HomeEc 25: Craft Beer Salon has now wrapped up and we’re pleased to share what a great time we all had! More than 100 people braved the sub-zero temperatures to come out ‘on a school night’ and participate in a great night celebrating craft beer and some awesome beer projects from our community.
We have to start with a giant thanks to our sponsor, Kensington Brewing Company who helped make the night possible. Brock and Dave (the owner and head brewer of Kensington) were amazing partners who brought a one-off cask (it was emptied in less than 40 minutes!) and a great demo; they brought 5 different types of hops for people to check out (Fuggle, Sorachi Ace, Amarillo, Citra, Centennial).
In addition to Kensington Brewery, we also had:
- Steve Riley from BetterBeer.com who stole the show with his ‘bad beer samples.’ Steve is a cicerone (it’s like a sommelier of beer), a beer judge and an expert in bad beer. He spiked samples of beer with off-flavors so people could compare good vs. bad beer!
- David Ort wrote the Canadian Craft Beer Cookbook. He chatted about beer, cooking with it and pairing meals with it. The team from School House Booze showed up early to interview David and it was a lot of fun to hear him share his passions.
- Zack Weinberg from Toronto Brewing walked around the bar offering samples of malt for people to taste and had a ‘giant pillow made of hops’ that people posed with through the bar.
- Our partners at HiLo Toronto were awesome supporters yet again. Emily was making some wicked cocktails (with beer bitters from Kensington!) and Deron was putting up plates of Chicken Boudin (a homemade variation on a chicken hot dog) served with IPA-infused potato salad for $5.
- We had a lot of fun giving out samples of a hop-infused honey that we’ve been playing with in our kitchen
A highlight of the evening, for everyone involved, were the people who attended. Everyone was friendly, smiling, not bitter about the cold and willing to meet others. You guys are amazing!
Our next event is March 26th. We’ll be announcing the theme soon (but since you’re read this far, get ready to get pickled!)
Thanks to all for coming out – especially on a cold night!