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Cask ale or cask-conditioned beer is unfiltered and unpasteurised beer which is conditioned (including secondary fermentation) and served from a cask without additional nitrogen or carbon dioxide pressure.
Amsterdam Brewing Co. – Autumn Hop – 5.6% ABVBarley Days Brewery – Scrimshaw Oyster Stout (w/ Malpeques) – 4.0%Beau's All Natural Brewing Co. – Nightmarzen - 5.5%Beau's All Natural Brewing Co. – Lugtread – 5.2%Beau's All Natural Brewing Co. – Tom Green – 5.0%Beau's All Natural Brewing Co. – Rauch Stack – 6.9%Beau's All Natural Brewing Co. – Dial Z For Zwickel – 5.7%Beau's All Natural Brewing Co. – Dark Helmut – 7.3%Beau's All Natural Brewing Co. – Haters Gonna Hate – 8.0%Beau's All Natural Brewing Co. – "Hardcore 8.1" – 8.1%Beau's All Natural Brewing Co. – SchwarzWalder – 7.0%Beau's All Natural Brewing Co. – Ich Bin Ein Bearliner – 3.5%Beau's All Natural Brewing Co. – Bog Hopper – 6.3%Beau's B-Sides Brewing Label – Kissmeyer Nordic Pale Ale – 5.6%Bellwoods Brewery – Viking Grave (w/ Cocoa Nibs) – 4.5%Beyond The Pale Brewery – Pink Fuzz – 6.0%Beyond The Pale Brewery – Imperial Super Guy – 9.1%Bicycle Craft Brewery – The Real Velocipede – 6.0%Big Rig Brewery – Release The Hounds – 6.2%Big Rig Brewery – Scotchy Scotch Ale – 8.0%Black Oak Brewing Co – Ten Bitter Years – 8.0%Block 3 Brewing – Blocktoberfest – 5.3%Brasseurs Sans Gluten Glutenberg - Pale Ale - 5.5%Brasseurs Sans Gluten Glutenberg - Blonde - 4.5%Broadhead Brewing – Mommy Kissing Santa Peppermint – 5.5%Cameron's Brewing – Midnight Rider – 10.3%Cassel Brewery – Sleeper Car – 9.0%Church Key Brewing – The Great Pumkin – 7.0%Clocktower Brewpub – Clocktower Pumpkin – 5.0%Clocktower Brewpub – Hemp Ale (w/ Hemp Seeds) – 5.5%Covered Bridge Brewing – Seoirse the Great – 6.0%Dominion City Brewing – Land Is Strong – 8.0%F&M Brewery Stone – Hammer Pale Ale – 4.8%Flying Monkeys Brewery – Ghost Bitch – 6.6%Grand River Brewing – Old Defiant Old Ale – 8.0%Granite Brewery – Hopping Mad – 6.0%Granite Brewery X Left Field Brewery – Crazy Legs (w/ Ontario Peaches) – 5.0%Great Lakes Brewery – Pumpkin Ale (w/ Vanilla Bean) – 5.2%Great Lakes Brewery – Canucklehead – 5.2%Indie Ale House Brewing Co – Golden Pumpkin Abbey – 7.3%Innocente Brewing Company – Belgian Pale – 6.8%Innocente Brewing Company – Guilty Conscience – 7.5%Junction Craft Brewing – Pacific North West – 5.0%Junction Craft Brewing - Mystery Train - 4.0%Kensington Brewing Company – FishEYE PA – 6.5%Lake of Bays Brewing – Oktoberbeast – 8.0%Microbrasserie Le Castor – Yakima IPA – 6.5%Microbrasserie Le Castor – India Session Ale – 4.3%La Microbrasserie Le Trou Du Diable - Le Sang-d'Encre - 5.5%La Microbrasserie Le Trou Du Diable - La Pitoune - 5.0%La Microbrasserie Le Trou Du Diable - Punch Rauch - 5.5%Left Field Brewery Prospect – Single Hop IPA: Amarillo – 6.3%MacKinnon Brothers Brewing – 8 Man English Pale Ale – 5.8%Manantler Brewing Co – Pursuit of Abbeyness – 6.0%Microbrasserie Dieu Du Ciel - Moralité IPA - 6.9%Mill Street Brew Pub (Ottawa) Paradise IPA 7.2%Mill Street Brewery (Toronto) – Father John's Ale – 6.3%Muskoka Brewery – Harvest Ale – 8.4%Neustadt Springs – Double Fuggle – 4.5%Nickel Brook Brewery – Pissed Off Pete's Pumkin Porter – 6.0%Nickel Brook Brewery – Headstock – 7.0%Sawdust City Brewing Co – Red Rocket – 5.3%Smithworks Brewing – Festbier – 5.6%Spearhead Brewing Company – Blackberry-Cocoa Dubbel – 7.5%Stone City Ales – Unchartered IPA – 7.0%Stone City Ales – Grizzled Hipster – 8.2%Trou Du Diable x Dieu Du Ciel - La Divine Comédie - 5.0%Wellington Brewery – Put Your Duke's Up– 6.5%Wellington Brewery – County Dark Ale – 5.0%West Avenue Cider – Wild Blueberry Scrumpy – 6.2%
So grab your lederhosen or dirndl because tickets for Friday night are still available!
You can purchase them online for $22.00 and transportation is available from Ottawa, Montreal and Cornwall to Vankleek Hill for an additional $15.00.
You can buy your tickets and find out more information including the list of delicious food offered and the talented musical guests on the Beau's Oktoberfest Website!
Over the weekend Dominion City Brewing Company released Land is Strong Wet-Hopped Belgian IPA, the first in their Terroir Series. The beers in the series will feature different regionally-sourced ingredients; in this case, fresh picked Cascade hops from Lot 17 Hop Yard in Campbellford, ON.
The 8% ABV and 92 IBU brew is available at the brewery in Growlers (1.89l/64 oz) and Half Growlers (0.95l/32oz).
The Clocktower Brew Pub announced the return of their popular pumpkin seasonal to all of their Ottawa brewpubs. This is the sixth year of brewing Pumpkin Ale and the second year that they've taken preorders for growlers and bombers.
The 5% ABV, 18 IBU brew that uses real pumpkins in the mash is described as follows:
The colour of the Pumpkin Ale is dark orange to amber, which makes it close to the colour of roasted pumpkin. The flavours and aromas in the beer are quite delicate. When it is left to simmer in the mouth for a moment or two, the distinct spice notes burst forth. The initial flavour is somewhat sweet, but that only lasts for a moment, as the taste of pumpkin and spice fill up the palate. It has very little after taste although it does leave a dry tingle on the tongue after the initial sip.
Clocktower's Pumpkin Ale is available at all Clocktower Brew Pub locations as well as in Growlers and Bombers at their Glebe retail location.
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 Big Rig Brewery's Scotch Ale.
I'm going to admit a bias here, I don't like Scotch Ales. They tend to be heavy with sweet caramel flavour, bumped up alcohol and smokey with peat-smoked malts added to make it comparably to its single-malt cousin. It's just not my thing, but I'm not one to refuse a glass of beer when it's handed to me so I gave Big Rig's version a try.
Pouring dark brown with beautiful garnet highlights when it catches the light, Brewmaster Lon Ladell's Wee Heavy has great aromas of thick malts, caramel, brown sugar and a hint of peat. With a luscious body and soft carbonation the flavour is as intense as the aroma with more caramel malt, brown sugar, dark fruit, peat and a slight vanilla/oak finish.
While Sasha was challenging herself with a second glass I was busy taking on the full Growler!
I was happy to review this week's bevvie – Big Rig's Scotch ale as I've yet to give it a go!This smooth ale pours a dark copper with a thick off-white head and right away the the smoky aroma is present from the barley which has been smoked with peat moss.The taste mirrors the smoky aroma but adds much more in the dark caramel roasted malts and hint of plum and no hop bitterness to be found.The finish has just a hint of booze with low carbonation and a medium mouthfeel.The tagline for the beer is "for the Bold and Brave of heart" maybe because although the ABV is 7.2% – which not super high but if you this beer as much as I do you'll bravely pour a second glass!
Beyond the Pale Brewing Company has announced the release of their Community Grow Hop brew – Drink Me Now. The 6.7% ABV, 50 IBU Harvest Ale was brewed with the harvest from 50 hop rhizomes grown in the community and a portion picked at Bristol Hopyard in Pontiac County. Half Growlers (0.95l/32oz) are available at the brewery starting today. Quantities are limited.
Being able to appreciate beer has many different levels. For some, simply being able to sit back with a glass or two of craft at the end of the day is perfection. For others, going in depth into how the liquid in their glass was made, if it's to style and determining if there are any flaws makes for a more interesting evening. For those people there are certification programs with educational guidelines to help refine their palate and broaden their beer knowledge.
The Cicerone certification is one of these programs and consists of two levels – Certified Cicerone and Master Cicerone. To achieve the Master Cicerone level, candidates have to pass a two day exam that consists of essay questions, oral examinations by industry experts and blind tastings. With a minimum passing score of 85% required, only one or two candidates typically pass the exam each year.
Mirella Amato is one of seven people who has passed the Master Cicerone exam and the only person in Canada to hold this achievement. We chatted with her about the Cicerone program and the three day Sensory Evaluation Workshop she's hosting in December.
Ottawa Beer Events: What does it mean to be a Master Cicerone?
Mirella Amata (Beerology): Well, the Master Cicerone exam is HUGE. It tests people on all aspects of beer, from designing a draught system, to off-flavour detection (of course), brewing, pairing beer with food and all sorts of other things. I took it because I wanted people to know that I was serious about beer and that they could trust my level of expertise.
How long did it take you to achieve the level of Master Cicerone? What was your motivation?
I would say that it took seven years. All of my beer experience so far has contributed to my being able to pass that exam. Having said this, for the first 5 years I was gathering experience, I then had two years of serious study. The thing with the Master Cicerone exam is that you can’t just study and pass; you really have to have knowledge-based experience. It would be kind of silly if someone who’d just read a bunch of books could then consider themselves an expert in beer, which is a tangible, ever-evolving product…
Why are off-flavours so important to learn – for the homebrewer, sales representative or enthusiast?
I come across off-flavours in beer on a weekly basis – they’re everywhere! People will often feel like something isn’t right but they can’t quite put their finger on the problem, so they just order a different beer or go to a different establishment. More often than not, when I return a pint and try to helpfully point out the problem I’m met with resistance (most commonly, bar managers will tell me “they will let the brewery know there was a problem with their beer” when the problem is actually that the lines in the bar aren’t being properly maintained and the beer was actually fine when it left the brewery) My goal with this workshop is to help people identify off-flavours. Many people have read descriptions of off-flavours in books but struggle to identify them in beer. The best way to learn about off-flavours is by actually tasting them in beer…when I realized, a few years ago, that no one was offering off-flavour training, I decided to create this workshop. It’s useful AND it’s tons of fun!
What level of beer knowledge are these seminars targeted towards? Do you recommend any prerequisite reading?
I created this seminar for people who work in the industry: brewers, brewery representatives, bar managers, as well as for home brewers. It is meant for people who are familiar with beer and have a rudimentary understanding of the brewing process. The workshops are pretty technical (hence the Geek Alert on the registration page!). Having said this, I have had a few beer aficionados join my previous workshops and they had a good time. I don’t think reading materials are a necessary prerequisite…just having a passion for beer!
There are 3 sensory sessions – each dealing with specific topics – why did you chose to divide them in that way?
I divided the off flavours in two sessions: ‘Things that can go wrong at the pub’ and ‘Things that can go wrong at the brewery’ because this workshop is meant to refine troubleshooting skill. The first thing that you need to identify is: what is the problem? The second thing is: how can it be fixed? or, more specifically, who can fix it? If you’re a bar manager or brewery representative faced with a bad beer, it’s very handy to know whether this off-flavour occurred at the brewery or at the bar. The third session is tons of fun. Basically, it’s an opportunity for people to test their skills and see, now that they’re familiar with a bunch of off-flavours, can they pick them out in a blind tasting? I often have seasoned homebrewers, who have already done a lot of off-flavour training sit in just for this session.
Space is limited to 15 people so reserve your spot in Mirella's Sensory Evaluation Workshop (December 9-11) now! If you're just starting to appreciate beer and want to learn more, Mirella's book, Beerology, is an easy-to-read guide with chapters on history, styles, pairings and even beer games!
Beau's All Natural Brewing Company has announced details of their limited artisinal malt liquor called Hardcore 8.1 that pays tribute to Canadian punk pioneers, D.O.A. The paper bag package beer is described as follows:
A certified organic, classy interpretation of the infamous malt liquor style, Hardcore 8.1 is a deep-gold coloured lager that mingles malt and fruit notes in three-chord harmony with honey-like elements. The aroma is fruity suggesting citrus and apricot. The finish offers a hi-test alcohol warmth & resonates like a screaming guitar lick.
Hardcore 8.1 will be available at all 8 Ontario stops of D.O.A.'s upcoming fall tour. Details and tour dates are available on their website: www.suddendeath.com. In addition to these tour stops, the limited-edition release will be available direct from the brewery in Vankleek Hill beginning September 26, and for $8 delivery in Ottawa via home delivery service BYBO (www.bybo.ca).
Bowman’s Bar & Grill is a small and cozy, but elevated pub-style restaurant located on Carling Ave. (1170 Carling Ave., across the street from the Royal Ottawa, former location of the “New Debrovnik”.) Their slogan, “Familiar Food Done Well”, could just as easily be, “Local Beer Done Well”, as they pride themselves in serving a variety of outstanding local craft beer.
Bowman's holds an open mic night every Saturday, but this week is super exciting! Chris Rayburn, beer rep for Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company, created a song about Beau’s and sang it during his interview. He will be peforming this song on Saturday September 20, 2014.
This week, in addition to regular offerings of Beau’s Lugtread and the fall seasonal, Night•Märzen, they will be serving Dark Helmut. All Beau’s beer will be discounted by 10%, and $1 from every Beau’s sale will go to “Operation Come Home” (http://operationcomehome.ca/). They will also be raffling off a Beau’s gift basket that includes tickets to Beau’s Oktoberfest.
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 Belle Hop Porter from Beyond the Pale Brewing Company.
I know we're clinging to those last four days of summer, hoping the leaves will stay green for a few more days (at least a weekend) more, but it's time to give in. The days are getting shorter, the sun is getting hard to find and aren't you getting a little tired of drinking session IPA after session IPA? When the weather changes beer seasons change and now is a great time to start bumping it up a notch and cozy in to those higher alcohol beers. Beyond the Pale's Belle Hop Porter is a great brew to snap you out of that seasonal mood swing and have you looking forward to the dark and complex world of cold season beers.
Belle Hop Porter pours a deep brown with mahogany highlights and a frothy mocha head that lingered in the glass. Aromas of roasted malt and dark chocolate were prominent with a slight green pepper note as it warms. The flavour is predominantly malt with an emphasis on coffee, roast and dark chocolate but there is a noticeable bitter hop at the end.
With a light body and hidden alcohol flavours this 7.8% ABV brew could be very easy to drink, especially if you're inside on a rainy day with Netflix.
I’m super excited to get back to our Head to Head series and what better way to kick it off than with Beyond the Pale’s Belle Hop Porter.
Mine poured a dark brown with a slight reddish tinge and a tan head that left behind a nice thick lacing on my glass. The espresso notes definitely take over the aroma along with just a hint of nut.
The taste consisted of deep coffee notes mixed with a hint of dark chocolate – almost like eating a chocolate covered espresso bean.
As it warms you just get a hint of booziness and the beer finishes off with a nice bitterness, a little nuttiness and toffee sweetness with the coffee taste lingering on the palate long after the last sip.
Overall a great choice for a cool fall evening or pretty much anytime at all – although at just shy of 8% ABV you might want to share it – or you might not!
Ottawa Beer Events first chatted with Fariborz Behzadi about Bicycle Craft Brewery, the brewery he and his wife, Laura, were starting back in May 2014. Since then the husband and wife team have busy building, brewing and decorating the Industrial Avenue tap room which will be open to the public for the first time this weekend (September 20-21, 2014) for the first time.
For it's opening, Bicycle Craft Brewery will have its four flagship brews available in Growlers (1.89l/64 oz – $12 + $4 deposit) and Half Growlers (0.95l/32oz – $7 + $4 deposit):
Velocipede India Pale Ale
Inspired by the original name for the bicycle, our IPA is hoppy and bitter with floral and pine aromas. This IPA is packed full of adventurous hops and citrus flavours that excite the palate and lead you to an enjoyably bitter finish. With four hops in the boil, and dry hopped with Centennial hops, this IPA is well-balanced and light copper in colour. Velocipede IPA is a true testament to the bicycle and the wild places you discover on the way.
Base Camp Oatmeal Porter
A dark and warming porter with hints of biscuit, caramel and dark chocolate. Medium in body, this porter is packed full of deeply roasted malts and hearty oatmeal leading to a silky smooth finish. Inspired by the comfort of base camp, this porter will warm your belly and ease your soul.
Belle River Blonde
A light, crisp and refreshing blonde that is well-balanced and easy on the palate. With subtle hints of malt and hops, this easy-drinking blonde is sure to quench your thirst. Inspired by the hometown of the matriarch of Bicycle Craft Brewery, Belle River Blonde is down-to-earth, unpretentious and humble. Grab a Belle River Blonde, put your boots up and gaze out at the cornfields after a hard day’s work.
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. With a smooth finish and a subtle cocoa flavour that lingers on your palate, Abyss Chocolate Stout is distinctive and bittersweet. Rich and nearly black in colour, this stout is as dark as the abyss.
While tours of the brewery won't be available until a later date, Fariborz and Laura invite you to have a seat in their tap room (which has a great view of their brewing vessels), sample some of their brews or enjoy a glass (355ml/12 oz) of beer for $3.50.
Bicycle Craft Brewery is located at 850 Industrial Avenue (close to St. Laurent Boulevard) and will be open from 11:00am – 7:00pm on Saturday, September 20 and 12:00am – 4:00pm on September 21.
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