Toronto’s Festival of Beer presented by the Beer Store is a beautiful thing: 416 different beers from over 90 brewers from all over the world and from our own neck of the woods. It’s got music from Ludacris, The Darcys and Broken Social Scene on the OLG Bandshell Stage and one particular area of interest that caught our attention: Women in Beer in partnership with The Society of Beer Drinking Ladies.
“I think there’s definitely a lot of creativity and a lot of interesting recipes that have fallen under our spotlight,” says Erica Campbell, founder of The Society of Beer Drinking Ladies and the curator of the 14 taps being poured, all created by women for the enjoyment of all. “There are a lot of bad ass women in beer—just like we know there’s a lot of bad ass women in running—and we’re pleased to be celebrating that.”
In honour of the celebration, we asked Campbell to spotlight three of her favourite female-made beers. Plus: here’s the kicker, contest alert! We have two tickets to give away to Festival on Thursday, July 26!! To win, tell us: what was the most refreshing beer of your life? Where were you? What did you have? Let us know, win your passes, and cheers—we’ll see you there.
Henderson Brewing, Picnic Point Pale Ale
“Launched for Pride with a portion of proceeds benefitting the LGBTQ communities, this hazy pale ale is unfiltered and cloudy and, at 4% alcohol, has a really nice juicy fruity note—without being made with juice. Definitely a good one for runners.”
People’s Pint Brewery, Tropic like It’s Hot
“A pineapple sour beer which we call a “gateway sour,” because the pineapple sweetens it up. Sour beers are all the rage right now and people are loving tart beers, but I prefer more balance—hence, pineapple!”
Beau’s Brewery, De Berry Treasure
“This one you can get at the LCBO so people outside of Toronto, enjoy! It’s a black raspberry German style of wheat beer brewed by Alyssa Kwasny, a really cool chick who created this recipe for us at an event and it proved so popular it’s now on the shelves, Beau’s blew it up! Delicious.”