The Session Craft Beer Festival is something like the unofficial close of Ontario Craft Beer Week and, while you'd assume that the end of the week would find the city's beer drinkers experiencing party fatigue (and liver failure), the throngs of brew swillers who took over Wychwood barns on Saturday were anything but weary of the revelry.
Instead, a few thousand lined up to sample a selection of beer from over 20 different craft brewers (at a reasonable all you can drink $50 per ticket) paired with food from food trucks like Gourmet Gringos, Hogtown Smoke, and Gourmet Bitches along with offerings from the Cheesewerks, Sassy Lamb and Bacon Nation.
Early rain threatened to make for a wet afternoon but the clouds broke just in time to ensure the shoulder-to-shoulder event was a near unbearably hot, muggy affair. Thankfully though there was an ample supply of craft beer on hand for attendees to promptly exude through their shirts.
Among the liquid replenishment offered was a selection of beers brewed in cooperation with a variety of Canadian personalities for a competition entitled, "Collaboration Nation." Some of the entries included a triple IPA brewed by Muskoka Brewery and The Arkells, a saison made by Fearless Fred and Sawdust City, and breakfast stout brewed in a collaboration between former MLB pitcher, Dirk Hayhurst and new Toronto brewery, Left Field Brewing.
The winner though was The Tom Green beer, a milk stout brewed in collaboration with Beau's All Natural Brewery and, you guessed it, Tom Green. Thanks to a partnership with the LCBO, the winners will now have their beer offered in a handful of stores...