My Kind of Beer with Chris Goddard
TORONTO BEER WEEK
As regular readers will know, I love craft beer. I love to drink it, I love to discover new brands and I love to hang out with the people who make it. Since the creation of Toronto Beer Week in 2010, doing all of those things together has gotten a lot easier. TBW was put together by a group of bar owners, brewery employees and beer fans who wanted to help bring the community together in one big craft beer celebration. They help to promote and spearhead craft beer events around the GTA and with the help of their handy beer guide, show people where they can find some interesting beers wherever they happen to be. This 9 day “week” will feature over 30 breweries selling their suds at over 75 bars around town and events will range from a simple beer feature at your local to full-blown festivals that bring all the breweries under one roof. Don’t know where to start? I’ve got you covered.
THE BEER EXPERIENCE
The Berkeley Church, 315 Queen St. East
Officially, this is the eve of TBW but most see this event as the kick-off to the festivities. Unlike other beer festivals, The Beer Experience requires breweries to bring something brewed specifically for the event or to launch something brand new at the festival. They also boast some great food and music to boot!
C’EST WHAT’S 29TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF BEER
September 16th & 17th
67 Front St. East
Arguably the oldest craft beer publican in the city. C’est What has been serving craft beeralmost as long as craft beer has been around in Canada. This annual festival boasts a beer line-up like non-other. On any given day you can enjoy over 40 craft beers on tap — during the festival that number almost doubles and many of them are one-off casks that you will only see during their festival. Get there early as the place fills up fast.
BIG ROCK BREWING GRAND OPENING
1589 The Queensway, Etobicoke
Big Rock has been brewing beer in Calgary for over 30 years and is Alberta’s oldest craft brewery, but they have just finished building a brewery here in Toronto to help quench Ontario’s thirst with the freshest beer possible. They will have live music, delicious food and some new beers that aren’t available in Ontario (yet). If you’ve ever wanted to see a brand-spanking new brewery now is your chance!
Keep your eyes peeled on the www.torontobeerweek.com site for more events to be listed daily.