Retro snowsuits, food trucks, toasted marshmallows, toques, good company, beers, beers and more beers – what do all of these elements have in common? The Roundhouse Winter Craft Beer Festival, of course, pumping enthusiastic Ontarians full of suds while they hang with their tipsy and slightly cold mates. Once everyone poured in, it was time to let loose and get funky – and let loose we did.
Steam Whistle Brewing is both the host and creator of The Roundhouse Craft Beer Festival. Within the summer and winter season, they organize this bi-annual celebration, allowing everyone to gather and appreciate the incredible craft beer scene that is evolving around us. Plenty of thirsty people lined up to start sippin’. The event sold out ridiculously quick and to be fair, that says it all — the support is growing and in turn, we are able to enjoy these wonderful events, supporting those who make it possible.
It’s been a week today since I felt the pain of one too many Long, Dark Voyage to Uranus by Sawdust City. Hey, I’m not complaining, it was totally worth it, I just don’t bounce back the same as I did when I was twenty – and when I say I don’t bounce back, I was literally a corpse.
As we entered the grounds, we headed to Muskoka Brewery, kicking off the morning (haha, yes, morning) with Smoke N’ Merrior — which is part of their Moonlight Kettle Series. From there, we made our way around, sinking an array of colours, aromas and flavours. Between pours, you’d get into all kinds of conversations with those around you — there’s no doubt that everyone contributed to the positive vibes.
Before too much Black IPA ran through our veins, we had a little munch on some savory pie brunch. Pie Commission is the real deal, we couldn’t get enough of that flakey, beefy goodness.
The hot sauces made by Stasis Preserves Deli & Pantry were the perfect addition. We were fiending some of their Ontario Ghost Chili Hot Sauce with dinner on Sunday — we were instantly hooked. You can source all kinds of goodies on their website and at their store, located at 476 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto — for all of you TTC riders, they’re located one and a half blocks south of Dundas West station.
For being a Canadian winter beer festival, we really lucked out. The weather was pretty decent. Once our toes started to get a little frosty, we just headed to the fire pits where you could grab a roasting stick accompanied by a couple of marshmallows. When you’re too busy chatting and drinking beer, this is what happens.
Here are a few more shots from the day. See everyone on August 14th for the Roundhouse Summer Craft Beer Festival, cheers!