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The top events at Toronto Beer Week by day of the week

Toronto Beer Week is the ultimate showcase for local brews. This annual series kicks off on Friday, September 16 and features tap takeovers, tastings, pub crawls, beer runs, food and beer pairings, award shows and even a beer-fueled evening of opera.

Here are the top events to check out at Toronto Beer Week 2016 by day of the week.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16

The Festival of Canadian Craft Breweries
C'est What hosts the 29th Annual Festival of Canadian Craft Breweries on Friday, September 16 and Saturday, September 17.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17

Toronto Beer Week Danforth Pub Crawl
Grab your free craft beer passport for the Annual Toronto Beer Week Danforth Pub Crawl led by reps from GLB, Left Field Brewery and Side Launch. Pints are pay-as-you-go at each bar.

Big Rock Open House
Check out the newly opened brewhouse on the Queensway from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 17. Tour the brewery, meet brewmasters and taste signature beers with food and live music.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18

Famous Canadian Beer Run
The Famous Canadian Beer Run will take runners on a 5 kilometre tour of Toronto's lake shore before winding up at a Craft Beer & Food Festival. Run registration ($75) includes a race kit, t-shirt, customized race bib, commemorative beer stein, entry to the post-run food fest and four beer/beverage tokens.

30 Beers at 3030: A People's Pint Small Batch Beer Festival
This beer bar in the Junction brings together 30 amateur and professional brewers for an evening of small batch beers. Tickets are $50 and include entry, a limited edition tasting glass and all the beer you can sample until it runs out.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19

West End Beer Social
Mix and mingle with beer makers at the West End Beer Social hosted by Indie Alehouse. Tickets are $60.

Beau's 10th Birthday Party
Celebrate a decade of Beau's brews as the Ontario brewery taps its 5,000th batch of beer at The Only Cafe on the Danforth.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20

C'est What Five Course Muskoka Beer Dinner
Tickets are $65 for C'est What's Five Course Muskoka Beer Dinner. Chef Randy Wink will be serving up a multi-course tasting menu paired with half a dozen Muskoka brews.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21

Hopera - Quartus
This beer-centric opera opens at Monarch Tavern for a two-night run. It bills eight arias, duets and trios accompanied by samples of local craft beer.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22

Golden Tap Awards
Voting is open now (until September 18) for this award recognizing the best craft beer achievements in Ontario. Doors at the Beerbistro open at 5 p.m. The event includes beer samples, followed by the awards show at 8 p.m. and full pints available afterwards. Admission is free.

Ladies Pint Out with GLB
Tickets are $40 for this ladies night at the Grover. Expect a welcome pint at the door, five beers with handcrafted chocolates by Wickerhead, guided tastings with GLB, a Polaroid selfie station, goodie bags and more.

From Dry to Craft in The Junction
Now this is an educational event that doesn't sound too dry. Learn about prohibition in the Junction and taste what's been brewing in the neighbourhood since it ended in 2001. Indie Ale House, Rainhard, Junction Craft and Henderson will be taking over the taps.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23

Granite Brewery 25th Anniversary
Granite Brewery celebrates its 25th Anniversary with a tap takeover at The Only Cafe. Sample a fine lineup of ales from this pioneer craft brewery, which first opened in Halifax in 1985 before expanding to Toronto in 1991.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24

C'est What Baseball & Beer Breakfast
Pre-game for the final day of the Jay's regular season (or watch the game) at this Front Street brewpub. A special menu featuring Left Field brews is on offer from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Great Lakes Brewery 2nd Annual Pig Roast
Spend the afternoon playing bocce, drinking brews, listening to live music and mowing down on succulent spit-roasted pig. Admission to this beer garden party is $5 and takes place out front of the brewery on Queen Elizabeth Boulevard.

Thanks to Big Rock Brewery for sponsoring this post.

Photo from Henderson Brewing by Hector Vasquez.


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