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Whitewater Brewing Company has released their latest seasonal, Das Bier. The 5.6% ABV Oktoberfest is a tribute to German tradition with a pretzel-like body, leaf noble hops and best served with a sprinkle of salt.
Currently Das Bier is available at The Smoque Shack with other locations to follow.
Beer Resources in Ottawa
Bars and Breweries
We already have that covered in our extensive Ottawa Beer, Bar and Brewery list.
Ottawa has it’s share of bloggers and they love to write about beer. You’ll find both reviews from far and wide, highlights from a local beer event and discussions about beer culture.
Beer drinkers like to chat about what they’re drinking or brewing. Several forum styles are available to you, but some are better for specific topics.
- BarTowel – Ontario
- Reddit – /r/BeerInOttawa
- Reddit – /r/BeerCanada
- Reddit – /r/Homebrewing
- Reddit – /r/Beer
At some point you may want to try brewing your own beer. There are several supply stores and some brew on premise sites that can help you get started on your first brew (and the addiction that is homebrewing).
- DeFalco’s (Brewing Supplies – 3 Ottawa locations)
- Magnotta (Brewing Supplies)
- Pure Brew (Brew on Premise)
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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 Seoirse the Great.
I'm not a big Irish Red drinker. In fact, I think the only other Irish Reds I've had have been from macro breweries and may have contributed towards my dislike of Irish Reds. Then comes Covered Bridge Brewing Company's Seoirse the Great, a darker version with 6% ABV and a lot more going on in the glass.
Seoirse the Great poured dark copper with ruby highlights and fizzy head that didn't stick around. The aroma was full on sweet with toffee, raisins and not a hint of hops. The flavour was more of the sweet toffee with dark fruits and a subtle dry roast grain finish. This is a smooth sipper with low carbonation which helps highlight the malt sweetness and slight alcohol warmth in every sip.
Overally I enjoyed the beer, but this is definitely for someone who's palate sits on the sweeter side.
So far I've been a big fan of the beer that John vanDyk has been producing at Covered Bridge Brewing in Stittsville and his latest Seoirse the Great, an Irish red brewed in memory of his grandfather has followed this trend.
At first when I poured mine I thought the bottles had gotten mixed up as it's on the darker scale for color, pouring pitch black, but it has a tinge of red when held up to the light.
The caramel malt aroma grabbed my attention right away and continued in the flavour along with some sweet and rich toffee notes. At first sip I thought I was getting some hop bitterness on the finish but once I explored the beer a bit more I realized it was the flavour of the dark roasted grains coming through.
Overall a really great choice for a fall beer with a reasonable ABV of 6%. If you like a beer with a spotlight on sweet malts and a dry roasted finish this is the beer for you!
Some Tips on How to Get Your Event Noticed
In spite of the growing popularity of craft beer in Ottawa it can be difficult to find information about a new beer release or beer-centric event. To connect the breweries to their thirsty fans Ottawa Beer Events was formed and we’ve successfully created the connection between the craft beer fan and the often resource strapped small craft brewery.
Over the years we’ve learned that certain ways of presenting a message can impact how well it performs. We adore Ottawa craft beer and we want local craft beer to continue to grow so please consider the following when pushing out event notices:
Details are important
Craft beer fans love the details and they love connecting with the beer they’re drinking. Speaking to the style you’ve brewed, the special ingredients or why you’ve given it a particular name adds value and interest. The same principle goes with events especially when it comes to food and beer pairings which can be higher in price. The more details you provide (price, menu, story, location), the more value you build and the easier it will be to sell tickets.
Everyone loves a photo
We’ve all heard the saying that people eat with their eyes – well it’s true! Just look at the popularity of the image based social media platform Pinterest. Adding an image to your event listing or social media posting will attract more attention to your event or beer release and encourage people to share it.
Use proper spelling/grammar and triple check before hitting publish
This seems like a no brainer, but social media and event listings are pushed through regularly with small errors that can have a big impact on the message. Run your messages through a grammar check and if you’re really worried about presentation have a friend run through it again to catch those errors the spellcheck may have missed.
Send us your events and beer releases!
Yes, I’m not going to lie this was all a ruse to get you to send us your events and beer releases so we can do the work for you. With our popular social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Instagram and Pinterest) not to mention our website we are able to reach a large amount of Ottawa-area beer fans at one time. All we ask is that you send us the details with a photo – email@example.com
Kichesippi Beer Company released Wuchak UK, a traditional English IPA and the fourth of the Wuchak IPA series. The 5.1% ABV, 39 IBU beer is brewed with Canadian 2-Row, British specialty malts, Challenger and Progress hops and fermented with British Ale yeast.
Wuchak UK is available in growlers at the Kichesippi retail store and at select pubs and restaurants in the Ottawa-area.
VersaTile Design is a local Ottawa company specializing in custom printed coasters which are made from premium imported Turkish marble, and are printed using ultra-violet light cured inks in their workshop. The 100% natural stone coasters are backed with a cork pad to protect your furniture.
As part of support local month, an initiative started by Ottawa blog Apartment613 back in 2011, VersaTile has developed a set of 6 coasters, each featuring the logo of a different Ottawa craft brewery. The breweries featured on the coaster include: Beau's All-Natural Brewing, Beyond The Pale Brewing, Ashton Brewing Company, Broadhead Brewing Company, Kichesippi Beer Co. and Big Rig Brewery. There is also an optional custom cut and engraved wooden base made from locally milled wood.
In total, 9 Ottawa businesses have collaborated on this project, making it truly local! This would be a great Christmas gift for the beer enthusiast on your list!
VersaTile is offering these along with many other coasters for sale on their website.
Last week Covered Bridge Brewing Company, located in Stittsville, released Seoirse the Great, an Irish Red brewed in memory of brewer/owner John vanDyk’s grandfather who passed away shortly before the brewery opened. When asked about his grandfather John says, "He taught me so much and was always supportive of me, even when I told him about our crazy idea of opening a brewery."
The 6% ABV, 22 IBU is described as follows:
This ruby toned Irish Red ale is medium bodied with a toffee-like maltiness. Lightly hopped, this beer finishes with a light taste of roasted grain and dark caramel sweetness. Perfect for the crisp days and cool nights of autumn.
This special release is available at the brewery in Growlers (1.89l/64 oz) and Half Growlers (0.95l/32oz).
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 Land is Strong.
You know you drink a lot of bitter IPAs when you sip on something that's labelled 92 IBU and you marvel at the Belgian yeast characteristics over the bitterness.
Land is Strong pours a cloudy copper with a rich, creamy off-white head that vanishes leaving little trace. The aroma is full of phenols – spicy clove, pepper, even a little banana, with some hop earthiness coming in as an afterthought. There's more of that banana, pepper, clove craziness in the flavour, but with added caramel malt notes and a bitter hop-filled finish with a nice alcohol warmth (expected at 8% ABV).
A good beer, but I feel the yeast characteristics are taking centre stage when it was supposed to be the fresh Cascade hops turn to shine.
Land is Strong wet-hopped Belgian IPA is the first of Dominion City's Terroir series, which will feature a different regionally-sourced ingredient in each brew.
For this beer they chose fresh-picked Cascade hops from Lot 17 Hop Yard in Campbellford, ON which is apparent both in the aroma and taste.
The pour was light orange-brown in color with a thick off-white head that dissipated pretty quickly.
I felt as though the earthy bitterness from the hops overpowered all of the other characteristics when the beer was first poured, but once you gave it time to breathe, the sweet caramel malt started to shine through along with herbal & pepper notes.
At 8% the beer packs a 1-2 punch and you can detect a hint of booziness on the finish so you may want to stick with grumblers if you aren't wiling to share, which is possible as overall its a very nice balanced choice.
A harvest ale is not a defined style or class of beer, but rather a marketing term and common name for many different beers. The tagline generally refers to beers being brewed for Fall harvests. This most commonly refers to the hop harvest but can also be connected with grain harvest, Oktoberfest, or as a general term for Fall seasonal beers.
A few of the local Ottawa breweries have harvest ales on tap this season and we've rounded up a to-drink list for you:
The Land Is Strong, wet-hopped Belgian IPA is the first edition in the Dominion City Terroir Series. Every beer in the series will feature a different regionally-sourced ingredient; in this case, fresh-picked Cascade hops from Lot 17 Hop Yard in Campbellford, ON.
Josh McJannett, one of Dominion City’s brewers tells us that a few weeks back a crew from Dominion City and the Ottawa Beer Club made the trek to the hop yard and drove 80lbs of fresh Cascade cones back to the brewery the same day. "We finished our batch and the results are really exciting. The beer balances banana and clove Belgian character against sticky, malty goodness. It's topped with fresh hop aroma that you can only get from wet hops."
Drink Me Now is a Community Grow Hop brew. 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
Manotick Harvest Ale is a 5.6% abv pale ale made using freshly picked hops grown by Big Rig co-owner and Ottawa Senators defence man, Chris Phillips, on his property in nearby Manotick.
Isidore's Harvest Ale is wet hopped with Cascade hops from Bédard-Brunet hop farm in St. Isidore.
Märzen is the traditional Oktoberfest style of beer. Beau' s first brewed Night•Märzen in 2008 to welcome harvest time in Ontario, Their small gathering to celebrate the harvest that year has grown into their annual Beau’s Oktoberfest. Night•Märzen is the only beer on our list that can be found in bottles at the LCBO along with availability at the brewery.
“‘Wiches Brew”, is a Black IPA (a dark, flavourful hoppy beer reminiscent of a stout or porter), made with ingredients that include fresh hops from a farm in nearby Perth and from brewery owner John vanDyk’s own backyard. It will be available at a food pairing event on October 31, that will include a special menu from ‘Wiches Cauldron, the popular food truck on Carp Road
In Broadhead’s case – it’s not the hops or barley that’s the harvest ingredient in this beer but apples!
Josh Laroche, brewer at Broadhead, says they'll be doing something different this year – an Apple Wheat. It will use real apple cider freshly pressed from Pieter’s Appleyard, out near Belleville. It will also have a slight cinnamon spicing. Should be ready to serve in 2-3 weeks.
According to Mario Bourgeois, Co-owner and Brewmaster, their harvest ale is a pretty special one!
"We obtained hops from what was harvested back in 1920 in Fournier ON! That hop is said to be a bohemian likely Saaz. Up to 1958 they employed well over 2000 people to help during the harvesting season. A retired belgian farmer kept some plants and multiplied them over the years. We were lucky to get 10lbs of dried hops and we are likely the first one to brew again with this hop which once was very popular. Our supplier got an interview with an 87 year old man who was the third generation to harvest this hop, he was employing over 600 people on his farm only… yep all in Fournier ON!"
Most of these harvest beers will only be available at their respective breweries in growlers for a short period of time, so be sure to keep up to date with our twitter and Facebook so that you don't miss your chance to try them!
- Collective Arts: Origins of Darkness Day November 17, 2019 at 11:00 am – 10:00 pm Bar Lupulus Making beer beautiful inside and out of the can since 2014, Collective Arts has also managed to collaborate on some of Ontario's best beers with some of the best Brewers in the world. Last years inaugural launch of a 6 part series labelled Origins of Darkness was an incredibly strong testimate to that, not only…
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- Comedy Night @Vimy Brewing Company November 22, 2019 at 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm Vimy Brewing Company Event: https://facebook.com/events/1148930738828986/ Ottawa has a thirst for live comedy and here's where it get quenched. Come enjoy a premium club level show at a cozy local brewery.