Toronto beer events are a little hard to come by in autumn. I'm not sure if people are burned out on the idea of standing around drinking after doing it all summer, the fact that the weather is too unpredictable to make plans, but the season isn't as robust for beer gatherings. That said, there are some absolute gems. Quality over quantity is an adage to live by.
These are the top beer events in Toronto this fall.
Bar Hop Presents Greatest Hits, September 24
This is a pretty damn winning formula for a beer event: invite six amazing breweries and one amazing cider maker to bring some of the best beverages for a takeover of the taps at an amazing bar. Amsterdam, Bellwoods, Great Lakes, Indie Alehouse, Nickelbrook, and Sawdust City join West Avenue Cider in dominating the 36 tap lineup at Bar Hop.
Toronto Cider Festival, September 26
Taking place at Yonge and Dundas Square, the Toronto Cider Festival will feature a slew of Ontario's great hard cider makers like Angry Orchard, Spirit Tree, and angry Orchard, plus live music and an army of food trucks to keep you sated. Tickets are $30 and include four sample tokens.
Cultivate Food and Beer Festival, September 26-27, Port Hope
Cultivate takes place just an hour east of Toronto, but is worth the drive. Featuring live music from The Strumbellas, Wintersleep, and Gentlemen Husbands, the event showcases local farmers, food vendors, and craft brewers you may not have had a chance to try before like William Street Beer Co., Northumberland Hills Brewery, Manantler, Smithworks and more.
The Brewer's Backyard Torontoberfest, October 12
The always family-friendly Brewer's Backyard series of events returns to the Evergreen Brickworks just in time for turkey day, and with it will likely bring a small but interesting list of craft brewers and local eats (vendors TBD). So bring the kids to blow off some steam while the turkey cooks. No admission, pay for beer and food as you go.
Cask Days, October 23 - 25
If you're only going to attend one beer event this fall, it's got to be Cask Days. Arguably the best annual beer event held in Toronto if not all of Ontario, this year the 11th annual tribute to real ale returns to the Brickworks over five separate sessions featuring 150 participating breweries and over 300 beers. Tiered access tickets range from $35-$80 and are already selling fast.
What did I miss? Add fall beer events you've got on your radar in the comments.
Ben Johnson also writes about beer over on Ben's Beer Blog. He eagerly awaits your comment point out that one of these Toronto beer events isn't in Toronto and one isn't serving beer.
by Ben Johnson via blogTO