If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, you’re in luck! This Friday and Saturday, Hamilton is hosting it’s second annual Because Beer festival. Proof that the growth of Ontario craft beer cannot be stopped, this festival promises great beer and food from local vendors. For something more TTC-accessible, why not check out the Junction Night Market Saturday night?
Great Lakes Brewery will be present at both, along with a fantastic selection of fellow Ontario breweries, and I will be working Friday in Hamilton and Saturday in Toronto. Hope to see you there!
Because Beer Craft Beer Festival
Location: Pier 4 Park, Hamilton ON (map)
Date: Friday, July 10 & Saturday, July 11
Times: 3-11pm | 2-11pm
Tickets will also be available at the gate for $35 for a single day or $60 for the weekend pass.
Featuring over 30 different Ontario breweries, 11 fantastic local food trucks, a Homebrewer Competition, and brewmasters from several breweries on hand to talk about their brewing process and cask ales, Because Beer promises to be a great experience for everyone whether you are a casual drinker or a craft beer aficionado! Saturday even includes live Homebrewing demonstrations to help audience members learn about the brewing process, beer styles, ingredients, and equipment.
SOBDL Road Trip
Location: Burdock Brewpub
1184 Bloor St W (map)
Date: Saturday, July 11
Time: 11am – 9:30pm
If the festival is tempting you but you have no way of getting there from Toronto, or if you just want to enjoy the trip with some fellow beer-drinking ladies, head on over to the Society of Beer Drinking Ladies website to snag yourself a ticket for next weekend’s road trip! Your ticket doesn’t just get you to and from the festival, it also includes some special SOBDL perks you won’t want to miss out on including:
- A guided tour of the new Burdock Brewery with beer samples;
- An exclusive SOBDL cask hidden somewhere at the festival;
- Snacks on board the bus;
- Your Because Beer ticket, mug, and 4 drink tokens; and
- A morning after gift bag.
I am working two shifts that day and will not be able to go but I am sure it will be a great time and an excellent way to spend your Saturday!
Junction Night Market
Location: Junction Farmer’s Market (map)
Date: Saturday, July 11
Wine, Beer, Cider & Food $5 each
With dozens of local food, wine, cider, and beer vendors, the Junction Night Market is an annual event dedicated to raising money for the Junction Farmers Market voucher program in partnership with the Four Villages Community Health Centre. Vendors this year include:
- Cookie Martinez
- Farmhouse Tavern
- Great Lakes Brewery
- High Park Brewery
- Hogtown Charcuterie
- Junction Craft Brewery
- Longslice Brewery
- and lots more!