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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So, I tried something yesterday I didn’t really think I would ever do – I went cross-stitching. At a brewery. Of course, because where else would I cross stitch?
The was cross-stitching with Caitlin, a staff member of Left Field Brewery (which continues to be one of my favourite breweries in the city). For $35, you get a pint of beer and a kit filled with items to complete the cross-stitch you picked, also the instruction of a very patient teacher, Caitlin.
When I opened my box, I knew I was in trouble. It was so cute but I was immediately overwhelmed. But a brief tutorial and several dozen questions later, I was on my way. I was however glad that the instructions said that you would not finish your cross-stitch in that time but instead, you would be able to take it home and have everything you need to complete it. Caitlin has a bunch of different designs and kits which she sells on Etsy, depending on how this one turns out (I’ll try to post a picture when complete but don’t be surprised if it’s next winter), I might get the “Wish You Were Beer” one, because, it’s true.
They’re running the event a couple more times, I would suggest trying it out if you’re looking for something fun and crafty to do, although it definitely reminded me why I don’t do crafts!
Also, I’ll include a little Thirsty Thursday, my pint was a seasonal brew with blood orange and it was really good. Not overly sweet or too fruity, still tasted like beer. Make sure to try it out next time you’re in the east end.
I love fruit beers, I know a lot of people have strong opinions to the contrary but I love them and now that we’re half way through January I can daydream of spring fruit-beers to come and until the locals one start coming out, liefmans fruitesse will do just fine.
Liefmans fruitesse is a belgian beer and its full of fruit including strawberries, raspberry, cherry, blueberry and juniper berry which is matured on cherries for 18 months. It was refreshing and tart, served over ice. If you’re looking for a very fruity beer, try liefmans, which you can find at the Town Crier.
We headed back to a fan favourite this weekend at Left Field Brewery. Every time I’m there, I’m reminded why I love this place. They’ve got the most adorable beer-themed Christmas tree in the lobby, and underneath, they are taking donations for a local shelter! So, next time you’re there – be sure to bring something for the box!
We had our class led by April, which is always lovely and relaxing. I may have been doing a lot of Child’s Pose, you know because you have to listen to your body – but my legs are still hurting me today so I have to assume I got a great workout.
Next, we were on the beer. The ladies of School House Booze now have their own pencils, which makes BINGO exciting on top of the intensity, people get really into BINGO!
Our next Detox to Retox is another big one at Henderson Brewery, but is already 50% sold out so get your tickets before they’re gone!
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!
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?
Is it bad that I’ve lost track of the number of Detox to Retoxes we’ve done? It’s amazing, and this past weekend was no different!
Henderson Brewery is one of the newest breweries in the city and they are definitely becoming a neighbourhood favourite. Walking distance to Lansdowne Station, this brewery is on Sterling, between Bloor and Dundas. I first discovered Henderson Brewery at an event at Evergreen Brickworks and I couldn’t wait until they were ready to host their first Detox to Retox!
This past Sunday, a group of over 30 participated in an hour of yoga followed by a beer tasting of Henderson’s brews! It was great to try the new beer from this very promising brewery in the west end!
Missed out on Henderson Brewery? Not to worry! The next event is August 14th at Lansdowne Brewery! Tickets are available at www.detoxtoretox.ca!
Happy 1st day of March and happy first (real) snowstorm of the winter!
I’m happy to announce that tickets are on sale for the next #DetoxToRetox. We’re excited to be returning to Junction Craft Brewing in of course, the Junction. If you’re new to Detox to Retox, it’s an hour of yoga and an hour of a delicious beer tasting.
Hopefully you’ll be able to join us for our next #DetoxToRetox but please keep in mind, Junction is a cozy facility so there is limited tickets available so get ’em before they’re gone!