IMG_20150808_165107Founded in 2013, The Elgin Street Craft Beer Festival evolved out of the two sister businesses, The Laughing Buddha and The Townehouse Tavern.  The Buddha has been Sudbury’s home of Craft and Imported beers since its opening in 2005.  Since 2008, we have driven the province to buy direct from the many small craft brewers in the province as well as purchased direct from importers and LCBO through our license.

Operations manager Paul Loewenberg has handled the administration of the event and looks forward to the expansion of the festival in the future to bring more vendors, more music, more partners and more people.  This event is a premium beverage event that is open to all over the age of 19 to sample the finest in Craft and Imported beer available to Ontario.

The Townehouse Tavern has long been Sudbury’s venerable home of live music, presenting all styles of live music.  Whether it be Punk, Funk, Blues, Jazz, Reggae, Rock, Roots music, Ska, Cuban, Calypso, Bluegrass, old time Country or even Metal… if your band was doing something interesting, this is the place to play.

The Festival closes down the sidewalk along Elgin Street and the adjacent Grey Street to create a single licensed area for over 1800 people under a special occasion permit.  The first 2 editions of the festival have been single day events with 2 stages of music, indoor and outdoor eating areas and rows of tents for the Craft Beer Vendors.  The future will see the event expand to a multi day event and beyond the current street borders.

Click on through the pictures and see what you’ve missed so far.  Beer Vendors can download a Vendor Agreement and Bands can submit to perform through email to vendors@elginstreetcraftbeerfestival.com.

In 2017, we had representation from these breweries…

Split Rail
Redline Brewery
Lake of the Woods
St. Ambroise
Norse Brewing
Pommies Ciders

Terroir Tastings (wines)

Great Lakes Brewing
Full Beard
Sawdust City
Granville Island
Mill Street
Goose Island

In 2019, we look forward to continuing to represent the widest array of Brewers and Distillers in the province.  We hope to expand on Vintners, Distillers, Cideries.