Support Toronto’s Small Breweries

“Give my people plenty of beer, good beer and cheap beer, and you will have no revolution among them.”-Queen Victoria




It would kind of suck if you wanted to put out a nice cheese board, but the only stuff available came from KRAFT. Here we have KRAFT single slices, here, Velveeta, how about a little cheese whiz on that cracker? Imagine not having access to great local cheese like Monforte or Thornloe or any of your favourites, if all your cheese came from some conglomerate more concerned with the bottom line than anything else. It’s important for us as consumers to support our local artisanal brewers, bakers and candlestick makers, not simply for altruistic reasons, but because most often the product they craft is more delicious. So it is with one of our favourite food groups, Beer.




Molson Coors Canada is part-owner of The Beer Store in Ontario Brewers Retail Inc., operating as a beer distribution and retail chain, which (protected by legislation) has an over 85% market share of total Ontario industry beer sales. Molson Coors Canada owns 50% of Brewers Distribution Limited in Western Canada. On October 9, 2007, SABMiller and Molson Coors agreed to combine their U.S. operations in a joint venture called Miller Coors. SABMiller is to own 58% of the unit, which is to operate in the U.S. and Puerto Rico but not Canada, where Molson Coors is strongest. Molson Coors is to own 42%, but the parties are to have equal voting power.”-Wikipedia

Snore….Many of us trot into the Beer Store and blithely purchase the ol’ ho hum without giving it a second thought. And we are missing out on some really good stuff. Thus we are happy to report about a couple of beery events coming up next weekend that will get you up and out of the house, give you “good beer and cheap beer….” and keep you revolution-free.




First up, on Saturday, August 24, Bellwoods Brewery presents “Bellwoods Sunsplash, – a day of soul, reggae and Bellwoods beer” at Bar Volo featuring thirty taps and casks from the Bellwoods brewmeisters, and Carribean nosh made by Chefs Matt Duffy and Aiden Galligan of Cafe Boulud.

If you have to miss out on Saturday, you can still come up smiling on the following day by heading down to Kensington Market where the Kensington Brewing Company (KBCo) is hosting the Kensington Market Backyard Beer Garden. This family friendly event will coincide with Pedestrian Sunday and will consist of a licensed outdoor patio area, featuring all three KBCo beers, live music and amazing food provided on site by the vendors of El Gordo, including a variety of Mexican and South American inspired dishes.




What an awesome way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

Key Facts:

– Time: Sunday, August 25th 1pm-7pm
– Where: 214 Augusta Avenue (El Gordo and the Latin Food Court – Baldwin/Augusta)
– Discounts on our Community Supported Beer program, a crowd funding campaign to help us build our brewery.
– No Cover charge
– Families welcome (19+ for beer purchase)
– Cash only event (beer sales ticketed)

Get out there this summer and enjoy the incredible microbrews of Toronto!

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