This past weekend we got to attend the Canadian Brewing Awards as media and it was an amazing experience.
Not only did we get to talk beer with the who’s who of Brewers across the country, we got to witness the passion and camraderie within Canada’s craft beer community.
Highlights of the weekend we’re the seminars on topics of interest ranging from barrel aging beer to water management to off flavours, the industry ballet of the bands brewery party and the inspiring keynote speech by Steve Beauchesne, founder of Beau’s All Natural Brewing.
It was great to learn about breweries from coast to coast and what set them apart from others and to try some of the award winning beer that we otherwise may not have had the chance.
The full list of winners can be found here.
Next year’s awards will be held in beautiful Halifax Nova Scotia.
You won’t want to miss this event on Saturday! Join Bicycle Craft Brewery for their 2nd annual Biergarten! A great event to celebrate Spring and patio/bike season!
Be the first to try some of their newest beers including a Guava Milkshake IPA and the return of Juan Almonte jalapeño Pale ale!
As part of this years new Orleans Craft Beer Festival (OCBF), there will be a Homebrew Competition.
OCBF’s goal is to highlight, celebrate and bring together the best beer, food, music and friends in the east end of Ottawa and they want to include the talented home brewers!
The winner for Best in Show will have an opportunity to have their winning beer made and sold at Dominion City Brewing.
Registration is now open until May 31st – and will be capped at 150 entries.
Categories for this competition are as follows:
The categories have been divided into 8 groups. Descriptions and sub-categories will be judged based off of the 2015 Beer Judging Certificate Program – Beer Style Guidelines: http://www.bjcp.org/docs/2015_Guidelines_Beer.pdf
#1 – Lagers (includes categories 1, 2, 3, 4 & 8)
#2 – Euro; Scottish, British, German, Irish Ales (includes categories 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 & 23)
#3 – Pale Ales (includes categories 18, 21 & 22)
#4 – Ambers and Browns (includes category 19)
#5 – Stouts and Porters (includes category 20)
#6 – Wheat & Belgian Styles (includes categories 10, 24, 25 & 26)
#7 – Spice, Smoked and Wood Aged (includes categories 30, 32 & 33)
#8 – Others and Specialties (please specify style)
Entry form and Rules can be found here.
Good luck and happy brewing!
This year’s brewery markets were revealed on Monday evening among beer friends and local breweries, which is what Brewery Market is all about!
Some changes this year brings the popular beer events to various locations in the city.
Here is the list of upcoming Brewery Markets for Ottawa to add to your calendar!
June 10 – Mozaik Urban Art Fest (Vanier)
June 11 – Homecoming (Hintonburg Park)
July 1 – Canada Day (Hintonburg Park)
Sept 16 – Taste of Welly (Parkdale Park)
The Canadian Brewing Awards will be held in Ottawa this year May 25-27th.
More than 20 local craft breweries gathered at Big Rig Brewery in Kanata yesterday, April 24 to collaborate on a special one-off brew that will be poured at the awards.
The beer style is a pale ale brewed with all local ingredients. It will be available for purchase from the public at Big Rig Brewery and the growler fill station at the Lansdowne LCBO.
Each brewery will be taking the finished product and giving it their own spin to serve at the Canadian Brewing Awards, which can be attended by purchasing tickets.
The Ottawa Craft Beer Run is back for its third year! Join us on Saturday June 17, 2017 for a 5K run/walk. The event starts at Aberdeen Pavilion and takes you along Queen Elizabeth Drive with great views of the Rideau Canal. The route loops back and finishes at the Ottawa Beer Fest.
Your run registration includes your celebratory Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co. craft beer, festival glass, tank top or t-shirt, finisher medal, chip timing by Sport Stats and a weekend pass to the festival.
Early bird pricing ends on April 23, 2017!
The Ottawa Craft Beer Run is a charity run and has already raised over $10,000 for local charities. Proceeds from this year’s event are going to the Parkdale Food Centre.
The Orleans Craft Beer Festival will be at Centrum Plaza from June 9th to June 11th. It will bring together craft breweries, local food artisans and some fantastic music to the east end of the city!
The festival will be divided into sessions as follows :
Session #1 – Friday June 9th from 4:00 PM to 11:00 PM. Live music by Little Bones! Must be +19 to access festival grounds.
Session #2 – Saturday June 10th from 11:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Live music by Eric Eggleston! Must be +19 to access festival grounds.
Session #3 – Saturday June 10th from 5:30 PM to 11:00 PM. Live music by Ryan MacIntyre! Must be +19 to access festival grounds.
Session #4 – Sunday June 11th from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM. DJ Atherton Live! Sunday is a family friendly day and all kids under the age of 19 will be able to access the festival grounds for free.
For more information and to purchase tickets visit their website: http://orleansfestivals.ca/
Bicycle Craft Brewery has 2 exciting Beer Dinners on the horizon!
Saturday March 11 @ Clover Food and Drink:
Thursday, March 23 @ Fraser Cafe
Mark your calendars!
After a short hiatus to welcome our new baby girl, we are back to offer a Craft beer tasting on March 26th at Lieutenants Pump on Elgin!!
If you’d like to learn more about craft beer while sampling some brews and munching on some tasty charcuterie, grab a ticket!
Tickets are $40 for (6) 7oz beer samples + charcuterie.
Available via Eventbrite