Only Cafe to host mini-beer fest
Known by beer drinkers as one of the best spots in the city to get your craft brew fix, the Only Cafe will be hosting a mini beer fest this weekend that will feature live music, guided tastings, and, naturally, beer from a handful of some of Toronto's (and the GTA's) best micro-breweries.
The event will feature tasting booths manned by a beer rep or brewer who will offer samples of their wares in exchange for a ticket that costs you just one dollar. Given that the crowd at the Only is typically well versed in all things beer, the brewers will be sampling stuff that's a little out of the ordinary like seasonals or one-off brews wherever possible as opposed to their well-known flagship beers.
The impressive list of beers being represented this weekend includes: Steamwhistle, Flying Monkeys, Sawdust City, Black Oak, Creemore, Railway City, Cameron's, Wellington, Beaus All-Natural, Brasserie McAulson, King, Duggan's, Kensington, Amsterdam, Muskoka Cottage, F&M, Lake of Bays, Mill Street, County Cider, and Great Lakes.
On hand Friday night will also be Colin Banting, a Quality Assurance Technician at Steamwhistle who will lead a guided tasting on the art of the pilsner, and Peter Chiodo, the founder of Flying Monkeys Brewery, who will also offer a topic-specific chat guided by an as-yet unnamed one-off he's made for the occasion.
There's no cover to get in, but sampling tickets will cost you a dollar each and get you a 5oz sample of anything being offered in the booths on the patio.
If a cornucopia of delicious local beer isn't enough for you, the Only will also be offering a limited version of their night menu and palette-cleansing munchies will be spread around. As is the Only's usual policy, food from the outside world is also welcome.
The beer fest starts at 5 p.m. and will run both Friday February 3 and Saturday February 4.
Photo by Sally Hunter in the blogTO Flickr pool
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