It was a great weekend at the Roundhouse Craft Beer Festival 2013. “Real beer lovers” had the chance to taste “real beers” from up to 15 craft breweries across Ontario for the cost of $10 only in advance ($15 at the door).
Now in its 2nd year, the Roundhouse Craft Beer Festival continues to be one of my favourite beer events. Because different from other beer festivals, the Round house Craft Beer Festival is hosted at the Roundhouse Park (Steam Whistle Brewery) where guests can rest on grass with their picnic blankets. A bag of 10 tokens allowed us to taste up to 10 different kinds of craft beer (of course, we went back for more). Selected food trucks were also there to serve dishes to pair with quality craft beers. Some of our favourites were the wood-fired thin-crust pizza from Canuck Pizza Truck and the deep fried Ravioli from Rome ‘N Chariot.
When it comes to beer, craft beer has always been my preference. Its traditional brewing method adds a lot more flavours and quality to the beer. It can go from extremely bitter to very light and crisp. The Left Field 6-4-3 Double IPA was intensely bitter with aromas of grapefruit. Flying Monkeys City And Colour Imperial Maple Wheat Ale with a high alcohol percentage (11.5%) had a strong, sweet maple syrup flavour with vanilla, and some bourbon notes. The Antigravity Aged on Orange Peel Oolong Tea by Flying Monkeys was light with notes of citrus black tea. Steam Whistle also brewed a special Roundhouse Rye for the event.
Every beer we tried was a new kind of excitement to our palates. It is selfish to say, but hopefully next year the Roundhouse Craft Beer Festival will still remain chill and relaxing.
For more information about the Roundhouse Craft Beer Festival please visit: http://www.craftbeerfest.ca
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