Trolling Twitter came in handy as I had no idea there was an upcoming beer festival at the Only cafe. So when I found that the Only teeter about it. I got right on it and asked them about it. They were pretty great and tweeted back a link and I was able to set up events for the Toronto Beer Lovers. I went for both the Friday and Saturday and had a pretty great time chatting with everyone and negotiating the crowd. As crowded as it was all of us at Only Friday night were classy and as kind as we could be trying to get around to all the different beer. It made a huge difference in how the night could have gone. So cheers to everyone who was out. I did actually manage to write about some of the beer I got to try. Saturday night not so much. The blogging and social media stuff took a backseat to good company and being part of he event.
Friday, I started with the Wellington one off IPA casked ale. Housed in a wooden cask it has a citrusy woody flavour which made for a nice comparison the the Black Oak Hop Bomb cask which I had later in the night.
The Hop Bomb had it’s own wood flavour brought on by the hops rather than the vessel. The Beaus Treading Water was a fun blend of their Bog Water and Lugtread beers. The mix came out seeming very floral and seem wheat flavours coming through from the bog water side.
The Railway city pomegranate beer was pretty interesting. It came off very juicy like grapefruit juice. I would choose this for a brunch beer it would be awesome with good smoky bacon, eggs and strong coffee.
I was pouring the Black Oak Hop Bomb cask for awhile. It’s a strongly hopped pale ale which comes out of the cask very nicely being both highly drinkable and carries woody hop flavours. As mentioned above a nice beer to follow up the Wellington IPA casked beer with. Giving you the opportunity to appreciate the differences and similarities.
Beaus Beaver River IPA boasting a full hoppy flavour and newly available in the LCBO. (I’ll need to pick some up and give it another try). The Only was passing out Mulled beer to help keep us warm on the patio. It took some getting used to but was quite good.
Sawdust City Ol’ Woody Alt Ale amazingly drinkable. The Long Dark Voyage to Uranus was a phenominal Stout and the name was subject to lots of funny jests. While they continue to look for a building Sawdust City has brewing their extraordinary beers out of Black Oak and the Niagara Brewing College.
Flying Monkeys had the Netherworld and an Imperial stout. St. Ambois Wee Scotch Ale was pretty decent as well.
The Saturday was a whole lot more social for me. A bit more drinking went on as well. Nice to see Junction,Kensington brewing, Nicklebrook and all the others out on the back patio. Afterwards the other Toronto Beer Lovers and I went down to C’est What for even more craft beer and met up with the rest of the group for our monthly gathering.