A Brief History of Beer – Toronto Fringe 2018 Press Release

Charge your glasses for a memorable splash that will refresh the most jaded Fringe palate!

From press release:

The international drink-a-long comedy A Brief History of Beer comes to Toronto for the first time! A mix of sketch comedy, parody songs like Beer Magic Woman, and galactic melodrama,the show is an educational, delicious ramble through the myths and legends surrounding everyone’s favourite bevvy! In A Brief History of Beer, Will Glenn and Trish Parry ask audiences to join them in their Quantum Pint Machine, where they travel through time, from ancient Sumeria to present day. The Wish founders have combed the records, visited the ruins, and tasted an impossible number of beers to bring you this docudramedy based on the life and times of our mistress and our muse … the humble beer.

A Brief History of Beer is a drink-a-long comedy that has been touring since 2013. Most recently the show has been playing to sell-out audiences in Australia as part of the Adelaide Fringe 2016, and just finished the Orlando Fringe where the press said “Are they drunk? Are we? Who cares!” (Orlando Sentinel), and have been performing a monthly series of the show in NYC at UNDER St Marks in the heart of the East Village for the past four years.

The show has also played numerous micro-breweries and bars all over the globe, spreading its message of loving the golden brew and support for women and smaller business, and has appeared as guest beer experts for the podcast Gastropod and The Greenwich Series, and acted as homebrew judges in Barossa Valley, Australia. Wish has also been inducted into The British Guild of Beer Writers. Directed by the acclaimed British Jeffrey Mayhew, the show has received nothing but praise all over the globe, receiving 4.5/5 from Rip It Up magazine, with InDaily saying “A Brief History of Beer is an opportunity to learn, to be amazed and to imbibe with them. Be warned, one drink may not be enough!”


  • A Brief History of Beer plays at the Tarragon Theatre Mainspace. (30 Bridgman Ave.)
  • Tickets are $13, including a $2 service charge. The festival also offers a range of money-saving passes and discounts for serious Fringers.
  • Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone (416-966-1062), from the Festival Box Office at Scadding Court (707 Dundas St. W.), and — if any remain — from the venue’s box office starting one hour before curtain.
  • Content Warnings: Audience participation; Unsuitable for minors.
  • This venue is barrier-free. Designated accessible seating is in the middle of the auditorium.
  • Be aware that Fringe performances always start exactly on time, and that latecomers are never admitted.


  • Friday July 6th, 1:15 pm
  • Saturday July 7th, 11:00 pm
  • Monday July 9th, 10:45 pm
  • Tuesday July 10th, 4:45 pm
  • Wednesday July 11th, 3:30 pm
  • Friday July 13th, 7:30 pm
  • Saturday July 14th, 1:45 pm