Saturday 10 February 2018

Roundhouse Winter Craft Beer Festival, Toronto, ON

Steam Whistle Brewing held their fifth annual Roundhouse Winter Craft Beer Festival next to their brewery today ... I've been to four over the years.

It was held outside, which is very Canadian!  The sky was grey, the temperature was just a bit chilly and it was snowing.

The gate was supposed to open at 11am and the first 500 in got a festive toque.  Darlene, Christine and I got in line about 11:30am ... it was a huge line and it took us about a half hour to get in.

I bought 20 drink tokens.

There were a lot of people already in when we got in.

I ran into my pal, Denyse. and her friend, Martin, right away.  They had gotten in line at 10:15am and had been one of the 500 to get a toque.

They recommended the cranberry cider from Ironwood Cider so that's what I started with.  It was delicious!

Here are Christine and Darlene.

I had a Tailgate Lager from Grand River Brewing.

I walked around.

There was a DJ playing tunes.

A photo op ...

There were fire pits and heaters scattered around if you were cold.

I had a Farmhouse Blonde from Maclean's Ales.

I had a 12 Minutes to Destiny Hibiscus Pale Lager from Flying Monkeys.

I wandered around some more.

I had a Winter Shed from Shawn & Ed Brewing Co..

 Wandering around again ...

The mechanical snowboard was popular.  I didn't see anyone stay on for long.

Wandering around some more ...

A fella was carving an ice sculpture of the CN Tower.

Here are Christine, me and Darlene.

I had a Black Current Bock from Cowbell Brewing Co..

I had a Capital Blonde Ale from Forked River Brewing Company.

I had an Honest Lager from Walkerville Brewery.

I had a Little Norway Pale Lager from Sawdust City Brewing Co..

There were lots of portapotties when you need one.

I had a Firestarter Saison from Bobcaygeon Brewing Company.

I had a Crew Craft Lager from Railway City Brewing Co.

More wandering ...

I had a Switchback Pilsner from Lake of Bays Brewing Company.

Wandering again ...

I had a Steam Whistle Pilsner.

I had a Revivale from Lost Craft.

My final beer was Against the Grain from High Park Brewery.

I ran into Denyse and Martin before I left.

It seemed like there was a lot more people than in past years and the line-ups for drinks were longer.

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