Ottawa Beer Release 13
Whitewater Brewing Company has released their latest seasonal, Das Bier. The 5.6% ABV Oktoberfest is a tribute to German tradition with a pretzel-like body, leaf noble hops and best served with a sprinkle of salt.
Currently Das Bier is available at The Smoque Shack with other locations to follow.
Kichesippi Beer Company released Wuchak UK, a traditional English IPA and the fourth of the Wuchak IPA series. The 5.1% ABV, 39 IBU beer is brewed with Canadian 2-Row, British specialty malts, Challenger and Progress hops and fermented with British Ale yeast.
Wuchak UK is available in growlers at the Kichesippi retail store and at select pubs and restaurants in the Ottawa-area.
Last week Covered Bridge Brewing Company, located in Stittsville, released Seoirse the Great, an Irish Red brewed in memory of brewer/owner John vanDyk’s grandfather who passed away shortly before the brewery opened. When asked about his grandfather John says, "He taught me so much and was always supportive of me, even when I told him about our crazy idea of opening a brewery."
The 6% ABV, 22 IBU is described as follows:
This ruby toned Irish Red ale is medium bodied with a toffee-like maltiness. Lightly hopped, this beer finishes with a light taste of roasted grain and dark caramel sweetness. Perfect for the crisp days and cool nights of autumn.
This special release is available at the brewery in Growlers (1.89l/64 oz) and Half Growlers (0.95l/32oz).
A harvest ale is not a defined style or class of beer, but rather a marketing term and common name for many different beers. The tagline generally refers to beers being brewed for Fall harvests. This most commonly refers to the hop harvest but can also be connected with grain harvest, Oktoberfest, or as a general term for Fall seasonal beers.
A few of the local Ottawa breweries have harvest ales on tap this season and we've rounded up a to-drink list for you:
The Land Is Strong, wet-hopped Belgian IPA is the first edition in the Dominion City Terroir Series. Every beer in the series will feature a different regionally-sourced ingredient; in this case, fresh-picked Cascade hops from Lot 17 Hop Yard in Campbellford, ON.
Josh McJannett, one of Dominion City’s brewers tells us that a few weeks back a crew from Dominion City and the Ottawa Beer Club made the trek to the hop yard and drove 80lbs of fresh Cascade cones back to the brewery the same day. "We finished our batch and the results are really exciting. The beer balances banana and clove Belgian character against sticky, malty goodness. It's topped with fresh hop aroma that you can only get from wet hops."
Drink Me Now is a Community Grow Hop brew. The 6.7% ABV, 50 IBU Harvest Ale was brewed with the harvest from 50 hop rhizomes grown in the community and a portion picked at Bristol Hopyard in Pontiac County
Manotick Harvest Ale is a 5.6% abv pale ale made using freshly picked hops grown by Big Rig co-owner and Ottawa Senators defence man, Chris Phillips, on his property in nearby Manotick.
Isidore's Harvest Ale is wet hopped with Cascade hops from Bédard-Brunet hop farm in St. Isidore.
Märzen is the traditional Oktoberfest style of beer. Beau' s first brewed Night•Märzen in 2008 to welcome harvest time in Ontario, Their small gathering to celebrate the harvest that year has grown into their annual Beau’s Oktoberfest. Night•Märzen is the only beer on our list that can be found in bottles at the LCBO along with availability at the brewery.
“‘Wiches Brew”, is a Black IPA (a dark, flavourful hoppy beer reminiscent of a stout or porter), made with ingredients that include fresh hops from a farm in nearby Perth and from brewery owner John vanDyk’s own backyard. It will be available at a food pairing event on October 31, that will include a special menu from ‘Wiches Cauldron, the popular food truck on Carp Road
In Broadhead’s case – it’s not the hops or barley that’s the harvest ingredient in this beer but apples!
Josh Laroche, brewer at Broadhead, says they'll be doing something different this year – an Apple Wheat. It will use real apple cider freshly pressed from Pieter’s Appleyard, out near Belleville. It will also have a slight cinnamon spicing. Should be ready to serve in 2-3 weeks.
According to Mario Bourgeois, Co-owner and Brewmaster, their harvest ale is a pretty special one!
"We obtained hops from what was harvested back in 1920 in Fournier ON! That hop is said to be a bohemian likely Saaz. Up to 1958 they employed well over 2000 people to help during the harvesting season. A retired belgian farmer kept some plants and multiplied them over the years. We were lucky to get 10lbs of dried hops and we are likely the first one to brew again with this hop which once was very popular. Our supplier got an interview with an 87 year old man who was the third generation to harvest this hop, he was employing over 600 people on his farm only… yep all in Fournier ON!"
Most of these harvest beers will only be available at their respective breweries in growlers for a short period of time, so be sure to keep up to date with our twitter and Facebook so that you don't miss your chance to try them!
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 Ottawa beer. This week they sample Big Rig Brewery's Scotch Ale.
I'm going to admit a bias here, I don't like Scotch Ales. They tend to be heavy with sweet caramel flavour, bumped up alcohol and smokey with peat-smoked malts added to make it comparably to its single-malt cousin. It's just not my thing, but I'm not one to refuse a glass of beer when it's handed to me so I gave Big Rig's version a try.
Pouring dark brown with beautiful garnet highlights when it catches the light, Brewmaster Lon Ladell's Wee Heavy has great aromas of thick malts, caramel, brown sugar and a hint of peat. With a luscious body and soft carbonation the flavour is as intense as the aroma with more caramel malt, brown sugar, dark fruit, peat and a slight vanilla/oak finish.
While Sasha was challenging herself with a second glass I was busy taking on the full Growler!
I was happy to review this week's bevvie – Big Rig's Scotch ale as I've yet to give it a go!This smooth ale pours a dark copper with a thick off-white head and right away the the smoky aroma is present from the barley which has been smoked with peat moss.The taste mirrors the smoky aroma but adds much more in the dark caramel roasted malts and hint of plum and no hop bitterness to be found.The finish has just a hint of booze with low carbonation and a medium mouthfeel.The tagline for the beer is "for the Bold and Brave of heart" maybe because although the ABV is 7.2% – which not super high but if you this beer as much as I do you'll bravely pour a second glass!
Beau's All Natural Brewing Company has announced details of their limited artisinal malt liquor called Hardcore 8.1 that pays tribute to Canadian punk pioneers, D.O.A. The paper bag package beer is described as follows:
A certified organic, classy interpretation of the infamous malt liquor style, Hardcore 8.1 is a deep-gold coloured lager that mingles malt and fruit notes in three-chord harmony with honey-like elements. The aroma is fruity suggesting citrus and apricot. The finish offers a hi-test alcohol warmth & resonates like a screaming guitar lick.
Hardcore 8.1 will be available at all 8 Ontario stops of D.O.A.'s upcoming fall tour. Details and tour dates are available on their website: www.suddendeath.com. In addition to these tour stops, the limited-edition release will be available direct from the brewery in Vankleek Hill beginning September 26, and for $8 delivery in Ottawa via home delivery service BYBO (www.bybo.ca).
Beau's All Natural Brewing Company has announced the return of their fall seasonal, Night Märzen! The traditional Oktoberfest lager first brewed in 2008 sparked a small harvest celebration at the brewery which has evolved into the annual Vankleek Hill Oktoberfest that’s attended by over 12,000 people.
Night Märzen is a 5.5% ABV Oktoberfest lager that’s described as follows:
The orangey-amber malty beer has just the right amount of hops to balance the Munich malts, and features an ultra-clean finish to complete the package. Märzen is the traditional Oktoberfest style beer, and Beau’s only regularly produced lager.
Night Märzen is available at select LCBO stores, pubs/restaurants, the brewery and Beau’s own home delivery service, BYBO.ca. It will also be one of 13 Beau’s beers available at this year’s Oktoberfest, held October 3-4.
Now pouring at Mill Street Brew Pub Ottawa! Tasting notes from Brew Master Joel Manning:
This is the dark side of Palomar! I love this beer! It has the smokey pepper and lime character of the regular Palomar but punched up in a darker malt base and pure chocolate extract added to it. To finish it off, we Nitrogen charge this beer to add to the creaminess and to take the edge of the otherwise overwhelming combination of flavours in there. Lime, chipotle and chocolate–now that's a real Mexican flavour combo that will just make you happy in March in Ottawa when you've just about had it with winter!
Assertive IPA with sweet, juicy notes of tangerine, tropical fruit and pine is next up in Beau’s feBREWary tap line up
OTTAWA – (Feb. 11, 2014) This Thursday February 13 will kick off the third week of local craft brewery Beau’s All Natural’s feBREWary celebrations, with a new and boldly hoppy American style India Pale Ale called Mission Accomplished. The beer will be tapped across the province at more than 105 restaurants and pubs, as well as sold in bottles from the brewery.
The 65 IBU (International Bitterness Unit) Mission Accomplished is an American IPA that presents with a bold hop aroma and assertive bitterness. The combination of organic American and New Zealand hops give the beer sweet, juicy notes of tangerine, tropical fruit and pine. Bready malts provide some backbone, but ultimately are no match for the smooth hop bitterness. The American yeast supplies mild, fruity esters that ease back and allow the hops to take their rightful place in the spotlight.
“We’ve had folks asking us for years now to brew a straight up, no nonsense super-hoppy IPA, and feBREWary seemed like the right time to go for it,” explains brewery co-founder Steve Beauchesne. “That kind of led to the beer’s name too, as in ‘Yeah, we did it! Mission accomplished!’” he laughs.
Beau’s will be celebrating this release and Week 3 of feBREWary at the brewery starting Friday Feb 14, by tapping a cask-conditioned version of Mission Accomplished at 2 pm. Festivities continue at Beau’s on Saturday throughout the day with Winter Games challenges for guests, including bottle cap hockey and a stein-hold struggle. There will be free posters of the Mission Accomplished art for the first 100 visitors to the brewery that day, as well as a coupon for a pair of collectible Beau’s wooden coasters upon their next visit to the brewery.
In Toronto, the Cloak and Dagger on College St. will host a Beau’s Tap Takeover for Valentine’s Day called A Brewed with Love Affair, with 10 Beau’s beers on tap and free admission (pay per pint). The event runs over the Valentine’s Day weekend (Feb 14 & 15). In Ottawa Feb. 14-16 Beau’s will be pouring Mission Accomplished alongside a variety of other tasty beer creations at the Winterbrewed Craft Beer Festival, held in the Glebe at the Fifth Avenue Court and Arrow and Loon Pub (www.winterbrewed.com).
Mission Accomplished will be available for sale in 600 ml bottles at the Beau’s brewery retail store, as well as for home delivery in Ottawa through BYBO (www.bybo.ca), for a retail price of $7.85. Throughout the month of feBREWary, Beau’s will be helping BYBO offer a promotional delivery fee of $8 instead of the standard $15 rate.
The feBREWary celebrations continue next week with the launch of Collabrrrewnaut, an espresso-infused pilsner, and food and beer pairings hosted at the brewery with guest chef Bruce Wood. FeBREWary details are available at www.beaus.ca/feBREWary.
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