FEATURE: An Interview with Paul Meek from Kichesippi Beer Company

Kichesippi Beer Company
The final edition of The Brewery Market will be a blow out with 8 breweries pouring beer – Ashton Brewing CompanyClocktower BrewpubKichesippi Beer CompanyMill Street Brewery,HogsBack Brewing CompanyWhitewater Brewing CompanyBarley Days and Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery.

Kichesippi Beer Company may only be three years old, but in those three years they’ve become one of Ottawa’s best known craft breweries and have even started their own line of craft sodas (Harvey & Vern’s). To learn more about the brewery and their beers we chatted with Kichesippi Beer’s Co-Owner, Paul Meek.

Ottawa Beer Events: Can you tell us a little about Kichesippi Beer Company – how it started?

Paul Meek (Kichesippi Beer Company): My wife and I have worked for many different alchohol beverage companies over the years and decided that we would like to have our own products.  We sold our 1st keg in April 2010 and were a contract brewer at that time.  We ended up buying out Heritage Brewing in December 2010.  Every drop of beer we have sold has come out of the brewery at 866 Campbell.

How would you describe the beers that you make?  Is there a theme that ties your beers together?

The best way to describe our beers is balanced.  We brew our beers to offer full flavour and aroma without taking away the main aspect of being refreshing.  The overall theme to our beer is brewing emerging and traditional styles.

What’s a typical day like at Kichesippi Beer Company?

430am – This is when the early crew will set up for brewing, bottling and kegging.  
830am – Drivers arrive and load up their vans.  
After that, the sales crew will stop into the brewery throughout the day but most of their day is spent in restaurants and LCBO’s
6pm – the retail store closes and our event crew are usually on their way to a tasting or event.

Which brews will you be bringing to the Ottawa Brewery Market?

Natural Blonde, 1855, Logger (Pennsylvania Porter).

You can follow Kichesippi Beer Company  on Twitter (@KichesippiBeer) or on Facebook (Kichesippi Beer).

The Ottawa Brewery Market // October Edition will be held on October 20, 2013 at Parkdale Park (12pm – 8pm).  Admission is free with food/drink tickets being sold at the door.  It’s family/pet-friendly and will go on rain or shine – prepare yourself for the Ottawa weather.

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