Beer tastes better when freshly brewed, just as cars perform better when their gasoline is freshly squeezed from a fossil. Tap into a newborn tipple with today's Groupon: for $20, you get two tickets to the Premium Beer Experience on Thursday, September 22, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at The Berkeley Heritage Event Venue (a $40 value).
The Premium Beer Experience—the official gala event of Toronto Beer Week—invites beer enthusiasts to surf the foam-laden waves of Canada's craft and boutique beers, including exclusive beers crafted for the event. A vast variety of local and regional breweries such as Mill Street Brewery, Flying Monkeys, and Cameron's Brewing Co. concoct elixirs specifically for the Beer Experience, with some granting palates a preview of new brews yet to hit shelves. Additionally, local food vendors weigh down plates and raise arms in dances of joy, a common reaction to specialty fare made with premium brews. As a pay-as-you-go sampling event, a $1 voucher snags guests a 4-ounce sample brew, and food samples can be acquired with 2–4 vouchers depending on the item and its size.
Between sipping brews and gargling odes to wheat hops, visitors can spontaneously undulate to live local music and nibble on delectable bites from The Berkeley's own kitchen wizards. The Beer Experience ensconces tipplers in the opulent confines of The Berkeley Heritage Event Venue, a former church built in 1871 with soaring arches and 17-foot stained glass windows.
County in the City
At County in the City, samples of more than 50 different wines cascade across tongues to introduce them to some of the most beguiling flavours of Prince Edward County, a major part of the Ontario wine scene that Wine Spectator magazine dubbed the "world's least-known great wine zone." Approximately 20 small-batch and family-owned wineries will showcase their bottled arsenal throughout the evening, including many vintage and specialty wines that cannot be found on store shelves. Since it's illegal to deny possums housing in your wine cellar if it's empty, the event helps guests out by offering a Try and Buy program, which lets them sign up to have favourite selections shipped directly to their doorsteps.
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