There'll be more than 20 beers to try at the first annual Hamilton Beer Festival, so you'll need to strategize or practice puffing out your cheeks if you want to try them all in two days. Some hail from breweries in Hamilton itself?others are rare specimens from breweries across Ontario. But only one can be crowned Hamilton's Best Beer, and over the weekend in Gage Park, festival guests will sip and vote to name a winner.
As the competition quietly rages on, live jazz bands will play as part of Jazz in the Park, the festival's musical component. A live art show, food trucks, and games provide more entertainment throughout the event, which donates proceeds to several children's hospitals.
During late February and early March, five Ontario cities will transform into party capitals as they ring in Mardi Gras with gargantuan pub crawls. Revelers descend upon five different bars throughout the night, clad in the official colours of green, gold, and purple and the official jewellery of beads. At each spot, they'll celebrate the holiday that falls on the eve of the Lenten season with food and drink specials, prizes, and contests to create the world's largest cat's cradle.
One of Ontario's largest brew on premises facilities, Better Bitters gives intoxicant enthusiasts the chance to craft their own libations with a fun, easy process that creates drinks worthy of picky palates at a lower cost than can be found in-store. Today's Groupon equips purchasers with their choice of the strawberry margarita or mojito wine cocktail kit, both of which produce 23 litres of devilish drinkables. The easy two-step process only requires the customer to come into the store for a 5–10 minute mixing session. After five weeks of marinating in a lucky bucket, the elixir is ready for in-store bottling, labelling, and a cotillion ball debut (the price of bottles is not included in this deal–customers can bring their own or purchase them on-site for $10 per dozen). Either convivial consumable is tasty frozen or mixed and makes a great holiday gift or New Year's Eve cocktail. For more information on Twisted Mist products, visit the info page.
Each October, Cambridge Bavaria Haus hosts an Oktoberfest celebration with German food, music, beer, and the audible clinking of steins. This year?s festivities include live performances from Peter Baumann?s Oompah Band and Ties that Bind. It?s part of a citywide Oktoberfest celebration that raises funds for more than 70 affiliated local charities, such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, seeing-eye-dog training schools, and area homeless shelters. And while the event's charitable efforts deserve acclaim, it's not the only thing notable about this local Oktoberfest: National Geographic named it the best such celebration outside of Germany, stating that visitors can expect "an authentic taste of Germany from a city that was named Berlin until 1916."
Recently featured on Beerhogger, Cameron’s Brewing Company culls all-natural ingredients to brew premium ales and lagers while warmly welcoming the public to brewery tours and beer tastings. Bring a guest to explore Cameron’s 10,000-square-foot, 30 hectolitre brewing facility, mapping out two kilometres of ale-bustling pipes and challenging stainless steel vats to staring contests. Each tour provides a tasting of Cameron’s four signature potables: Cameron’s lager, Cameron’s cream ale, Cameron’s auburn ale, and Cameron’s dark 266, the Canadian Brewing Awards’ 2010 North American–style dark lager gold medal winner. At the conclusion of each tour, newly appointed sud-sophomores can stop into Cameron’s onsite retail store to select some expertly crafted brews to take home or perform a literal rendition of "99 Bottles of Beer."
Brisa Fine Wine & Gifts gathers worts from around the globe to grant hops hounds an opportunity to craft fine microbrews themselves. The Festa Brew premium beer kit batches your choice of one of six brews in 36 500-millilitre bottles to quench genial thirst and take the edge off of a long day of narwhal noodling ($78.50). On the first visit, you mix the ingredients yourself before tearfully taking leave, as the baby beverage steadily grows in age, wisdom, and alcohol proof over the course of three weeks. On your second visit, the beer is bottled and ready to take home for refrigeration.