After a lovely extended weekend full of delicious beer, plenty of sunshine, and probably too much Minecraft (I’ll post a video of Drunk Kitten Castle Brewery soon, Mike and I are almost done building!) , I am happy to bring you next month’s beer event listings!
But first, a quick note about an event I missed in last month’s listing:
Great Lake’s 12th Annual Charity BBQ
Location: Great Lake’s Brewery, 30 Queen Elizabeth Blvd.
This free, annual event features free food, live entertainment, some great GLB memorabilia, kids games and a beer garden. Proceeds from the event are donated to the Franklin Horner Community Centre in Etobicoke.
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TORONTO BEER EVENTS
Canadian Brewing Awards & Craft Brewers Conference
Now entering its 10th year, the Canadian Brewing Awards invites brewers from all over the country to compete in blind tastings across a wide variety of categories. A panel of 25 judges considers aroma, appearance, flavour, mouthfeel, and overall impression to choose the top three entries in each style. The weekend event also includes several panels on brewing different styles of beer and social events in the evening before the award show wraps the weekend up Sunday night at 7pm.
Toronto Craft Brew Cruise
Location: 333 Lake Shore Blvd E (map)
Time: 2-5pm or 7-10pm
Early June also brings us the second annual Craft Brew Cruise. A celebration of craft beer in the city, this cruise takes craft beer enthusiasts out on Lake Ontario for 3 hours of beer samples. Your ticket includes passage on the River Gambler, a commemorative tasting glass, and 4 sample tokens good for 4 oz. tastes of your favourite brewery.
Ontario Craft Beer Week
Location: all over
Packed full of dozens of events across the province, Craft Beer Week in mid-June is sure to be an absolute treat for craft beer enthusiasts. Breweries and bars across the province have planned events throughout the week, kicking off Thursday with a launch party at Steam Whistle Brewing. After that, things really get going with several events each day. For the full listing, visit the OCB Week Events page.
Sessions Toronto 2015
Location: Yonge and Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St E (map)
Time: 11am-3pm or 5-9pm
Price: $40 (or $100 for the Princess Pass )
Started as a finale to Ontario Craft Beer Week, Sessions Toronto now takes place in the middle of the extensive festival. Bringing together craft breweries and their supporters to celebrate craft beer, enjoy amazing local food, and unique brews. Born in a torrential downpour in 2010, this festival has nonetheless persevered to become a regular fixture in Toronto’s celebration of Ontario Craft Beer Week.
Toronto Wine & Spirit Festival
Location: Sugar Beach (map)
Time: 6-11pm | 6-11pm | 12-10pm
Price: $25 (or $35 at the door)
Returning to Sugar Beach for its 7th year, the Toronto Wine & Spirit Festival is once again partnering with the Redpath Waterfront Festival to celebrate the end of the waterfront’s construction and the new Queen’s Quay Promenade. Plenty of <a href=”http://www.wineandspiritfestival.ca/PDF/vendors2015.pdf” target=”_blank”>beer and food vendors</a> have already signed up and it’s looking like a great party for beer, and wine, enthusiasts.
Beach BBQ & Brews Fest
Location: Woodbine Park (map)
Time: 3-11pm | 12-11pm | 12-8pm
Held each year on Father’s Day weekend, the Beach BBQ & Brews Fest is a great event for the whole family. Located at Woodbine Park in the Beaches, it features live music, a children’s area with rides, BBQ competitions, craft vendors, and – of course – beer vendors including Kensington, Flying Monkeys, Left Field, GLB, Beau’s, Mill Street, Hogtown, and Double Trouble.
Great Canadian Homebrew Conference 2015
Location: Landsdowne Brewery
For all the homebrewer’s out there, the Great Canadian Homebrew Conference is coming to Toronto. Competition rules and entry forms have been released and entries will be accepted until June 4th. Brew up your favourite style and sign up today!