My Kind of Beer with Chris Goddard
June is the month that everyone is waiting for. It (usually) is a harbinger of sunny, warm weather that is perfect for that well-deserved post-work patio beer. It’s also the month that summer starts and the kids get out of school. But before they get out, the teachers usually try to squeeze in a field trip or two to help burn up the last few remaining days in the academic calendar. I remember fondly the days of the class trip: discovering new things, dodging school work and that poor kid sitting at the front of the bus because they got car sick. Why should the kids get all the fun? After all, we are the ones that are grinding it out day after day with no summer vacation in sight.
It’s time to sign our own permission slips and take back the field trip:
YGK Craft Beer Fest — June 10th
This beer festival located at the historic Fort Henry in Kingston really knows how to throw a bash. Boasting over 15 breweries and cideries from predominantly east of the GTA I guarantee that you are going to find some hidden treasures here that you haven’t had before. As if beer wasn’t a big enough draw, you can make an entire day of it by participating in the Cannonball Crush, an obstacle course race happening at the Fort earlier in the day. Those brave souls that finish the race get into the beer fest for free. Fun, fitness, teamwork and beer all wrapped up in a piece of history — this is legit field trip material here.
SESSION Toronto — June 10th
Is the staycation field trip more your style? For those of you who don’t want to waste precious beer drinking time on transit we’ve got SESSION Toronto — a perennial favourite amongst craft beer connoisseurs. Why might you ask? As part of the beer festival 10 breweries will be going head-to-head as part of Collaboration Nation — a competition that brings celebrities together with breweries to create a truly unique beer that debuts at the festival. What does the winner get? A listing at the LCBO that’s what! Previous winners have been the Tom Green (Beau’s), Sam Roberts Band (Spearhead), KOS (Beau’s) and Born Ruffians (Muskoka).
Great Lakes’ Charity BBQ — June 17th
The brewery is celebrating 30 years of brewing beers and 15 years of hosting their annual charity BBQ. Falling on Father’s Day weekend, this is the perfect gift for the Dad who has everything and is a short trip to Etobicoke. There is a kid’s zone with fun and games for the little ones coupled with a multitude of different suds and BBQ for your dear Papa. Father’s Day never got any easier than this. Did I mention that it’s free?
Sons of Kent Brewing Grand Opening — June 17th
This new brewery in Chatham is one of the freshest breweries you will find but it will take a little travelling to get to (don’t worry there is a ton of other breweries along the way) but will be worth the trip. Launching with a handful of accessible ales and interesting one-offs this family run brewery is one of my best-bets to watch for 2017. Head down to the opening so you can say you were there on day one.