Windsor Craft Beer Festival

It’s fast approaching and tickets are selling fast. We’re talking about the Windsor Craft Beer Festival, of course!

To make sure you get everything you can out of the region’s original festival dedicated to craft beer, which starts this Friday, we’ve created this guide to maximize your experience.

Dance the Night Away

Detroit Party marching Band
Detroit Party marching Band

For those who want to enjoy more than the beer at the Windsor Craft Beer Festival (that’s blasphemous!), we’ve made sure to provide plenty of other entertainment.

The highlight of the festival will be the Detroit Party Marching Band, a group of 15+ energetic musicians who will be shunning the stage and playing energetically throughout the festival grounds in and amongst the crowd. Be sure to get there earlier though as Kelly “Mr. Chill” Hoppe and Greg Cox along with Harmony, a liederhosen wearing German singing duo, will also be playing Friday night.

Saturday will see the likes of The Bad Mothers closing out the festival with the sounds of funk.

Ode to Beer

We try to get the audience at the Windsor Craft Beer Festival involved any chance we get. To do so, we’ll be bringing local celebrities on stage to say our Ode to Beer and encourage all attendees to sing it along with us. Some of those who will be singing the ode will be radio personalities Arms Bumanlag and Dan MacDonald, WindsorEats’ very own Adriano Ciotoli and others!

Along with being posted on our site, the Ode to Beer will also be in the WCBF Festival Booklet given to each guest upon entry.

Mirella Amato

Master Cicerone, Mirella Amato
Master Cicerone, Mirella Amato

Mirella Amato will be at the Windsor Craft Beer Festival on Saturday leading two walking and tasting tours to the booths. Mirella is a National Level BJCP judge and has sat on the jury for the Canadian Brewing Awards, Great American Beer Festival, European Beer Star and World Beer Cup.

Dress Warm, Stay Warm

The Windsor Craft Beer Festival is an outdoor festival in the middle of October, so dress appropriately! That being said, a tented area will be available with seating and heaters to make you feel warm and toasty should the temperatures drop.

Beers. Lots and lots of beers.

 Beers lined up showcasing the Windsor Craft Beer Festival tasting glasses

Heavy beers. Light beers. Red beers. Golden Beers. You name it, we’ve got it! With 15 breweries attending and each bringing on average 5 different beers to choose from, there’ll be no shortage of flavours to sample. Here’s a look at some of the beers that will be available at the Windsor Craft Beer Festival:

Samuel Adams: Octoberfest
Hop City: 8th Sin
Highlander Brew Co.: Highlander Blacksmith Smoked Porter
Railway City Brewing Co.: Black Coal Stout
Wellington Brewery: Farmers’ Market Carved Out Pumpkin Ale
Bayside Brewing: Honey Cream Ale
Beaus: Tom Green Beer
Descendants: Bootzamon Harvest Wheat
Mill St. Brewery: Vanilla Porter
Motor Craft Ales: Bock’s Car Rye Bock
Railway City: Cranberry Pilsner
St. Ambroise: Maple
Walkerville Brewery: Chappell Rye Ale

For a complete list of beers being served at the Windsor Craft Beer Festival, visit the WCBF festival page.

VIP Beers

After feedback from last year’s attendees and our own, very hard research, we’ve revamped our VIP experience for 2014. A big part of the new experience is a timed released of select beers in limited quantities throughout each day that only VIP guests can sample. Here is the list of VIP beers that will be available on the Friday, October 17, 2014 and on Saturday, October 18.

Take & Share Pictures

Great photo from Windsorite.ca
Great photo from Windsorite.ca

We’re encouraging everyone to take and share their pictures from the Windsor Craft Beer Festival with us.

  • Twitter: @windsorbeerfest and @windsoreats
  • Twitter and Instagram Hashtag: #WCBF2014
  • Facebook: Windsor Craft Beer Festival

Take plenty of pictures and share them often! We’d love to see all the fun you and your friends are having that we may have missed.

Charging Station

WCBF charging station courtesy of Green Sun Rising
WCBF charging station courtesy of Green Sun Rising

Is the battery on your phone dying from taking and sharing too many photos at the Windsor Craft Beer Festival? Fear not! We’ll have a solar charging station from Green Sun Rising on site for you to sit and recharge at, free of charge!

Nom Nom Nom. Great Food!

Robbie's Gourmet Sausage Co

There will be some great food being offered at the Windsor Craft Beer Festival. Motor Burger will be making their first ever appearance in any festival, while Robbie’s Gourmet Sausage Co. will be fresh off a trip to the Great Canadian Sausage Making Competition where he won 2 golds, a silver and a bronze. Road Chef will also be on site offering their popular Mozza Bombs. Here’s a list of the food available:

  • Road Chef: Mozza Bombs, Schnitzel Sandwich
  • Motor Burger: Peanut Butter & Pancetta Burger, Poutine, Quinoa Shepherds Pie
  • Robbie’s Gourmet Sausage Co.: A selection of his sausages on a bun, including one made from Walkerville Brewery’s Honest Lager