By Lory Diaz
Are you still undecided on where to head for an Easter Weekend brunch? Or maybe need a relaxed space this weekend to regroup after the chaotic family dinners? Our friends at CRAFT Beer Market have some featured brewery pop-ups for this coming long weekend to help ease the stress! On March 29, 2018, they’re hosting Steam Whistle from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; on March 30, 2018, they welcome Left Field from 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.; and on April 1, 2018 it’s Henderson from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.
The beer menu at CRAFT Beer Market can be overwhelming, so if you find yourself lost among the many options, keep an eye out for the Rorschach Hedonism Mango IPA. It’s going to be my go-to summer beer! The mango is subtle but refreshing and brightens the typical flavour of an IPA. You should also ask about the Brown Cow Milk Stout with Nitro, as it isn’t your heavy stout flavour and lightened up by the carbonation.
If beer isn’t what you’re feeling for the weekend, they also have some delicious cocktail options. Torontonicity was recently invited to try some of their summer cocktails, and here are my top recommendations:
The Kombucha Kocktail is very simple and straightforward, but should not be dismissed. It’s 1 oz. Absolut Vodka and Culture Kombucha, made in Ottawa. The Kombucha isn’t very acidic and makes for sweet and easy drinking. This is going to be perfect for those hot summer days in Toronto.
A booze-forward option is the Retro Fashion: Jameson Caskmates, Red Raper IPA syrup, and a dash of bitters. Strong flavours, but ideal for anyone wanting a fresh take on the classic Old Fashioned.
My ideal brunch in the summer starts with a punchy Caesar. CRAFT’s version comes with extra flavour in the form of added pickle juice, called the Gin & Juice: Bombay, Clamato, House Rim, and an olive for garnish. I’m a fan of strong flavours in Bloody Caesars, and the pickle juice kicks it up a notch.
Anyone wanting a fruitier cocktail should try the Fuzzy Peach Marg On the Rocks: Siempre tequila, Triple Sec, peach puree, lime juice, and a rock salt rim. The flavours sound strong, but together they round out each other’s edges. My only recommendation is to skip the salt rim, because it does add quite the sodium kick. If you’re a fan of Margaritas though, you’ll enjoy the rock salt.
With all the drink and food options at CRAFT Beer Market, you really can’t go wrong at all. If you already have plans for this long weekend, keep an eye out for their Monthly Brewmaster’s Dinner series, their everchanging rotating tap, or their 250-person beer garden opening this patio season! Enjoy!
CRAFT Beer Market, 1 Adelaide Street East, Toronto, 437-922-2337.