People's Pint brings small batch brewing to the masses
Toronto is home to a number of craft beer fests. But beer sommelier and homebrewer Doug Appeldoorn wasn't seeing enough one-off beers at these events. Novel brews, he says, appear at larger festivals, which usually get crowded.
"We wanted to do something that brought it down in scale, but maintained the variety. What we thought of doing was small batch beer," says Appeldoorn.
That's why in January, he started People's Pint to bring together "professional or near professional" homebrewers. He runs this collective with fellow homebrewer Peter Caira and on Sunday, they're inviting the public out to taste a bunch of new beers at the People's Pint Small Batch Beer Festival happening at the Lansdowne Brewery.
Each participating homebrewer paired up with a local craft brewery (including Junction Craft Brewing, Indie Alehouse and Blood Brothers Brewing) to create their one-off beer.
Appeldoorn, for instance, worked out of at Rainhard Brewing Company to make what he calls "Raisin Hell"; a Belgian-style Dubbel brewed with raisins and pecans.
This is People's Pint's second festival, but the first where anyone can buy a ticket to attend. In May, Appeldoorn says he hosted one out of the Gladstone Hotel, but logistically, it was rather difficult because of all the homebrewers. "Legally, it was really tough for us to have a public event," he says.
"We had to basically form a club and you had to be a member of the club in order to go to the event and that became really difficult to promote," he continues. By working with local breweries, Appeldoorn can circumvents these legal issues.
On Sunday, he says there will be at least 18 types of beer available to sample. Tickets are $45 and Appeldoorn says they're almost sold out.
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