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Today Domionion City Brewing Company is releasing their "Le Hibou" Black Witbier.
It is described as a deceptively light and refreshing Belgian Wit with characteristic tangy, spicy and citrus notes integrated with light roast and chocolate brewed with locally-sourced organic flaked wheat. Dee-licious and available at the bottle shop this Friday and Saturday.
A gruit is an ale that showcases the use of botanicals rather than hops in its spicing. OG (Original Gruit) harkens back to the roots of gruit production by employing three of the most common historical ingredients in the brew: Labrador Tea, Bog Myrtle and Yarrow.
This deep gold, slightly hazy gruit has a mildly citrusy, herbal aroma with some malt notes. The flavour is balanced between malty sweetness and herbal bitterness. The finish is medium-long with lingering tannins and a hint of spice.
You can find this on tap at one of the following locations: http://www.beaus.ca/febrewary/taps
So far confirmed breweries are:
- Amsterdam Brewery
- Ashton Brewing.
- Barn Door Brewing
- Beau's All-Natural Brewing
- Beyond the Pale Brewing Co.
- Bicycle Craft Brewery
- Big Rig Brewery
- Broadhead Brewing Co.
- Cassel Brewery
- Clocktower Brewpub
- Covered Bridge Brewing
- Dominion City Brewing Co.
- Flying Monkeys
- Great Lakes Brewing
- Kichesippi Brewing Co.
- Lake of Bays Brewing
- Mill Street Brewery
- Nickelbrook Brewing
- Nita Beer Co.
- Perth Brewery
- Sawdust City Brewing Co.
- Sqare Timber Brewing
- Whiprsnapr Brewing Co.
- Whitwater Brewing
Advance Tickets are $20 and include admission and a festival tasting glass. Admission will get you into one of the following sessions:
Session #1: Friday February 13th 4pm – 1am
Session #2: Saturday February 14th 11am – 4:30pm
Session #3: Saturday February 14th 5:30pm – 1:00am
Beer coupons will be $10 for 20 coupons and price per sample will range between 4 and 8 coupons for each 4 oz sample.
Note: This event is cash only
More information and to purchase tickets: http://brewfest.ca
A list of FAQ's has now been added to their website: http://brewfest.ca/faq.html
Ottawa West will be home to yet another new brewery this weekend with Nita Beer Company opening their doors on Saturday January 31st at 11am.
We recently interviewed Andy Nita, Chief Beer Officer and Bridget Carey, Chief Financial Officer on what's in store for Ottawa beer fans from Nita Beer Company.
Ottawa Beer Events: How did you get interested in brewing and where did you learn how to brew?
Nita Beer Co: Andy has been interested in brewing ever since he became interested in beer. When deciding what college or university to go to, he got accepted into a brewery school in Scotland but timing and circumstances weren’t quite right for the move. Andy never lost his passion and about 6 years ago, began immersing himself in every bit of beer knowledge he could (other brewers, literature). Andy’s first brew was in 2010 and it was definitely an experience to reflect on for learning. Although Andy has developed a solid beer making process since that first day, Andy still soaks up knowledge from anywhere he can.
What made you decide to open a brewery?
Three things: 1) passion for beer 2) putting together the business plan that says we can make a go of this and 3) more passion for beer.
When do you anticipate opening your doors? Which beers do you anticipate having in your lineup when you open?
January 31, 2015 will be our opening day. Our flagship beer “Ten12” will definitely be available. Our IPA style beer “OPA” may be available but Andy won’t let it go out the door unless it represents a beer that he is proud to serve. You can find out more about our beer styles offered on our website at http://nitabeer.com/pages/our-beer
How much beer will your system be able to produce? Which size of growler do you plan on offering?
We will be able to produce about 70,000L to 100,000L of beer annually with our current system depending on the types of beer that we make … that’s about 200,000 to 300,000 cans of beer. We won’t be offering cans initially (hopefully we will get there sometime this year). Our initial growler offerings are 32 oz (0.95L) and 64 oz (1.89L)
There have been a lot of articles published lately on how there’s a “boom” in the craft beer market – how do you plan to stand out or carve your niche in this expanding market?
Andy used to work in the steel and pulp/paper industries as an industrial electrician. He knows that the more you can control the manufacturing process, the higher the quality of product made. Andy has specifically invested in processing equipment that others may have forgone to enable more control of the beer-making process. Although somewhat unattainable in craft beer, he is striving for beer perfection!
We are also creating relationships for local food. One of our investors has started a hop farm not far from Ottawa. We will using his harvest hopefully starting in the fall of 2015.
We want to make sure our customers have not only great beer but also great beer experiences – for both craft beer lovers and those that are wanting to venture into craft beer but are unsure where to start. We have invested significantly in our storefront at 190 Colonnade Rd to create welcoming space. We will also be creating ways for our customers to know what beer products are available through our website before they make the trek to the retail location to pick up their beer (we want to avoid the we’re “sold out” disappointment). As we solidify our operations and mature, we will start to introduce events like “home brewer night” and other opportunities for people to get together and share.
Finally, we want to make it easy to choose a beer … especially for those people that don’t speak “craft” using terms such as IBUs, malt flavour, etc. Because Andy is a mountain biker and skier, we have created our beer legend using the green dot to double black diamond rating. New skiers know that they generally should not attempt a double black diamond hill on their first venture. Check out the legend on our beer page and look for it in our store to help you make your selection.
Do you plan on requesting a “by the glass” license, allowing you to serve full glasses of beer to patrons?
Yes, our by the glass license will be issued with our retail license.
If you could describe Nita Beer Company in 3 words – how would you describe your brewery?
Great life! Great beer!
Broadhead Brewing company is launching the first beer in what they are calling their "Experimental Series" in which a limited 750L experimental batch will be released every 2 weeks!
For the first release, called "Set Phasers to Smokin' Bock" cherry wood smoked malts mingle with Munich malts for a magentic medley of smoky sweetness. At 6.5% ABV, you will feel the alcohol warmth when Broadhead's Bock hits the spot!
Aroma: Light cherry wood smoke, toasty, slightly fruity.
Appearance: Dark brown.
Flavour: Malty, smoky, toasty, sweet, fruity, alcohol.
Mouthfeel: Full body, smooth, alcohol warming.
You can find this special release at their brewery 81 Auriga Drive #14 or on tap at the following locations:
More information can be found on their website: http://broadheadbeer.com/underblog/lab-rats-needed-for-experimental-series/
The season begins in May with their first home game on the 22nd.
Season and individual tickets are available via the The Ottawa Champions Baseball club website.
This year's edition of Gatineau's Festibière d'hiver will take place on January 30th & 31st at the Canadian Museum of History.
With more than 25 breweries (including Beau's All-Natural this year) and 100 beer – you are sure to find a new favorite!
Tickets are $10 plus tax for advance tickets until January 29 or $15 plus tax after January 29th (10% off for museum Members)
Souvenir glasses are $5 plus tax in advance or $7 plus tax on site.
Tickets can be purchased online or via the Museum’s Box Office and at the door.
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The Clocktower Brewpub IPA is back on tap! It clocks in at an ABV of 5.5% and 50 IBU's.
Our classic English style IPA has a rich caramel color, due to the presence of caramel malt. It has a complex bitterness unique to our IPA ; however it does remain soft and flavorful to the taste.
Our blend of four different hops come through as grapefruit and citrus notes in the flavour. There are also subtle floral or pine notes present at the finish. The color and body of the beer help to balance out the addition of extra hops and create a very easy drinking beer.
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