It’s a celebration of craft beer! Toronto Craft Brew Cruise’s maiden voyage will have two sailings for you to choose from [the 11am one was added when the 3:30pm and 8pm ones sold out], accompanied by your favorite craft brewers. Sample some of Ontario’s best brews while taking in a scenic tour aboard the River Gambler on Lake Ontario. As one of the most anticipated events during Toronto Craft Beer Week, The Brew Cruise is designed as an opportunity for beer enthusiasts alike to sample a dozen local offerings. Your $39.95 cost of admission gets you a ticket on the River Gambler, commemorative mug and 5 sample tokens each redeemable for a 4oz sample from your choice of brewery. Additional sample tokens can be purchased on the boat for an enhanced experienced. See you onboard!!
Here's the mug for sampling.
The River Gambler was docked at Lakeshore/Parliament.
|Looking west towards downtown|
There were two levels on the boat.
|The upstairs was busy and there were tunes loud and cranking|
At first, you couldn't move around the upstairs because it was so jammed ... it was hard to get to the breweries there. But it got better once everyone figured out where they wanted to be. We hung out downstairs at the front of the boat outside ... it was less crowded and it was one of the few spots where there wasn't a speaker (so we could carry on a conversation). The tunes for the most part were good.
There were the usual craft breweries but it was great to find some newer ones there.
|I liked the Hopfenweisse from UnderDog's|
|UnderDog's started a couple months ago in Oshawa|
|I had a Night•Märzen from Beau's ... it was okay|
|My favourite of the night was F-Bomb Blonde from Barnstormer Brewing|
|They started a couple months ago in Barrie|
It was a nice surprise to find our pals, Darlene and Christine, also there.
|Christine, Darlene and me|
|Christine, Darlene and Gord|
|Gord and I|
We cruised for about three hours and started off by heading west ...
And then we headed east again and went around to the other side of Toronto Islands.
And then we came back around again and headed towards the dock.