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The top 7 events for Ontario Craft Beer week 2016

Ontario Craft Beer week (OCB) kicks off on Friday, June 10 across the province. From small sampling events to brewery tours and festivals, this annual extravaganza celebrates our ever-expanding craft brewing scene. Plenty of Toronto bars will feature tap takeovers and special in-house events, so check out the full calendar if you're looking for something more low-key.

Here are the top Toronto events for Craft Beer Week 2016.

OCB Week Launch Party, June 10
Head to Steam Whistle Brewing for this opening night party featuring a slew of craft brewers. A $30 ticket gets you in the door. It also gives you access to as many samples as you want; there won't be any tokens at this mini festival.

Session Toronto, June 11
This massive beer event takes over Yonge-Dundas Square with a slew of craft brewers serving up lots of one-offs and collaborations. There will also be live music and food vendors on site. New for this year is the Society of Beer Drinking Ladies (SOBDL) session from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Buffalo Bisons Road Trip, June 11
Shuffle off to Buffalo with Left Field Brewery. This road trip will bus you across the border to watch some minor league baseball at Coca-Cola Field. Your $65 ticket includes round trip bus fare, your baseball ticket and two Left Field Brews. How's that for a boozy road trip?

RunTOBeer, June 12
This local fitness group combines running with craft beer, which sounds like the best workout ever. For OCB, it's partnering with Niagara Oast House Brewers to take runners on a 15-kilometre journey from Trinity Bellwoods Park to 3030, which closed after a fire last fall. If you don't want to do the full 15 clicks, you can also join the group later 10, 5 or 3-kilometre jog.

Danforth Pub Crawl, June 13
Head east of the DVP for this seven-stop pub crawl along Danforth Avenue. The participating bars include The Shore Leave, The Wren and The Only CafĂŠ. Each venue will feature one craft beer at a special price so you can sample the night away.

Ladies' Danforth Pub Strut, June 14
Mark your calendars for pub crawl round two on June 14. By taking a tour of local establishments owned by women (such as Sauce on the Danfort and Louis Cifer) this so-called pub strut celebrates women in the food and drink industry, an industry that still has a long way to go in terms of inclusivity.

Toronto Craft Beer Festival, June 17-18
While this festival might be in North York, it does offer a shuttle from Downsview Station to the rather strange outdoor venue at the Edward Village North York. Even still, this event will feature lots of craft brewers from across Ontario, including local newbies like Henderson Brewing.

Photo of the Only Cafe by Jesse Milns.

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