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For all our party people and lovers of simply good beer, Alexander Keith’s thew a great birthday festival just last week for their 217th birthday over at Evergreen Brickworks. In the past there were beer crawls and little parties thrown in his honor here in Toronto, but this was the one… dare I say that this was the BIG one. Probably biggest birthday bash ever… but don’t quote me on that.
550 Bayview Avenue
Toronto, ON M4W 3X8
I guess for me what I like about Alexander Keith’s is the story behind the beer. Being founded in 1820, it’s one of the oldest commercial breweries in North America. Now the man himself, Mr. Alexander Keith’s wasn’t just successful at making a great tasting beer, he was also a politician. In fact, he actually served as major not once, but three times for Nova Scotia. And back to the beer, well.. it isn’t just made in Nova Scotia, it IS Nova Scotia. So that tradition and that funny commercial that use to talk about the “Pride of Nova Scotia”, it appears to have some truth to it. He was also an extremely giving man and this night was filled with little surprises and prizes that the team here all enjoyed.
So what do I mean by those little surprises? Well this was probably one of the biggest birthday bashes for Alexander Keith’s ever in Toronto. So with that, the festival brought on many of the food trucks and pop-ups that’s been popular throughout 2012. In fact, some of our favourites here at TUC helped played host. It appeared that with a 8pm start time, many people came hungry. The list of food vendors of the night included:
· Fidel Gastros
· Rock Lobster Food Co
· Neptuno Oysters
· Dobro Jesti
· Bonfire Catering
· Pretty Sweet Cupcakes
· Caplansky’s Deli Truck
· Stuft Gourmet Sausages
It fact, we teamed up with our good friends from Fidel Gastro in a little giveaway leading up to the event. So first and foremost, many thanks for Fidel Gastro and Alexander Keith’s for helping us give a pretty sweet giveaway. Once you have arrived to the birthday and you had an little something to eat, there were a couple of interesting things that were available for the night.
Let’s talk games. I mean beer and games kinda go hand in hand like…
ketchup and fries, scratch that, Beer and Wings. There we go! There were board games where you get the chance to compete against the lovely Keith ladies, but no worries, win or lose you got a nice Alexander Keith’s mug for playing. What they also added was a photo booth for all the silliness that’s sure to unfold throughout the night. Don’t wanna wait, well they also had multiple Instagram printing booths where if you put in the hashtag #MadetoShareTO, you got a nice Polaroid that you can print off. But let’s take a few steps back, if you want to get a little more beer knowledge, no worries class is in session. Alexander Keith’s held their own beer school and they definitely didn’t turn away any willing students.
If that wasn’t enough they brought on Dwayne Gretzky and Matt Mays for live performances throughout the night. So whether you were getting your fix of Alexander Keith’s Beer (ps.. first time trying the cider, and yes I did enjoy it), waiting in line for some food or trying your hand at games, good music was always with you. I guess the only thing that dampened the night a little was the rain. When it rained, it poured. You would think that would ruin the night, but far from that. People came together and bonded that much more. There was a good crowd there that night.
Overall, we had a great time at the Alexander Keith’s 217th Birthday Festival. With good food and way more games that we anticipated, we would definitely love to be back next year. The crowd was super friendly, the staff – the best and meeting our winners, it was a good night. The team and I really enjoyed the music as well. Which made me think, how would the celebrations in Nova Scotia be… hmm? I hope we somehow get a chance to visit them over in Nova Scotia sometime, trip our East would sweet. But until then, our team was glad we were a part of it all and enjoyed our varies drinks of Keith’s which is truly Made to Share.
The Damage: $10/tickets and varies food/drink prices from $4-$8.
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