Ottawa Beer 105
The Canadian Brewing Awards will be held in Ottawa this year May 25-27th.
More than 20 local craft breweries gathered at Big Rig Brewery in Kanata yesterday, April 24 to collaborate on a special one-off brew that will be poured at the awards.
The beer style is a pale ale brewed with all local ingredients. It will be available for purchase from the public at Big Rig Brewery and the growler fill station at the Lansdowne LCBO.
Each brewery will be taking the finished product and giving it their own spin to serve at the Canadian Brewing Awards, which can be attended by purchasing tickets.
We’re excited to announce 2 upcoming guided beer tastings – both very different but guaranteed to be a great time!! Click on the event below for more information/to purchase tickets
Here are some of the things we like to discuss during our tastings:
– The brewing process from A to Z
– How to taste beer
– Beer serving tips
– Beer style identities – the characteristics of each style
– the Ottawa brewing scene
– Beer History
– Whatever beer-y topic may interest you!!!
For additional information or to book your own tasting, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Here’s what’s coming up this week in Ottawa Beer :
- Saturday July 9th@12pm – Saison D’Etre Brewery Market @Hintonburg Park
- Free admission
- “Saison d’Être” will feature the farmhouse Saison. Expect your standard local favourites, along with some tasty special-edition beers. Tasters will be available for all featured Saisons
- Saturday July 9th @9am- Bend & Brunch with Yoga on Tap @CRAFT Beer Market $25
- Bring your own mat for a one hour yoga class hosted by our friends at Yoga on Tap, and then stay for brunch with your choice of a Kichesippi Radler or Culture Kombucha.
- Saturday July 9th @11am – Cornwall Summer Beerfest @Nav Centre $20
- Sunday July 10th @2pm – Run Now, Beer Later @Tooth & Nail Brewery
- Drop in for a casual road run led by one of our run coaches. Perfect for any level, we will run 2-3km with a focus on fun over speed.
- Our run will start and end at Tooth and Nail Brewing Company, we are doing a 2K loop and we run rain or shine.
- Wednesday July 14th @5pm – Barley’s Angels Family & Friends BBQ & ball game $30 @Raymond Charest stadium
- Watch the Ottawa Champions take on the Trois Rivieres Aigles
- Each ticket* includes: all-you-can-eat pulled pork sandwiches and hot dogs (vegetarian option available for those who purchase a VEGETARIAN ticket), drinks (pop), 2 beer (adult tickets only) , chips (and, perhaps, popcorn); and your game ticket (general admission).
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Cost $25 available on Eventbrite or at CRAFT Beer Market
Coming up this week in beer – it’s the beginning of Ontario Craft Beer Week, so a few of those events in Ottawa, along with some other great beer-y events!
Here’s what’s on deck from Wednesday June 8th – Tuesday June 14th!
- Friday June 10th- noon until late– Beau’s Summer Patio Party @St Louis Bar & Grill Clyde Ave
- St.Louis Bar and Grill present the Beau’s Summer Patio Party with beer samplings, prizes, swag and entertainment provided by the Danny Sylvestre Band.
- Friday June 10th – Whitewater does OCB Week – Cask Day
- Saturday June 11th noon to 8pm – Missis-Sipping Craft Beer Festival $20 in advance or $25 at the door
- Enjoy beer & live music at Generations Inn in Carleton Place. Admission includes 4 sample tickets, sample glass & prize draws
- Saturday June 11th 9pm – Camp Muskoka: Craft Beer Summer Camp@ Hintonburg Public House
- ONE NIGHT ONLY -Enjoy backwood snacks, campfire sing alongs, cards and best of all MUSKOKA BREWERY IS TAKING OVER OUR TAPS for the night with some of their LIMITED RUN BREWS! Get dress for the cottage, and prepare yourself for some city campin’ HPH style. #campmuskoka for your chance to win some Muskoka swag. No cover. In celebration of Ontario Craft Beer Week.
- Saturday June 11th – Whitewater does OCB Week – Beer & BBQ Day
- Sunday June 12th @7pm- Whitewater does OCB Week – Beer Trivia Night
- Monday June 13th @6pm- Whitewater does OCB Week – Date Night
- Monday June 13th 5pm – 8pm – Muskoka Brewery’s Up The Creek with a Buddy and a Paddle
- OCB week event – Share a paddle of Muskoka’s Cream Ale and our 20th Anniversary Oak Aged Cream Ale with a pal, compare notes and let us know what you think!
- Monday June 13th 7pm – 9pm – Steam Whistle’s Craft Beer Trivia @ Bowman’s Bar & Grill
- OCB Week Event – Steam Whistle is proud to host Craft Beer Trivia at Bowman’s Bar & Grill. Do you have what it takes to earn the title of Count or Countess of Craft? Play by yourself or in a team. The winner takes home a Steam Whistle Prizepack valued at $100. Samples of Steam Whistle’s all-natural Pilsner will be available.
- Tuesday June 14th @6pm – Whitewater does OCB Week – Ladies Night
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Since the news first broke last year that CRAFT would be opening an Ottawa location at Landsdowne Park, craft beer nerds have been “hopped up” waiting for the doors to open.
After a few delays, CRAFT Beer Market Ottawa, opened its doors officially last Thursday, May 12th.
We got a chance to take a sneak peek during their soft launch on Wednesday evening. Our first impressions are: delicious food, great craft beer selection (especially the local offerings), amazing space (can’t wait to check out the patio) and super friendly staff.
Some important things to note for this years festival:
Breweries: More than 40 breweries will be showcasing their tasty brews!
Sampling tickets: Tickets to sample beer are $1 each – samples range from 2 to 4 tickets depending on the beer!
Re-entry: There is no re-entry this year at the festival.
OC Transpo: Be responsible! Your event ticket includes free service on any OC Transpo. Valid 3 hours before or after the event!
Craft Beer Market Brewmaster Seminars: The soon to open Craft Beer Market will be presenting various seminars with local brewmasters. Find out how your favorite beer was developed along with some samples! Cost is only 2 tickets!
Food Trucks: Some tasty food choices will be available on site via food truck!
Ticket info: Online Tickets are $15 for one day, $23 for two days and $30 for the weekend. In person tickets are $20 for one day $28 for 2 days and $35 for the weekend.
For more info and to purchase tickets check out the festival website.
Ottawa Brewery Market returns for our final event of the season on Satuday, October 25th with HintonTOBERFEST at Hintonburg Park, in Hintonburg.
Our take on an Oktoberfest party, we'll be serving up local craft beer from Bicycle Craft Brewery, Dominion City Brewing Co., Flying Monkeys, Lowertown Brewery, Nickel Brook, Stone City Ales, Turtle Island Brewing, and Whitewater Brewing Company.
Also featured at The Brewery Market is National Capital Homebrew Competition winner, Andy Morrisson's collaboration brew with Broadhead Brewing Company:
Andy Morrisson won the National Capital Homebrew Competition this summer and we had the pleasure of collaborating with him on this brew. We brought him in for a regular brew day and put our heads together over some pints and brewing. What we came up with is not for the faint of heart! A special brew day was set up and "The Amarillo Chainsaw Massacre" ensued!
Delicious sausages will be served by Sunnydays Gourmet Dogs and Sula Wok will be there with tasty Asian tacos.
And the event happens rain or shine!
FAMILY-FRIENDLY. Hintonburg Park features a wonderful play area. Bring your chairs and hacky sack and come relax for the day.
Proceeds support Ottawa Riverkeeper, because you can't make great beer without clean water.
Get more info at www.brewerymarket.com
Beer Resources in Ottawa
Bars and Breweries
We already have that covered in our extensive Ottawa Beer, Bar and Brewery list.
Ottawa has it’s share of bloggers and they love to write about beer. You’ll find both reviews from far and wide, highlights from a local beer event and discussions about beer culture.
Beer drinkers like to chat about what they’re drinking or brewing. Several forum styles are available to you, but some are better for specific topics.
- BarTowel – Ontario
- Reddit – /r/BeerInOttawa
- Reddit – /r/BeerCanada
- Reddit – /r/Homebrewing
- Reddit – /r/Beer
At some point you may want to try brewing your own beer. There are several supply stores and some brew on premise sites that can help you get started on your first brew (and the addiction that is homebrewing).
- DeFalco’s (Brewing Supplies – 3 Ottawa locations)
- Magnotta (Brewing Supplies)
- Pure Brew (Brew on Premise)
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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 Covered Bridge Brewing Company's Seoirse the Great.
I'm not a big Irish Red drinker. In fact, I think the only other Irish Reds I've had have been from macro breweries and may have contributed towards my dislike of Irish Reds. Then comes Covered Bridge Brewing Company's Seoirse the Great, a darker version with 6% ABV and a lot more going on in the glass.
Seoirse the Great poured dark copper with ruby highlights and fizzy head that didn't stick around. The aroma was full on sweet with toffee, raisins and not a hint of hops. The flavour was more of the sweet toffee with dark fruits and a subtle dry roast grain finish. This is a smooth sipper with low carbonation which helps highlight the malt sweetness and slight alcohol warmth in every sip.
Overally I enjoyed the beer, but this is definitely for someone who's palate sits on the sweeter side.
So far I've been a big fan of the beer that John vanDyk has been producing at Covered Bridge Brewing in Stittsville and his latest Seoirse the Great, an Irish red brewed in memory of his grandfather has followed this trend.
At first when I poured mine I thought the bottles had gotten mixed up as it's on the darker scale for color, pouring pitch black, but it has a tinge of red when held up to the light.
The caramel malt aroma grabbed my attention right away and continued in the flavour along with some sweet and rich toffee notes. At first sip I thought I was getting some hop bitterness on the finish but once I explored the beer a bit more I realized it was the flavour of the dark roasted grains coming through.
Overall a really great choice for a fall beer with a reasonable ABV of 6%. If you like a beer with a spotlight on sweet malts and a dry roasted finish this is the beer for you!