Friday 4 November 2016

Craft Beer Awards, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, Toronto, ON

Tonight Gord and I went to the second annual Craft Beer Awards at The Royal.

It was held in the Ring of Excellence, where only hours earlier there had been cows being judged.  This woman cleaned up the wood chips beforehand.

And the festival began!

The cost was $35 and this included entrance to The Royal, a sampling glass and ten drink tickets for two ounce samples (additional tickets were $0.50 each).  We were also given a list of the beers available and a voting sheet.

There were up to 300 people expected.  Having it in the Ring of Excellent was an interesting (but fun) spot to have the festival.  You definitely didn't want to drop your glass!

There's Gord!

There was cheese if you were hungry.

Here's what I had ...

Bodacious Blueberry Blonde by Broadhead Brewing Co. ~
this was my fav of the night and won the People's Choice Award.
Here's Gord with Gillian ... she was fun to talk with
Gypsy Tears Ruby Ale by Parallel 49 Brewing
Kölsch Lagered Ale by Steamworks Brewing Co.
Pickup Truck Pilsner by Thornbury Village Craft Beer
Golden Ale by Sweetgrass Brewing Co.
Mountain Lager by Side Launch Brewing
Vintage Lager by Hogsback Brewing
Grapefruit Radler by The Waterloo Brewing Co.
Pilsner by Steam Whistle Brewing
Papaya Saison by Collective Arts Brewing
Imperial Ginger Cat by Mill Street Brewery

Then we heard the results of our judging.

Ale category
Seasonal category

It was a fun festival and we'll be back next year!

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