Blogger Roundup 6
Happy Thanksgiving! The long weekend is here and many of us are celebrating it with a huge feast with family, friends and a few select beers. Thanks to the versatility of the ingredients used in beer – malt, yeast, hops and other spices – it can be the perfect accompaniment to a main dish, slab of pumpkin pie or good conversation.
Heading into the long weekend we asked Ottawa's Beer Bloggers how they incorporate beer into their Thanksgiving celebration.
Dave Evans – Beer Maven
I like to use Thanksgiving as an opportunity to share some beers with family members that may or may not share my fanaticism for craft beer. I almost always make it home for Thanksgiving and prior to the feast that my mother always prepares, Pumpkin Ales are the rule. I like a wide variety of Pumpkin Ales from the earthy, gourd-first brews to the heavily spiced; though, if the beer I've brought to share is REALLY full of pumpkin pie spices I may also serve it at dessert. If no Pumpkin Ales are to be found, a nice red ale also goes well with Thanksgiving fare: the sticky, roasty flavours are nicely paired with turkey (at least I from what I remember as I've been a vegetarian for 7 years now), yams, mashed potatoes and the like.
After supper I would ideally break out an imperial stout or a strong porter that features some strong chocolate and coffee flavours to function as a digestif and to go along with the after-supper coffee and dessert.
Ross Brown – Beer O'Clock
Thanksgiving, for me, isn't complete without pumpkin pie, and it was about five years ago that I was introduced to pumpkin ale. Since then, I have made this seasonal ale a regular part of the holiday. Last year, there were plenty of pumpkin ales to choose from, and I tried as many as I could. For Thanksgiving, a perfect ale to start the dinner was Beau's Weiss O'Lantern, which was light, flavourful, and not sweet. It was a perfect accompanying beer to the yams that accompanied my dinner plate.
To end the meal, with my pumpkin pie, I enjoyed my all-time favourite pumpkin ale, Southern Tier Pumking Ale. A massive, sweet ale, it was like having a second helping to dessert. And who doesn't like extra helpings on Thanksgiving? You can read my review of both of these beers on my blog.
James Kempster – Ottawa Beer Club
Being the only beer drinker in a very small family made it so that I wouldn't usually have a beer whilst in their company. That being said, my family has been more open to trying beer as I work on expanding their (and my own) beer horizons (sorry, I had to throw our club's catchphrase in here somehow.)
Mom makes a mean apple crisp. Seriously, it's killer. So I've decided to find a beer to go with that dessert. I've saved a bottle of Muskoka's Legendary Oddity for the occasion. An epic dessert calls for an en epic beer, am I right? And if nobody likes it? Well, that's just more Oddity for me.
With such a wide variety of locally made pumpkin and harvest ales available at Ottawa's breweries there is no shortage of Thanksgiving beer available this long weekend. How are you going to incorporate beer in your Thanksgiving meal?
We know it isn't October, so why is this month's blogger roundup called the Oktoberfest Edition? Well, Oktoberfest really doesn't happen in October, well part of it doesn't. Traditionally the two-week Oktoberfest celebration starts in mid-September and finishes the first week of October.
In the spirit of Oktoberfest we asked Ottawa's Beer Bloggers what their favourite Oktoberfest experience was – local or not.
April Thibert – For Barley or For Wort
Fall is a favourite time for us here at For Barley and For Wort. Harvest beers and fires go hand in hand as the weather cools off. Oktoberfest and the fall are of course joined at the hip in the minds of beer lovers.
Our favourite Oktoberfest experience would have to be, like many others I am sure, Beau’s Oktoberfest. Our very first visit was a year where the weather decided to be chilly and damp. The ground was muddy but it didn’t stop us or many others from making the trip out to the festivities.
The food selection ranged from wood fired pizza to pretzels. There were hearty stews to warm you up and desserts a plenty.
The keg toss was the favourite event to watch. We were pleased at the number of families that attended and Beau’s had a barn area set up for the children. Add to that some live music and it was certainly a party.
Best part though? The beer of course. From the regular taps to the cask area there was a lot of beer. Did we try them all? No, some casks were empty but we did try as much as we could and weren’t disappointed.
Going back every year is a given it was just that much fun.
Ross Brown – Beer O'Clock
My favourite Oktoberfest experience was meeting two great celebrities, George Wendt and Shawn Majumder, at last year's Barrhaven Oktoberfest, where I was the official photographer. It was an awesome experience and opportunity.
Brian J. Papineau – bryehn.net
My Oktoberfest experiences have really been limited to three trips to Beau's event in Vankleek Hill (this will be my 4th).
I'm not a big fan of most marzen or Oktoberfest beers, so what I appreciate most about Beau's event is the variety of brews on offer, especially now that Bar Volo's Cask Days is involved. Last year there were 6 new beers, 2011 saw four or five and though 2013 looks mostly like a best of years past in terms of beers, there is an interesting new brew in the Dampfbier style that I'm eager to try. Having the Cask Days area has given me the chance to try a couple dozen beers I may have not been able to otherwise.
As for the event itself, I appreciate the authenticity of the staff costume, the Bavarian dance, the contests like stien holding and spouse carrying and the willingness of Walter Ostanek to show up every year.
And the food…man the food. Mainly really hearty grub that keeps you warm and soaks up beer nicely, but the downside is I tend to overeat a bit and get tired.
I'm planning to expand my horizons a bit this year and pay a visit to Oktoberfest Ottawa to see what some of the other local breweries come up with for the festivities.
If you've never been to an Oktoberfest event you're in luck, there are five celebrations scattered over the capital in the next two weeks and there's even an Oktoberfest Run! Check out our event calendar for more details.
It's summer time and Ottawa's beer bloggers aren't taking time off of blogger ..or beer. Nope, they're busy attending events, reviewing beer, reporting on upcoming breweries and even appearing on CTV Morning to cook with beer!
This week Ottawa's beer bloggers were busy! If they weren't attending the Brewery Market, they were busy reviewing beers, trying out new breweries or concocting a new beer-y recipe. I hope they had time to relax and have a beer..
Looking at what Ottawa beer blogosphere many were checking out HogsBack Brewing Co's new brew, ALOHOG Coconut Pale Ale, while others were learning about hops from Nickel Brook sales rep/Clocktower Brewpub brewer, Justin da Silva.
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