Roundhoused by the Roundhouse Craft Beer Festival

Steam Whistle Brewing�s Roundhouse Craft Beer Festival was held Saturday and Sunday, and let�s just say some of us are still recovering from all of the golden deliciousness and tasty treats.

It was hot and humid, so what better way to cool down than with 40 choices of Ontario craft beer and cider? There were also 15 food trucks in attendance, because sampling just isn�t the same without snacks.

Amsterdam Brewery, High Park Brewery and Black Oak Brewing Co. among others represented Toronto, but other vendors hailed from further out. Wellington Brewery from Guelph, Side Launch Brewing from Collingwood, The Publican House Brewery from Peterborough, Sawdust City Brewing Company of Gravenhurst, and Highlander Brew Co. from South River�operations from all over the GTHA and beyond came down to Roundhouse Park to showcase their wares.


On the snack side, Bombero�s Gourmet Nachos, BUNZ Urban Cuisine and Gorilla Cheese doled out scrumptious goods to pair with the beverage selection, while Sugar Mamma�s and Chimney Stax catered to those with a sweet tooth. And that was only a third of the vendors!

With live music, wood sculpting and free t-shirts raining down from on high also added to the mix, you�d be hard pressed not to declare this event a bubbling, frothy success. We can’t wait to see what Steam Whistle Brewing have in store for us next!


 Brews taste-tested (and highly recommended) by yours truly:

  1. Sunlight Park – Left Field Brewery
    This beer was created in honour of Toronto�s first professional baseball stadium!
  2. La Cloche Belgian Blonde - Stack Brewing
    Golden with a slight haze and lacy white head. The beer features fruity esters, rich malt character, and a hint of spice.
  3. Ironwood – Hard Cider
    Their flagship dry cider, made with 100% fresh-pressed Ontario apples
  4. Downhill Pale Ale – Collingwood Brewery
    A generous amount of American and European hops perfectly balance its robust malt character, yielding a full-flavoured ale with distinct citrus notes.
  5. Check Engine Amber Ale – Redline Brewhouse
    Aromas of caramel and toffee with fresh bread and light floral hop character mixed in.
  6. Lagershed – Shawn and Ed Brewing Co.
    It was a toss up between this brew and their barrelshed, aged in Pinot noir barrels!
  7. Wind-Shear Watermelon - Barnstormer Brewing Company
    Windshear has a white foamy head, sweet watermelon aromatics, smooth body and ends clean with a quenching watermelon finish. 
  8. Forgotten Lake Blueberry Ale – Lake of the Woods Brewing Company
    This beer is subtle with a clear fruity nose. Muted blueberry, low bitterness and medium body.
  9. Amber Solace – Smithavens Brewing Company
    This one was a big hit… but it’s only brewed for festivals and special events. You’ll have to find them at an event near you try it!
  10. Hopfenweisse – All or Nothing Brewhouse
    The nose on this beer was nuts! Everything from Banana, Bubblegum, Pineapple, Papaya, Mango and even a little Grapefruit.
  11. Beat the Heat Belgian Wheat Beer – Black Oak Brewing
    Inspired by the farmers of Belgium who would brew beer during winter months for consumption on hot summer days, our Beat the Heat Belgian Wheat beer incorporates orange zest and coriander seed to create a light bodied ale with complex earthy and citrus notes.
  12. High Noon – Publican House Brewery
    his is an easy drinking beer. It was the perfect end to our sipping experience!


Love beer? Explore Ontario’s Brewery Discovery Routes! 

The Self-guided Brewery Discovery Routes Maps provide five complete itineraries for folks looking to get out and explore breweries, cideries, Feast On restaurants, and local attractions. Along the way, participants can indulge in the flavours of artisanal cheeses, lovingly prepared culinary treats using fresh, local ingredients, premium craft beverages, farmers� markets and scenic outlooks.


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