Brewery Opening 6
Some of you may be familiar with Stock Pot Ales, the small brewing operation at the Wellington Gastropub in Westboro run by long time brewing friends Adam, Ed & Nathan. They’ve since traded in their stock pots for a 7 barrel system in Carleton Place.
After much anticipation, Stalwart Brewery Company finally opens their doors today (December 18th) at their new location on High Street.
Out of the gate they are launching 3 beers, all of which were part of Stock Pot Ales collection, however now on a larger system and tweaked slightly. “Big Papa” Pale Ale , “Dr. Feelgood” IPA & “Bad Moon Rye” Stout will be available in cans or via their by the glass license.
If you are unable to make it out to Carleton Place, currently their beer is flowing at the Wellington Gastropub, Union 613, and Supply & Demand.
Waller St. Brewing, the prohibition-themed brewery below the Lunenburg pub is finally opening it's doors on Friday August 7th! What better time than for international beer day?
The celebration runs from 12pm until 11pm at their brewery at 14 Waller Street, just off the Byward Market.
It promises to be a good time with oyster, appetizers, jazz and of course beer!
They will have 4 beer offerings for sampling and purchase; Speakeasy Red, Moonlight Porter, Bootleg Blonde and their current seasonal – Hideaway Hefe!
The guys behind Bentley Brewers are no strangers to the brewing scene. The newly opened brewery has technically been in operation for 25 years. They started off as a Brew-On-Premise operation Brewer's Delight and when The Beer Store opened ownership to Ontario Brewers back in January they decided to take advantage of the offer and switch to a commercial brewery.
We got the chance to discuss their views on the Beer Store (TBS) and their experience with the company so far. They said that dealing with TBS was, and continues to be a very good experience. Within a month of getting in touch with TBS, Bentley had their beer on the shelves of 5 local stores, which came at no cost them. Surprisingly enough, they receive 80% of the profits from the beer sold.
That being said, they have had their share of hurdles throughout the process. They made a point in explaining that TBS is run by a surprisingly small group of people, each wearing multiple hats. This makes getting required information or getting in touch with a specific person rather difficult. Overall, they were very happy with the service offered to them by TBS.
Since our conversation a few weeks ago, they've now expanded to 12 Beer Stores across Ottawa as well as the Ottawa Distribution Centre, which will open the doors to offering their cans in local bars and restaurants.
Daniel Herweyer, CEO and brewmaster has been working with Bentley Brewers for the past 2 years. Growing up and working on a farm has given him an appreciation for pure natural ingredients which are apparent in their beer. His experience in a cold vegetable storage room also prepared him for the frigid temperatures that lagered beer ferments in.
Their Copper Lager, a Vienna Lager is a bright crisp and refreshing beer, that pairs very well with the summer sun and is a perfect post yardwork beverage. They currently have no plans for producing other styles at the moment as their philosophy is to do something well and stick with that. Not only is their product unique in the Ottawa craft beer market, it is also very reasonable priced at $2.55 for a 473ml can!
When asked how he would describe his brewery, Daniel, with no hesitation, replied "consistent, classic and reliable."
You can purchase the Copper Lager in cans in 12 Beer Store locations in the Ottawa region. Bentley plans to eventually be available through Brew Donkey and will sell also beer from their location on Bentley Avenue.
Our good friend and beer blogger Brian Papineau recently reviewed the Cooper Lager. Check out his review on his website.
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!
Ottawa Beer Events first chatted with Fariborz Behzadi about Bicycle Craft Brewery, the brewery he and his wife, Laura, were starting back in May 2014. Since then the husband and wife team have busy building, brewing and decorating the Industrial Avenue tap room which will be open to the public for the first time this weekend (September 20-21, 2014) for the first time.
For it's opening, Bicycle Craft Brewery will have its four flagship brews available in Growlers (1.89l/64 oz – $12 + $4 deposit) and Half Growlers (0.95l/32oz – $7 + $4 deposit):
Velocipede India Pale Ale
Inspired by the original name for the bicycle, our IPA is hoppy and bitter with floral and pine aromas. This IPA is packed full of adventurous hops and citrus flavours that excite the palate and lead you to an enjoyably bitter finish. With four hops in the boil, and dry hopped with Centennial hops, this IPA is well-balanced and light copper in colour. Velocipede IPA is a true testament to the bicycle and the wild places you discover on the way.
Base Camp Oatmeal Porter
A dark and warming porter with hints of biscuit, caramel and dark chocolate. Medium in body, this porter is packed full of deeply roasted malts and hearty oatmeal leading to a silky smooth finish. Inspired by the comfort of base camp, this porter will warm your belly and ease your soul.
Belle River Blonde
A light, crisp and refreshing blonde that is well-balanced and easy on the palate. With subtle hints of malt and hops, this easy-drinking blonde is sure to quench your thirst. Inspired by the hometown of the matriarch of Bicycle Craft Brewery, Belle River Blonde is down-to-earth, unpretentious and humble. Grab a Belle River Blonde, put your boots up and gaze out at the cornfields after a hard day’s work.
Abyss Chocolate Stout
A dark, full-bodied, stout with hints of cocoa and chocolate malt. Made with pure organic cocoa, this stout carries subtle hints of hops, and a full, smokey flavour. With a smooth finish and a subtle cocoa flavour that lingers on your palate, Abyss Chocolate Stout is distinctive and bittersweet. Rich and nearly black in colour, this stout is as dark as the abyss.
While tours of the brewery won't be available until a later date, Fariborz and Laura invite you to have a seat in their tap room (which has a great view of their brewing vessels), sample some of their brews or enjoy a glass (355ml/12 oz) of beer for $3.50.
Bicycle Craft Brewery is located at 850 Industrial Avenue (close to St. Laurent Boulevard) and will be open from 11:00am – 7:00pm on Saturday, September 20 and 12:00am – 4:00pm on September 21.
Ottawa Valley brewery, Square Timber Brewing Company, will officially open their retail doors for the first time at 3pm today – exactly 1 year to the day they started construction. The first beer available for sale in growlers will be the Deacon Street Hefeweizen that's described as an "easy drinking German wheat beer".
Square Timber will be celebrating the launch of their first beer at JJ's Restaurant and Tap (601 Pembroke Street East) on September 12 at 5:00pm. Join the brewer/owner, Marc Bru, for a celebratory pint of Deacon Street Hefe!
Square Timber Brewing Company is located at 800 Woito Station Road in Pembroke, Ontario.
- Hopped & Confused Ottawa '19 August 23, 2019 at 3:00 pm – 11:00 pm Mill St. Brew Pub Ottawa Dine Alone Records & Mill Street Brewery present #HoppedandConfused 2019! We're back in business for a fourth summer of great bands and good beer, with this year featuring JULY TALK, Sloan Music, Weaves, Born Ruffians, NOBRO, cleopatrick, Taylor Knox & Alexandria Maillot. Grab your tickets now at hoppedandconfused.ca 🎫 https://www.facebook.com/events/2364030813808988/
- Hopped & Confused Ottawa '19 August 24, 2019 at 3:00 pm – 11:00 pm Mill St. Brew Pub Ottawa Dine Alone Records & Mill Street Brewery present #HoppedandConfused 2019! We're back in business for a fourth summer of great bands and good beer, with this year featuring JULY TALK, Sloan Music, Weaves, Born Ruffians, NOBRO, cleopatrick, Taylor Knox & Alexandria Maillot. Grab your tickets now at hoppedandconfused.ca 🎫 https://www.facebook.com/events/2364030813808988/
- CASKAPALOOZA 2019 - Festival-Style Craft Beer Sampling August 29, 2019 at 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm CRAFT Beer Market - Ottawa, 975 Bank Street, Ottawa, ON K1S 3W7 Caskapalooza - our famous summer craft beer sampling event - is back for another year! Join us for a festival-style night of entertainment, good vibes and local beer tasting - featuring over 25 unique casks from your favourite local craft breweries. Event tickets are $25 and include 12 sample beer tokens! Partial proceeds will be…