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Beer and Running in Canada

I was recently asked to put together an article detailing 42 ways beer & running play together in Canada. Unfortunately the final copy turned out dramatically shorter and quite a bit different from what my editor led me to believe. So here’s the full article, pretty much as it left my word processor.

Maybe you’ve seen the conflicting studies about the merits of beer as a recovery drink. Does it really help with re-hydration or are you actually undoing some of the positive effects that come from a good run? The simple truth is a beer after running isn’t going to do you a world of harm, nor is it going to make you significantly more prepared for the next time you lock your laces. So just drink it and be happy.

Beer & running go together like race kits & Instagram. And in Canada, we pair a race and a chaser very, very well. From West to East, in downtown cores, country lanes and wooded trails, Canadian Milers love beer as much as Canadian Marathoners love beer. You probably don’t need any more reasons to put the two together, but the next time you’re sitting at a pub, trying to rub the knot out of your aching calf, here’s 42 things you can ponder about how beer and running intersect in the Great White North.

  1. The Beer Mile is Canada’s gift to the rest of the beer running world. Back in 1989, seven friends in their late teens and early twenties got together for the first unofficial run, in Burlington, Ontario.
  2. One of those seven was 17-year-old (underage drinker) Graham Hood, who would go on to finish ninth in the 1,500 meters at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.
  3. Members of that original seven brought the Beer Mile to Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, where the Kingston Classic set down the official ground rules – known as the Kingston Rules – which still govern the sport today.
  4. In 1997, Canada’s Seanna Robinson set the Women’s world record in a time of 6:42. Her world-beating mark would hold up until 2014. Not surprisingly, Robinson was a student at Queen’s.
  5. American James “The Beast” Neilson, who brought the Beer Mile to new prominence when he ran sub-5:00 last year… is actually born and raised in Canada.
  6. On August 8th, Mississauga’s Lewis Kent ran the fastest beer mile ever – a blistering 4:55.78 – breaking the record Australian Josh Harris set just one day earlier.
  7. I spoke to Kent two days prior to his world-beating mark. The 21-year-old (get your head around that – he still gets carded every time he buys racing supplies) is confident he can still go faster. “I haven’t hit a plateau yet. Since October I have shaved over a minute off my time and continue to cut off big chunks of time. I feel I still have quite a bit of room for improvement, and aim to break 4:55 by the end of 2015.”

    Lewis Kent at the Toronto Spring Beer Mile. Photo: Koray Salih
    Lewis Kent at the Toronto Spring Beer Mile. Photo: Koray Salih
  8. Kent and his friends are pioneering a new beer running activity he calls the Pub Run. “We do our best to set fair teams of 5-6, and create a list of pubs you must run to, in order. The catch: each team must finish a pitcher at each bar.” The number of pubs and distance between each is based on the number of participants.
  9. Sidenote: Canadian sprinting phenom Andre de Grasse has to return to Canada if he wants to drink beer legally. The 20-year-old spends most of the year racing for the University of Southern California (USC).
  10. Beer Miles happen all over Canada but the most interesting might be the Trail Beer Mile an hour north of Ottawa… which means it’s in Québec, so 18-year-olds are welcome to join (actually so are the younger set, but they drink root beer, instead of the full-strength beverage from Ottawa’s Broadhead Brewing). Unlike a “traditional” beer mile contested on an oval track, this one loops a 400-meter path in the woods.
  11. Brennan Harvey, one of the organizers of the Toronto Beer Mile (which has run seasonally since 2012) recalls one memorable race when competitors started shotgunning still more brews 100 meters after finishing their four beer in four laps.

    Lewis Kent joins RunTOBeer, 2 days after setting the BeerMile world record.
    Lewis Kent (in orange) joins RunTOBeer, 2 days after setting the BeerMile world record. Photo: William Chaupiz, Night Terrors Running Crew
  12. Two days after recently setting the new world record, Kent and fellow Canadian Beer Mile teammate, Phil Parrot Migas, joined RunTOBeer, accompanying 110 others en route to Toronto’s Rainhard Brewery.
  13. RunTOBeer*Disclosure: RunTOBeer – Toronto’s craft beer running club – started in 2014 when I came up with the idea to get other runners together for a light workout before hitting a pub. Our first two runs, before we ever thought of naming the club, featured a grand total of two runners: Tej Sandhu & me. We now have more than 850 members, run at least once every two weeks and end our runs with free beer supplied by a sponsoring brewery.
  14. Out on the left side of the country, the East Van Running Crew does something similar, hitting up different breweries at finale of each journey. Crew leader Ryan Chilibeck says EVRC tested a couple other meeting points before trying breweries, but the magic just wasn’t there. “We tried Parallel 49 Brewery on a Monday Night in June of 2014 and it just felt right. There was free parking, it was a staple of East Vancouver and people got beer after their run… it was perfect. We have done just over 52 weeks of brewery meetings (with a couple of pizza/beer runs thrown in) and don’t plan on changing the format any time soon.”
  15. Chilibeck also drew my attention to the Bridge Brewing North Shore Growler 10k, wherein runners carry two 1.89l growlers (of water) the entire distance. What makes this particularly awesome is that 24 of the 25 registrants actually finished the run, which entitled each to one month of two growlers being refilled each week, with North Shore Pale Ale. BeerMeBC.com calculated that as “363 litres of beer that was given away, not including a few pints consumed at the event.”
  16. In Calgary meanwhile, the Calgary 5k Run and Beer Fest offers a unlimited amounts craft beer at the end of the short run, for a $39.99 entrance fee.,
  17. At the other end of the Dominion, the Fredericton Beer Run has been around since 2013 and this year attracted more than 300 runners, all of whom ended at a festival featuring 18 different breweries, plus cider and mead. Event spokesperson Lloyd Chambers said the run is staged annually on New Brunswick Day, to cap off summer long weekend. “We actually host the Fredericton Craft Beer Festival in March and the run came out of the idea of pairing our love of beer and running. We planned a small event to keep craft beer visible in the summer and it just took off.” The Fredericton Beer Run has 4k, 6k and 12k distances.
  18. Down the road in Saint John, they saw the success of their New Brunswick neighbours and pulled together the first Port City Beer Run in May of this year. Distances for that race were 3k, 5k and 10k.
  19. You know who else does 3k, 5k and 10k? RunTOBeer. We do things differently from any other club I’ve seen however. Rather than everyone starting at the same point, our 10k runners travel half the distance where they collect the 5k crew. 2k later we meet up with the rest of the runners and all drink together.

    At RunTOBeer, we all drink together... like here at Mill Street Beer Hall.
    At RunTOBeer, we all drink together… like here at Mill Street Beer Hall.
  20. RunTOBeer inspired the soon-to-launch Winnipeg beer running group, PEG Beer Run Club. Headquarted at PEG Beer Co – a brewpub expected to open this December in the city’s Exchange District – runs will take place Sundays, ending back at the clubhouse. Says President & Founder Nicole Barry, “Our run club details will be announced on Twitter @PEGBeerCo this fall. We are also planning a bike club, x-country ski club, and a yoga club. Craft beer and active living fit so well together.” Barry – who hoped to start the running club earlier, but broke her foot – likes to follow her own runs with a Phillip’s Bottle Rocket ISA.
  21. Steve Abrams, co-founder of Toronto’s Mill Street Brewery, has been a runner since high school, when he was active in cross country and track. In 2012, he started taking it more seriously to honour the terms of a New Year’s Resolution. “I woke up with a particularly brutal hangover and decided this was the year I was going to really get back in shape and complete a full Marathon. So I signed up for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, New Years Day and waited until the spring thaw to start serious training. I completed the Marathon with a less-than-stellar time but was proud nonetheless of the accomplishment.” His go-to beers after running: Pilsner in the summer, or a Mill Street Tankhouse or Oktoberfest when the leaves start to change colour.
  22. Another fan of Tankhouse is Canada Running Series Race Director Alan Brookes, whose office is stumbling distance from Mill Street’s Distillery District brewpub (not that he ever drinks during office hours, he assures me).
  23. Last year Mill Street hosted the first “beer run tune-up” in advance of the 2014 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. It was so successful that other Toronto breweries – Amsterdam Brewhouse, Left Field Brewery and Rainhard Brewing – have also hosted tune-ups with Canada Running Series. Mill Street hosted its 2nd annual, on September 13th.

    Coors Light Half Marathon, circa 1991. Photo: Canada Running Series
    Coors Light Half Marathon, circa 1991. Photo: Canada Running Series
  24. Brookes says his organization’s ties to beer go back to its earliest days, when Coors Light hosted its first Toronto Half Marathon (that year there was no Toronto Marathon). At the time, according to Brookes, the radio market in Toronto was becoming saturated, and classic rock station Q107 came up with a plan to hang on to Molson’s advertising dollars. Molson had got the license to brew Coors Light in Canada when it was still commonly tagged as The Silver Bullet. “It was positioned as a downtown, yuppie beverage.” The radio ad exec had the idea to go to Molson and say that if he didn’t start spreading his beer money around to all the other outlets in town, “he would give them this amazing, healthy lifestyle, six-pack of road races in downtown Toronto as a gift-with-purchase.” Instead of just getting just a bunch of 30-second spots “he would have these unforgettable, run experience occasions.” From that came the Coors Light Toronto Half Marathon and 5k.
  25. Winners in the early days – including American Joan Benoit Samuelson, who won the first ever Women’s Olympic Marathon in 1984 – received trophies that resembled Coors Light cans with runners atop.

    Alan Brookes with Joan Benoit Samuelson, 1991 (note the trophies). Photo: Canada Running Series
    Alan Brookes with Joan Benoit Samuelson, 1991 (note the trophies). Photo: Canada Running Series
  26. Vancouver’s Rob Watson, who finished eighth in the Men’s Marathon at the recent Pan Am games, generously sprinkles his social media accounts and podcasts with references to his love for craft beer. Follow him at twitter.com/robbiedxc
  27. Know who else loves beer? If you believe her Twitter bio, London, Ontario’s Lanni Marchant, who also happens to be the Canadian Women’s record holder in the Marathon.
  28. Canada Running Series is currently working with RunTOBeer to add more beer-related events to this year’s Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, including a visitors’ pub guide and post-Marathon festivities.
  29. Another RunTOBeer partnership is Canada Beer Run, which did its Toronto leg in September, starting and ending at the Mill Street brewpub. We did a Father’s Day tune-up run to boost exposure and registration for the Toronto Beer Run. All 500 spaces for the 11.5 km route, which paused at 3 Brewers on AdelaideSteam Whistle Brewery, Amsterdam Brewhouse and 3 Brewers on Yonge sold out. Canada Beer Run encourages costumes, water guns, whistles and plenty of other mayhem.
  30. The Toronto run spun out from the success of the Ottawa Beer Run, which launched in 2103 and now sells out an impressive 1,000 spaces. It’s grown so large that two separate routes – 9.5k and 14.5k options — are mapped to accommodate everyone. Along the way, runners sip from Big Rig, Lowertown, Beyond the Pale, Mill Street, Clock Tower, 3 Brewers and Kichesippi breweries.

    Canada Beer Run
    Canada Beer Run
  31. The model branched out even further this year, with Collingwood’s beer run set to debut in early October. Featuring stops at Side Launch Brewery, The Collingwood Brewery, Northwinds Brewhouse and a station serving MacLean’s Ales (from nearby Grey County), the actual route should be announced shortly. “We were thrilled to add Collingwood as a new event this year,” says Sara Sterling. “The response from the town, the breweries and the local folks has been awesome so far!”
  32. Look for the fourth location – Kitchener-Waterloo – to be added to the 2016 calendar.
  33. Maybe you’re thinking to yourself, doesn’t that region already have a run that coincides with the largest Oktoberfest outside Germany? They do. They have the K-W Oktoberfest 5k fun run. Oddly, it has absolutely nothing to do with beer.
  34. Edmonton’s Hash House Harriers seem to have found a way to include brewskis into any type of occasion, including snowshoeing during the winter and monthly runs on the Friday closest to the full moon. Impressive!
  35. Speaking of monthly runs, the Mikkeller Running Club now has chapters in three Canadian cities. Part of a worldwide network that started in Copenhagen in 2014, members purchase a Mikkeller Running Club t-shirt, which entitles then to a free glass of Mikkeller beer at the end of each run. So if a runner from Chicago happens to be in Toronto on the first Saturday of the month – as happened in August – he can wear the shirt he brought from home and still collect his drink at the end of 5k.

    Alex, with a Mikkeller Running Club shirt from Chicago
    Alex, with a Mikkeller Running Club shirt from Chicago
  36. Montréal launched the first Canadian chapter in May, hosted by Brasserie Harricana. The brewery itself only opened in December. “My partners and I are sports enthusiasts – our beers are numbered instead of named, in honor of our sport jerseys,” explains Head Brewer Mathieu Garceau-Tremblay. “When I discovered MRC on Facebook it seemed natural to host the chapter here in Montreal (I am a big fan of their beers). The owner Marie-Pier Veilleux ran marathons a few years ago – when I presented the project everyone here was really excited. We still don’t know what’s going to happen during wintertime. We will conduct a small survey to see if people are courageous enough to run at minus 20.”
  37. Vancouver’s MRC is led by Mark Galvani, a certified beer judge and manager of Steamworks Liquor Store in Gastown. Because Mikkeller Beer is curiously difficult to get into British Columbia, the Vancouver club ends each run at Steel Toad Brewpub, and drinks from the brewery’s own taps.
  38. The Toronto chapter of MRC came about after my RunTOBeer co-director, Tej Sandhu, happened to be in the U.K. when the London chapter debuted. One thing led to another, and we completed our first MRC run in June, starting and ending at the Bier Markt King West. Unlike our friends in Montréal, we already know we’ll be running through the winter.
  39. The Achilles 5k St. Patrick’s Day run starts and finishes at Toronto’s historic Roundhouse; home to Steam Whistle. The downtown brewery cheerfully shares its popular Pilsner at the conclusion of the race.
  40. If you’re looking for something a bit more rural, The County Marathon in Ontario’s Prince Edward County offers runners a free beer from Barley Days at the finish.

    RunTOBeer from Muskoka to Sawdust City, September 2015
    RunTOBeer from Muskoka to Sawdust City, September 2015
  41. Meanwhile, up in Ontario’s cottage country, Sawdust City Brewing organized a September 19th run, from Muskoka Brewery to their own brewery, some 13km away. RunTOBeer took 20 runners from Toronto, on a bus provided by Sawdust City. Brewmaster Sam Corbeil is a very active runner himself.
  42. Another trail run in the same area falls on October 4th, sponsored by Muskoka Brewery. It, too, is connected to RunTOBeer. We’re did a series of three “Venture Off the Beaten Path” trail runs in Toronto’s ravine and trails, with free pints of Muskoka Detour at the end of each session. Participants’ names were put into a draw for passage to the Muskoka run, with each additional pint of Detour purchased earning runners another entry into the draw.

The Biggest #RunTOBeer Yet!

A few weeks ago I was asked to host the introduction of three breweries (Liberty Village, Great Lakes and Nickel Brook) to the membership of Toronto’s SOHO House. That’s where I got into a beer-fueled brainstorming session with Tej Sandhu – who coordinates the SOHO House craft beer launches – and his very astute wife, Andrea.

Tej, you should know, is the co-founder of #RunTOBeer. When I put out a series of tweets last March for others to join me in a jog to Mill Street, he was the only one to show up on a punishingly cold Sunday morning, to putter along over 5km of ice and misery. Since then, he and I have been working together to build a running club that’s both enjoyable and rewarding (we have a few big announcements to make in the next couple of months).

Tej & me, following our February run to BarHop
Tej & me, following our February run to BarHop

But Andrea suggested we could grow the club even more if we added a shorter route, for those that aren’t quite ready to do 5km.

And yeah, she nailed it. I think it’s pretty safe to say ours is now the fastest growing running club in Toronto, if not Canada.

For our May 18th run to the Brewer’s Backyard, for the first time we have three (3) distance options. As soon as we announced that, the numbers began to swell.

Then blogTO caught wind of it and suddenly everything blew up. We went from expecting 30 Victoria Day runners, to possibly north of 200!

Brewer's Backyard, Queen Victoria's Secret
Brewer’s Backyard, Queen Victoria’s Secret

We’ve had to make a few adjustments, like shifting the start times earlier so we arrive as the event opens. I’m already dreading the ticket lines, but I’ve been in touch with the event organizer and we’ll do what we can to make things move a bit more smoothly. As for the brewery reps — I can’t even imagine how they’ll be able to pour fast enough, with everyone arriving at once.

But as far as we’re concerned, the more runners the better.  If you’re interested in joining what will likely be Toronto’s biggest free run this year, the details are on our Facebook event page.

Running on Schmohz 120

Hours before tonight’s Toronto Beer Run, I really wanted a beer. A week ago I had the same thought a couple hours before doing a 10km at Mill Street, and ended up with a Granville Island Hefeweizen in hand. It was tasty, but not the best brew to consume before running.

Schmohz Brewery‘s 120, on the other hand, was a stellar choice. It’s a non-alcoholic option available from Toronto’s Premium Near Beer. Slightly sour with a thin body, this is an excellent, thirst-slaking drink for before or after a run (interestingly, the brewery sponsors an annual 5km in its hometown of Grand Rapids, MI).

I appreciate that Premium Near Beer has notes on its website because when I pulled 120 out of the fridge I had no idea what to do with it. Schmohz’s own site has no regular listing for this particular beer. The label describes it simply as a “Malt Beverage” which doesn’t help me figure out how to pour it. Proper glassware affects the beer’s aroma, carbonation release and even the way it lands on your tongue. Style descriptors are useful. Thankfully premiumnearbeer.com informed me this is a well-carbonated, amber pale ale style.

Schmohz 120 Malt Beverage
Schmohz 120 Malt Beverage

There’s plenty on the nose (grain, with a bit of toffee, apple and dried apricot). The taste is dominated by a refreshing lemon juice quality, with fresh-baked bagel and a touch of caramel sweetness.

Overall, it’s great summer afternoon choice, especially when you’ve planned an active evening.

NOTE: After writing all this I started searching around for others' reviews of 120, only to find nothing remotely like mine. I know 120 was discontinued at one point, but popular demand forced it back into production. I'm not sure if this is a new interpretation of the original run or mine was just off, but I thoroughly enjoyed what I consumed and stand by my description.


Scheduling a run on a day when the forecast high was -11 maybe wasn’t my best idea. By the time the starter’s pistol fired only one other runner had made his way to the start line. According to the Weather Network it felt like -22 at 11:03 a.m., and that’s when Tej Sandhu (@WeWriteBeer) and I turned to the East and began kicking and skating our way through five kilometres of frozen, snow-packed sidewalks.

A week earlier I grabbed a Bixi and tried finding a scenic route closer to the Waterfront. Sheets of ice, ponds of slush, sheets of ice terrifyingly hidden under ponds of slush and the 2015 Pan Am Games rattled me from that daydream.

A couple days later I jogged from Trinity Bellwoods to Mill Street’s Beer Hall and the course was set.

Two days before the run I knew I wouldn’t be jogging in a large group despite a surprisingly high number of retweets, replies and favourites for my Twitter campaign. Five more centimetres of snow was about to repaint the streets and the mercury announced its intention to burrow for the weekend.

“Fuck it,” muttered I, in a moment of pristine eloquence. “I can roll out of bed and run five k.” If there was even a chance anyone else would be there I would slog my way through whatever conditions I faced even if it made me sick. Want to guess what happened?

So I made myself sick. From the time I got home on Sunday afternoon until this morning, I didn’t leave the house once.  Thankfully Netflix recently added a bunch of Ken Burns, because sitting up wasn’t easy.

It probably didn’t help that I spent Saturday evening at Bier Markt on King, enjoying a beautiful service of some damn fine Unibroue offerings, including Blonde de Chambly (new to me) and a deliciously aged Noire de Chambly (2010). The evening started with my first of two beer cocktails made from blackberry reduction, Éphémère Cassis and Blanche de Chambly, and ended at a friend’s table with a bottle of my ever beloved, Trois Pistole. A newer Noire de Chambly, some exceptional 17 Grande Réserve and a pint of Maudite also passed my lips in those resplendently flavourful hours.

Blanche de Chambly, Noire de Chambly
Blanche de Chambly à côté de Noire de Chambly

Consuming a bunch of beer the night before running could have presented enough of a challenge. The fact that frites was the “vegan option” at Bier Markt didn’t make it any easier.

Regardless, it was a great night that preceded the first ever #BeerRunTO (henceforth to be known as #RunTOBeer). Thanks to Nicole, Tyrone, Kris and Daniel for having me along. Also, to Grew Clow and his wife Sheryl for not abandoning me with the two sacrilegists that left half their beer at our shared table.

Tej and I made it to the Mill Street Beer Hall in 30 minutes, despite the horrid chill and occasional pedestrian pylons. That was faster than planned, but considering it was only the pair of us, not altogether surprising.

Mill Street Sour Cherry IPA
Mill Street Belgian Style Cherry IPA
Photo: Tej Sandhu (@WeWriteBeer)

If you get a chance to try Mill Street’s Belgian Style Cherry IPA, you should. Neither the fruitiness nor the bitterness is overpowering. I think I’d prefer it in the spring, but I definitely enjoyed this first one.

Related: Mill Street Releases Belgian Cherry IPA - Canadian Beer News

Tomorrow I expect to be back to 100% and testing a route for the next beer run. Since next Sunday is the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, I’ve circled Saturday the 15th on my calendar. Hopefully the conditions improve and a few more people make it out. Either way, I’m loving the look of this High Park / Indie Ale House route.

High Park to Indie Ale House
Proposed Route: High Park to Indie Ale House


Hey Big Rock, I’m coming to see you next week and I’d like to introduce you to my friends.

Since my college days in Lethbridge, many, many pints ago, we’ve had a pretty solid relationship. Sure, we’ve seen less of each other since I moved to Toronto twelve years ago, but we’ve stayed in touch. Two, three times a year I’d come back to Calgary and we would share a table on the patio of the Ship & Anchor, belt out some tunes at Ducky’s or catch a game at Schanks. When my job took me to Red Deer, I took myself to The Rock because rumour had it you were hanging out at the bar under an assumed identity. I’m not positive that was you, but the conversation sure did seem familiar.

A few years ago I swung by your place to check out the Kasper Schultz. I see you’ve picked up some shiny new Nano gear from Specific Mechanical since then. Congrats! I’m pleased to see you’re still having fun conjuring your magic.

A few weeks ago I read a Herald article about how the company’s President recognizes the growth potential in Ontario. That Bob Sartor guy… he seems like a pretty sharp dude. You’ve got to like someone that encourages creativity, respects tradition and invests in being an industry leader.

As successful as you’ve been as a Regional Brewery, it’s inspiring to see you still take an active role in great causes like Unity Brew, and that you give social media props to the micros like Wild Rose, Brew Brothers and Alley Kat, which are also close to my heart. Your ongoing commitment to charity through The Eddies makes me proud to call you my friend.

People here in Toronto – they don’t know you like I do, but they do ask. I tell them about Ed McNally’s background in law and his successful court challenge on behalf of barley farmers. I tell them how your Brewmaster, Paul Gautreau, worked every position on the floor while building his impressive international brewing credentials. I tell them that if they’re ever lucky enough to get a McNally’s Extra on this side of the country they should invest in a good cigar to go with it. I speak of you often and I speak of you fondly.

Actually, that’s what I’m coming to see you about. When I’m sitting at the Town Crier, telling my neighbours about the beautiful combination of Fuggles (Old World) and Cascades (New World) that sets your IPA apart, they get it. If I could find SAAZ Republic on tap, I could also explain the subtle, peppery goodness that makes it distinct in the Canadian market and it would find plenty of fans here too. I want to talk to you about telling your story to more people out here.


This last year I’ve immersed myself in the industry. I’ve completed two of three levels towards my Prud’homme Beer Sommelier designation (the third to be completed this Spring), authored a slew of beer-related articles for The Toronto Standard and spent quite a bit of time on the road, getting acquainted with the beer scene in New York, Montreal, Belgium and The Netherlands. I’ve connected to the local industry, having made friends with publicans, beer writers, festival goers and other craft beer enthusiasts around these parts. They’re really good people here in Ontario. I know you would get on with them beautifully.

Beer drinkers here are awfully bright. They take pride in the contents of their glass. They love that Mill Street Organic is now 100% Canadian-sourced organic grain. Torontonians boast about Steam Whistle’s water conservation initiatives, which are both inspiring and good for the bottom line. They adore Beau’s – the first brewery in Canada to achieve B-Corp Status – for its all-natural approach to beer and benevolence.

Your own admirable initiatives – the barley and pea fields you’re planting, the customizable greenhouses for your hops, your generous festival sponsorships – would resonate with these good people.

I want to help, my friend. I’ve built a lot of goodwill on this side of the country. So can you.

I’ll be there next week. Please let me know a good time to stop by.

Photos from Toronto’s Festival of Beer

The Toronto Standard just posted my latest article: Your Advance Guide to Toronto’s Festival of Beer

It’s shorter than most of my other articles because I wanted to let pictures tell more of the story, but the editors only ran with three of them.

Here are more photos from a truly great day out.

Entrance to Toronto's Festival of Beer
Entrance to Toronto’s Festival of Beer


The Great Lakes 666 Devil's Pale Ale Hearse
Dancing on the Devil’s Pale Ale Hearse
The Great Lakes 666 Devil's Pale Ale Hearse
Dancing on the Devil’s Pale Ale Hearse
The Great Lakes 666 Devil's Pale Ale Hearse
The Great Lakes 666 Devil’s Pale Ale Hearse
Steam Whistle hats!
Steam Whistle hats!
Steam Whistle hats!
Big Wreck’s Ian Thorley
Steam Whistle hats!
Dude in a Steam Whistle hat checking out Big Wreck’s Ian Thorley
Steam Whistle hats!
Steam Whistle hats!
Steam Whistle hats!
Steam Whistle hats!
Steam Whistle hats!
Steam Whistle hats = romance
If you can't get a Steam Whistle hat, this will do.
If you can’t get a Steam Whistle hat, this will do.
Great Lakes Caskapalooza
Great Lakes Caskapalooza
Flying Monkey's
Flying Monkeys
Mill Street
Mill Street
Mill Street went with a carnival theme in 2012
Mill Street went with a carnival theme in 2012
Portable Toilet Village
Portable Toilet Village
Splashing around after knocking back a few
Splashing around after knocking back a few