Toronto – Named one of the top three Tourism Event of the Year at the 2016 Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence, Steam Whistle’s Roundhouse Winter Craft Beer Festival (RHCBF) returns Saturday, February 11th, 2017 from 11a.m.-5p.m. at Roundhouse Park. Tickets go on sale December 1st at 12 noon.

Purchase tickets at www.craftbeerfest.ca

“It’s incredible to see the evolution of the festival from a ‘crazy experiment’ just four years ago, to becoming one of Ontario’s top winter events. It truly demonstrates how Canadians embrace ‘The Great White North’,” says Tim McLaughlin, brand manager for Steam Whistle Brewing and one of the festival creators. “Steam Whistle’s Roundhouse Winter Craft Beer Festival is more than a beer fest, it’s a celebration of Canada’s independent business, craft beer, local food vendors and winter.”

Back for its 4th year, the RHCBF celebrates the tastes of Ontario’s dynamic craft brewing culture. This year, expect to relish in the tasty delights of over 40 Ontario craft breweries and cideries, a dozen food trucks and a special selection of beers from Alberta Small Brewers.

“For the first time ever, we are proud to welcome Alberta Small Brewers to the festival,” says Greg Taylor, co-founder of Steam Whistle Brewing. “By opening our doors and inviting other provinces, we’re helping bridge the gap and taking a step towards building a thriving Canadian craft brewing industry,” adds Taylor.

Get ready to pull on a toque and your boots and celebrate Canada’s winter at Roundhouse Park, complete with ice carving, marshmallow roasting, simulated curling, local eats & drinks and more fun activities. ATTENTION EAGER WINTER BEAVERS: The first 500 people through the gates will receive the 2017 limited edition Roundhouse Winter Craft Beer Fest toque.

Preview- To drink (more joining weekly):

• Steam Whistle Brewing

• All or Nothing Brewhouse

• Beau’s All Natural Brewing

• Big Rig Brewery

• Bobcaygeon Brewing Co.

• Collingwood Brewery

• Flying Monkeys Brewery

• Henderson Brewing Co.

• High Park Brewery

• Ironwood Hard Cider

• Left Field Brewery

• Maclean’s Ale

• Muskoka Brewery

• Nickel Brook Brewery

• Oast House Brewers

• Pommies Cider Co.

• Publican House Brewery

• Royal City Brewing Co.

• Side Launch Brewing

• Wellington Brewery

Preview- To eat (more to come):

• Chimney Stax

• Delight Bite

• feasTO

• Fully Loaded

• Pappas Greek

• The Pie Commission

• Smoke’s Poutinerie

To do:

NEW THIS YEAR! Stop by Steam Whistle’s with special photo-op station.

Sample brews from some of Ontario’s best craft brewers and eats from local food trucks

Get in style with a limited edition 2017 Roundhouse Winter Craft Beer Festival toque (first 500 through the door)

Show off your retro ski and winter wear for a chance to win great prizes– see ideas here

Keep warm and partake in fun winter-inspired activities and games

Roast Marshmallows on outdoor fire pits

*NEW* Sample brews from Alberta Small Brewers

For the bravest Canucks there will be outdoor port-o-potties & for the faint-of-heart, limited outdoor heating, and indoor bathrooms & warm-up areas

What’s the event going to cost you?

Sampling mugs can be purchased in advance for $25 at www.craftbeerfest.ca  or $30 at the gate. Beer will only be served in official mugs. Sampling tokens cost a $1 each (brewers may require one or more tokens per sample). Food available for purchase (cash only- ATM onsite). Age of Majority event.

The festival showcases beer from the association of Ontario Craft Brewers, who have a passion to re-kindle and keep alive the spirit of traditional brewing. Independent ownership, smaller batches, artisanal styles, quality ingredients, all-natural and undiluted beers are hallmarks of their Brewing Philosophy & Standards. www.ontariocraftbrewers.com

We are proud to welcome members of the Alberta Small Brewers Association, a not-for-profit organization that is committed to promoting craft Alberta beer. http://albertabrewers.ca/

The Roundhouse Winter Craft Beer Festival benefits the Toronto Railway Museum in Roundhouse Park – 255 Bremner Blvd. Toronto. Phone (416) 362-2337 ext 246.

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