Turning Sudbury Into Sudsbury – Elgin Street Craft Beer Festival
Paul Loewenberg

Paul Loewenberg started the Elgin Street Craft Beer Festival four years ago and the party starts tonight.

Craft beer lovers will once again get a chance to whet their appetite for some of Ontario’s best craft beer this weekend as the 4th annual Craft Beer Festival is on tap on Elgin and Gray street outside of The Townehouse Tavern and The Laughing Buddha Restaurant.

Each year the festival, which was the brainchild of The Townehouse and The Laughing Buddha general manager Paul Loewenberg, gets bigger and better with thousands of beer lovers once again expected to descend on Elgin and Grey Street where vendors from across the province will be showcasing their beer products and offering samples.

Festivities  kick off on Friday evening at 6 p.m. with local bands playing on Grey Street which has been closed off with a seating area for up to 1000 people and judging from the three previous craft beer festivals this year’s event will be another frothy success.

The highlight of Friday night will be an amazing performance by the local tribute band The Pink Floyd Night which will be performing the complete lineup of the famous 1979 album “The Wall” by Pink Floyd staring a 9 p.m. and the animated movie from 1982 “The Wall” will be projected onto the Grey Street exterior wall of the Sudbury Arena.

The main showcase of the Craft Beer Festival, the beer sampling from 20 breweries takes place on Saturday beginning at noon and running until midnight.  Each of the breweries, including Sudbury’s own Stack Brewing will have a booth where people can learn about and sample some of Ontario’s best craft beer. Additionally, The Townehouse Tavern and The Laughing Buddha will be offering nearly 140 different types of beer inside and on their patios.

Tickets to Friday’s “The Pink Floyd Night” are $15 and the Grey Street area will be licensed and guest will be allowed to move freely from The Townehouse, The Buddha, their extended patio areas through to Grey Street.

Admission for a Saturday’s Craft Beer Festival is $25 and this includes a four-once sample glass and three four-ounce tickets to the vendor’s beer offerings. A weekend pass for both nights is $35.

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