Weekend beer festival in Mississauga starts serving the pints tonight

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Published June 17, 2022 at 12:12 pm

Mississauga finally hosts its first-ever craft beer festival

After several cancellations the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mississauga’s first-ever Creative Craft Beer Festival has finally arrived in town.

The festival, sponsored by Mississauga arts organization CreativeHub 1352, kicks off tonight (June 17) from 6-11 p.m. at the Small Arms Inspection Building on Lakeshore Rd. E.

Festivities continue Saturday from noon-5 p.m. and in the evening from 6-11 p.m.

Among the participants are two Mississauga craft breweries–Old Credit Brewing Co. and Stonehooker Brewing Co.

Some of the others, all based in Ontario, are: Barnstormer Brewing and Distilling Co. (Barrie); Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co. (Vankleek); Black Lab, Harmon’s Craft, Shacklands (all Toronto); Brock St. Brewing (Whitby); Fenelon Falls Brewing (Fenelon Falls); Nickel Brook Brewing (Burlington); South River Brewing (South River); and Thornbury Craft (Thornbury).

Organizers say they’re excited the festival has finally arrived, adding the event features more than 15 Ontario craft breweries and cideries, delicious food offerings and entertainment featuring local talent.

“Set against the unique backdrop of the Small Arms Inspection Building, a restored heritage treasure, this promises to be a memorable, thirst-quenching experience for craft beer lovers far and wide,” organizers say.

“This ambient open-concept space will be set up with mixed indoor and outdoor seating and large-format games to enhance your experience.”

Admission, which is $30, includes a souvenir sampling glass as well as two sample tokens. Additional tokens for food and beverages will be available for purchase at the event.

Becky Seath, one of the organizers, said as the first event of its kind in Mississauga, this year’s festival promises to be special.

“Originally scheduled for 2020, the resilient team at CreativeHub 1352 has continued planning over the last 18 months and were determined to host this event as soon as it was safe to do so,” she said earlier this year. “You can expect a wide variety of your favourite breweries, food options, live music and activities throughout the day. We’ve selected some of the finest brewers in southern Ontario, and each beer has a unique story.”

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