb IPA. And the Only Café will have Black Oak's brewmaster on hand for a guided tasting, plus Double Cherry Chocolate Stout on tap.
Wednesday September 22nd
At Victory Café, Beau's All Natural Brewing Company and Nickel Brook Brewery will be offering several one offs and some of their regular seasonal beers. Tickets are $20 and include 2 pints (or five 4oz samplers) and food.
At beerbistro, Cass Enright from The Bar Towel is hosting a tasting of four of California's Lost Abbey beers (Carnevale, Red Barn, Avant Garde, and Lost and Found) with brewer Matt Tweedy for $25.
Thursday September 23rd
Amsterdam Brewery is launching their fall seasonal beer 'Oktoberest' at the brewery, paired with Caplansky's famous deli fare. The top "best in show" winners from the Homebrew Competition will also be announced.
Friday September 24th
C'est What's holding their 22nd annual Festival of Craft Breweries with (from my experience, very generous) $1 samples. It starts at 5pm, but get there early because it will fill up fast. If you can't make it Friday, it will be going on Saturday too.
Saturday September 25th
Great Lakes Brewery is having an afternoon of harvest celebration at the brewery, featuring cask conditioned Pumpkin Ale and Sweet Pete's Peach Wheat. Live music, grilled sausages, pumpkin pie, peach pie, and lots of other fall treats.
Ontario micro-breweries will join beer experts in celebrating Ontario's brewing heritage at Black Creek Historic Brewery. Meet the brewers, taste their beer, learn about beer varieties, and enjoy a guided tour of the Black Creek Historic Brewery.
From the hopheads that bring us CASK!, Bryden's will play host to a cask social featuring Great Lakes' Miami Dunkelweiss, Beau's Matt's Gose, Muskoka Dark Chocolate Ale, and Granite Best Bitter Special. Prizes and free food sweeten the pot.
Sunday September 26th
To cap off the whole week, why not unwind with a beer-themed scavenger hunt? The Toronto Beer Quest will have teams of two solve clues about beer, photograph themselves together at the clue location, and reach the finish line to qualify for prizes.
On top of all this, several bars, pubs and restaurants are hosting events all week long. Check out TBW's event listing for the full spread.