Session Saison and Ontario Craft Beer Week

Beer-lovers, time to dust off your beloved steins and get ready for Ontario Craft Beer Week! The province-wide festival has been running since 2010 and celebrates the thriving locally-based craft beer industry in Ontario.


Snapshot of last year’s Griffin SESSION, courtesy of SESSION Toronto.

Now in its fourth year, OCB Week 2014 will feature 30+ craft brewers producing over 150 events in 50+ communities throughout Ontario from June 13th�21st. OCB Week events are hosted at breweries, pubs, restaurants and event venues across Ontario in cities such as Toronto, Guelph, London, Ottawa and communities from Cambridge to Vankleek Hill and from Muskoka to Niagara.

With special events ranging from intimate to festival, OCB Week is designed to expose consumers to the craft beer experience through tasting events, brewery tours, meet the brewmaster, cooking demonstrations, food pairings, beer dinners, music nights, brewery collaborations and one-offs, exciting online contests and much more.

Our communications intern, Alanna, recently attended the launch of the SESSION Session Raspberry & Lemon Verbena Saison beer designed to promote the Griffin SESSION Craft Beer Festival taking place as part of OCB Week in Toronto from June 13th�14th. The festival’s theme is Collaboration Nation, and that spirit is encapsulated in the beer, which is the result of a collaboration between Sawdust City Brewing, The Only Cafe, C�est What?, BarHop, BarVolo, The Auld Spot, WVRST, and Bryden�s.

This year’s Collaboration Nation pairs 30 craft brewers with 30 chosen artists/celebrities to bring a truly unique beer experience to the festival participants. Collaborations have resulted in titles like “Deli Beer” (Barley Days Brewery and Caplansky’s Deli), and “Maple Bacon Apple Cider” (Pommies and Bacon Nation), with many more zany, amazing results to come!

Other festivals within OCB Week include:

Beach, Brews & BBQ (June 13, 14, 15. Toronto.) � kick off OCB Week down by the water at Toronto�s Woodbine Park with tasty food and Ontario Craft Beer offerings from Beau�s, Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery, Left Field Brewery and Mill Street Brewery.

FORT HENRY Beer festival (June 15, 11am-11pm. Kingston.) Sampling will be provided by Steam Whistle, Barley Days Brewery, Muskoka�s Lake of Bays Brewery and others. The fun kicks off at noon and will feature a wide range of musical entertainment and BBQ. Free admission!

Kingston Brew Pub Mini Beer Fest with Steam Whistle Unfiltered! (June 15, 2:30-7:30. Kingston.)

Toronto Wine & Spirits: Toronto�s first outdoor wine and spirit festival back for its 6th year � this time at Sugar Beach (June 19, 20, 21, Toronto).

For more information about OCB Week, including special Father’s Day events, brewery open doors, brewery tours, tasting series, tap takeovers, and more, visit the Ontario Craft Brewers website!

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