Beer In Ottawa 6
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.
LAST MINUTE INVITATION!!! We're doing an end of summer BBQ meet up at our brewery tomorrow, Saturday, September 6, starting at 2pm. Sausages and beef jerkey from local butcher, L'Orignal Packing, will be onsite. First bite and a pint of beer is on us – given you donate to our local food bank. See you there!
Cassel Brewery is located at 715 Principale Street, Casselman, Ontario. Word on the web is that they'll have a special edition of their Caboose IPA on tap.
Corner Bar & Grill Westboro (344 Richmond Road) – starts at 6pm, first come first serve.
Katy and Sasha are the contributors for Ottawa Beer Events! They have distinctly different palates and in this segment they go head-to-head tasting Mort Subite Kriek from Brouwerij Mort Subite.
Mort Subite Kriek Lambic. In reading the name there are so many things to explain. What's a Lambic? For a very basic description, a lambic is a beer produced with spontaneous fermentation; the unfermented wort is left in open tuns so wild yeast and bacteria can fall in and ferment the beer. There are many subcategories of lambics, but they all have a funky sour taste in common. A Kriek is a Lambic beer that has cherries tossed in after the fermentation has started. Finally, Mort Subite means 'Sudden Death' in French and is also the name of a dice game played by locals in a café in Brussels.
Phew, with that behind us let's talk more about how the beer tastes!
Pouring ruby-red with Champagne-like bubbles and a pink foamy head, Mort Subite has big aromas of sugary sweet cherries – almost medicinal, like cherry cough drops. The flavour is very similar to the aroma with cherry dominating the palate and a slight sour funk coming in subtly at the end. Instead of whole cherries being tossed into the tun Mort Subite uses cherry syrup which may explain why there's a concentration of cherry and less stinging tartness.
Serve Mort Subite Kriek in a flute as an aperitif or as a Thursday afternoon treat – it made my afternoon feel fancy.
Mort Subite Kriek pours the color of raspberries, however it's the sweet cherry filled aroma that hits you right away.
At only 4.5 ABV this Kriek Lambic, brewed with sour cherries has a dry tart flavour, just as you would imagine from these cherries, which brought me back to my childhood, when we used to pick them from the trees at home.
A slight berry-like sweetness balances out the sour. This I believe, comes from the Elderberries,referenced on the label. I've actually never had an elderberry but they balance the sour cherry very well in this beer.
Overall a very nice lambic – great to have on a summer's day! I just wish the oak-aged flavour had come through a bit more.
Mort Subite Kriek is available at the LCBO and select pubs and restaurants.
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What’s a typical day like at Church-Key Brewing?
Church-Key is small and my small staff and I wear more than one hat, typical day could include, brewing, book keeping, delivering, designing a label, picking up supplies, hanging with my kids, hanging out with other brew folk, in 13 plus years I have rarely had a bad day, but have very few the same.
- Northumberland Ale: 5% alc 20 IBU stock ale style, gold in colour
- Holy Smoke: 6.25% alc 17 IBU a peat smoked scotch ale, dark brown, malty and whiskey like
- West Coast Pale Ale: 5% 40 IBU Chinook hops give this pale ale a citrus grapefruit bitterness
- Church Key Red: 5% 20 IBU crystalized malt and caramel give this brew a heavy malt character
- Honey Oat Stout: 8.2% a imperial stout style, balanced with the honey and the silky mouth feel of the oats
the Great Pumpkin Ale: 7% cinnamon, clove , nutmeg and cardamom spice
this seasonal brew, that features 350 KG of real pumpkin as over half of
You can try Church-Key Brewing Company’s brews at The Branch Restaurant and Texas Grill this Sunday (September 29) with a $15.00 Rubber Boot Buffet and Drinking Song open mic! The taps start flowing at 2pm. You can follow Church-Key Brewing Company on Twitter (@churchkeybeer) or on Facebook (Church Key Brewing).
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