OCTA cheered for beer at this April’s Brew Benefit: 12 Ontario craft beers, delicious food, patio-worthy weather, and all for a good cause. What more could you ask for a Sunday afternoon?
On April 7th, Dishcrawl hosted Toronto’s first Brew Benefit, with proceeds going to The Stop Community Food Centre. The Stop strives to increase access to healthy food in a manner that maintains dignity, builds health & community, and challenges inequality. Over 140 beer-enthusiasts came out for this lager-filled event, and set out on afternoon beer crawl to six amazing Toronto spots.
Let’s talk about the beer! First stop was Amsterdam Bicycle Club featuring Amsterdam Brewery’s Big Wheel and Boneshaker, with a side of sizzling popcorn shrimp and nachos. Big Wheel offers a truly balanced amber ale taste, while Boneshaker lives up to its name with it’s over-the-top hit of hops.
Next door is Scotland Yard, which served up Mill Street Brewery’s Tank House Ale and Vanilla Porter along with a serving of classic Canadian comfort food, poutine and nachos! Tankhouses’ malty taste balanced well with the sweet richness of the Vanilla Porter. Bier Markt showcased Spearhead Brewery’s Hawaiian Style Pale Ale and Belgian Stout alongside their slow smoked BierBQ brisket. The Hawaiian style has a bold hoppy flavour, and is brewed with pineapple (!), while the Belgian stout is smooth and creamy.
Fionn MacCools poured out beers from Duggan’s Brewery: No.9 IPA and No.5 Sorachi Lager. The No.9 delivers big malts, big hops, and big flavour, while the No.5 offers a clean and crisp Asian-inspired taste, brewed using Japanese rice and Sorachi Hops. One of our favourites of the day! At Great Burger Kitchen, we indulged in beer braised chicken poutine along with a couple glasses of Beau’s All Natural, trying both their Lug Tread Lagered Ale (golden and light) and Beaver River I.P.Eh. (hops, hops, hops!).
Last, but certainly not least, was Berber Social featuring Great Lakes Brewery’s Crazy Canuck Pale Ale and Orange Peel Ale. Fingerling potato chips, mac and cheese and fish tacos finished off the crawl, a much needed snack after 12 beers! The Orange peel ale is a perfect summer beer, sweet and fruity, while Crazy Canuck gives a bitter and balanced taste.
Great beer. Great food. Great cause! ‘Till next year…
About The Stop Community Food Centre
The Stop strives to increase access to healthy food in a manner that maintains dignity, builds health and community and challenges inequality. They strive to meet basic food needs and, at the same time, foster opportunities for community members to build mutual support networks, connect to resources and find their voices on the underlying causes of hunger and poverty.
Dishcrawl started off as a simple idea to explore different foods, restaurants, and neighborhoods in our local area has blossomed into who we are today. A company that is dedicated to re-imagining the way people experience food, drink, and their local communities.