Shop All Weekend: Four Refreshing Craft Beers


We are taking a short break from all the fashion-focused Shop All Weekend posts this week, since the pre-fall and fall collections haven’t made their way into stores just yet. Instead, we’ve decided to shift our shopping focus to food and beverages — more specifically beer. It’s the time of the year where the sun is shining, and there is nothing better than kicking back on the patio with a few cold ones in the company of friends and family. To get you ready for the next few weeks of nice patio drinking weather, here are four refreshing, flavorful craft beers that stray from the standard of tasteless lagers.

 Great Lakes Brewery: Limp Puppet


It’s no fun when after having one or two strong beers you suddenly and feel like you’ve had one too many, especially when you’re drinking outside in the sunshine. If you’re looking for a light ABV beer that still packs a ton of flavor — one that you can “crush” many cans of during the bright hours of the day — we highly recommend Great Lakes Brewery’s Limp Puppet. This session ale is unfiltered and hazy with a dull yellow hue, and features flavours of passionfruit, lemon, and tangerine.

Where To Buy: LCBO or Great Lakes Brewery

Bellwoods Brewery: Roman Candle


Bellwoods Brewery is one of the most popular places to kick it in the afternoon on a hot summer’s day. The only downside is the long lines — you could be waiting for an hour just to get a few beers. Luckily Bellwoods offers a bottle shop where you can pick up some of their in house-brewed beer and take it back to your own patio to enjoy. Bollywood’s Roman Candle is a staple beer in their lineup, a no-nonsense IPA that features aromas of pine, melon and tangerine.

Where To Buy: Bellwoods Brewery

Amsterdam Brewing Co.: Sweetwater Squeeze Radler


If you’re not into traditional beer but still crave something refreshing on a hot summer’s day, Amsterdam Brewing Co.’s Sweetwater Squeeze Radler is for you. Made from a blend of house-made soda, blood orange juice and beer, this low ABV beer cocktail is sure to do the trick.

Where To Buy: LCBO

Kensington Brewing Company: Fruitstand Watermelon Wheat  


Keeping with the theme of refreshing radler-esque beers for those Saturday and Sunday afternoons, Kensington Brewing Company brews something totally unique that’s only available in the city. Their Fruitstand Watermelon fuses crisp wheat ale with 100% natural watermelon juice during the fermentation process. The end result is a unique blend of fruit and beer that sounds like it doesn’t work, but actually does when you take a sip.

Where To Buy: LCBO

DIY Summer Series: Amanda’s Lavender Lemonade

The other day someone dared tell me they couldn’t believe “summer was almost over.” I nearly slapped them. We still have over a month of this glorious season, but as we all know, those last few weeks tend to fly by. So that’s why Novella‘s launching our DIY Summer Series — we want you to make the most out of the rest of your summer! (Get it?)

Over the next few weeks, Novella editors (and maybe even some special guest contributors) will share their favourite warm-weather crafts and recipes that are super-easy, super-fun, and will let you really embrace summer’s second act.

And here’s your first project: lavender lemonade! It’s a yummy, beautiful drink — perfect for summer patio parties or just lounging in the sun with a book. Also, just a tip, if you want to make it even more beautiful, pour some vodka in that sh*t.

What you’ll need…

  • 11 lemons
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 tabespoons dried lavender (they sell it at House of Spice in Kensginton)
  • 6 cups water


What to do…

  1. Boil the water and pour in the sugar and honey until everything is dissolved.
  2. Pour the mixture into a jar and add the lavender leaves. Let it all steep for TWO HOURS in the fridge.image
  3. While you’re letting that steep, occupy your time by squeezing your lemon juice (10 lemons = two cups). Use a juicer or squeeze them by hand. Like a pioneer.
  4. Once those two hours have passed, mix the lavender mix with your lemon juice and pour it all into a pretty serving jar. Garnish it with lemon slices (the 11th lemon’s time to shine!) and serve it to three of your friends in Pinterest-worthy Mason jars or something. Enjoooooy!



Experience WayHome with the Etsy Market, Art and Food

WayHome Music & Arts Festival is offering much more than just topnotch performances. They will also have a market sponsored by Etsy (WayMarket), creative art installations around the grounds (WayArt) and of course food from an array of delicious vendors (WayFood).


Etsy Summer Place in 2013

Fashionistas can take a break from the grounds to do what they do best – shop! As the title marketplace sponsor of WayHome Music & Arts Festival, the onsite WayMarket by Etsy will feature 20 local sellers, offering handmade and vintage items perfect for festival season, including jewelry, must-have accessories and flower crowns.

List of Sellers: Jordan De Ruiter, Mark Simmons, Katy, Gillian McGregor, RobertRatPrints, Grace Design, Sofija Obradovic, Brittany Toonen, Sarah Heath, Shannon Kehler, Elizabeth Fowler, Michelle, Natalie LeBlanc, Natalie Eldershaw, Leslie Howchin, Samantha, Joisane, HouseSM


Artist Nathan Whitford

Because who doesn’t love to gaze at some breathtaking art? WayHome will have some of the top Canadian-based gallery and well-known artists to make the WayArt experience like no other at any North American festival.  Curated under the Toronto-based painter Charles Bierk, WayArt will showcase a diverse range of large-scale installations that make use of Oro-Medonte’s exquisite natural environment, while providing festival attendees with experiences that will excite and inspire.


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Foodies, do not fret! You will get to indulge in over 30 premium food vendors ranging from gourmet food trucks and restaurant pop ups to local comfort food classics. Satisfy your palate with our diverse menu selections that will fuel you up or cool you down. Indulge in a diverse menu selection with a variety of smoothies, cold pressed juices and cold brewed coffee.

About Last Night: The Stirling Room’s New Patio

‘Tis patio season, and last night the Novella team hit up the Stirling Room in the Distillery District to check out their brand-new patio. The Stirling Room, which was also celebrating its 5th anniversary last night, was classy already, but with this chic new outdoor space, the place is sure to become even more of a summertime hit. And it opened just in time — Toronto is full of patios, but we’re midway through the summer, which means I’ve exhausted pretty much all of them already.

While sipping cocktails and munching appetizers, guests crowded the new patio, but there was plenty of sitting room so the comfy factor was not sacrificed. It has a totally different feel than the El Catrin patio, which is right around the corner and is famed for its awesomeness. While El Catrin’s is ideal for downing some dinner, the Stirling Room’s has a more intimate feel and is the perfect place to chill with some chums and a cocktail.

The patio opens to the public today, which means all you beautiful people should flock to the Distillery right now (despite the Pan Am madness, it’s not as crazy as you’d think) for a drink or two!


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