I can’t believe that it’s basically September. I know, we say it every year but every year I can’t believe it!
The only silver lining to summer coming to an end is that September is a pretty poppin’ month in Toronto, and usually the weather is fairly decent.
One of the awesome events in September is Toronto Beer Week (not to be confused with Toronto Craft Beer Week, which always amazingly falls around my birthday). From September 16-24, tons of awesome beer related events happening in the city. But because they know we can’t wait that long, the “kick-off” event happens next Saturday on the Toronto Craft Brew Cruise. If you missed this June’s edition where we got bendy for beer, you definitely missed out. Although there won’t be any yoga this time, it’s still going to be great. There’s two sailings, one at 2pm, and one at 7pm. I’m hoping we still have some great weather next weekend as you’ll see me on the 2pm sailing.
This three-hour tour stays within the Toronto harbour, allowing for awesome selfies along the skyline. Tickets include the tour, your mug and 4 tokens to get started. If you’re looking for a beer event that celebrates craft beers, be sure to check out the Toronto Craft Brew Cruise. Tickets always sell out, don’t miss out!
Last Friday, I went to Fresh Fridays with my boyfriend at the iYellow Wine Cave. It had been a while since I was at the cave, and I remembered why I loved it there. Funky space with wine, cheese, meat and awesome people? What’s not to love? This event was showcasing Fresh Wines, a new, local wine from the Niagara region. We sampled (ample samples, I should say) 5 of the wines from the brand. I think they are definitely perfect for the summer, they were really on the sweet side, which is perfect for a summer’s day!
The one I would like to feature this week is their Riesling-Gewurztraminer (say that three times fast), and it was a great blend. Again, something sweet for a summers day (or maybe a winter day if you really prefer ’em sweet). It was fruity and refreshing and like all of Fresh’s wines, incredibly affordable at only $12.95.
Check out any of the Fresh wines as we wrap up summer (sad) and if you’re in the city, check out the Fresh Fridays at the cave, they’re absolutely great!
So last weekend, we visited Lansdowne Brewery for the first time for Detox to Retox and it was great. It’s a bit of a hidden gem, most people walked right past it as they were coming to yoga, you wouldn’t necessarily suspect that you could get great beer in this space. But you would be mistaken! Although their space isn’t big enough to accommodate their own brewing on a large scale, they have some of their own beers and some of their favourites from around Toronto. With the exception of the beer cruise, this was the first time we sampled a variety of beers from different breweries. All the beers were really good, they even had one from Muddy York (which is a great brewery in the East end), which made me very happy.
It was another awesome event, in fact, I did yoga last night without having a beer afterwards and it just wasn’t the same! I’m looking forward to October’s event, I can’t wait to share it with all of you. See you there!
This week’s beer was my absolute favourite from the festival. If you’ve read past “thirsty thursday”, you may know that I have a thing for blueberry flavoured drinks. It’s very tough to find a good blueberry beer, sometimes you can’t really taste the blueberries, other times it doesn’t go with the beer but this one has been my favourite so far!
It is a seasonal beer so I will definitely be buying as much beer as I can drink within its 3 month shelf life (probably more than anyone should drink). It is one of my favourite beers to date, and if you’re a fan of fruit beer, I would definitely recommend picking some of these up from the beer store before they’re gone!
One beer I enjoyed at the Toronto Festival of Beer was the Heroes lager. I had seen posts about it on Facebook, a local beer that donates a portion of their proceeds to Wounded Warriors Canada.
This beer is super easy drinking, it is light but flavourful and could definitely be described as an “everyday” beer. I chatted with the staff at the booth and they told me that 10% goes back to an extremely worthy cause and I noticed the server was taking the tabs off of the beer cans. I asked her if she was collecting them for wheelchairs and she said she was. It was something I honestly didn’t think still happened, I remember doing it in school but she said the legion will still collect them (and through some googling, I found March of Dimes will also take them), so now I’ve been collecting them at my desk and in my kitchen. It definitely takes a lot of them but I figure if the charities still take them, I’ll start collecting them!
Have you tried the new Heroes beer? What did you think?
I hope you’re all having a great summer and keeping as busy as I am! Last weekend I got to attend the Toronto Festival of Beer, keeping my annual tradition (I almost had to miss it for a wedding but I made it work).
For the next few “thirsty thursdays”, I’m going to be sharing with you some of my favourites for the festival. My first one is from a brand that had one of my favourites last year too. Ironwood cider from Niagara-On-The-Lake had a great cranberry apple cider this year (last year, I loved their peach). It was the perfect balance of tart and sweet and packed a punch at over 6%. It was so easy to drink and perfect on the hot day we were having!
The only downside is their seasonals are only available in Niagara-On-The-Lake, I guess it’s a great excuse to get out to the great beer and cider region of NOTL!
What was your favourite at this year’s festival?