It was -3C/26.6F (-12C/10.4F with the windchill) and yes, the festival was outside. Bundle up!
The gates opened at 11am and the first 500 people through the gates received a Roundhouse Winter Fest toque. Gord and I got in line at 10:58am and got a toque. Score! A guy in one of the beer line-ups later on offered me $20 for my toque ... no thanks!
Advanced tickets were $20 and there was a limited amount available at the gate for $25 ... this got you into the festival and a sampling mug. Sampling tokens were $1 each. There were 15+ breweries to check out.
There were food trucks if you got hungry.
There were port-a-potties but also heated bathrooms. Or you could use the bathrooms at Steam Whistle.
A DJ played tunes all afternoon.
I like beer but I like a more mild tasting beer (the hoppier, the better for Gord!). I had beer from Amsterdam Brewery.
|Gord and I|
I also had beer from Steam Whistle.
|Steam Whistle was giving out free pretzel necklaces.|
|Stylish or what?!|
I also had some Mill Street Organic.
There was a good crowd. It was really cold (my toes were frozen!) and many were gathered around the heaters and fires.
|City TV was there (they are everywhere!)|
|This guy was wearing a flag and shorts!|
|It was Robbie Burns Day and there were a few guys in kilts|
|My beer was always cold!|
My pal, Darlene, and Christine arrived about 12:30pm (Darlene was getting another couple of foster kitties and had to wait for them to be dropped off) ... I hadn't seen them since the beer festival in August.
|Darlene and Christine|
|Darlene, Gord and Christine|
|Darlene, me and Christine|
It snowed a few times ... but that made it even more Canadian!
|Christine and Darlene|
|Me and Gord|
When it got too cold, there were a couple places you could warm up ... in the Don building (which was jammed but oh so hot!) and the brewery.
This was the first winter craft beer festival and apparently not the last. I hope not because it was a lot of fun!
Update: Here's a crowd shot from the top of the brewery ... the fuscia square is Gord, Darlene, Christine and I.