Toronto’s Festival of Beer Spring Session 2015

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If you read my post about last years inaugural event you know it was one of the highlights of my drinking season. The smaller of the two Festival of Beer events it had great food, lively music and of course fantastic beer.

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I couldn’t wait for this years.  So much so that at one point I was regularly harassing them on social media if they were repeating the Spring event.  The summer event was already announced and tickets selling fast.  Of course since I’m writing this post you already can figure out that Spring Session was a go.  However there was a difference this year around. First a new venue.  A large, barren outdoor space at Sherbourne Common’s near the lake.  No overhead cover like last years making the weather a huge factor on success.  And the intimacy of a smaller crowd would be lacking.

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The Edge 102.1 was going to be a major sponsor bringing in some great bands to entertain us.  The brewery list stayed gratefully craft and while the food vendors attending were a bit sparse the ones in attendance were of stellar caliber.

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My week building up to the event was one of hourly weather updates and group texts with weird un-April like snow showing up mid way through and when the day finally came with cool but sunny skies my anxiety over event disappointment was waning.  But I still had to get over the other changes.  Venue, atmosphere, crowds.

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Fortunately photos can be deceiving and Sherbourne Common’s was not as large as it seemed.  While still bigger that the Brickworks from last year the organizers had it arranged in such a brilliant way that there was tons of space without it feeling vast.  The breweries knocked it out of the park as always.  Mill Street is guaranteed to bring their favorites as well as a new seasonal and Flying Monkeys always get creative for events like these.  My favorite of the day was from a new brewery I had never tried before, Whitewater Brewing Company from Ottawa.  They have a creamy, thick oatmeal stout that I can’t wait to try in my chocolate desserts.

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Finding a seat right in front of the stage, my group and I rarely moved except to take turns beer running not wanting to leave the outstanding line up of bands performing throughout the day.  A personal favorite, and one of the reasons I chose to attend the Saturday event were JJ & The Pillars a local band whose music and attitude epitomizes was outdoor festivals are all about. Casual, relaxed, and fun. They put together a tight, energetic performance.  These guys are super talented, make sure you check them out.

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I’m glad I was wrong to worry about Spring sessions changing for the worst.  And I feel even better that the changes only made this day even better.  As my regular event attending pal so intelligently put it ” this was the best f$%king event yet!”

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