Do your friends just smile and nod when you say things like "international bitterness units" or "Fuggles hops"? That will never happen at any of the events listed below.
Toronto's Festival Of Beer
Today (Thursday, August 7) through Sunday (August 10), Thursday-Friday 4-10 pm, Saturday-Sunday 1-7 pm. Historic Fort York (100 Garrison). For ticket prices and availability, go to beerfestival.ca.
This year's Beer Festival includes 200 different brands, the Napoleon barbecue tent hosted by grilling celebrity Ted Reader, the Guinness tent, Sleeman's 20th-anniversary tent and a Red Stripe Jamaica tent. Five regular beer samples are included with the price of admission. Thursday night features a performance by the English Beat, so kids, please take note, this is a 19+ event.
As of press time, Friday and Saturday are sold out, but there are often a few folks trying to unload their extra tickets outside the gates.
LCBO International Beer Expo
Beer tastings at various GTA stores until August 16. For events and times, go to lcbo.com.
Todmorden Mills Craft Beer Tasting
Several Ontario microbreweries will offer samples in the historic Don Valley setting, August 21. 67 Pottery Rd. 416-494-2766. ontariocraftbrewers.com.
Golden Tap Awards Gala
Ontario beer awards conducted by bartowel.com, August 23. Beerbistro, 18 King East. Doors 4 pm, awards 8 pm. For more info, see goldentap.com.
Cameron's Brewing Cask Nights
Drink out of the barrel in the brewery, last Thursday of every month, 6 pm. 1165 Invicta, Oakville, 905-849-8282. Register at cameronsbrewing.com.
Black Creek Pioneer Village Brews Fest
Ontario microbrew festival featuring entertainment by Tanglefoot and Elliott Brood. September 6-7, 11 am to 4:30 pm. $13, stu/srs $12, children $9. 1000 Murray Ross Pkwy (Jane and Steeles), 416-736-1733, blackcreek.ca.
Evening of Homebrewing
Compare notes with local basement brewmasters. September 27, 1 to 5 pm. Non-members $20. Upstairs at the Rhino, 1249 Queen West. For information, see homebrewers.ca.
Local and international cask ales await your pleasure. October 18-20. Bar Volo, 587 Yonge, 416-928-0008, barvolo.com