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The final edition of The Brewery Market will be a blow out with 8 breweries pouring beer – Ashton Brewing Company, Clocktower Brewpub, Kichesippi Beer Company, Mill Street Brewery,HogsBack Brewing Company, Whitewater Brewing Company, Barley Days and Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery.
Kichesippi Beer Company may only be three years old, but in those three years they’ve become one of Ottawa’s best known craft breweries and have even started their own line of craft sodas (Harvey & Vern’s). To learn more about the brewery and their beers we chatted with Kichesippi Beer’s Co-Owner, Paul Meek.
The Ottawa Brewery Market // October Edition will be held on October 20, 2013 at Parkdale Park (12pm – 8pm). Admission is free with food/drink tickets being sold at the door. It’s family/pet-friendly and will go on rain or shine – prepare yourself for the Ottawa weather.
Join us Sunday, October 20 at Parkdale Park for the triumphant, suds-soaked, final return of the Ottawa Brewery Market!
Fill up on hometown pride by helping us empty kegs served by Ashton
Brew Pub, Clocktower Brew Pub, Kichesippi, Mill Street Brewery,
HogsBack, Whitewater and Barley Days. Flying Monkeys will be there
representing the lovely Muskoka and tapping cold ones too.
Murray Street + Absinthe will be back with their amazing beef + veggie burgers.
We will be pouring rain or shine.
Children welcome — park features a wonderful play area.
Proceeds support Ottawa Riverkeeper — because you can't make great beer without clean water.
See more info at www.brewerymarket.com.
Beer Run 2013 is a 13.3km brewery-to-brewery run to five Ottawa breweries (Mill St. Brew Pub, Beyond The Pale, Clocktower Brew Pub, Kitchissippi Beer Co. and Big Rig Brewery). All five breweries will be sampling their finest hand crafted beers and have its own unique atmosphere that will energize you for the next leg of the route. Live entertainment, fresh autumn air, beer education & brewery tours! Space is limited, registration is available online.
Arboretum Arts Festival 2013 kicks of today! The festival is showcasing the city's best chefs in their CHEF SESSIONS, as well as curating some of the best established and underground acts in the city. Some of their main musical acts include Ottawa's Jim Bryson, Arcade Fire's Sara Neufield, Owel Pallett (2006 Polaris winner), and 33 more!
Kichesippi Beer Company will be on hand pouring Natural Blonde, 1855, Wuchak UK, Manx20 and Arboretum Session Ale. We chatted with Sheena Sherwood from Kichesippi and got the scoop on the special festival beer:
Our Session Ale is made with Canadian and German malts that delivers a light malt flavour in a yellowish gold colour. German noble hops deliver a firm hop aroma without being overly bitter. At 4.3% ABV Session Ale is a perfect quaffing beer for our summer!
Tickets for Arboretum Arts Festival and the CHEF SESSIONS are available online!
Happy IPA Day! Today is the day where beer drinkers around the world raise their glass to one of the most iconic styles of beer –India Pale Ale. While there aren't any #IPAday themed events happening in Ottawa there are plenty of pubs selling IPAs that were brewed close to home.
To celebrate, we asked brewers in the Ottawa-area which IPA is their favourite and why:
Andrew Bartle: Great question. My favourite IPA has to be Bell's Two Hearted
Ale brewed in Kalamazoo, MI. It was the first IPA that really made me
say "Wow" and generally still does to this day. I'm a huge fan of IPA's
that use Centennial hops as they are so full of citrus, all of that
grapefruit and loads of pine. I love that aroma especially when balanced
with a beer with a lot of body. Even really bitter beers need a little
For Canadian IPA's I have a soft
spot for Amsterdam's Boneshaker. This is another fantastic beer with a
lot of body, but the hops are so powerful. I generally find Amarillo
hops to be more floral than some other American varieties but, they
really have this aroma and flavour of really juicy tangerines. There are
a lot of complex malts in there but, it doesn't taste complicated. It
really has what I look for in a great IPA. It's aroma is powerful: It's
floral, citrusy, I can sense there is a malt backbone. There has to be
mouthfeel and body to the beer. The flavour has to be juicy like biting
into tangerines, grapefruits, and oranges. IPA's can be extremely bitter
and still really drinkable.
Matthew O'Hara: I agree with Bartle in regards to Bell's. A true classic.
also think Le Castor from Rigaud is currently doing a bang-up job with
theirs; emphasizing zesty citrus ( grapefruit) aroma over sheer hop
I also like Heady Topper from Alchemist in
Waterbury, Vt. This double IPA is a beast that sips beautifully at 8%
ABV and 120 IBU. Here again, the balance is key whereby the bitterness
is checked by malt and fruity esters. The aroma that exhibits typical
but noteworthy depth of American hop varieties is front and centre.
Josh Larocque: I would have to say that it's the Double Overhead IPA from Maui Brewing
Co. (although, technically it's a double IPA!) At first sip I loved it,
but thought it might have been the vacation sun influencing my
tastebuds when I tried it at their brew pub in Maui. I bought a growler
and very carefully packed it – taking up about 25% of my luggage space!
Once back at the brewery I cracked it open for the guys to try and it
was received fairly well, although being a double IPA it was a bit much
for them to handle. Over the span of the next week, I drank it
regularly in 4oz sample glass servings and enjoyed each serving like it
was the first.
Description from RateBeer.com:
"Double Overhead IPA is a fresh handcrafted double IPA featuring copious
amounts of hops. Laden with hops from begining to end and not overly
bitter, it's hop aromas and flavours give hints of Guava, Passion Fruit,
and orange spice which blend well with the silky malt flavours. 'Big
braddah to the Big Swell IPA' 60+IBU'S"
The flavour description nails it perfectly (I love that style of hop
flavour, similar to what we go for in our Wildcard Ale.) What I liked
best about it though, was that silky malt mouthfeel which I found to
balance the drying hop bitterness nicely.
Why? cause they are great and I love IPAs! I'm bad at giving description on beers 😉
Patrick Fiori: My favorite IPA is Church Key's West Coast IPA. It is a beautiful
balance between a crisp citrus hop and a full body with just the right
amount of sweetness. It is a bit of an anomaly I usually enjoy british
IPA's like ours more.
JP Fournier: Mad Tom by Muskoka.
Don Harms: I would have to say, that is was the Wuchak Polaris, that we made in
mid-Spring. Because we made a one variety hop IPA, and we worked with
both the hop farmer and hop company in Germany. It turned out to be a
very pleasing, balanced IPA while still exciting the hopheads!!
Justin Murray: Fave IPA: Muskoka's Mad Tom IPA
So aside from growing up in the Muskokas, drinking a Mad Tom is like an angry guy named Tom filling a malt sack with tropical fruit and hop flowers, smashing you in the face with it, then gently sprinkling you with citrus blossoms. In a good way. But in all seriousness, we love it for its punchy hops without being unpalatably astringent, and its rich malty backbone to balance it out. Deliciously aromatic and clean as a whistle.
Lon Ladell: Being a west coaster anytime I get a taste from home is good time – Phillips Hop circle.
We are releasing our Double Hop IPA today. With 110 IBU we put a mix of Amarillo and Galaxy in 9 hop additions to make this beuty.
Thank you to all of the brewers who took the time to answer our question!
Which IPA will you be celebrating IPA Day with?
From the meetup.com site:
If you feel like getting out on a local tour, join Ottawa Food and Beverage. Our first event is a Microbrewery Tour, Saturday August 24 from 1:30-6:30pm. For $30 you will taste close to 24 locally brewed beers. The tour visits 4 Microbreweries, where there are brewery tours, talks, a museum and of course. Tastings!
Hop on the school bus at Parliament Hill. Don't worry about driving or expensive taxi rides.
Take the tour and just enjoy.
(need 25 members signed up by August 19th to commence)
You've probably heard the rumblings that the mill in Manotick is hosting a craft beer festival with a few of our favourite local breweries and a some visiting ones too. To get a better idea of what's happening at the mill we touched base with Isabelle Geoffrion, manager at Watson's Mill.
What is the Watson's Mill 2013 Craft Beer Event?
Watson’s Mill is a unique working grist and flour mill, located in Manotick, in Ottawa South. It is a beautiful industrial heritage site, and special events like the upcoming Craft Beer Tasting event of July 12th, help keep the Mill operational and help fund a number of great public programs year round.
This year’s annual Beer Tasting event has been revamped to showcase the craft brewery movement in the Ottawa valley and the sophistication and maturity of the palates and tastebuds of the connoisseurs and the enthusiast. Ottawa has some of the most passionate citizens of craft beer, from the Barley's Angels to Members of the Barleyment to Ottawa Tasting, Appreciation, and Pairing Society. Watson's Mill has the privilege and opportunity to bring these local brewmasters and enthusiasts together under one roof for a night of craft beers and food tastings, live Jazz music, and an interactive brewmaster panel discussion.
All the proceeds of the event will be going to help keep Watson's Mill running as local community museum in Ottawa. A year ago, the community said "Yes" to ensuring that Watson's Mill and its history be around for another 100 years when we raised $0.5 Million to help put a new roof on Watson's Mill. You can imagine the upkeep on a century old working industrial mill and staffing it as a working museums requires a lot funding, this is where events like the Craft Beer event helps.
What does the $30 ticket price include? How large is a beer sample? How much are additional sample tickets?
With their $30 admission ticket, participants get: an event program, 5 tasting vouchers that can be redeemed at any of the participating breweries’ booths. We currently have 10 breweries participating, 9 with beer! And we are still waiting on a couple others. They usually bring 1-4 types of beers from their product line. Additional sample vouchers can be purchased for $2 each. Beer samples are typically about 4 ounces. (the size of a juice glass at an old-fashioned diner!) There is a live jazz band (the Swamp Water Jazz Band, from Manotick), incredible appetizers from Indulge Kitchen & Cocktails (this is a new upscale restaurant in Riverside South, featuring Chef David Godsoe—he will be on-site for the event, as well!) We will have a brewer’s corner, where guests can ask master brewers their favourite beer questions and engage in a lively discussion. And we are also introducing a People’s Choice activity this year—at the end of the night, the “winning” brewery will be invited to come back in the fall, to do an exclusive pairing dinner with Indulge at Watson’s Mill. Of course, as this is a fund raising event for Watson’s Mill, we will have a raffle with prizes from businesses in Riverside South and the participating breweries.
Of note, Turtle Island will be LAUNCHING their product line at our site that night!! We are very excited about this, as we will be the first to taste their beer!
What is the Brewer's Corner?
This is a fun activity where guests can ask their favourite beer questions to the participating master brewers during the panel discussion. This will happen at “half time”, during the jazz band intermission.
Will the newer brewery's, Turtle Island and Mad Hatter, be serving beer?
Turtle Island: yes!! Mad Hatter: not yet…!
Where can tickets be purchased?
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