Here I was, sitting at a picnic table, outside in the cold and snow, with a beer in hand, watching others playing games, drinking beer, and listening to a Tragically Hip song blasting out from huge speakers. Just how Canadian is that?
Where were we? Teena and I were at the 2017 edition of the Roundhouse Winter Craft Beer Festival down in a park beside Steam Whistle Brewery.
It was a great day for it. Although it wasn't sunny, there was snow on the ground and there was a nice chill to the air. We were dressed for it and also received free toques!
There were more than 40 breweries from all over at the festival. So much variety to taste! My first beer was a spiced stout from Brock Street Brewing.
I followed that up with a Skull Rock Stout from Sleeping Giant Brewing from way up in Thunder Bay.
Then it was over to Black Oak Brewing, a brewery that has been around since 1999. Here I had a Snowbird Black Mojito. I had no idea what to expect but it was a much lighter tasting beer than the darkness suggested and was quite complex and enjoyable. It was my second favorite beer of the day.
Next stop was for a Raspberry Uber-sour from Nickel Brook Brewery.
Coffin Ridge Cider was there. I love the little coffin.
Royal City Brewing had a Earl Grey Porter made with real earl grey tea.
We met up with friends. Here I am with Christine, Darlene and Teena
This man worked without a break until he got that ice sculpture out of these blocks of ice.
There was a row of breweries from Alberta in attendance. Two Sergeants Brewing from Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, had my favorite beer of the day, a Bangalore Torpedo IPA.
Teena really enjoyed the sweetness and full flavour of the Aprikat from Alley Kat Brewing located in Edmonton, Alberta.
There were games
We bumped into more friends. Here I am with Denyse, Jessica and Dea.
I had an excellent tasting Grisette, which is a French style saison, from Dandy Brewing in Calgary. I loved the name, Old Mattress.
We met Gillian last year at the Craft Beer Awards at the Royal Winter Fair and had a fun time talking with her. Now she is working for Lost Craft Beer. Teena liked their Lagered ale and I enjoyed their Sirius APA.
People were dressed up in different kinds of gear.
I had a delicious Chocolate Milk Stout from Wellington Brewery.
Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery offered an excellent IPA both in taste and name, Juicy Ass IPA
With hundreds of people trudging through the snow and the weather warming, the snow melted and it became a little muddy. That never stopped the fun. It was still cold enough though to enjoy the warmth of the heaters that were spread around the park.
Despite having a couple of cans on Barn Raiser Pale Ale from Oast House Brewers in my fridge at home, I had one here.
More mud, beer and fun.
I see this fella at many beer festivals running the Barnstormer Brewing tent. He like to pose. I always enjoy their Flight Delay IPA.
I enjoyed the Cranberry Festive Lager from Railway City Brewing.
It was another fun day at the Roundhouse Winter Festival. For Teena and I, it is always a definite "go to" event every year. Looking forward to next year's, hopefully with more snow.