Craft Beer 10
You won’t want to miss this event on Saturday! Join Bicycle Craft Brewery for their 2nd annual Biergarten! A great event to celebrate Spring and patio/bike season!
Be the first to try some of their newest beers including a Guava Milkshake IPA and the return of Juan Almonte jalapeño Pale ale!
It's been said many times that brewing beer is a science, but now it's definitely the case. On July 1st, Carleton Mass Spectrometry Centre (CMSC) launched a collaboration with Ottawa’s Broadhead Brewing Company. The new research facility’s inaugural project represents a fresh approach to partnerships between academia and industry.
The CMSC and Broadhead are in the middle of a six-month project exploring shelf life and storage temperature questions for the microbrewery. Using beer directly from the tank, mass spectrometry helps to obtain the molecular footprint of said beer and can help to analyze how the beer changes over time at different temperatures and in different types of containers.
As one of Broadheads owners, Josh Laroque, is a graduate of Carleton's Aerospace Engineering program, this was a perfect opportunity for Science and Beer to work together. This will help Broadhead to better advise distributors and clients on how to handle their beer to ensure optimum freshness.
Naturally, a beer was brewed in honour of this partnership.
"Chromato" is an Oktoberfest Style beer "with a twist" . It is named after the Chromatogram generated by the CMSC analysis. Instead of using the traditional lagering yeast, it uses an ale yeast, giving it a more complex and robust flavour. Vienna malts bring a toasty sweetness which creates a smooth, warming and delicious beer.
You can purchase this beer at the Broadhead brewery and on tap around the city.
More information on the study can be found here.
Don't miss The Beverage Show this weekend at Aberdeen Pavilion, Lansdowne Park. The event will offer Craft Beer, Import Beer, Cider, Wine, Spirits, Coolers, Ready to Drink Beverages and much more!
The event is 19+ and will run from 1:00pm to 10:00pm, both Friday April 24th. and Saturday April 25th.
Some of the Ontario Craft Breweries pouring at this event include:
- Beau's All Natural Brewing
- Beyond the Pale Brewing
- Bicycle Craft Brewery
- Covered Bridge Brewing
- Creemore Springs
- Dominion City Brewing Co.
- Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
- Mill Street Brewery
- Muskoka Brewery
- Nickelbrook Brewing
- Perth Brewery
- Turtle Island Brewing
- Whiprsnapr Brewing Co.
- Whitewater Brewing Co.
Tickets are available on line for $10.00 via Eventbrite
Tickets at the door tickets will be $15.00 each.
On site sample tickets will be sold at $1.00 each.
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!
The season begins in May with their first home game on the 22nd.
Season and individual tickets are available via the The Ottawa Champions Baseball club website.
The Albion Rooms is pairing up with Muskoka Brewery for a Deck the Halls with Hops and Barley Dinner on Wednesday, December 17th! Five courses will be paired with some of Muskoka's best brews including Detour, Mad Tom, Twice as Mad, Rum Barrel Aged Harvest Ale on Cask and Winter Beard Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout for Dessert! Reserve your spot by calling The Albion Rooms at 613-760-4771.
Dominion City Brewing Company's latest seasonal is the Earnscliffe ESB. It blends caramel and biscuit malt notes with mild earthy hop aroma. A rich, full-flavoured ale, this quintessential style is popular in traditional UK pubs. This beer is named for the residence of Canada’s first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald; now home to the British High Commissioner to Canada. Sounds stodgy; tastes bloody brilliant.
Earnscliffe ESB is available for purchase at Dominion City's retail store while quantities last!
Barley’s Angels is a collection of individual chapters around the world expanding the appreciation and understanding of craft beer among women by bringing them together with craft beer professionals to explore craft beer.
Barley's Angels Ottawa will now be holding regular meet-ups on the 3rd Monday of every month!
October's meet-up will be held at The Burbs in Kanata.
Tickets are $10 and include a pint and a chance to win some spectacular prizes!!!!
More information and tickets for the event can be found on Eventbrite.
This year's National Capital Craft Beer Festival will run from August 15th to August 17th at Marion Dewar Plaza. We recently had the chance to interview the Festival Manager, Phil Dangerfield regarding this year's festival.
Ottawa Beer Events: How did you get involved with National Capital Craft Beer Festival?
Phil Dangerfield: JP Fournier approached me several years back about developing a craft beer Festival. We discussed how to develop the inroads into the industry. JP had started to establish that process as he has a great interest in developing his own craft beer. Sometime had passed and JP came to me and said that it was time to present a craft beer festival to Ottawa before somebody else does.
I got involved in the first program in the role of developing the site logistics and working with the vendors. We continued that role in the second edition. Now JP has moved on and has developed his own brewery, Turtle Island. I have taken over the management of the festival at this point in time.
How will this year’s event differ from in year’s past?
The general format for the festival is the same with a few added elements. We have brought in a stage where in the past years we had a small stage under a tent. This year we have a physical outdoor stage for the bands to play on. For this year's addition we have added Sunday. Last year we had approximately 20 craft breweries, this year seeing the number at approximate 30 breweries. We have also brought in a couple of import beers – one from Israel and one from Thailand. And to not leave anybody out will be joined by Smokies winery from Kemptville and Angry Orchard cider.
How many breweries will be in attendance this year?
We should have 30 craft breweries and 2 import breweries as well. Please see our Who's Pouring page on our website: http://www.nationalcapitalcraftbeerfestival.ca
Are there options for non beer-drinkers?
For the non-beer drinkers this year we have Smokies winery from Kemptville, Angry Orchard Cider, as well our food vendors will have a range of pops juices and waters.
Is the festival family friendly?
Yes the festival is family friendly. We have seen many people enjoy the afternoon with us as there's plenty of grass to relax and sit on with little ones. Unfortunately we do not allow dogs on-site during the festival.
How much are drink tickets? Is the festival glass included in the price?
The purchase of drink tickets themselves is one dollar per ticket. The samples will vary on average between two and four tickets per sample. There are many different types of craft beers and the vendors will have varied costs for the different craft beers they are serving.
Advance tickets for the festival are available online: http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/national-capital-craft-beer-festival-tickets-12213774729
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