Summer is coming to an end, but it is still warm enough to have awesome outdoor parties. Coming up this Sunday the 23rd from 12-4pm is the latest instalment of the Brewers Backyard at Evergreen Brick Works (550 Bayview Avenue). The beers that have been brewed up for this Brewers Backyard are especially exciting because the ingredients are from Toronto’s very own backyard. Anytime there is urban foraging you know Not Far From The Tree is excited to get involved!
Indie Alehouse and The Grid have teamed up to produce an exclusive beer that will be debuted at this weeks Brewers Backyard. The Indie Alehouse beer is flavoured with ingredients from Toronto’s Backyard, many of them from around the Brick Works property. The beer uses honey from the beehives that the Toronto Beekeepers Co-operative keep on the Brick Works property. Not Far From The Tree was contacted to harvest some fruit for the beer, Indie Alehouse brewmaster Jason Fisher decided sumac would add nice flavouring. Sumac has a citrus flavour that will go really well with the wheat base brew they are working with. We did a pick of sumac from around the Brick Works accompanied by members of The Grid and Jason.
Bellwoods Brewery was open to brewing with whatever fruit we could get them. We waited until we could do a pick where a homeowner would decline their third and the fruit could go towards Bellwoods Brewery’s beer. This happened after a pick of beautiful golden plums at the Campbell House Museum. It was an abundant pick and we were able to deliver them over 30 pounds of the golden beauties. I’ve never had or even heard of a plum beer but it will be very interesting to taste how the sweet and tart flavours of plums influence the beer, and with Bellwoods track record of delicious and unique brews I’m sure it will be great.