Toronto’s Festival of Beer (TFoB) announced its new Spring Sessions festival slated for March. Because who needs to wait until summer for an ice cold brew?
The Spring Sessions will take place at the Evergreen Brickworks on Friday March 28 and Saturday March 29. The entire area will be filled top to bottom with ales, lagers and ciders from some of Toronto’s top craft brewers: Left Field Brewery, Mill Street, Steam Whistle, Great Lakes and Brickworks Ciderhouse.
With entrance fee a measly $30 and providing you with 5 sampler tickets and a mug, it’s a weekend date that can’t be missed. To date, the Saturday session is sold out. But fear not, our fellow Fat Girl Food Squad readers! We have tickets… to give away… for free.
As mentioned, we are giving away 1-pair of tickets to the FRIDAY MARCH 28 date of Spring Session. So how do you enter?
1) Like Fat Girl Food Squad on Twitter or Facebook.
2) Tweet the following: Spring is here & I want beer! @FatGrlFoodSquad, please send me to the @TOBeerFestival Spring Session! #FGFSlovesSpringSession
3) This contest will run from Friday March 21, 2014 until Tuesday March 25, 2014. We will announce all the giveaway winners via our Twitter and Facebook, so check back there!
Toronto has been blessed with having not one but two summer beer festivals this year. However this one on the weekend was strictly dedicated to arts & craft of well, craft brew. The 2nd Annual Roundhouse Craft Beer Festival was a chance for Toronto city patrons to experience some great beers from Ontario craft brewers while soaking up the sunshine.
As Yuli and I decided to head down on Saturday afternoon (contemplating taking a ride on the small gauge steam train outside the Roundhouse, which proceeds from the Craft Beer Festival go to the Toronto Railway Heritage Museum) we were met with some moderate crowds. Nothing too insane for a Saturday afternoon. Entry to the Roundhouse Craft Beer Festival was $10/pre-show including your cup but no tokens. Tokens were sold for $1/each.
We made our way into the grounds and were greeted by some familiar craft brew faces: Steam Whistle, Flying Monkey’s, Amsterdam and Great Lakes Brewery. But a lot of these brewers came ready to impress and were not just hawking their normal brews. Displayed in their tents were feature brews or one-off, experimental brews. For example: Steamwhistle offered up a RoundHouse Rye and Hogsback Brewing had been hawking a pint called the Alohog Coconut Pale Ale.
Navigating our way through the grounds, we tried to be as adventurous as we possibly could trying Ciders, Apple Lagers and everything under the sun. What we came to notice was that a lot of brewers were offering rare brews, special to this festival and perhaps something that we would never be able to find again in the LCBO or in other establishments (like TALLBOYS). It was like developing a relationship with that brewery in particular. For example: Left Field Brewery had everyone had the festival test-drive one of their more popular brews (a hoppy IPA titled the 6-4-3) and had all those in attendance develop their own rookie playing card. Makes you feel part of the craft beer & Left Field team.
The Roundhouse (part of the Steamwhistle) was a perfect venue for the venue with beautiful views of Toronto and lots of room for people to stretch out under a tree with their poutine for one of the potential food truck vendors (example: Hogtown Smoke or Dobra Jesti).
All in all, the Craft Beer Festival was a great afternoon filled with excellent beers and good times.