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Spring Beerfest TO starts this weekend! Here is what you need to know…

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Spring BeerFest TO starts this weekend! Tickets are now on sale, and cottage vibes are in the air! All that’s left to do is figure out are the deets… important stuff, like… how will I get there? Should I wear my flowy tank and khaki shorts or my jean jacket and summer dress with the flowers on it? Can I bring water? Will my backpack be okay? Where can I find my favourite beer? Let us help you with those answers so that you’re guaranteed to have your best Spring BeerFest TO yet! Below are the Top Tips on enjoying SBFTO…

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Location: Fort York: Garrison Common. HERE is a map.

Saturday & Sunday Hours:

  • 12:00pm – Gates Open
  • 6:30pm – Last Call
  • 6:45pm – Taps Off
  • 7:00pm – Closed

10 – What You Can Bring…

  • Valid photo ID – This is a 19+ event (a photocopy of ID does not count). Valid ID includes: Drivers License, Passport, or Ontario Photo Card.
  • Your Ticket. (Best to print it out and bring with you, unless you ordered a mobile ticket)
  • Sunblock
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Bags are restricted to small purses, totes and drawstring bags only. Bag size may not exceed 14” x 11” x 5” (35cm x 28cm x 12cm), or 30 linear inches (75cm) in total, and must have no more than one singular pocket or opening.
  • Comfortable Shoes
  • Cash
  • TTC tokens / PRESTO card
  • Mobile phone – to take selfies, call a cab, ‘Ubes’ or Lyft – Please enjoy responsibly, don’t drink and drive.
  • Raincoat, Umbrella (check the weather before you leave home)
  • Blanket

9 – What You Can’t Bring With You…

  • Pets (We love them, but they can’t come with you)
  • Children (We love them too, but they can’t come with you. This is a 19+ event)
  • Any type of Water Bottle – We have FREE WATER available all weekend long through our festival Quench Buggy meant strictly for drinking. You don’t need to bring that fancy water bottle!
  • Food
  • Chairs
  • Backpacks and bags with multiple pockets as well as Hydration packs are prohibited
  • Coolers
  • Large video cameras
  • Selfie Sticks (seriously, are these things still a ‘thing’? lol)
  • Cameras, other than for personal use
  • Mobile phone charger (there is no place to plug it in)
  • Water guns
  • Your own glassware/bottles.

8- Should I Bring Cash?

Yep. We appreciate plastic just as much as the next person, but cash is king at the Festival. We have teams walking around (pictured) that will be selling tokens and they’ll only accept cash. We’re not saying empty your bank account, but be prepared if you want to move around quickly.  ATMs will be on site. Token Booth do accept Credit Card Payments, but we always reco cash for getting ‘er done quickly.

7 – How Do I Get Tokens?

Tokens are the onsite currency. 1 token = $1. Most samples onsite are 1 token for a 4oz pour. Some brewers charge more: imports and premium brands. There are dedicated booths that sell tokens, along with mobile token teams. They will be easy to spot.

6 – Can I Bring A Backpack?

The quick answer is no… Bags are restricted to small purses, totes and drawstring bags only. Bag size may not exceed 14” x 11” x 5” (35cm x 28cm x 12cm), or 30 linear inches (75cm) in total, and must have no more than one singular pocket or opening. We’ll be using metal detector wands and searching all small bags, totes, and drawstring bags at the gate – it’s not that we don’t trust you, it’s just how it goes! You’ve all been to events before and witnessed someone giving security a hard time over searching their belongings. The reason we do it is not because you’re a criminal, but because we want everyone to be safe and have a great time.

5 – What If I Want To Drive?

Don’t drive! It’s a Beer Festival and chances are you’ll be enjoying some beverages. Please enjoy the convenience of the TTC, a cab, an Ubes or even a Lyft. Yeah, we said Ubes. Just no drinking and driving whatsoever.  If you are the DD, here’s some parking info: we do not have designated parking for the festival. We recommend finding Pay Parking in Liberty Village or City Place, or just avoiding driving altogether, if that’s an option for you.

4 – Great Beer is Great Beer

There will be a bunch of different brews to try. HERE is the list of breweries that will be at #SBFTO 2019.

3 – Bring Your Appetite

The food purveyors we have this year are second to none. HERE are some of them!

2 – Game On!

Archery Tag. Bocce. Giant Jenga. Giant Chess. HERE is the full list with pics!

1 – Drink Water & Dress for the Weather

Seriously, stay hydrated. We will have a water station for you to rinse and refill. Just take your commemorative mug (which you get when you arrive), rinse it out and fill it up at a water station. And don’t forget to wear sunblock. Even if it is grey and cloudy. This is vital. Sunblock and water are soooooooo key!! It’s looking like clear skies and warm weather for both days with a slight chance of some scattered showers towards the very end of Sunday but hey that shouldn’t stop us! Even if it rains, we pour. Below is the weather forecast we pulled from The Weather Network:

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Let’s Play Some Games!

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Our crack team of researchers have determined the four pillars of an incredible cottage experience. They are: 1) Spending time with your friends. 2) Enjoying some good beer. 3) Eating lots of food. 4) Doing fun stuff.

We’d like to focus on the ‘Doing fun stuff’ part in this blog, but if you want to see what food and brews will be there, check HERE. So, since we are all about the cottage vibes, we will be filling Fort York: Garrison Common with games, games and more games. We’re also super stoked to welcome back the gang from Track & Field BarBangarang Bar, and Archers Arena who will run some of their awesome games on-site like last year. It all goes down May 18 & 19!

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Without further ado, here’s a list of games:

Bocce: Our friends at Track & Field are bringing the bocce balls. Did you know the little white marker ball is called the pallino? *mind blown*

Archery Darts: This is where you can channel your inner Aria Stark and shoot some arrows at a giant dart board. Archers Arena are a bunch of legends for setting this up.

Giant Chess: “Pardon me Brad, may i suggest Bishop to Rook 4?” Put your giant brain to use with giant chess.

Giant Jenga: Is this the blockchain everyone keeps talking about? You take a block from the bottom and you put it on top. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

Giant Connect 4: Come make a connection at #SBFTO. The name of the game is in the name of the game. You game?

Giant Beer Pong: Who amongst you will step up and be a beer pong legend? Check in with the SOBDL when you arrive to book your time to play!

Corn Hole: Bangarang Bar is bringing their cornhole masters to run this game. We suggest you start practicing your celebrations now. We are hoping that every time you toss a beanbag in the hole, you celly like there’s everyone watching… because chances are, a large amount of people will actually be watching you.

Kan Jam: This is one of our favourite outdoor games to play when we are away at the cottage. The way Kan Jam works is you place two kans at about 50 yards apart from each other while you and your teammate stand on opposite ends. One person throws a ‘flying disk’ in the direction of the can your teammate is standing next to, while your teammate attempts to hit the disk in to the kan. It’s scored up to 21. We know you’re going to pick this game up very quickly and who knows… by the time it’s all over, your team could officially be crowned the raining champs for SBFTO 2018.

This is a serious amount of games. We are really excited. BUT this could not be done without the help of a few key partners. With that said. whatchya waiting for?? Grab your tickets now and lock in your May Long Weekend plans:

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#SBFTO2019 happens on May 18 & 19!

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From the people who bring you Toronto’s Festival of Beer! Spring BeerFest TO happens May 18 & 19, 2019. There is only one type of ticket for this event and that’s a General Admission ticket. You must be legal drinking age 19+ to purchase. Proper ID is required. We love children, but there are no children permitted on site. We also love pets, but unfortunately you need to leave your pet at home. This event happens rain or shine. This is an outdoor event. There are no refunds or exchanges. There will be be no refunds in the event of cancellation due to inclement weather. No in & out privileges. Please drink responsibly. Here are some common questions we get asked…

Where is Spring BeerFest TO?

Spring BeerFest TO happens at Fort York: Garrison Common. HERE is a map.

When is Spring BeerFest TO?

Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19 of the May Two-Four Weekend.

What are the hours of Spring BeerFest TO?

12pm to 7pm on Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19. Taps turn off at 6:30pm on both days.

Are tickets on sale now? (Hint: YES!)

You can lock in your plans for the May Two-Four weekend now by clicking the button(s) below or on the home page of our website! Also, feel free to sign up to our email database HERE and we will let you know when we release our list of brewers and games.

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What comes with a ticket?

General Admission tickets are $24.00 and come with entry to one day of the event and a commemorative sampling mug.

What kind of entertainment is at the event?

We have a ton of awesome games which you can find HERE, and music from Conor Cutz!

Conor Cutz is an open-format DJ and entrepreneur hailing from Toronto, Canada. Known for his turntablist background and ability to read any crowd, Conor redefines the role of a party DJ through style and sophistication.

Conor has worked closely with coveted brands such as Versace, Cadillac, Red Bull and Fashion Magazine to name a few and has been seen playing both corporate and club events across Canada, the U.S. and Western Europe. Most recently, Conor was asked to perform an exclusive U2 after party at the top of the CN Tower, and even appeared as a headliner for one of Canada’s largest cultural festivals on behalf of Toronto Dominion Bank.

Conor Cutz currently holds residencies at some of Toronto’s most notable venues including The Four Season’s Hotel, Brooklynn, SOHO House and more.

How do I get to Spring BeerFest TO?

Transit or cab is the best way to get to the event. Please do not drive. HERE are the best routes direct from the source: the people at Fort York Garrison Common

Can I leave and come back in?

There are no in/out privileges.

What happens if it rains?

This is an outdoor event. Please come prepared. The event happens rain or shine. You can bring your rain gear. Make sure you bring a rain jacket and rain boots are probably not a bad idea either. Umbrellas are allowed.

Is there parking?

We highly recommend you do not drive, but understand that some designated drivers need to find parking. Fort York Garrison Common list THESE as the closet parking spots.

Can I cover Spring BeerFest TO as Media?

Please email info@beerlicious.ca and put in your request.

Can I be a vendor at Spring BeerFest TO?

We are pretty full up this year, but we run many events throughout the year. Reach out to arizona@beerlicious.ca to see if there is a future fit!

Can I bring my children?

This is a 19+ event that includes beer. Although we love children, they will not be allowed on the grounds. This also means that we cannot allow babies in. This is tough for us, because babies are the best. No strollers, no babies, no children. We can only admit those who are 19+.

Can I bring my dog/cat/parrot/baby goat?

No pets with the exception of service animals and their human. You can, however, show us pictures of your pet when you are here.

Where do babies come from?

Storks.

Anything Else?

info@beerlicious.ca is our email address.

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Spring Beerfest TO is Back and Tickets Go On Sale April 9!

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That’s right! The ultimate cottage in the city party is back again with amazing cottage games, delicious beer, and tasty food trucks for your enjoyment. Who needs the real cottage anyway when you have this event right in your backyard, right? It all goes down at Fort York: Garrison Common during the Victoria Day long weekend (May 18 & 19).

Tickets for Spring Beerfest TO go on-sale April 9th at 11am and cost $24.00 but you can purchase your tickets before anyone else if you sign up to our email list! Also, feel free to give us a follow and a like on our social channels below! Much appreciated. #BeerLove #SBFTO2019


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What A Weekend! Thank You From The SBFTO Team!

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What a weekend! As we sit back and reminisce the chain of events this weekend and look back, a few things come to mind. Here’s a list of takeaways from a glorious weekend that included a sunshine on both days despite looking glum at first with the Saturday morning rain, and a whole lotta cottage vibes…

BackUp DJ and Bobby Love Are Incredible: Seriously, this dynamic duo brought the hits to Spring Beerfest TO this year and it shows. That dance party in front of the stage on both days was EPIC!

Rain Can’t Stop The Pouring: We had 17 brewers and thousands of attendees who brought the sunshine with them on Saturday and because of that, we thank you and love you for it <3.

A Proposal Happened On Sunday: We witnessed a beautiful couple’s proposal happen on Sunday. It was such a magical moment and we are very happy we got the chance to share that with you!

Kan Jam Is Hard: Our newest game to Spring Beerfest TO ended up being our most difficult game but it was so much fun! It was super cool to try Kan Jam, but it also exposed a weakness in our disk throwing game. Gotta get practicing. See you next year.

Bocce Is Perfect: There is no greater past time on earth. You can hold a brew in one hand and toss some bocce balls in the the other. It’s like there is balance in the force.

Pairs With Beer: Funny how things just pair so well with beer: Pizza from Pizza (700) Settecento, Tiny Toms Donuts, Smoke’s Poutine… we could go on.

All in all, a pretty solid May 2-4 Long Weekend. We hope you enjoyed yourself. Yes, we are doing it all again next year. Same time, same place.

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Saturday & Sunday Hoptimized Tickets Sold Out!

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Can we just say… You Beer Lovers are totally awesome! That’s because Saturday and Sunday Hoptimized tickets for Spring BeerFest TO (SBFTO 2018) on May 19 & 20 at Fort York: Garrison Common are officially SOLD OUT! All other ticket types are still available… so get yours while supplies last.

Ticket Info:

General Admission Tickets are only $25 which is great value considering the awesome time you’re going to have!

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We also posted about all the awesome games you can enjoy at the SBFTO 2018. If you haven’t had a chance to see what’s in store, you can read all about it by clicking HERE.

It’s the ultimate cottage in the city experience with ice cold beer, delicious eats from some of Toronto’s most popular food trucks, cottage vibes, fire pits, marshmallow roasting and so much more. See you at Fort York: Garrison Common today for our final day and don’t forget your sunblock!

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The Official Spring BeerFest TO Buffs Are In!

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If ice cold beer, incredible food, awesome games, and cottage vibes wasn’t already enough of a reason to buy your tickets to Spring Beerfest TO on the May 19 or 20 at Fort York: Garrison Common, then maybe this will help… Our official SBFTO branded buffs are in!

Anyone who purchases a Hoptimized ticket to the event gets one of these upon entry, in addition to being able to enter 1.5 hours before gates open and ten (10) tokens that can be used to purchase beer, food, and even festival merchandise. This is going to be an amazing weekend so don’t miss out!

Also, did you know that you can wear these buffs in 12 different ways? Here is a video that BUFF Headwear made which shows you exactly how to wear it:

Ticket Info:

General Admission Tickets are only $25. Consider upgrading your experience with a $35 Hoptimized Ticket which gets you early entry, 10 tokens (for food or brews) and our buffalo plaid Spring Beerfest TO Buff.

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Get Tickets to Spring Beerfest TO Sunday!

We have a ton of awesome games you can enjoy at the SBFTO 2018. If you haven’t had a chance to see what’s in store, you can read all about it by clicking HERE.

It’s the ultimate cottage in the city experience with ice cold beer, delicious eats from some of Toronto’s most popular food trucks, cottage vibes, fire pits, marshmallow roasting and so much more. See you there!

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Early Bird Tickets Sold Out!

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Dear Beer Lovers… It’s our responsibility to let you know that Early Bird tickets for Spring BeerFest TO (SBFTO 2018) on May 19 & 20 at Fort York: Garrison Common are officially SOLD OUT! Regular prices are now in effect… so get yours while supplies last.

Ticket Info:

General Admission Tickets are only $25. Consider upgrading your experience with a $35 Hoptimized Ticket which gets you early entry, 10 tokens (for food or brews) and our buffalo plaid Spring Beerfest TO Buff.

Get Tickets to Spring Beerfest TO Saturday!

Get Tickets to Spring Beerfest TO Sunday!

Last week we posted about all the awesome games you can enjoy at the SBFTO 2018. If you haven’t had a chance to see what’s in store, you can read all about it by clicking HERE.

It’s the ultimate cottage in the city experience with ice cold beer, delicious eats from some of Toronto’s most popular food trucks, cottage vibes, fire pits, marshmallow roasting and so much more. See you there!

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Shall We Play A Game?

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Our crack team of researchers has determined the four pillars of an incredible cottage experience are: 1) Spending time with your friends. 2) Enjoying some good beer. 3) Eating lots of food. 4) Doing fun stuff.

We’d like to focus on the ‘Doing fun stuff’ part in this blog, but if you want to see what food and brews will be there, check HERE. So, since we are all about the cottage vibes, we will be filling Fort York Garrison Common with games, games and more games. We’re also super stoked to welcome the Society of Beer Drinking Ladies who will be helping us run some of these games on-site during event. And the gang from Track & Field Bar and Bangarang Bar will be here May 19 & 20 as well.

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Without further ado, here’s a list of games:

Soccer Billiards: This is you chance to Bend It Like Willie Mosconi! (No need to Google his name – he was one of the great pool players of all time) Stretch your legs. Challenge your friends. Bragging rights are on the line.

Bocce: Our friends at Track & Field are bringing the bocce balls. Did you know the little white marker ball is called the pallino? *mind blown*

Archery Darts: This is where you can channel your inner Katniss Everdeen and shoot some arrows at a giant dart board. Archers Arena are a bunch of legends for setting this up.

Volleyball: Yes, we are indeed setting up a volleyball court inside #SBFTO so you can bump, set, spike your way to victory. Make sure you check-in with Society Beer Drinking Ladies who will be running this one!

(Photo by Jenn Pierce)

Giant Chess: “Pardon me Brad, may i suggest Bishop to Rook 4?” Put your giant brain to use with giant chess.

Giant Jenga: Is this the blockchain everyone keeps talking about? You take a block from the bottom and you put it on top. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

INDIE 88: Yes, our awesome friends at INDIE 88 are coming to #SBFTO and they are bringing the worlds greatest street team with them. Rumour has it that their set-up includes a sweet way to get some prizes… it’s PLINKO. This might be the greatest thing ever.

Giant Connect 4: Come make a connection at #SBFTO. The name of the game is in the name of the game. You game?

Giant Beer Pong: Who amongst you will step up and be a beer pong legend? Check in with the SOBDL when you arrive to book your time to play!

Corn Hole: Bangarang Bar is bringing their cornhole masters to run this game. We suggest you start practicing your celebrations now. We are hoping that every time you toss a beanbag in the hole, you celly like there’s everyone watching… because chances are, a large amount of people will actually be watching you.

Kan Jam: This is one of our favourite outdoor games to play when we are away at the cottage. The way Kan Jam works is you place two kans at about 50 yards apart from each other while you and your teammate stand on opposite ends. One person throws a ‘flying disk’ in the direction of the can your teammate is standing next to, while your teammate attempts to hit the disk in to the kan. It’s scored up to 21. We know you’re going to pick this game up very quickly and who knows… by the time it’s all over, your team could officially be crowned the raining champs for SBFTO 2018.

This is a serious amount of games. We are really excited. BUT this could not be done without the help of a few key partners. Click the links below to get more info:

Society of Beer Drinking Ladies

Track & Field Bar

Bangarang Bar

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#SBFTO Presale Has Now Ended.

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The Spring Beerfest TO Presale has now ended. Thank you for your support! If you want to notified of the next offer, check out the form at the bottom of this page.

Event Info:

Spring Beerfest TO is May 19th and 20th at Fort York Garrison Common. Hours are 1pm to 7pm each day, but a Hoptimized ticket gets you in at Noon – an hour earlier. And gets you this sweet buffalo plaid buff…

Ticket Info:

General Admission Presale Tickets are only $20. Consider upgrading your experience with a $30 Hoptimized Ticket which gets you early entry, 10 tokens (for food or brews) and our buffalo plaid Spring Beerfest TO Buff. (pictured above)

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Beer & Cider & Food:

There will be at least 17 brewers in attendance, which include Big Rock Brewery, Brickworks Ciderhouse, High Park Brewery, Moosehead Brewery, Mill Street Brewery, Landshark Lager, Waterloo Brewing, Lost Craft Brewing Co, Great Lakes Brewery, Spearhead Brewing Company, and No Boats On Sunday Cider alongside a whole host of food trucks including Mustache Burger, Tiny Toms, Chimney Stax Baking Company and more.

Cottage Vibes:

Besides the brews and the food, there will be a whole bunch of games to play. We’ll announce all those games soon!

 

 

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