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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!

Get Tickets to Spring Beerfest TO Saturday!

Get Tickets to Spring Beerfest TO Sunday!

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.

Get Tickets to Spring Beerfest TO Saturday!

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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Get Tickets to Spring Beerfest TO Sunday!

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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What is Spring BeerFest TO?

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Where do we start? In a nutshell, it’s a beer festival in the spring. We are the same people who run the legendary summer event, Toronto’s Festival of Beer. We’ve been doing beer festivals for a long time. Inspired by our fans who demanded more, we launched the spring version a few years ago. We called it Spring Sessions of Toronto’s Festival of Beer. That name was waaaaaaaay too long, so we just changed it to SpringBeerFestTO.

You can expect about 17 top notch breweries. Some you have heard of and some you haven’t. You can expect some super tasty food options. You can expect roasting marshmallows. You can expect games. You can expect a solid afternoon/evening out. Earlybird tickets are now on sale:

Get Tickets to Spring Beerfest TO Saturday!

Get Tickets to Spring Beerfest TO Sunday!

General Admission tickets are $25 and come with entry to one day of the event and a commemorative sampling mug. Hoptimized tickets are $35 and get you in an hour early, 10 tokens, a commemorative sampling mug and a buffalo plaid #SBFTO buff that looks like this:

So, put it in your calendar… May 19th & 20th, 2018 is SpringBeerFestTO. (Formerly known as Spring Sessions) Celebrate great beer, tasty food and #CottageVibes during the Victoria Day Long Weekend. All the fixings of a cottage in the heart of the city. More info soon! Go ahead and give us a follow/like on the following:

SpringBeerFestTO on Instagram

SpringBeerFestTO on Facebook

SpringBeerTO on Twitter

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Recap of Last Year: What A Weekend!

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What a weekend! As we clean off our white sneakers and look back, a few things come to mind. Here’s a list of takeaways from a glorious weekend that included a little Saturday sun, a little Sunday rain and whole lotta cottage vibes…

The Trews Are Incredible: Seriously, Colin’s voice hitting those high notes in Highway of Heroes made me shed a tear.  And that encore. No words. Too good.

Rain Can’t Stop The Pouring: We had 18 brewers and thousands of attendees who powered through some serious sunshine on Saturday and some serious rain on Sunday.

Elliott Brood Are Cottage Vibes: These guys just have the perfect sound for a long weekend. I mean, the vibe on Saturday with the sun and the food and the brews and the people was unreal.

Roasting Marshmallows Is An Art: A 4pm each day, we sparked the fire pits and broke out the marshmallows. Roasting a marshmallow is a simple pleasure. Impossible not to smile when you crush a perfectly golden brown roast.

Soccer Darts Is Hard: We are thankful for Toronto Sport & Social Club for bringing some sporting activities to Spring Sessions. It was super cool to try soccer darts, but it also exposed a weakness in our footy 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. Tiny Toms Donuts. Chimney Stax Mac n Cheese (with the beer cheese sauce), 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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Top 6 Things To Do At Spring Sessions THIS WEEKEND!

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Spring Sessions of Toronto’s Festival of Beer happens THIS weekend at Fort York Garrison Common!

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

Hours: Noon to 7pm on Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21.

We will have plenty of activities for you and your mates this weekend. We created a Top 5 list to highlight what is going on at Spring Sessions … and because people tell us ‘You’ll get more clicks on the article if it’s a Top 6 list”:

1) See Live Music

Juno award-winning outfit Elliott Brood are playing a live acoustic Campfire Session on Saturday, May 20. Then, the very next day, Canadian Rockers The Trews will play their very own Campfire Session on Sunday, May 21. Pick your day and use code SAVEFIVE to take $5 off your tickets.

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Use code SAVEFIVE to save $5 off Tickets!

2) Become a Legend at Soccer Darts

THIS IS BREAKING NEWS… The Toronto Sport & Social Club are bringing Soccer darts to Spring Sessions. We’re hearing that this may be the biggest thing to hit Toronto since the invention of the beautiful game! Haha. We totally can’t wait to try it!

3) Own The Bocce Court

Some reports stat that Bocce is the most played activity in the world. Thankfully Track & Field Bar has picked up on the trend and will be at Spring Sessions to host all your bocce needs. Bocce Standards Association rules apply. (Totally just made that rules part up. Apologies to those who are actually a part of the BSA. No disrespect homies.)

4) Roast A Marshmallow, or ten!

Hanging around a fire pit is pretty much mandatory. It’s like Rule 1 of the cottage: “If your clothes don’t smell like camp fire, were you actually even at the cottage, bro?” We have confirmed approval from the executives that marshmallow decisions…. THERE WILL BE MARSHMALLOWS!

5) Taste A Brew

18 brewers will showcase their wares this weekend at Fort York: Garrison Common. HERE’s the list of who is coming.  Our recommendation is to take your time. Sample it, don’t just drank it all down. Brewers work super hard to craft each brew. This is their life work. Enjoy it… and as always, please sample responsibly.

6) Eat Some Food

We hand selected and curated our favourite food purveyors and here’s a quick list of who will be there: Mustache Burger, Chimney Stax Baking Co, Ontario Corn Roasters, Oyster Boy, Tiny Toms, and Smoke’s Poutinerie. HERE’S the list.

There you go. Some tips from us to you. Here’s a video to get a taste from last year…

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TFOB x GLB Presents #BeerHuntTO

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Hello Beer Friends and Beer Fam, As you all know TFOB Spring Sessions is back at Fort York Garrison Common with a great line-up of ice cold beer and tasty food, alongside some killer live music from The Trews and Elliott Brood. Tickets are on sale now and the link is below… But first! Let’s talk about winning stuff. Introducing #BeerHuntTO. This is a collaboration between the fine folks at Great Lakes Brewery and us, the gang at Toronto’s Festival of Beer.

Here’s the skinny:

You have the chance to score yourself some Spring Sessions tickets, along with some stylish GLB gear. This is sort-of-like a scavenger hunt, but made super simple. Check out THIS link from GLB which explains everything. All ye need to know is that awesome stuff is to be won and you need to follow GLB on Twitter and GLB on Facebook.

More on Spring Sessions:

Do you have plans for the May Two Four Long Weekend? Well… now you do! Toronto’s Festival of Beer Spring Sessions happens May 20 and May 21 at Fort York: Garrison Common. Come experience a curated selection of beer and food alongside cottage vibes and live music. New this year: Acoustic Campfire Sessions featuring Elliott Brood and The Trews.

Get Spring Sessions Tickets Now!

(and use code SAVEFIVE to save $5 off your tickets)

Discover a new brew, taste some killer culinary, play some cottage games and watch some amazing bands play acoustically in the Campfire Sessions. Sounds like a perfect cottage weekend … without the commute!

Here’s some quick links:

 

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