First order of business was to (a) buy tokens (no tokens, no beer!) and (b) to hang out a bit in the media lounge. It's a nice refuge from all the walking and standing around, and it also doesn't hurt that there are an endless supply of Neal Brothers (@NealBrothers) chips and LOL Candy trees (@LOLcandyco)to snack off of! :)
Official Beer Festival Currency
Sofie and Matilda beers from Goose Island (@GooseIsland)
Neal Brother BBQ Chips & LOL Candy Tree
Neal Brothers BBQ Chips
I absolutely could not stop eating these chips. A Kettle-style chip with an amazing combination of sweet and savory. These may very well be the best barbecue chips I have ever tasted. Don't believe me? Go get some and try for yourself!
Into the Festival
Molson Canadian Beer Tent
The 3 Brasseurs (@Les3BrasseursCa)
A great selection of local beers too!
Kensington Brewing Company's Watermelon Wheat Ale (@DrinkGoodBeer)
Drink Good Beer.
Flying Monkeys (@FlyingMonkeys)
City and Colour Imperial Maple Wheat & Orangemungus
Flying Monkeys beer is Out of This World!
Steam Whistle (@SteamWhistle)
Red Stripe (@RedStripe) - "Hurray Beer!"
Somewhere amongst the bubbly brews, we decided to go get some food and landed on these two greasy but amazing eats. An oily stomach helps you drink more, right?
Rashers Popup Tent
Rashers Popup Tent
Oily bacon goodness on a grill.
Peameal Bacon on a Bun ($6) - add mozzarella cheese for $1
In hindsight I shouldn't have asked for the cheese, because the sandwich was good enough on its own. The bacon is cooked to a crispy perfection, yet still being able to keep a nice meaty chewiness that you want in bacon.
While I didn't order any food from here, I was happy to see that one of the Harbourfront Shipping container popups Blue Goose, made an appearance. Glad more people can now try their delicious burger. (See here)
One thing I love about coming to Day 1 of the beer festival, is that it goes into the late hours of 11pm. Once night time falls, the beer festival is illuminated at every corner, accompanied by loud and upbeat music. Last year I went to the music hall to rock out to a live music performance, but this year I decided to sway with the crowds on the BudLight dance floor. The DJ was awesome!
One of my favourites this year was the Tempted No. 9 booth. I didn't stumble across this booth until late in the evening in attempt to finish off those last few beer tokens.
They didn't have taps, instead chilled cans of Tempted No. 9 Apple Cider. this particular one was their Strawberry and Lime version. Very fragrant and flavourful cider. The masked lady at the counter told me that LCBO just recently started to carry their ciders, but they are all sold out every! Will definitely be keeping a look out for this one.
Once again, Toronto Festival of Beer manages to put out a great experience for all types of beer enthusiasts. The countdown to the 20th Toronto Festival of Beer begins!