Nine highlights of Toronto’s first ever Beer Week
Perhaps the only thing Torontonians seem to love more than patio season is the beer they drink on patios. Well, the thermometer may have dipped, but the organizers of Toronto Beer Week see no reason why they should stop slinging suds. In an homage to all things frothy and foamy, 45 bars and restaurants have banded together to celebrate the first ever Beer Week—a showcase of craft beers and foods.
Below, our Beer Week preview, with our best bets for the best ways to get tipsy from now until Sunday (the full schedule is here).
Cloak and Dagger (394 College St.) will be hosting Sausagefest from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., featuring all you can eat of 10 varieties of sausage and a 12-ounce drink for $12.
Victory Café (581 Markham St.) is holding Creemore Fest; for $5, you can enjoy a pint of Creemore Urbock and a soft, fresh pretzel.
Cowbell (1564 Queen St. W.) is putting on a Muskoka beer dinner, featuring a four-course menu with four paired beers for $40.
Bier Market (600 King St. W. and 58 The Esplanade) hosts Big Bier and Ze Big Brat for $19, where diners can make inappropriate jokes over a 10-inch bratwurst, complete with dumplings, Weissbier kraut and a 22-ounce German beer.
It’s the ladies’ night pub crawl. The event starts at Duggan’s (75 Victoria St.) at 7 p.m., then heads to Beerbistro (18 King St. E.) at 8:15 and finishes at Trevor Kitchen and Bar (38 Wellington St. E.) at 9:30. The first two women to show up receive free Toronto Beer Week T-shirts.
The Monk’s Table (1276 Yonge St.) will host the Luxuries of Life with Josh Rubin at 7 p.m., with a five-course tasting menu paired with European imports.
C’est What (67 Front St. E.) hosts the 22nd Annual Festival of Craft Breweries, offering most beer samples for only $1.
Toronto Beer Quest—sort of the Amazing Race of beer—involves contestants following clues about beers as they inch toward the finish line. Tickets are $30 (early bird) or $40 for teams of two. Check-in at 11 a.m.; event starts at noon.
Ronnie’s Local celebrates Kensington’s Pedestrian Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. with an Oktoberfest party, this time with hot sausages and German-style beers from Erdinger and Great Lakes.