It was coordinated by the Indie Ale House Brewing Company and the Bar Hop. It was on the Empire Sandy, a tall ship that was built as an Englishman/Larch Deep Sea class tugboat for war service by the British Government in 1943.
Tickets were $40 and included an Indie Boat Hop mug (which held eight ounces), a drink ticket and a three hour sail (from 1pm to 4pm). Extra drink tickets were $4.50.
We had access to one-offs, collaboration brews and a few hard to find beers /ciders from eight breweries and one cidery (Amsterdam, Bellwoods, Clifford Brewing, Great Lakes, Indie Alehouse, Nickel Brook, Sawdust City, Stone City and West Avenue Cider).
Though it was crowded, once everyone got on board and got a drink, the line-ups were okay.
I enjoyed some West Avenue Heritage Dry Hard Cider.
I also had some Nickel Brook Raspberry Über Berliner Weisse.
We hooked up my pal, Denyse.
|Denyse and Gord|
|Denyse and I|
|Gord and I|
We went around the Toronto Island and back. The views were lovely.
|Me, Denyse and Gord|
Denyse's friends, Kasie and Zeke, were also on board and it was fun to hang with them.
It was a fun cruise and I look forward to doing it again next year.