The Ontario Craft Beer Week is less then one month away

Toronto, Ontario – Ontario’s eighth annual Ontario Craft Beer Week will run from June 10-19, 2016, ending on Father’s Day. There are already plenty of unique and exciting craft beer tasting opportunities listed on the OCB Week website (www.ocbweek.ca).

“Ontario Craft Beer Week is the perfect time to support and sample the amazing variety of beers produced by Ontario’s independent craft brewers,” says Cam Heaps, co-founder, Steam Whistle Brewing and chair, Ontario Craft Brewers. There are tasting events, free brewery tours, music, art, dance, trivia and craft beer education. We invite all of Ontario to join in the celebration of Ontario craft beer.”

The goal of Ontario Craft Brewers’ week-long, province-wide festival is to celebrate the local craft beer scene and expose consumers to the premium quality and culture of Ontario craft beer. OCB breweries host events on-site at their breweries, in pubs, restaurants, and event venues throughout Ontario in cities such as Toronto, Guelph, London, Ottawa and smaller communities from Cambridge to Vankleek Hill and Kenora to Niagara.

MEDIA LAUNCH: Join us for the OCB Week official launch event & media/VIP tasting (with photo op on Friday, June 10th at 3 – 4 p.m. at Steam Whistle Brewing (255 Bremner Blvd). MEDIA RSVP HERE

This event will be followed by a public Ontario Craft Beer Week 2016 Launch Party & Sampling Event from 5 – 10 p.m. Limited tickets; unlimited samples. Proceeds from the event will go to Ontario Association of Food Banks (www.oafb.ca).

Check out a new video from the OCB Week 2015 launch event.

OCB Week is an ideal time for craft beer consumers to discover Ontario’s newest breweries. The latest members to join OCB include:

  • Barnstormer Brewing Co.
  • Bell City Brewing Company
  • Boshkung Brewing Co
  • Brock Street Brewing Co.
  • Collingwood Brewery
  • Gananoque Brewing Company Ltd.
  • High Park Brewery
  • Magnotta Brewery
  • Manantler Craft Brewing Co.
  • New Ontario Brewing Co.
  • Niagara Brewing Company
  • Northwinds Brewery Ltd.
  • Old Flame Brewing Co
  • Old Tomorrow Brewing Company
  • Redline Brewhouse
  • Refined Fool Brewing Company
  • Royal City Brewing Company
  • Stack Brewing
  • William Street Beer Company

FESTIVALS, FOOD, MUSIC, ART & MORE!

This year, along with many brewery and licensee events, there will be a multitude of community beer festivals in cities across the province. Keep checking www.ocbweek.ca for updates. Highlights include:

KING CITY – King City Beer & Food Truck Festival (Sat. June 11) – King City Craft Beer and Food Truck Festival in Memorial Park. This year’s event will play host to some of the best craft breweries and gourmet food trucks from around the Province. http://www.kingcraftbeerandfood.com/

KINGSTON – Fort Henry Beerfest & Food Truck Festival (June 11) – Raise a glass and toast the perfect kick off to summer at UNESCO World Heritage Site Fort Henry and salute Ontario Craft Beer Week! http://www.forthenry.com/events/beerfest/

LONDON – The London Beer & BBQ Show (June 17 – 19) – The event will showcase many fine craft breweries from across southwestern Ontario paired with outstanding BBQ prepared by a variety of grill masters from local and area restaurants. http://www.westernfairdistrict.com/beer-bbq-show

PETERBOROUGH – KAWARTHA CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL (June 10 – 11) – Peterborough’s second annual outdoor craft beer festival taking place in the heart of the Kawartha’s.  Kawartha Craft Beer Festival website

TORONTO – OCB WEEK Launch Party & Sampling, (June 10) – Join Ontario Craft Brewers as they celebrate the launch of Ontario Craft Beer Week at Steam Whistle Brewing. Limited tickets; unlimited samples for $30. Get tickets

TORONTO – Session Craft Beer Festival, Yonge & Dundas Square (June 11) – is Toronto’s flagship craft beer week festival featuring “Collaboration Nation” pairing craft brewers with celebrities to create great beer. Also, new this year Session has partnered with Society of Beer Drinking Ladies for an all-ladies Session from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Tickets available from www.sessiontoronto.ca.

THUNDER BAY – Sleeping Giant BEERFEST 2016 (June 18) – Celebrating the start of OCB Week and Sleeping Giant Brewing Co.’s 3rd year anniversary, northern Ontario’s craft beer leaders are throwing a BEERFEST with craft beer, food trucks, cask and more.  12- 7 p.m. 710 Balmoral Rd., Thunder Bay

Keep checking www.ocbweek.ca for more new events in the many different categories, including:

Brewery Tours: Many Ontario Craft Breweries will offer FREE brewery tours during OCB Week. Contact breweries directly to book tours and tastings and meet the real people behind the real craft beer; brewmasters, owners, sales and production people. Examples include: Free tours all week at Niagara College Teaching Brewery, Muskoka Brewery’s 20th Anniversary DJ Patio Party,.

Brewery Road Trips: Or, book a specially-priced, personalized regional beer tour, such as: the Old Toronto Beer TourTM by Toronto Beer Lovers Tour Co., Ontario Group of Touring Companies, Ontario Craft Brewery Tours or Ottawa-area, Brew Donkey.

Father’s Day celebrations: OCB Week ends on Father’s Day. Many OCB members will host Father’s Day events at the breweries and pubs. Beau’s Father’s Day celebration at the brewery, Lake of Bays Father’s Day cruise on the SS Bigwin in Baysville, Cameron’s Father’s Day BBQ, and more.

LCBO Tastings: Sample OCB beers at select LCBO locations across the province the week leading up to and the week of Ontario Craft Beer Week.

Meet the Makers/Real People, Real Beer: Sensory tastings and educational events from the passionate people behind the products, like Steam Whistle’s Meet the Makers Tour with co-founder Greg Taylor and Brewing team lead, Erica McOustra or a four-hour home brew session at Steam Whistle with the Society of Beer Drinking Ladies

Ontario Craft Beer Passport: A $20 passport gives you $2 glasses of local, Ontario craft beer at 20 different bars/pubs in both the east and west ends of the city. Buy online or at participating locations. http://www.craftbeerpassport.ca/

Tap Takeovers, Flights, Collabs & Keg Swaps, Trivia Nights, Pub Crawls, Music, Art, Dance, Games, highlights include:

  • Danforth multi-brewery/bar pub crawl with Wellington Brewery, Innocente, Black Oak & Steam Whistle;
  • Craft Beer Mashup Festival at the Grover (remix your beer with hops, spices & herbs) with beer judges from Beer judges from Side Launch, Brimstone, Beau’s, Wellington and Brew North;
  • Tunes Among the Tanks at Brimstone Brewery;
  • Steam Whistle’s Unfiltered & Craft Beer Trivia at bars across the province;
  • Lug2Logger: A Beau’s and Sleeping Giant Tap Takeover in Thunder Bay;
  • Sway & Sip: Craft beer & Nia in Toronto;
  • Painting with Pints at Steam Whistle Brewing;
  • Mini Brewfest at the Brew Café & Bar in Hamilton;
  • Karaoke Craft Brewery challenge at An Sibin in Toronto;
  • Battle of the Brewery Bands at The Only Café in Toronto.

Interested parties with event ideas or requests should contact their local brewery, visit www.ocbweek.ca or send an email to ocbweek@ontariocraftbrewers.com.

Proceeds from Ontario Craft Beer Week will go to The Ontario Association of Food Banks (OAFB), a network of 125 food banks, and over 1,100 hunger-relief agencies, across Ontario. To find out more, please visit: www.oafb.ca

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