It’s that time of year again, the Toronto Festival of Beers is just around the corner.
This year, the Toronto Festival of Beers is celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday, because well beer in Canada is amazing. There will be a #Canada150 pavilion with award winning beers, mashups and Canadian eats. I’m excited for this year’s event because there are a number of breweries on the list that I’ve never heard of, I love using festivals as a way to find out about new breweries and new beers that I might not be able to get in the city.
And this year, the Toronto Festival of Beer is expanding on their food offerings, with their #TasteTFOB Grilling Tent, featuring chefs from some of Toronto’s hottest restaurants.
And now for the real fun! I’m giving away two pairs of tickets for Sunday, July 30th. Enter below for your chance to bring your beer-loving-bestie to the biggest beer festival in the city!
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It’s world cocktail day! As if we needed an excuse! It’s a Saturday, the weather is tolerable and summer is just right around the corner, it’s the perfect time for a cocktail.
I had the opportunity to try Wyborowa, a rye based vodka from Poland. Canadian mixologist, Scott Barber from Whistler’s Bearfoot Bistro created a number of cocktails with Wyborowa for world cocktail day.
I tried Scott Barber’s Intrepid Spring:
1.5oz Wyborowa Vodka
1oz fresh lemon juice
.75oz lavender syrup
2 dashes of soda
4 muddled grapes
It was a refreshing drink and a smooth vodka, that can be paired with a great cocktail or sipped (if that’s your kind of thing). How are you celebrating world cocktail day?
This past Sunday, I got to do yoga in Indie Ale House, a place I normally only think about when I want delicious mac and cheese (the butternut squash one is my favourite). Indie Ale House also brews a number of delicious beers which we of course got to try after a morning yoga session!
If you’ve ever been to Indie Ale House, you’re probably used to just busy tables and would never expect a relaxing yoga class but that’s what we’ve got. And then we got to sample 5 beers from Indie Ale House, and it was even more fun because we got to choose our own 5th beer, which was a great way to try so many different beers!
I know that Indie Ale House sold out super quickly but the good news is, the next Detox to Retox is on sale! But grab tickets before they’re gone – we’re going back to a yogis-favourite and tickets are already half sold out! Join us in December at Left Field Brewery – see you next month!
I went to Left Field Brewery to start a beer scavenger hunt with the Barley’s Angels. I was so glad I got to go by Left Field, I don’t get out there that often as I’m not in the neighbourhood but every time I’m back, I remember why I love it.
And this time, it was their gose.
Sorry this is only half full, it was so delicious, I drank half of it before remembering to take a picture of it. This raspberry hibiscus gose was light and fruity and not to sweet. I even picked up a couple of bottles to take home with me. I would definitely recommend getting to Left Field before it’s gone!
I can’t believe that we’re almost at 2 years of #DetoxToRetoxTO. Our most recent event was at Junction Brewery, probably the last time we’ll be at their smaller space on Cawthra as they prepare to move over to their bigger location on Symes!
We had a new teacher this time, Sal, who was super intense (but also really fun), I can tell you at the end of that class, I felt like I truly deserved my beer. Never have I sweat so much for a beer – sexy, I know.
We got to try 4 beers from junction, including their Engineers IPA on cask which I don’t normally like but this was really good and of course, some old faithfuls, like stationmaster stout, one of my favourites from Junction.
Our next event in November is sold out BUT December’s will be on sale soon! See you there!
Well, there’s another one! This city is just getting more and more breweries and it’s great! This past weekend, we visited Halo Brewery for the latest addition of Detox to Retox.
This cozy little spot is new to the Junction-ish area. With constant rotating taps, you’re likely to find something new every time you’re at Halo. They pride themselves on not having a “flagship” beer. They want their curiosity and experiments to be their flagship. We got to learn about the story behind Halo and how their fun and playful brand came to be.
As part of our flight, we tried the Magic Missile, the New Wave, the Golden Ratio and my favourite, the Tokyo Rose (which was my favourite made with rosehips). I also tried the other beers, I really enjoyed the Shapeshifter and I’m not usually a fan of sours.
If you’re looking for a quiet spot to grab some fresh beer, be sure to hit up Halo.
And want to hit up the next Detox to Retox? Get on it quick! There’s only one ticket left for Junction and a few left for Indie Ale House – hope to see you there!
In Whitby, there’s a street in an industrial area that has not one but two great breweries on them (although, I believe that’s changing but right now it’s pretty convenient).
This week’s Thirsty Thursday is from one of those breweries, it was a beer I tried a couple of weeks ago called Home Sweet Home. It was a delicious lager with honey and vanilla and it was just divine. Five Paddles, the brewery, is known for being the more adventurous brewery on the block, constantly experimenting with different flavours and ingredients.
Typically when a brewery gets crazy with flavours, its hard to have more than one of their beers in a row, it can be interesting and delicious but it can also be too much. This beer was great and easy drinking (in that you didn’t need to stop at one) and because of that, they say it’s one that you can usually find in their fridge to pick up.
If you’re out Durham way, I would recommend checking out what’s in the fridge at Five Paddles.
Have you tried any of their beers? What were your favourites?
I had heard that Prince Edward County was a great place to try cider, but until last weekend I had never had the chance to try it. The County Cider Company was at the Toronto Cider Festival last weekend with a number of interesting ciders as well as their original. My favourite was definitely the blood orange. If you know me, you know I love blood orange (sweet water radler being high on my summertime favourites) and this cider was perfect. It was the perfect amount of sweetness and you could definitely taste the blood orange. Although it is a bit of a tease that you’re not able to get them at LCBO, it is just incentive to visit their beautiful cidery.
Did you attend the cider festival? Which was your favourite?
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!