Ottawa Beer Events first chatted with Ian McMartin about Whiprsnapr Brewing Company back in December 2013. Since then he, along with his 2 partners have been busy brewing, demolishing and building their brewery in Bells Corners which will open its doors to the public today for the first time.
As with most new breweries they are starting small, brewing on a 1.5 barrel system for now but intend to move to a 20 barrel system in the future (you can see the shiny new equipment is set up in their brewery).
Not all of Whiprsnapr's beers will be available today, but their lineup gives you sneak peek at what they intend to offer:
Root of Evil – Preprohibition Lager (4.4% ABV, 32 IBU)
This crisp and clean pre-prohibition lager reflects the way beer was made before probition. Local grains and hops, a touch of roasted corn and a hint of smoke will take you back to the bootlegging days.
Inukshuk – Canadian IPA (5.5% ABV, 55 IBU)
We made this 'Canadian' IPA to remind you of those days of just being in the woods doing whatever, breathing in all the good clean air.
F'n'L – British IPA (6% ABV, 70 IBU)
British malts, hops and yeast with distinct aroma. A 'British India Pale Ale' – big, loud, hard hitting punk rock beer.
Black Sunshine – Black Lager (5.8% ABV, 28 IBU)
This black lager uses dark roasted malts and is aged with whisky soaked oak chips – makes it smooth and tasty. Goes fast!
Carol Anne – Irish Blonde Ale (4.7% ABV, 34 IBU)
An Irish blonde ale – fresh as a spring day, full of floral aromas with hints of fruit. Named after brewer/owner Ian's Mom who helped harvest his first hop crop. A portion of the proceeds go to the Canadian cancer society.
Make sure to stop in an grab a pint, as they are one of the few breweries in town with a By the Glass license. Their beer will also be available for sale in 1 litre growlers wich will range from $7 – $9 with a $3 deposit and they have lots of great merchandise for sale in their signature purple, which also made it's way onto their bar and tap handles!
Whiprsnapr Brewing Company is located at 14 Bexley Place (Unit 106) in Bells Corners (behind The Butchery). Their opening hours are Thursday (4pm – 9pm), Friday (12pm – 9pm), Saturday (11am – 9pm) and Sunday (12pm – 5pm).