Saturday 25 July 2015
The 2015 Toronto Festival of Beer
This afternoon Teena and I were at the Toronto Festival of Beer. The first festival was held at Fort York in 1994 but became too big to be held there, so it moved to the Exhibition in 2009.
The Festival boasts over 60 brewers featuring more than 300 brands from all over the globe. From lagers to stouts, fruit beer to ales, we have something for everyone! The Festival features more than just beer; there are several non-malt based beverages available including cider and ready-to-drink beverages! Our food vendors are all well known Toronto food purveyors creating some great grub for you to enjoy! Whether you’re looking for oysters, poutine, or a burger, you’ll be able to find the perfect thing to satisfy your appetite!
We started with at the Sleemans tent where all the servers were dressed in 1920s flapper outfits.
Teena and I.
This was fun to watch. Nobody stayed on the mechanical bull.
A IPA from Lake of Bays Brewery.
The fountains were working and a few people took their beers and walked through the gardens.
The festival was sold out and although the place was full of people, it never felt crowded and the lineups for beer were not very long.
I had a Hop Head IPA from Porterhouse Brewing at the Irish Pavilion and then we watched a band play some Irish tunes.
I had a NooBroo from Flying Monkeys Brewery which was a collaboration between Canadian authors, Margaret Atwood and Graeme Gibson.
These two were great. Just a guitar and drums but they had a full sound. I wish they had played more.
Great Lakes Brewery had a patio set up with fans and cooling cloths. I had a Pompous Ass ESB.
These guys were good.
A double IPA from Snowmans Brewing.
A very nice Sunlight Park Saison from Left Field Brewery.
Teena really enjoyed the Fruitesse from Belgium brewer Liefmans.
I enjoyed the Monty's Golden Ryed Ale from Old Tomorrow.
I always enjoy the Red Racer IPA.
An Engineer's IPA from Juntion Brewing.
Sierra Nevada had their Pale Ale on tap.
54-40 were the closed out the day.
This was our fourth year of going to the Toronto Festival of Beer. It's always fun and full of a variety of things to do and beers to try. We'll be surely going again next year.