Excuse the double posting today (the post from earlier today was written last week, yesterday’s post was drafted weeks ago, this one is F-R-E-S-H):
Toronto Beer Week is here! I want to write about it but didn’t get any promotional material about it, so I’m piecing together bits from various media outlets as well as the Toronto Beer Week website. I’m doing the research and guiding you (and me) to beery enjoyment. You’re welcome.
Toronto Beer Week runs September 13-21.
What is Toronto Beer Week?
Toronto Life says,
The fourth annual Toronto Beer Week brings together more than 30 local breweries for nine days of enthusiastic citywide pint appreciation. Over 50 events, including multiple tap takeovers, food and beer pairings, and a night devoted to experimental homebrews, turn the city into a beer geek’s dream.
Toronto Life also offers their top six picks for Toronto Beer Week.
Why attend Toronto Beer Week?
Brendan Ross of Torontoist says,
“There are plenty of weeks that involve the consumption of beer in Toronto, but there’s only one true Toronto Beer Week. As craft beer’s popularity continues to grow along with the roster of brewers in this city, Toronto Beer Week is a good opportunity to take the pulse of a thriving scene—or, just to knock back a few good brews and have some fun. Whichever you prefer. Here are a few events to look out for.”
Blog TO mentions Toronto Beer Quest 4, which begins at The Charlotte Room.
Normally we avoid any event with “quest” in its name for fear that it’s actually a sting being put on by people who intend to shove us into a locker, but this local-beer-history-themed scavenger hunt, organized by beer expert Mirella Amato, sounds like fun. (19 Charlotte Street, September 15, 11 a.m.) Plus, the fresh air, mental work, and free prizes should help temper your hangover.”
I would recommend any event that Mirella organizes.
Torontoist also mentions the Diamond Club event at Tallboys Craft Beer House (838 Bloor St. W.), an evening of food, free beer, memorabilia swapping, and trivia on September 16. Also at Tall Boys: The “Canpionship” craft beer elimination bracket that begins on September 16 and runs until April.
Writing for Blog TO, Ben Johnson’s pick for Monday September 16:
Monday September 16th
The 1st Annual Beer Cocktail Showdown at Beer Academy
From 6:30pm-8:30 pm The Beer Academy will host their first annual Beer Cocktail Showdown where “some of Toronto’s hottest Bartenders will go head to head trying to create the greatest beer cocktail.” You help pick the winner and the champion beverage will be served Wednesday at the Beer Bistro during the Golden Tap Awards (see below).
Where: The Beer Academy 75 Victoria Street
How much: Tickets are $10.00 in advance and $12.00 at the door and they get you seven drink tokens.
Backup Plan / INSIDER PICK: While it’s not being advertised a lot (yet), rumour has it that the good folks at Great Lakes Brewery will be taking over part of The Loose Moose on Monday for a huge party to celebrate being named Canadian Brewing Awards’ 2013 Brewery of the Year. If you know the folks (and beers) from GLB at all, you know this is destined to be a good time. Details are scant, but if you head to the Loose Moose and look for Mike Lackey’s beard you’ll find the party.
…and for Wednesday September 18:
The 11th Annual Golden Tap Awards at beerbistro
Billing itself as the “first democratically-voted beer awards in Ontario,” the gala event for the 11th Golden Tap Awards will feature accolades awarded to breweries, bars and beers as selected by the public. There will also be an all-Ontario craft beer lineup and, one can assume, a shit ton of beards.
Where: beer bistro 18 King St East
How much: Free admission, but there is a $25 VIP tasting experience and beer-pairing available.
Back up plan: If awards ceremonies aren’t your thing, head to the ultimate $25 sausage fest that is the 2nd Annual WVRST Craft Invitational. 12 breweries are creating a special brew to pair with a WVRST sausage and attendees will vote to pick a winner
If beer cocktails are for you, there’s also C’est What’s launch of their new beer cocktail menu (67 Front Street East).
I’m intrigued by the Bill Murray Birthday Beer Bash at An Sibin (709 Queen Street East) on September 21. Come as your favourite Bill Murray character and the best ensemble wins a Cameron’s keg party!
Hopera: An Evening of Local Craft Beer and Song is a celebration of craft beer and opera at Habits Gastropub (928 College Street) on September 19.
I couldn’t write a blog post and not promote Two Bite Saloon (840 Bloor Street West). They’re doing a Spearhead tasting on Wednesday, and a Beer Academy tasting on Thursday. Both evenings feature $5 pints.
The day after Toronto Beer Week officially ends, Amsterdam BrewHouse is hosting a Sunday beer brunch, a selection of brunch specials paired with beer and beer cocktails. Menu items include roasted chicken quiche with sugar cured bacon and goat cheese, paired with Calm Before the Storm, spent grain crusted French toast with cream cheese filling and fresh berries, paired with Raspberry Wheat, and eggs Benedict with traditional back bacon or smoked salmon, paired with Heat Stroke Saison.
Toronto Beer Week on social media
What Bill Murray character would you dress up as?