Odd beers find way to Toronto festival

Aug. 8, 2010 at 11:42 PM
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TORONTO, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- Hemp beer and beer smoothies were just a couple of the unusual brews beer aficionados sampled this weekend at Toronto's 16th annual Festival of Beer.

About 30,000 people showed up to try some of the more than 120 craft beers offered from around the world, the Toronto Sun reported Sunday.

Beer smoothies were the creation of Nickel Brook Beers.

"A couple years ago we created an ice cream float and it's a mixture of our apple beer and vanilla ice cream," co-owner John Romano said. "We put it in a blender and mix it up and it's a big hit at a lot of festivals. It's almost like Jolly Rancher and ice cream."

Cool Beer Brewery is the purveyor of a hemp beer called Millennium Buzz Beer.

"It adds a slightly nutty flavor to the beer," Barbara Agustin of Cool Beer Brewery told the Sun. "The logo (of a hemp leaf gets a lot of reaction). People mistake the leaf once in a while for its (marijuana) counterpart, which is kind of funny."

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