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Now pouring at Mill Street Brew Pub Ottawa! Tasting notes from Brew Master Joel Manning:
This is the dark side of Palomar! I love this beer! It has the smokey pepper and lime character of the regular Palomar but punched up in a darker malt base and pure chocolate extract added to it. To finish it off, we Nitrogen charge this beer to add to the creaminess and to take the edge of the otherwise overwhelming combination of flavours in there. Lime, chipotle and chocolate–now that's a real Mexican flavour combo that will just make you happy in March in Ottawa when you've just about had it with winter!
On tap at all Clocktower Brewpub locations!
Meet the Beau's artists at the Shenkman Arts Centre and have some Beau's!
Corner Bar & Grill Westboro (344 Richmond Road) – starts at 6pm, first come first serve.
Beyond The Pale & Stock Pot Ales
1st Session 12-4
2nd Session 5-9
Only 80 advance tickets per session will be sold.
$10 ticket gets you an etched sample glass, and 2 beer tokens.
Ticket holders only will be admitted.
Last beers will be poured 15 mins before session end.
Gastropub food available.
This is a cash only event.
The Ottawa-ish (Forrester Falls) brewery, Whitewater Brewing Company, has just released their spring seasonal Jacked Rabbit Espresso IPA available in growlers at their retail store and by the pint at select pubs and restaurants.
This hoppy guy is jacked up on espresso that has been cold steeped for 16 hours and has been sourced from The Neat Cafe and the Madawaska Coffee Company. A full malt base is well complimented by Cascade, Centennial and Nugget hops which are mellowed by the smooth blend of espresso.
This brew clocks in at 6.5% ABV and 95 IBUs!
With Wuchak Black running dry it's time for Wuchak Polaris to take over the taps at Kichesippi Beer Company for spring. Described as a Bavarian spin on a classic West Coast India Pale Ale, Wuchak Polaris is brewed with German malts, German ale yeast, and 100% Polaris hops.
The single hopped German IPA will be available at the brewery in growlers and on tap at select bars and restaurants.
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 Double IPA by Pit Caribou.
A few weeks ago I told you I didn't spend all day in a beer filled room swirling my glass, writing funny little qwips for Twitter and posting awesome photos for my Untappd checkins. I think I actually convinced some of you ..and then I checked into Pit Caribou's Double IPA at lunchtime. So maybe most of my free time is spent doing beer things, that's not wrong is it? Anyway, let's get to this review.
Pit Caribou's Double IPA pours a deep orange, which contrasted against the bleak snowy background of Ottawa seems almost warming, like it has the power to melt away the March snow. There are aromas of grassy hops, citrus and also some bready malts that adds a slightly sweet note. This is a double IPA so there are a whole lotta hops crammed in this bottle which makes for a bitter bite of pine, citrus and resin, but there's a lingering malt presence that (unsuccessfully) tries to balance the hops in this 8.2% ABV brew.
But I'm okay with a beer that's a little off balance in favour of hops.
Pouring a hazy straw color with a very slight white head, the Double IPA from Pit Caribou, a brewery from Gaspé is definitely made for hop lovers.
The aroma is filled with nothing but flowery hops and the first sip gives a bitter kick straight to your tastebuds.
The flavours definitely linger – but the beer is very smooth and pure – with a warming bite of the alcohol on the end.
Overall – a bit too bitter for my taste – but hopheads out there will really love this one!
The Brewery Market is returning to Ottawa with four events and a location change to Hintonburg Park. The new location isn't too far away from last year's spot (Parkdale Park) and has the benefit of being able to use the entire park.
Bookmark these dates:
- Saturday, April 26 (12pm – 6pm)
- Saturday, May 24 (12pm – 8pm)
- Saturday, July 5 (12pm – 8pm)
- Saturday, October 25 (12pm – 6pm)
Breweries from the Ottawa region in the process of being invited to participate, along with other Ontario breweries. Proceeds from the events will continue to support Ottawa Riverkeeper.
Specific event details will be announced closer to each event!
The LCBO will spotlight a collection of four brand-new barrel-aged beers from Beau’s All Natural in select stores beginning this weekend, brewed by special request for an LCBO Spring Feature. The new limited-edition series from the Eastern Ontario craft brewery is available at 29 feature stores selected by the LCBO. Each of the four different beers in the collection is aged in wine or spirit barrels, and each is inspired by the art and mythology of ancient Mesopotamia.
The selections are: Gilgamesh, an 8.9% old ale aged in rum barrels; Siduri, an extra-strong saison beer spiced with white peppercorns and aged in red-grape icewine barrels; Sargon, a ginger beer that has been partially barrel aged in rum barrels; and Ashnan, a 9.8% wheat wine aged in chardonnay barrels.
Gilgamesh old ale has been aged in rum barrels while resting on its yeast in storage, which contributes to a full-bodied and malty character. Complex fruit esters reminiscent of figs and dates add to the richness and sweetness of this dark, strong wine-like ale. Gilgamesh, a legendary king of Mesopotamia, is the central character in The Epic of Gilgamesh, one of the earliest surviving works of literature. Deliberately long-aged, the brew team took inspiration for Gilgamesh from several different versions of the robust, malty Old Ale style.
Siduri is an extra-strong saison beer that has been spiced with white peppercorns and aged in red-grape icewine barrels. The characteristic spiciness of the saison beer style is amped up with a judicious addition of organic white peppercorns to the recipe. Siduri’s complexity is delicately enhanced with an aging in red-grape ice wine barrels, as well as bottle conditioning. Siduri, a character in the ancient Mesopotamian work the Epic of Gilgamesh, is an “alewife” or sage female divinity associated with fermentation of beer and wine.
Sargon is a ginger beer that has been partially barrel aged in rum barrels. Sargon is the name of a legendary warrior-king whose dynasty controlled Mesopotamia for more than a century. This fun and flavourful twist on an English Ale is an interpretation of the classic rum-and-ginger beer combo called a “Dark & Stormy.” Organic ginger contributes the signature aromatics of this spice, along with a snappy heat. An aging in cognac/rum barrels adds the final touches to Sargon.
A bottle-conditioned wheat wine, Ashnan displays great depth of character and complexity. It features bold tannic notes that integrate very well with the tropical fruit flavours. Aging in white wine barrels contributes wood and wine character to the noticeable alcohol presence, and enhances a dry finish. A beer with a wine-imposed identity crisis, Ashnan sits comfortably between, offering the best qualities of both. Ashnan was the Mesopotamian goddess of grain, an apt symbol for this barrel-aged wheat wine.
The feature will continue through May or while supplies last. The hand-wrapped single-serve bottles retail for $9.85 apiece, and are also available direct from the brewery, or through BYBO, Ottawa’s home beer delivery service (www.bybo.ca). Complete tasting notes and technical specs for each Feature Beer, along with a list of the 29 LCBO stores that will carry the Beau’s Mesopotamian Feature Collection is available at www.beaus.ca.
The LCBO Spring Feature also coincides with another sign of spring, the return of Beau’s award-winning spring seasonal IPA Beaver River, available at LCBOs beginning this weekend. Wag the Wolf hopfenweisse, a Beau’s Wild Oats Series release for spring 2014, will also be available in LCBO stores beginning this month.
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