groulxsome wrote:If you can find Zwanze tickets somewhere, either DDC or Volo in Canada, that is way worth it. I like the general line up at Volo more since they get more Cantillon and a bunch of Ontario breweries to make sour beers.
I find Mondal overpriced and kinda lacks in selection compared to festivals like Cask Days. Plus, you can make a proper week out of Cask Days and all the Toronto bars. Cask Days is really a whole weekend of fun and wonderful beers. Aside from the conditioning not being right on a few beers, there are few festivals that have the sense of fun and comradely that Cask Days does. Waiting in a bathroom line at Mondal was usually with some bros crushing the Keith's tent, at Cask Days it's everyone comparing notes on which of the 300+ rare and one off beers they enjoyed and trying to figure out what to try next. Best event for beer in Canada by far (after Zwanze Day, but that's way harder to get tickets for and thus plan around).
Mondial has certainly gone downhill from what it was. They seem to be more intersted in expanding the brand to other markets, Europe, South America. The Montreal Mondial has been neglected. The rules have changed forbidding small breweries from getting together to put in a booth. Each brewery now has to have a single booth. Too expensive for the small guys. The Vermont brewers booth used to be a favorite. Great beer. But the rule changes mean they can't have a combined booth, so they all stay away.
Saint Bock used to have a lot of great Belgian beer at Mondial. But the new rules mean that they can now only carry the beer that Saint Bock makes. Mostly mediocre. Now it seems half the venues are food. As for the bathroom problem, This is one of the reasons I always stay as near as possible, and also avoid the Friday Saturday evening party crowd.
“A fine beer may be judged with only one sip, but it's better to be thoroughly sure.” Czech Proverb