All Aboard! Toronto Craft Brew Cruise Review

This past weekend the sold-out, second annual Craft Brew Cruise set sail around the Harbourfront for an afternoon and evening filled with local brewers, a live DJ and some beer loving people.

You couldn’t have asked for a better day as the sun was shining and it was the perfect day for a boat ride in the City. The Craft Brew Cruise featured some of Toronto’s local favourites including The Granite Brewery, Oast House Brewers, Nickel Brook Brewing CompanyCollective Arts Brewing and a popular one on the boat that hits LCBO shelves this week, Underdogs Brewhouse.

With a variety of brewers on deck, and five free beer tickets included in your ticket purchase, there was an opportunity to try one of everything. There was one personal favourite of the day for me, and it goes to Brickworks Cider House. They have recently launched a new cider called Queen Street 501, yes after the streetcar. I don’t know what kind of magic apples they put in this stuff but is one of the best ciders I have ever had. Sweeter than their original Batch 1904, this was the perfect spot for them to help get the word out on their new beverage.

Before the boat ride and the drinking began there was also an opportunity to do an hour yoga class on the boat, which made you feel less guilty about all of the beer you were going to intake later. A friend and I opted in to try it out and highly enjoyed it, as doing yoga in the sunshine on the water is not something you want to pass up.

If it was up to me, I would have stayed on the boat all night and hopped on the second sailing time at 7 p.m., but you definitely got your money’s worth for an all day cruise and an awesome way to kill an afternoon in the City. And after this year’s turnout, next year they may need a bigger boat!

Cheers until next year!



  • Ray Reply

    I went on the September 2014 Booze Cruise to celebrate my Birthday. What a gong show this event is! Did they have Kensington Watermelon Wheat Ale this year by any chance? It’s a really great fruit flavoured Wheat ale. Will have to try the Queen Street 501, though.

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