Toronto brewery launches CNE-inspired sour beer and s’mores funnel cake

The Ex is going virtual, but Liberty Commons at Big Rock Brewery is offering some IRL flavours inspired by the late-summer fair

You can’t go to the Ex this year, but you can sip it.

The Canadian National Exhibition has teamed with Big Rock Brewery in Liberty Village on Sky Ride Sour, a sour ale named after the leisurely ride that transports viewers across the fair grounds.

The beer’s makers say it tastes like a cross between a craft beer and a berry smoothie, “with bright notes of ripe blackberry and raspberry that is cut by a clean lemon citrus acidity.”

The limited-edition brew will be on offer at Liberty Commons at Big Rock Brewery (42 Liberty) starting August 21. It’s available to buy in cans and on draft at the Big Rock beer garden. You can also order it for delivery and take out.

The weird and wild new foods at the Ex’s Food Building are typically a big draw. As such, Liberty Commons chef Ryan Lister is filling Toronto’s summer funnel cake void with the Spent Grains S’mores Funnel Cake.

The high-concept dessert is made with spent grain from the brewery, graham cracker cake batter, toasted marshmallow soft serve ice cream and chocolate sauce.

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Although the iconic lights of the midway won’t shine at the CNE this year, that doesn’t mean you can’t check out some of your favourite fair features online!🎉 We’re EXcited to launch our CNE at Home virtual fair content🎉, which will be available at from August 21 to September 7. Over all 18 days of what would have been the 2020 CNE we’ll be sharing some of our most popular shows, favourite food recipes,🍕 tricks of the trade from buskers,🤹‍♂️ historical retrospectives,✨ new music performances🎤 and much more online for you to enjoy at home! Check out this message from Canadian comedian Howie Mandel as he shares some of his memories of working on the CNE Midway! 🎡 Click the link in our bio to learn more about the CNE at Home.

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The CNE goes virtual in 2020

Back in May, CNE organizers announced the late-summer tradition would not happen due to the coronavirus pandemic.

However, like many other major cultural events the Ex is shifting online during the originally scheduled dates of August 21 to September 7.

The CNE At Home portal at will feature Toronto bands and artists doing jam sessions, the Gaming Garage competitive gaming tournaments (August 21-23), tutorials on how to busk and make Rainbow Grilled Cheese, virtual rides and virtual ghost walks.

An archival section will feature the best of the CNE Grandstand (Bandshell), aerial acrobatic and ice skating shows and SuperDogs.

Online events include a commemoration the 99th Annual Warriors’ Day Parade (August 22) and and a virtual edition of the the ever-polarizing  Canadian International Air Show (September 5-7). 


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