The Albion Rooms is pairing up with Muskoka Brewery for a Deck the Halls with Hops and Barley Dinner on Wednesday, December 17th! Five courses will be paired with some of Muskoka's best brews including Detour, Mad Tom, Twice as Mad, Rum Barrel Aged Harvest Ale on Cask and Winter Beard Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout for Dessert! Reserve your spot by calling The Albion Rooms at 613-760-4771.
Katy and Sasha are the contributors for Ottawa Beer Events! They have distinctly different palates and in this segment they go head-to-head tasting Ottawa beer. This week they sample Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe.
This is a controversial beer, not for the ingredients or the reputation of the brewery that brews it, but for the name and pink elephant imagery associated with it. What's in a name? Delerium Tremens., Latin for shaking frenzy, refers to the delirium caused by alcohol withdrawal.
Delerium Tremens isn't exactly new to the Ottawa-market, it has been available on draught at Pub Italia for years, but now beer connoisseurs can buy it one bottle at a time at The Beer Store.
This treat pours a bright gold with generous white cap and too-perfect lacing. The aroma is sweet, spiked with clove-like phenols and fruity esthers. The crisp carbonation leads you to more sweet esthers and phenols (orange, green apple, white pepper, clove) before finishing dry with a slight medicinal burn.
One 330ml ceramic bottle may not be enough to truly appreciate all the nuances of this award winning beer. I recommend picking up a few, but try to avoid the pink elephants on parade.
Mirella Amato is one of nine people who has passed the Master Cicerone exam and the only person in Canada to hold this achievement. She's a regular contributor to TAPS magazine and even hosts an Ontario Brewer podcast. She also founded the Toronto Chapter of Barley's Angels, a group dedicated to helping women chart their own course in exploring beer.
She will be in town next week to deliver her Sensory Evaluation Workshop as well as to sign copies of her book Beerology, an easy-to-read guide with chapters on history, styles, pairings and even beer games!
Information for Book Signing:
Date: Monday December 8th
Time: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Clocktower Brewpub Westboro Location (418 Richmond Road)
Tickets: $35 includes a signed copy of Beerology + a pint of beer or $10 includes a pint of beer and if you have a copy of Beerology have it signed by Mirellla!
Additional books will also be available for purchase on site for $26.20.
Tickets are available via Eventbrite.
If you'd like to hear more about Mirella, we've included a video of a recent interview by CTV on her book and craft beer.
Katy and Sasha are the contributors for Ottawa Beer Events! They have distinctly different palates and in this segment they go head-to-head tasting Ottawa beer. This week they sample Covered Bridge Brewing Company's Double-Double.
While I may not be a fan of the Tim Horton's Double-Double (a coffee preference so popular it actually made it's way into the Dictionary), I am fond of Covered Bridge's sweet stout version.
Once poured, this opaque jet black stout has aromas of biscuits, vanilla with coffee and dark chocolate rounding it out. For those that enjoy their Double-Double's the flavour is full on sweet thanks to the additional of lactose (milk sugar) with background notes of fruity dark chocolate and coffee. It is 7.4% ABV and there is a noticeable heat in the finish.
Who needs after dinner coffee when you can have a mug of Covered Bridge's Double-Double?
What better way to celebrate #canadianbeerday than with Covered Bridge's Double Double, a play on a Canadian favorite at the local Tim Hortons.
The sweet stout pours the color of a black coffee and you get coffee in the aroma right away however there's a distinct presence of dark chocolate as well. Those flavours are echoed in the taste with dark roasted malts giving a slight bitterness. There's a creaminess in the mouthfeel like a double double coffee would have but without the overly sweet taste. The balance of roast from the malts to sweetness makes it very easy to drink.
I'd definitely drink this in place if my cofffee every morning if I could. If only Double Doubles actually tasted like this…
Cartwright Springs Brewery in Pakenham announced details of their Kickstarter yesterday. The campaign to raise $12,000 will help fund the construction of a tasting room.
We have laboured with our friends and family and construction of our brewery building is complete; our permits are filed and the brewery equipment is due to arrive soon. Getting to this stage has required a lot of capital expense, and we’ve poured our life savings into this passion and dream. We’d like to invite the community to join us in our adventure, and help us cross the finish line.
Due to unforeseen permit and licensing costs, we are short on funds required to make our retail space and tasting room into the comfortable and inviting space we envision for hosting our customers. We’ll be using the money from this campaign to create a space that will reflect our beer, our craft and our community.
The Kickstarter rewards include typical swag (tshirts, glasses, coasters) to naming a beer and brewing a beer.
Ottawa Beer Events: How did you get interested in brewing and where did you learn how to brew?Broken Stick Brewing: We've all have different brewing experiences. Some of us have been brewing for over 10 years and others have been brewing 2-3 years but what we all have in common is that we all started brewing at home because we all love beer. So we all learned how to brew on our own and by talking to other home brewers.What made you decide to open a brewery?The full story is actually available on our website. It's start with Eric (one of the partners) purchasing brewing equipment. As far the rest of the guys, we just had a lot of time to kill. Just kidding, we did it for the love of beer and let's face it, how cool is it to say you own a brewery and be able to share great beer recipes with people.How much beer will your system be able to produce? Which size of growler do you plan on offering?We have a 5HL system. We'll be offering two bottle size. 1.89L Growler and the 750ml Grumbler for now.There have been a lot of articles published lately on how there’s a “boom” in the craft beer market – how do you plan to stand out or carve your niche in this expanding market?We really do think that it is the golden age of craft brewing. There are so many varieties of beers and so many ways of making them your own by trying new things. That's what's great with beer these days, the sky is the limit on what you can brew and we think we can bring new and great tasting beers to beer fans. It is become less and less of a niche market, there are great craft breweries in the Ottawa region and we believe there's room for more.Do you plan on requesting a “by the glass” license, allowing you to serve full glasses of beer to patrons?This is something we've discussed but not something we're looking at at the present time. Since we're a smaller brewery we'll concentrate on brewing great beer and as we grow we will see where it leads us.If you could describe Broken Stick Brewing in 3 words – how would you describe your brewery?Creative, inviting and petite
Katy and Sasha are the contributors for Ottawa Beer Events! They have distinctly different palates and in this segment they go head-to-head tasting Ottawa beer. This week they sample Dominion City Brewing Company's Galloping Hessian.
When I first started getting more involved with craft beer and learned about pumpkin ale I went on a pumpkin rampage. Not only did I buy what was available at the LCBO, but I travelled into the US and bought some of what was available there too! I was drinking the fall seasonal will past Christmas and got slightly sick of it, but this pumpkin obsessive behaviour helped define what I like and dislike and I've become quite the pumpkin snob.
Dominion City Brewing Company's Galloping Hessian falls into pumpkin ale's I like category. Solid base beer (brown ale) with pumpkin and added spicing. Not enough to make you feel like you're drinking pureed pumpkin pie, but the right about to warm you up when the wind rattle your windows.
This is a solid pumpkin beer that tends more on the malt and spice side without hitting that sickly-sweet liquid pumpkin pie territory. Appropriate for horseback riding, pumpkin smashing or when you need that extra bit of courage to cross a bridge.
I'm definitely a lover of pumpkin beer so I was excited to try Dominion City's Galloping Hessian Pumpkin Brown Ale – which is a mouthful to say – which is ironic, because the horseman has no head….and thus, no mouth.
But on to the beer! Notes of toffee and pumpkin spice waft from the amber brew. The toasted malt flavour is apparent in taste along with a hint of nuts and dried fruit and the pumpkin spice. It's often difficult to find the right balance of spice in pumpkin beer but I feel like they've done a good job.
Overall a nice light, malt forward beer, with a cinnamon toast like flavour. I was expecting a tad more bitterness from the hops in this brew based on the description, but definitely would reach for it again.
International Stout Day is a worldwide celebration of the iconic beer style, Stout. Taking place in homes, pubs, breweries and restaurants; it’s all about celebrating the craft beer revolution, relishing in this beloved beer style, sharing your photos, tasting notes and events with the world.
Here is our list of stouts that are currently being brewed in the Ottawa region to celebrate the dark brew! We recommend you visit your local pub and get a pint of the dark stuff for an apporpriate celebration.
Ashton Brewing Company - Vanilla Stout
Deep, robust and richly rewarding, this is beer to linger over. Distinct notes of chocolate, roasted malt and black barley … and with just enough hop bite to cut the sweetness. Vanilla flavor is subtle, most prevalent in the aroma and imparts a silky palate.
Beau's All Natural Brewing Company - The Tom Green Milk Stout
The Tom Green Beer displays flavours of chocolate and coffee, while delivering a creamy, velvety texture, and finishing with a mild sweetness.
Beyond the Pale Brewing Company - The Darkness
An incredibly dark and creamy beer that will overwhelm the palate with loads of dark chocolate and coffee flavours.
Bicycle Craft Brewery - Abyss Chocolate Stout
A dark, full-bodied, stout with hints of cocoa and chocolate malt. Made with pure organic cocoa, this stout carries subtle hints of hops, and a full, smokey flavour.
Big Rig Brewery & Kitchen - Double Chocolate Milk Stout
With a mocha colored head this bold and beautiful stout has layers of chocolate and roasted coffee like barley that give it a rich flavor that is intensified with the addition of Belgian bitter sweet chocolate.
Broadhead Brewing Company - Dark Horse Stout
A full-bodied, rich and creamy oatmeal stout that bristles with bold, unbridled taste. Blending roasted malt and oatmeal for a solid footing, this smooth, dark beer has shades of bitterness that gives Dark Horse the perfect edge.
Covered Bridge Brewing Company - The Covered Bridge Double-Double
This sweet stout is full-bodied with hints of chocolate and coffee from the dark roasted malts . We don’t stop there – we double up on those flavours by adding chocolate and coffee to it once it’s done fermenting. This is one big beer!
Mill Street Brewery - Cobblestone Stout
We produce a traditional styled Irish Stout that is served using beer gas to produce that familiar creamy pour. Our black stout has a roasted malt flavour and a hint of toasted walnuts and chocolate in the finish. Select imported hops are used to dry out the finish of this ale.
Whitewater Brewing Company – Midnight Stout
Our midnight stout captures the essence of a moonlit paddle with its rich, dark taste balanced with a hoppy bitterness and oatmeal body that furthers the intensity of this bold beer.
Tell us what you are drinking! Use the hashtag #Stoutday and take a photo of your stout with #613beer!
Although Ottawa Bourbon Week (November 21 – 27, 2014) is primarily about Bourbon, there are some beer events featured in the week. The first to be announced is an event on November 22nd at Union 613 featuring both bourbons and bourbon aged beer from Beyond the Pale Brewing Company:
There may be 52 Saturdays in a year, but only one is worth remembering. Indulge in bourbon-barrel beer from Beyond the Pale, sample a smorgasbord of rare bourbons, and chase it all with some tasty eats—all while moving your feet to the infectious beats of DJ Zatar from Timekode.
There are two sessions, an early (3pm) and late (8pm) and your $32 ticket gets you food from each of the four food stations. Tickets can be bought online.
Using fresh hops from our backyard and Arklow Farm in Perth, this black IPA is the best of local.
Arklow Farm has been in continuous operation for over 200 years, starting in the early 1800s. In the early 1900s it was part of a national network of experimental farms producing certified barley and agricultural conservation techniques. Today it is a member of the Ontario Hop Growers Association, continuing its agricultural tradition by producing high quality, organic hops.
We feel fortunate to have worked with both these businesses to produce this dark, malty IPA that is our take on a hauntingly good harvest ale.
Wiches brew is available at the brewery in Growlers (1.89l/64 oz) and Half Growlers (0.95l/32oz).
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