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.