Toronto Winter Brewfest Gives Back to Local Children’s Charity

Toronto Winter Brewfest Gives Back to Local Children’s Charity

brewfest2016_01Toronto Winter Brewfest is pleased to partner with the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation on a very special fundraiser. The “Dream Keg” charity initiative will raise money through the sale of two kegs of beer, generously donated by local breweries, with 100% of the proceeds being given directly to the Holland Bloorview Foundation. The idea originated in 2015 at the inaugural Ottawa Winter Brewfest where $2,550 was raised and donated to the CHEO Foundation.

“One of the core values of our organization is to give back to the community,” says Michael O’Farrell, General Manager of Toronto Winter Brewfest. “When creating the Toronto event we decided that we would replicate what we had done in Ottawa. We’re thrilled to be supporting Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation.”

brewfest2016_02Children are the future of every community. Toronto Winter Brewfest recognizes that. Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital is Canada’s largest children’s rehabilitation hospital focused on improving the lives of kids with disabilities.

“Our incredible programs, services and research are made possible by donations from the community and support from events like Toronto Winter Brewfest” says Sandra Hawken, President and CEO of Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation. “Thank you for creating a world of possibility for kids with disabilities.”

For 3 tokens, beer lovers will have their choice of a 4 oz. sample of Spearhead’s Sam Roberts Band Session Ale, a rocking blend of English and American Ale, or Great Lakes Brewery’s Canuck Pale Ale, boasting loads of bright, citrusy hop flavours and aroma curtailed by a crisp, refreshing bitterness.

brewfest2016_03“We’re proud to support the efforts of Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital,” says Dimitri van Kampen, founder of Spearhead Brewing Company. “It’s great to see local craft beer making a difference in our community.”

“Great Lakes Brewery is donating a Dream Keg because we believe the Ontario independent brewing industry is all about fostering a sense of community,” says Alex Whitlow, Partnerships Manager for Great Lakes Brewery. “Whether it’s supporting the local businesses in your neighbourhood, sponsoring community-building organizations and events, or collaborating with your friends at another brewery, Ontario craft brewing is about looking out for your friends.”

The Dream Keg will be available at both Brewfest sessions on February 19 and 20 at the Enercare Centre at Exhibition Place. For more information about Toronto Winter Brewfest, please visit