With all of the running I had done in the past few weeks, it was time for a beer (or 12) - and July is the month of beer festivals. My beer girls and I hit 3 of our favourites before resting our livers a bit in August. Here’s a quick run down of where we drank and what my top picks were:
July 1 – FunkFest @ SawDust City Brewing
If you like sour, funky beers Funkfest is a real treat. Started in 2016, this festival brings sour and funky beer from across Ontario to one place for your drinking enjoyment. Held on the Saturday of the Canada Day weekend, you should mark your calendar for this very well run festival! Lots of porta-potties, roving token sales, free bottled water, great live music and of course the BEERS.
Moonlight Porter from Waller Street Brewing
Dulcis Succubus – Brassin Spécial from Le Trou du Diable
July 8 – Durham Craft Beer Festival @ Downtown Oshawa
Amazing BBQ for lunch and a great line-up of Ontario breweries The Durham Craft Beer Festival is a great local option. Hosted by Buster Rhinos this festival features many breweries from Durham Region as well as across Ontario. Low ticket prices ($25 regular ticket), a large tent to provide shade and helpful volunteers make this a must-do festival.
Renegade Series #5: Cinnamon and Cardamon Begian Tripel from Cowbell Brewing Co.
Passionfruit Sour from Rouge River Brewing
July 29 – Toronto Festival of Beer @ Bandshell Park
The big one. Years ago The Toronto Festival of Beer outgrew it’s previous location at Fort York and moved to Band Shell Park on the CNE grounds. Beyond the mind-numbing variety of beers, micro, macro and everything in between this festival boasts a great musical line-up (see Sloan in the photo on the left). The porta potty situation could have been better but the lines moved relatively quickly. Lots of great food options. However, more picnic tables or seating options would be a nice improvement.
Ghost Bitch from Flying Monkeys
The Vicars Cross Double IPA from Boxing Rock Brewing (Nova Scotia)