09 Jul

Because Beer! (+ more)

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

Because Beer

Location: Pier 4 Park, Hamilton ON (map)
Date: 
Friday, July 10 & Saturday, July 11
Times: 3-11pm | 2-11pm

Advance tickets:
Friday/Saturday = $29.95
Weekend pass = $49.95

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

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Location: Burdock Brewpub
1184 Bloor St W (map)

Date: Saturday, July 11
Time: 11am – 9:30pm

tickets ($65)

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

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Location: Junction Farmer’s Market (map)
Date: Saturday, July 11
Time:  7-11pm

Free Entry
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
  • Delight
  • Farmhouse Tavern
  • Great Lakes Brewery
  • High Park Brewery
  • Hogtown Charcuterie
  • Junction Craft Brewery
  • Longslice Brewery
  • Mo’Rockin’
  • and lots more!
14 May

Bevy 0016 Tickets Available Tomorrow

bevy_0014Date: May 29, 2015
Time:
 8pm 
Location: 
TBA

website | tickets

If you’ve been following my beer adventures over the past year, you’ve certainly heard me mention the Society before. Luckily for all the beer-loving ladies out there, the next event, Bevy 0016, is coming up soon and tickets go on sale tomorrow at 11am! To make sure you don’t miss out on what is sure to be a great event, follow the Society of Beer Drinking Ladies twitter account and watch for the announcement!

 

25 Oct

Next Week: Bevy 0010 Pumpkins + Porters!

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On the last Friday of every month, the Society of Beer Drinking Ladies holds a ladies-only night of beer-tasting, excellent food, and great tunes and this month, in a truly fortuitous turn of events, the last Friday just so happens to be Hallowe’en! Determined to celebrate properly, the ladies jumped on the opportunity to don some fun costumes and Trick or Treat with the best treat of all: beer. Bevy 0010: Pumpkins + Porters promises to be an excellent party with unique brews, tasty treats, and prizes for the best costumes.

Not one to miss out, I quickly chose a costume and convinced my husband to grab a ticket as well, excited by the opportunity to bringing him along to my mysterious and exclusive monthly beer party. I am particularly looking forward to trying the next Bevy Brew as last month’s creation, the Vanilla Rooibos Stout from Sawdust City, was particularly excellent. I have a feeling this month’s may involve pumpkins, porters, or both.

Grab your tickets to join us here: Tickets.

31 Aug

Review of Bevy 0008 | SOBDL

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Where: Food & Liquor
When: Friday, August 29, 2014

On the last Friday of every month the Society of Beer Drinking Ladies hosts a Bevy. These women-only beer tasting events are located at a new venue each time and always feature exciting craft beer from Ontario breweries as well as delicious food from local food trucks. Bevies have become a regular part of my schedule and I always look forward to them as the month comes to a close.

This month, however, I had a plan to get fit. As my husband had taken a couple of extra days off for the long weekend, we decided to bike down to the ferry and spend a few hours biking around Ward Island before returning home. We both recently bought new bikes and were eager to get plenty of use out of them before it gets too cold. I was a little apprehensive about the length of the bike ride to and from the ferry – a nice but long trek down through High Park to a bike path along the Lakeshore that totalled about 10-km each way – as I have not done more than about an hour’s worth of biking at any one time so far this summer.

The bike ride down was rather easier than expected, my new bike being vastly superior to the extremely cheap one we bought a couple of years ago for me to learn on. The almost-too-large 29″ wheels mean I could coast for a good long while on flat terrain, an extremely helpful feature on the long ride home.  Unfortunately it timed out so we just missed the ferry we wanted over to Ward’s Island – the Centre Island ferry was packed full of families, strollers, and tourists – but we didn’t have too long of a wait and by the time we got to the island the grey sky had blossomed into a beautifully sunny day. After lunch at the surprisingly charming Island Cafe, we found a nice place to read for awhile before catching the ferry home. The return bike ride was rather more of a challenge but I did, eventually, make it home in time to get ready for my night out which was mercifully close by compared to some previous events. I was tired but determined to enjoy some good beer and company before it caught up with me.

Heading down with my usual Bevy buddy, my like-minded neighbour who introduced me to the group back in February, we arrived shortly after the event had started and the place was already surprisingly busy. A bit narrow and cramped, the venue at least had a cute back patio that allowed some ladies to get a breathe of fresh air and kept the place from growing too warm. We got our Rewards Cards stamped, snagged our free drink tickets, and entered the raffle for a homebrewing kit. The raffle is a recent addition to these events and a nice touch as I, among others I am sure, would dearly love to try my hand at brewing so, despite not winning, thanks to Toronto Brewing for donating the kit!

Once we had entered, we set about the very serious task of acquiring ourselves some beer.

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29 Jul

Review of Bevy 0007 | SOBDL

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What: Bevy 0007
Where: Artscape Youngplace
When:  Friday, July 25, 2014

The Society of Beer Drinking Ladies is a great example of the impressive growth of the craft beer industry throughout Ontario, and especially in Toronto. With an almost overwhelming number of bars, brewpubs, and restaurants serving a massive variety of local and imported quality beer it is no surprise to see craft beer become a topic of widespread discussion with magazines like Now dedicating entire sections to beer guides .

But women have long been an overlooked aspect of the movement towards better beer and the Society aims to change that: Not only by bringing women together in a safe place where they can discuss and enjoy new brews without having their opinions dismissed by the likes of those who still believe women only drink sweet cocktails but also by harnessing our love for said beer to encourage charity. Each month, the proceeds from their “Bevies” goes to supporting the Canadian Women’s Foundation (CWF), a registered charity dedicated to “empower[ing] women and girls in Canada to move out of violence, out of poverty and into confidence.”

Lucky ladies who manage to get tickets for these monthly meetups get to enjoy great food, new and unreleased beer, and a consistently great party. This month the ladies offered beer from Collective Arts; Side Launch Brewing; Great Lakes; Black Oak; and Royal City Brewing Co. We also had the option to purchase small tasting sizes of each beer before spending drink tickets on full size pints. This was a nice touch this month and allowed me to easily try all of the offerings without spending too much money, consuming too much beer, or ending up with a pint of something I simply didn’t care for.

For more information about the delicious brews, the extremely satisfying food, and the charming venue, read on!

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03 Jul

The Society of Beer Drinking Ladies

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“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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