Starting a business is like being blindfolded, the future is unknown and you have to rely on your gut and your senses. The Beerworking team was thrilled to be a part of the Startup Open House for the second consecutive year. Because we wanted to spread the craft beer word, including our new holiday tasting parties, we teamed up with our beer delivery buddies, the Brewbox Co. to do something that resonated with the hearts of the Startup community: a blind beer tasting challenge. We put Startup patrons’ palettes to the test and dished out a few domestic dandies asking guests to match the brews to the brands. We would like to thank everyone involved at Startup Open House, and hope you all have a hoppy holidays.
Samples, pints and eats, what a wonderful October treat! The last Market Beers event, dubbed Picnic in the Park, cracked open the craft for one last hoorah. Once again taking place in June Rowlands Park, the day featured multiple beers, endless cheers and a fantastic beer garden to finish off the year.
Amongst the plaid blankets and fall coats, not a single whistle went un-wet. Beau’s featured a few of their classics alongside some Oktoberfest seasonals, in addition to Longslice’s staple ale, Hopsta La Vista. With a dollar from each pint going towards helping fund future AppleTree’s Farmers’ Market, the glass of our Market Beers finale was definitely half full.
We were back at it again for another fun-filled day at the market. The sun was shining, the bees were buzzing and the park was full of thirsty neighbours – a perfect setting for an afternoon of beer sampling.
Situated in AppleTree’s Farmers’ Market, our second Market Beers event once again featured one of Ontario’s best craft brew heavy-weights, Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co. and an excellent assortment of a few of their fine brands. Shoulder to shoulder with our Brew Box buddies, we dished out some salacious suds, imparted a bit of our well-balanced wisdom and sent a few satisfied customers home, as they eagerly await for their orders to arrive to their door. Sign-up for the latest updates at marketbeers.ca
August 25th marked the launch of our newest Beerworking venture – Market Beers. We’ve teamed up with craft beer delivery entrepreneurs, The Brew Box Co. and armed ourselves with an amazing arsenal of ales and lagers courtesy of Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co. Our aim is to shake up the way craft beer is being sipped and accessed throughout Ontario. Nestled in June Rowlands Park amongst the hustle and bustle of the Davisville Village Farmers’ Market, we setup shop in order to educate the masses on the wonderful world of Ontario craft beer. With free samples being given out and an opportunity for patrons to order hard-to-find brews right to their doors, our pilot program is off to a great start. For more information visit marketbeers.ca
Canvas was the theme of this year’s RAW Design party at the old Guvernment grounds nears Toronto's harbourfront. We couldn't have been more delighted to join the festivities as this years official beer partner. Armed with an arsenal of fantastic brews courtesy of Double Trouble Brewing; a wall of plart (plate art) by the talented Jacqueline Poirier (AKA the Crazy Plate Lady); and a desire to educate the masses, we were ready to canvas our guests with some sensational suds.
We took over the main beer bar while also doing some flight tastings at our beer sampling station where guests could try Double Trouble’s outlawed offerings, like the Kickin' Ginger Red IPA, or the Fire In The Rye. We adequately quenched the thirst of 2,500+ guests and happily imparted some of our craft beer knowledge at one of Toronto's most celebrated artistic events of the Summer.
Exploring the boundaries of food and drink pairings, our first beer and bourbon dinner featured 3 rounds of brews, bourbons, beef. With Sudbury’s Stack Brewing providing a few potent pints and Kirkwood Diamond supplying a couple outstanding Kentucky Straights, all that was needed was Caplansky’s deli slicer and a selection of smoked sammies to create the world’s first beer, bourbon and sandwich networking extravaganza. Hosted by blogTO’s Ben Johnson, our triple threat chow down was an event George Thorogood himself would have approved of.
On February 12th, 2015 we kicked off the New Year with bang by going back to beer basics with our Beerworking Signature Series. We brought in cottage-country favourite Boshkung Brewery for our classic beer & networking mash-up. With hard-to-find growlers flowing and lively chatter in the air, hungry appetites were satisfied with salivating sliders from Hey Meatball and some Valentines Day infused beer education from our lead Cicerone Crystal Luxmore.
With another new location and a new brewery, our second Hops & Headshots event was an absolute blast. Taking place at The (beautiful) Richmond, just down the street from Beerworking headquarters, we featured Toronto’s own Amsterdam Breweries with some of their finest including some hard to find savoury seasonals as we celebrated the final event in our Sustainability Series. The talented Marianne Bulger was our on-site portrait photographer and those who braved the chilly November winds were treated with some sustainable mouth-watering, scratch-made snacks from our pals at Urban Acorn.
New location, new theme and new friends were the order of the day on November 7th when we launched our first Food & Brew Master’s Panel. Featuring Phillip’s & Sweetgrass Beers along with the amazing food of Jayne’s Gourmet, guests were invited to sit down and enjoy an evening of sustainability and discussion with our panel of experts including Ted Moroz, Jayne Dunsmore, Chris Trussell and Kyle Begbie. Between food and beer pairings Beerworker’s networked as our panel discussed a variety of topics on sustainability, brews and food. Guests were also invited join in with a Q&A where our panel flexed their expertise.
We were lucky enough to have our old friend Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company back for another Beerworking at our coworking venue space Project Owl. Not only did we get to sample their sensational suds again, but were also lucky enough to have founding family member, Jennifer Beauchesne in attendance. This event kicked off the first of our sustainability series in which we partnered with James Watson, founder of Green Meeting Ninjas to help open the discussion about sustainably brewing. Serving up some succulent sustainable samples, Urban Acorn prepared a few of their favourite dishes for us to try. The night was a sustainable success.
Big Rock Brewery rolled into our Project Owl venue with their signature Grasshopper Wheat Beer along with some awesome merchandise to give away including a kick ass cooler and a few shirts and hats. This was the first time working with the them, and let us tell you, they did not disappoint. Our Beer Cicerone Crystal Luxmore taught us why their IPA and Warthog English Style Ale goes down so smooth while attendee’s rubbed elbows throughout the night. The event rocked and we can’t wait to have them back again.