OCB Week came and went and Bar Towel had nothing to say about it

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OCB Week came and went and Bar Towel had nothing to say about it

Postby cratez » Tue Jun 27, 2017 11:27 am

This year's Ontario Craft Beer Week was June 10-18. It came and went without any of us having anything to say about it. I didn't encounter a single OCB event posting on here, and I don't recall any Bar Towellers even mentioning the week or its events. Is this a sign that OCB Week has become irrelevant, or simply an indication that the week doesn't cater to beer nerds and is more about engaging the beer curious? I remember Session being a big to-do only a couple of years ago (among beer geeks and newbies alike), but this year it didn't even cross my mind. Thoughts?
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Re: OCB Week came and went and Bar Towel had nothing to say about it

Postby Craig » Tue Jun 27, 2017 1:27 pm

I haven't been to an OCB week event in years. None of the events have appealed to me. Honestly, they don't seem any better than random events that pop up all over the city pretty much every weekend.

Sessions is fun and all, I really like the Dundas Square location. But that style of festival doesn't do much for me any more unless it's Cask Days or something really special.
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Re: OCB Week came and went and Bar Towel had nothing to say about it

Postby ry_kinney » Tue Jun 27, 2017 6:17 pm

Was there a specific OCB week beer in the LCBO this year? There was a barrel aged porter last year or the year before that was pretty damn good.
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Re: OCB Week came and went and Bar Towel had nothing to say about it

Postby DeMarco » Wed Jun 28, 2017 10:24 am

ry_kinney wrote:Was there a specific OCB week beer in the LCBO this year? There was a barrel aged porter last year or the year before that was pretty damn good.


I don't believe there was, as I too was looking for something.
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Re: OCB Week came and went and Bar Towel had nothing to say about it

Postby sprague11 » Wed Jun 28, 2017 1:04 pm

If there were events, it shows how well (or not) they were marketed.
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Re: OCB Week came and went and Bar Towel had nothing to say about it

Postby ercousin » Wed Jun 28, 2017 3:27 pm

ry_kinney wrote:Was there a specific OCB week beer in the LCBO this year? There was a barrel aged porter last year or the year before that was pretty damn good.

I believe that was for Toronto Beer Week, which is in September.
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Re: OCB Week came and went and Bar Towel had nothing to say about it

Postby Tapsucker » Wed Jun 28, 2017 4:12 pm

I did give OCB a quick thought, but was out of town anyway.

Frankly (and those people who know me will think this is a totally crazy thing to say) I just can't drink enough to justify the cost and hassle of going to things like Sessions or even Cask Days. Been there, done that.

I much prefer smaller focused gatherings or the more casual Brewers Backyard type things, where you don't have to wait through massive crowds or do a mission plan to figure out what you want to try.

Tap takeovers can still be fun and I probably would have gone to at least one if I had been around. It's still nice to meet some of the brewery folks and get a sense of how they like to present their products.
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