03 Jul

The Society of Beer Drinking Ladies


“We are a group of Toronto ladies passionate about all things craft beer. On the last Friday of every month, we hold a “bevy” in a secret location, where we explore delicious craft beer in the company of other fantastic women.” (Source)

A few months ago I was introduced to the Society of Beer Drinking Ladies when my friend – and neighbour – got a ticket to the first Bevy event. Based on her description the next day, I knew I had to get to the next one. As luck would have it, the second event fell on my birthday and my friend was able to get us tickets. From then on, each month I have joined a fabulous group of women from all walks of life to try new craft beers and enjoy the camaraderie of a like-minded group of women.

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SOBDL_RewardCardDate: June 27, 2014
Location: Norman Felix Gallery, 445 Adelaide St. West
Feature: Beer Cocktails & SOBDL Swag Shop
Cost: $30/ticket (includes 1 cocktail and 1 beer) + $5/beer & $8/cocktail

For the sixth Bevy event, the ladies decided to do something a bit different and concocted three interesting and unique beer cocktails, each with its own flavour and style, as well as a selection of local craft brews. The venue was divided up into two floors with the cocktails and swag shop on the ground floor and the beer located upstairs. A nice venue, it was nonetheless lacking a little bit in the air conditioning department and my friends and I braved the second floor for only a few minutes before returning to the relative coolness of the first.

The beer cocktails were widely different and well catered to appeal to a variety of tastes. The options were:

Old Smoke

A smoky, bitter brew this cocktail had a very grown-up taste with bourbon notes and a hint of bitters. As I drank it I found the flavour became more bitter until around the halfway point where it suddenly turned sweeter. Definitely an interesting combination of flavours, I am not sure I would go out of my way for another but I did enjoy it.

3 out of 5 cats

Tequila Moonrise

This tequila and citrus beer cocktail was definitely the highlight of the night for me.  Perfectly balanced, it was one of those great concoctions that is so much more than a sum of its parts. Like gin & tonic: both ingredients are pretty intolerable on their own but mixed together they become this incredible mixture that goes down easy and barely tastes like alcohol at all.

4 and a halfcat

Raspberry Delight

This fruity concoction looked delicious but sadly I did not actually try it as I was determined to make it home with my memory of the evening intact and I had a beer (or two) before heading down that evening. Hopefully we will have another chance to try these cocktails (and others like them) at future events!

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