September 8th, in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Presented by The Exchange Brewery & The Niagara-on-the-Lake Chamber of Commerce.

The Story

“Hosting the first ever sour beer-focused festival for the Niagara region is an idea we have talked about since the early days of the Exchange Brewery. We hope this event will draw both sour beer lovers and anyone with an interest in these styles to Niagara-on-the-Lake. We wanted to have a brewer-curated festival line-up with some of our favourite sour beer producers from across the province and beyond. Together with our colleagues, we hope to help educate, foster new experiences for festival-goers with niche beer styles and continue to grow the festival year after year. And have lots of fun in the process!”

Sam Maxbauer, Head Brewer at The Exchange Brewery


Sourpalooza 2018 was held in The Market Hall, at Niagara-on-the-Lake Old Court House.

In heart of the Old Town, this beautiful heritage building is also conveniently located in front of The Exchange Brewery.

2018 Brewery Lineup 



2018 Food Lineup 

Regular Ticket


(1) Entry to Sourpalooza (3hrs)
(1) Souvenir Sampling Glass
(4) beer tokens


Where is Sourpalooza 2018 held?
The festival will be held in the Market Room of the Old Court House (26 Queen St, Niagara-on-the-Lake). The Market Room is on the street level, in the rear off the Court House building.  It is accessible from Market Street.

When is Soupalooza 2018 held?
The festival will be held on September 8TH, over 3 sessions: 12-3PM, 3-6PM, 6-9PM.

Where can I buy tickets?
You can buy your tickets online or in-person at The Exchange Brewery (7 Queen St., NOTL)

Will you offer any non-sour beers?
​All breweries will be bringing sour beers, however, there will be a very small number of non-sour beers also available. The beer line up will be announced throughout the summer leading up to September 8th so stay tuned to Twitter and Instagram!​

Will there be food?
Yes, there will be 2 food vendors serving up delicious food that pairs oh so well with sour beer (more details coming soon). All food can be purchased with beer tokens. Tokens will be sold for $2.50/each, and each vendor will be setting their token rate.

Can I ask for a refund?
​Tickets are 100% non-refundable​.

Will there be bathrooms and hand wash stations?
​There are bathrooms available in the Court House, accessible from the Market Room via a staircase. There are also wheelchair accessible public washrooms adjacent to the Court House.

Will there be ATMs?
Tickets and tokens can be purchased at the door via cash, credit and debit. Vendors will also be selling merchandise at their booths so have cash ready! There are no ATMs on site. ATMs are available at the RBC location on 234 Mary St as well as at the BMO Bank of Montreal location on 91 Queen St. ​​

Will there be parking nearby?
You will find a paid public parking lot directly behind the Court House building​, accessible from Market Street.  There is additional parking available at 29 Platoff St. There is also paid street parking available on Queen St. and King Street. Please do not drive if you will be sampling; we at The Exchange Brewery encourage everyone to have a designated driver, call a taxi, Uber or walk. ​

Can I bring my own glass?
No, sorry. No outside glassware will be allowed.  ​

What happens if I lose or break my sampling glass?
​Plastic cups will be provided in the event your lose or break your souvenir sampling glass. ​

Can I bring my kids? Dogs?
This event is 19+; IDs will be checked at the door. Anyone under the legal drinking age, as well as furry four legged canine family, are not permitted in the festival. ​ ​

Will there be first aid available on-site?
There will be designated first aid certified ​staff on site in case of minor injury.

Is it a smoker-friendly event?
​Smoking is not permitted indoors at the festival. ​

Will I appear on promo/social media photo?
By entering the festival event space, you will consent to your image/voice being used in photos and videos for use in any of our promotional materials and social media posts.

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