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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Session 99 Craft Beer Festival

I can tell - you're already excited about this news. I know I am.

The Session Craft Beer Festival is coming back, albeit with a new name: Session 99 Craft Beer Festival, so mark the following date (Saturday June 25th) on your calendars!

Last year the Session Craft Beer Festival ran into some bad luck - rain, G20 protests, TTC transit issues... yet the organizers, Jed Corbeil and Curt Dunlop, still did a great job getting people to the event to sample a number of excellent beers from breweries from across Canada.

This year, armed with a new location and a new focus, Corbeil and Dunlop have already put together a solid line-up of breweries that will be participating in the event at 99 Sudbury, capping off what is expected to be a great Ontario Craft Beer Week.

"We're doing it up big this year," said Corbeil over a pint at barVolo a couple of weeks ago. "Garrett Oliver (from the Brooklyn Brewery) will be in town for a Friday night beer dinner and he'll be our special guest to open the festival."

The guys are also introducing a "Best of the Fest" award, along with a "Best One-Off or Cask" award, so they are encouraging the pariticpating breweries to bring their A game.

Tickets are now on sale on the Session 99's website, so head that way and grab a couple early. The $35 ticket allows you entrance to the festival to be part of the opening ceremony with Oliver, to sample over 100 different craft beers (see list below), take in terrific bands and other entertainment, and it gets you a limited edition tasting glass.

1. Central City Brewing (Surrey, BC)
2. Phillips Brewing Co. (Victoria, BC)
3. Howe Sound Brewing (Squamish, BC)
4. Lake of Bays Brewery (Baysville, ONT)
5. Mill St. Brewery (Toronto, ONT)
6. Brooklyn Brewery (Brooklyn, NY)
7. Muskoka Cottage Brewery (Bracebridge, ONT)
8. Cameron's Brewing (Oakville, ONT)
9. County Cider Compnay (Picton, ONT)
10. Spearhead Brewery (Toronto, ONT)
11. Amsterdam Brewing (Toronto, ONT)
12. Wellington Brewery (Guelph, ONT)
13. Beau's All Natural Brewing (Vankleek Hill, ONT)
14. Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery (Barrie, ONT)
15. Great Lakes Brewery (Etobicoke, ONT)
16. Microbrasserie Charlevoix (Saint-Paul, QC)
17. Dieu Du Ciel (St-Jérôme, QC)
18. Trois Mousquetaires (Brossard, QC)
19. Trou Du Diable (Shawinigan, QC)
20. Black Oak Brewing Co. (Etobicoke, ONT)
21. Kensington Brewing Company (Toronto, ONT)
22. Railway City Brewing Co. (St. Thomas, ONT)
23. McAuslan Brewing (Montreal, QC)
24. Duggan's Brewery (Toronto, ONT)
25. F&M Brewery (Guelph, ONT)
26. Nickel Brook - Better Bitters Brewing Co. (Burlington, ONT)
27. Rogue Brewery (Newport, OR)
28. Spirit Tree Cidery (Caledon, ONT)
29. Thornbury Village Cidery (Thornbury, ONT)
30. King Brewery (Nobleton, ONT)
31. Weihenstephan (Germany)
32. Hop City Brewing Co. (Brampton , ONT)

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