Wiarton Willie wasn’t kidding when he predicted another 6 weeks of winter back in February. Not only did he completely run the clock out on his prediction, he kept stacking on week after unrelenting week of wintery weather. Hopefully the month of May will see us finally pull out of this Murray-esque Groundhog loop and into a real spring; when it does, I will be ready.
Spring is my second favourite time of year for road trips (my first being autumn) but it is arguably the one I get most excited about. After an entire winter of white knuckle driving I can finally relax, roll the window down and enjoy the sights and sounds of mother nature in full swing without worrying about the weather. But planning a spring road trip around beery things can be a challenge. First and foremost: beer and driving don’t mix so you will need to find a designated driver, or better yet, a lovely B&B near your destination. Second, if your event is outside, the weather can still be a little unpredictable so you will need to plan on the nights being cold and the potential for rain. Finally, don’t drink and drive. I know that was point number one but it’s an important one.
So let’s take a look at some lovely beer events you can head out to!
Brewers Backyard – Collingwood, May 5
– This popular Toronto beer event usually happens every long weekend at the Evergreen Brickworks in Toronto but this spring it’s ￼￼￼hitting the road and heading up to the Living Water Resort & Spa. The family-friendly event will highlight some of the finest
lagers and ales made in and around the Collingwood area. Bonus marks for having accommodation right at the event.
Gastronomy Congress – Toronto, May 15 – For those folks who want to stick closer to a TTC line, the Gastronomy Congress held at the Crow’s Theatre in Toronto is the thing for you. Featuring Chef Joan Roca (owner
of El Celler de Can Roca — ranked #3 in the World’s Best Restaurants) and Bar Isabel’s Grant van Gameren alongside one of Spain’s national treasures, Estrella Damm, this foodie-meets-beer event promises to both enlighten and refresh. Tickets for this won’t last long.
Block, Stock & Barrel Festival – St. Jacobs, May 19 – This new beer festival was created to celebrate a style that has really taken off in Ontario over the last few years: barrel- aged beers and ciders. These styles can range from rich, complex and boozy to tart and refreshing. Hosted by Block 3 Brewing in their quaint hometown of St. Jacobs, I have a very strong feeling that you won’t want to miss this one.
As another option, you can always opt for an armchair road trip. Head to your local LCBO and pick up a nice selection of Ontario’s finest to keep you company in the comfort of your own backyard!