I received the tickets courtesy of Forty Creek, one of the event’s participating brands. The $25 admission ticket came with five attached drink tickets that could be exchanged for one of the options from the cocktail menu.
The drinks list ran the gamut from the Black Buck that combined whisky, simple syrup, ginger beer, and a lime garnish to the Forty-Seven that was a straight up pairing of the Forty Creek Copper Pot Reserve and 7-Up.
I also had the chance to try the Forty Creek Copper Pot on its own. The caramel colour connects smoothly to the butterscotch and toasted sugar aroma (reminder to wine drinkers: sniff whisky delicately) and the flavour that plays on the same theme. The slightly higher alcohol (43%) helps lend a lingering, warming buzz.
The opening act that warmed things up for The Trews was actually a three-band battle of local groups. Kingston’s The Glorious Sons managed to rise above the diverse field to capture the title as crowd favourite.
Happily, I was joined on the floor by Ken, Erin, Caiti, and Brock. Also, John and Beth tweet for Forty Creek. All that twitter-ness may draw the ire of Trews lead-man Colin MacDonald who admonished the crowd to “stop taking photos, stop tweeting, and listen” as his band started into the opening bars of Highway of Heroes. Fitting advice for a concert a few days before Remembrance Day.