Whiprsnapr Brewing Company 5
It's hard to believe that it's been a year already!! Visit Whiprsnapr Brewing Company this Friday October 30th to celebrate their birthday! Visit the Haunted Brewery and see the wreckingcrew zombies. Admission is free and there will be free snacks and treats.
They will be providing free 5oz samples of their new beer – troublmakr for everyone attending the event! 1L growlers will also be avialable for sale.
A 10%. 100 ibu. Black cherry wood smoked IPA. That's right – it's a real nice punch in the face!
We use a crap ton of Newport, Challenger and Columbus hops to give a super earthy bite – then dry hop it with fresh whole cone Centennial hops to overload your senses – boom!
More information on their Facebook event page.
Whiprsnapr brewing co. is teaming up with Garry Galley, former NHL player and current NHL television broadcaster to create the ‘slingr’ beer.
‘slingr’ is the whiprsnapr angel, and she represents the battle with mental health. Garry has been a strong supporter of DIFD, and wants to create conversation about mental health. He hopes this campaign will speak to a new audience, and his ‘aim’ is to get people talking!
‘slingr’ is a smooth maple cream ale. We use real maple syrup to give it a subtle maple sweetness, and age the beer on maple wood chips to develop that earthy woodsy silky smooth taste. We had originally made this using maple sap from the father-in-laws sugar bush – instead of water. We brewed it using only base malts, and very little hops – just to see what kind of flavor the maple sap would deliver. There was an amazing light sweetness and distinct maple wood tone to the beer – it was simple and tasty.
Join Whiprsnapr Brewing and Garry Galley on Thursday August 20th from 4pm – 8pm at 14-106 Bexley Place for the launch of this special beer!
More information available on their Facebook Event Page.
Just in time for Valentine's Day, Whiprsnapr Brewing Company is releasing Unf a sweet stout with dark chocolate, black cherries, vanilla and espresso – a special pint to share with that special someone.
Smooth tasting and pours with a slightly pinkish head. Nice dark chocolate flavor as soon as it hits your mouth, then the subtle cherry and finishes with a nice espresso tone.
Available starting Thursday at the brewery, sold with a special ‘Unf…’ glass. Will also be available at the Winter Brewfest this weekend, along with F’n’L our British IPA.
Ottawa Beer Events first chatted with Ian McMartin about Whiprsnapr Brewing Company back in December 2013. Since then he, along with his 2 partners have been busy brewing, demolishing and building their brewery in Bells Corners which will open its doors to the public today for the first time.
As with most new breweries they are starting small, brewing on a 1.5 barrel system for now but intend to move to a 20 barrel system in the future (you can see the shiny new equipment is set up in their brewery).
Not all of Whiprsnapr's beers will be available today, but their lineup gives you sneak peek at what they intend to offer:
Root of Evil – Preprohibition Lager (4.4% ABV, 32 IBU)
This crisp and clean pre-prohibition lager reflects the way beer was made before probition. Local grains and hops, a touch of roasted corn and a hint of smoke will take you back to the bootlegging days.
Inukshuk – Canadian IPA (5.5% ABV, 55 IBU)
We made this 'Canadian' IPA to remind you of those days of just being in the woods doing whatever, breathing in all the good clean air.
F'n'L – British IPA (6% ABV, 70 IBU)
British malts, hops and yeast with distinct aroma. A 'British India Pale Ale' – big, loud, hard hitting punk rock beer.
Black Sunshine – Black Lager (5.8% ABV, 28 IBU)
This black lager uses dark roasted malts and is aged with whisky soaked oak chips – makes it smooth and tasty. Goes fast!
Carol Anne – Irish Blonde Ale (4.7% ABV, 34 IBU)
An Irish blonde ale – fresh as a spring day, full of floral aromas with hints of fruit. Named after brewer/owner Ian's Mom who helped harvest his first hop crop. A portion of the proceeds go to the Canadian cancer society.
Make sure to stop in an grab a pint, as they are one of the few breweries in town with a By the Glass license. Their beer will also be available for sale in 1 litre growlers wich will range from $7 – $9 with a $3 deposit and they have lots of great merchandise for sale in their signature purple, which also made it's way onto their bar and tap handles!
Whiprsnapr Brewing Company is located at 14 Bexley Place (Unit 106) in Bells Corners (behind The Butchery). Their opening hours are Thursday (4pm – 9pm), Friday (12pm – 9pm), Saturday (11am – 9pm) and Sunday (12pm – 5pm).
In case you didn't notice, craft beer is blowing up in Ottawa, with the opening of several new breweries, expansions of existing facilities and even our own growler delivery service. Much of the action is happening just outside of Ottawa, but since we're sharing an area code we're still pretty excited to hear about new beer!
To help you, the craft beer fan, keep track of who's opening what, where and when, we'll be running a series on upcoming breweries and the people behind them. Some are at the point of being able to open, others are knocking on doors trying to get funding or supervising their brewery being built from the ground up.
This week we interviewed Ian McMartin from Whiprsnapr Brewing Company, a new brewery that encourages people to earn their beer by being active, getting things done and in return they're treated to the perfect drink. Since we interviewed Ian, Whiprsnapr has secured the brewing location mentioned in the article below – we should be seeing Inukshuk IPA, Root of Evil and 'Carol Anne' soon.
Ottawa Beer Events: Tell us a little about yourself, the beer you brew and your (upcoming) brewery.
Ian McMartin (Whiprsnapr Brewing Company): I started brewing in my bathtub using those awful cans over 20 years ago when I was in college, primarily to maximize the alcohol% per dollar available. I took a break from brewing for over 10 years, but in that time I was working for high tech companies and travelling all over the place – Portugal, China, Malaysia, USA, Austria and Germany. So while I wasn't brewing – I was learning to appreciate great food, wine and beer.
We lived in Virginia for 5 years, then Dresden, Germany for another 2 years – and that's when my real love for beer came out – and how could you not with so many amazing beers everywhere we went. Pilsners were the thing in that area, and I make a partial nod to that in our 'Root of Evil' pre-prohibition lager. After we moved back to Canada, I started brewing again with a friend at a local BYO place out in Stittsville. It was mostly adjunct brewing, but we played with some grains and a lot with the hops. I continued to travel, but mainly to parts in the U.S – Minnesota, Wisconsin, Ohio and California – and started hitting up their local breweries – that's where I fell in love with big bad IPA's – and we'll of course have a few of those in our lineup too. Our Inukshuk IPA, is what I like to call a Canadian IPA – mild from an IPA perspective – but full of huge Pine aromas to make you think that you're sitting in a forest camping, or walking, biking – whatever. The last of the 3 beers that I'll mention – is called 'Carol Anne' for my mom. It's nice light Irish Blonde Ale – and the first batch of it that I brewed used hops from my own garden that my mom had helped me harvest.
In terms of the brewery – we're in discussions with a location now and if all goes well – we could be up in running very soon. Otherwise, I'll need to look into contract brewing until another location becomes available.
We're active people, love doing things, going places and getting shit done – so the Whiprsnapr Brewery is all about earning your beer – no matter how you do it.
Why did you decide to go pro and brew commercially?
Just about a year ago, I bought an all-grain kit from the guys out at the Perth Brewery. They have a BYO and were looking to move away from the adjunct and of course, starting their own brewery. The first batch – nothing went right – and it came out amazing! Right from there, started thinking about how this could be something to do. I had always wanted to run my own company, and had tried other things, but this was something I could really dig my teeth into – so I went after it!
What have been your biggest challenges?
Finding the right people to work with, but I've been lucky so far, you need the right combination of people with a diverse skill set. Money is always a challenge too – you can't get into this with your eyes closed – it takes big bucks to run even a small brewery. But if you have a good plan, good marketing ideas, a sales strategy and great beer – it can work.
Do you have any advice for someone who wants to start a brewery?
If you love it and you're not afraid of hard work – do it! Craft brewers only make up 5% of the market now, I want us all to go after that other 95%. There's more breweries in Germany than there are in the U.S, and if you look at the per capita basis – we could easily have 10x more breweries and still not be on par with Germany.
If everything goes as planned, when will we be able to have a pint of your beer?
We're running production tests now – so I'm hoping to setup a few private tasting sessions before Christmas and *fingers crossed*, running full-out in January
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