The Ontario Craft Brewers (OCB) Beer Week is set to get underway this Sunday, and with over 110 events confirmed to date, choosing which event to attend is a challenging task.
Here is my biased opinion on five events you do not want to miss.
1. Bryden's Best of the West (Sunday June 20th)
Great Lakes Brewery and Black Oak Brewery will be featuring exclusive cask-conditioned ales along with rotating taps. Meet the brewers and reps of both breweries. The event starts at 3pm and runs until 6pm.
Bryden's will also be serving food that pairs well with the beers people are sampling to help celebrate how good beer/breweries can be found in the west end of Toronto, and to help kick off OCB Week. Space is limited, call ahead to confirm availability (416)760-8069
Bryden's - 2455 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON
barVolo will be featuring an array of Belgian inspired ales on tap brewed by Ontario craft brewers. The Following beers will be available starting Monday, June 21st, 2010 until supplies last;
Beau’s Matt’s Sleepy Time Belgian Imperial Stout, Beau’s/Koningshoeven Vrienden Wit, Black Oak Summer Saison, Grand River Ploegers Vlaams Rood, Mike Duggan TBA, Mill St. Betelgeuse Tripel, Mill St. Belgian Wit, Nickelbrook Belgian Dubbel, Nickelbrook Organic Wit, Publican House Eight or Better Tripel.
3. Five X Beau's At Black Tomato (Tuesday June 22nd)
Lug Tread, Beaver River, Screaming Beaver, Festivale, Vrienden, Oh My! Stop by the Black Tomato for some amazing food. Order a pint or a flight, sit back and think about how cool it is to have five Beau's brews at the the same bar at the same time!
Black Tomato - 11 George Street, Ottawa, ON
4. Cass' & Troy's First Annual OCB Pub Crawl (Wednesday June 23rd)
Join Cass Enright and Troy Burtch on Wednesday June 24th for their first annual OCB Week Toronto Pub Crawl. Starting at 6:30pm, Enright and Burtch will lead a group on a walking pub crawl through the Annex and Kensington area of Toronto. Prices, speeches, and stories, this pub crawl will be one to remember. It will also mark the launch of the voting for the 2010 Golden Tap Awards.
List of pubs to visit: Victory Cafe, Caplansky's Deli, Ronnie's Local 069, The Embassy, and The Cloak and Dagger - all craft beer supporters. See more details in post above later today.
An evening of cask conditioned ales at Great Lakes brewery, featuring cask conditioned ales from:
Great Lakes, Muskoka Cottage Brewery, Flying Monkey's Brewery, F&M Brewery.
Meet representatives from each brewery and sample their unique one-off beers paired with food samples. $10 per person. Held outside if the weather permits!
Then get yourself to The Session on Saturday. There will be a booth there that has a big announcement that you don't want to miss!