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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Lots to do this Weekend

There are a number of events happening this weekend in the Toronto area should you be looking for something to do or looking for something good to drink.

Ces't What's Spring Festival Of Small Breweries
C'est What publican George Milbrandt and staff are at it again, holding another craft breweries beer festival at his eccentric pub. The festival starts at 5pm and runs until 10pm, enough time to get in and sample from anywhere to 30 to 40 regular, new, or special beers. There will be no admission to gain entrance to the event and samples can be purchased for the low price of $1. Click here for more information regarding the confirmed beers to date.

Great Lakes Brewery Annual Charity BBQ
Great Lakes, Toronto's oldest operating craft brewery will be holding their annual charity BBQ at their brewery this Saturday between 12-6pm. There will be live music, good bbq'd food and Great Lakes beers of course. 100% of the proceeds from all beer sales from the retail store will be donated to The Gatehouse, serving those hurt by child abuse. For more information, contact Great Lakes at: 416-255-4510 or send them an email at As mentioned, the bbq is being held at the brewery.

30 Queen Elizabeth Blvd.
Toronto, Ontario
M8Z 1L8

Doors Open Toronto
On Saturday and Sunday, historic properties throughout Toronto will open their doors for those interested to learn about Toronto's past and do so for free. The Steam Whistle Brewery is located in Toronto's aesthetically pleasing John St. Roundhouse, a structure that dates back to 1929. As such, Steam Whistle will have their doors open for people interested in tours and curious architecture buffs alike. This is a perfect opportunity for those who have never visited the brewery to get in and taste some lager and see how Steam Whistle has helped preserve a great piece of Toronto history. Doors will be open on Saturday: 10-6pm Last admittance: 5:30pm and Sunday: 10 am to 5 pm Last admittance: 4:30pm.

Steam Whistle is located at:
255 Bremner Blvd,
Toronto, ON. M5V 3M9
Telephone: 416-362-2337


papastonch said...

Craft beers at $1 a time? I wish I was over there! Is there any chance of moving Toronto a bit closer to England?

Troy Burtch said...

Papastonch: Quick let's trade lives. Ya, not sure how big the samples will be but a good deal none-the-less.

I enjoy your blog. It paints a nice picture in my head of what pubs should be like. Thanks for the link.


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