Saturday 24 June 2017

Toronto Craft Beer Festival, Toronto, ON

This afternoon I went to the Toronto Craft Beer Festival, which was sold out.  I'd bought an early bird VIP ticket in January ($45 rather than $55) which provided early entry (noon rather than 1pm), a separate entrance, access to the VIP area (dedicated bathrooms, occasional trays of fruit and veggies, etc.), a six-ounce sampling glass, ten sampling tokens (sampling tokens were $2 each).  Regular tickets were $30 and you got a sampling glass and five sampling tokens.  It was the first time I'd been to this festival (it was its second year).

It was held yesterday and today at Ontario Place (from from 1pm 'til 10pm today).

The water levels are still high from all the rain we've had

I got there about 2:30pm.  Here was the VIP area.

When the line-ups got too long,
you could buy from the table in the VIP lounge
The view from the upper VIP area

Here was the main area.

A cute kitty tattoo

There was an area where you could buy food and play games.

There were bands playing all day.

Butch Haller and His Chesterfield Ramblers were funny and really good ...
it was interesting to hear them play an excellent countrified version of
Lady Gaga's Bad Romance
Every song they played Butch said was stolen from them ...
Lady Gaga, Bruce Springsteen, etc.
Wing Night played hip hop and R&B
The Hot Karls played cover songs

Here's what I had ...

MADD Virgin Drinks provided free samples and drinks ...
I tried their bubbly and it was good
Broadhead Bodacious Blueberry Blonde
Cowbell Absent Landlord Country Kolsch
Side Launch Mountain Lager
Beau's Lug-Tread
Brock Street Pink Flamingo
Northern Maverick Brewing Co. Fake News Ale
Hockley Valley Brewing Co. Classic Lager
Pint Pursuit Lord of Lupulin
Shawn & Ed Lagershed Lager
Great Lakes Brewery Blonde Lager
Ace Hill Lager
Market Brewing Co. Leslie Street Pale Ale
Barnstormer 400 Blonde Ale
Left Field Helles Lager

This was a fun festival!  I look forward to going to next year's and I'd get the VIP ticket again.

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