“That initial brainstorm, 3 years ago, was the most brilliant I idea I had in 4-5 years: helping people get local craft beer to their house.
Étienne Brûlé Brewery combines history and science in an awesome way.
Creative Ottawans battle it out in a design showdown.
As the excitement grows around the opening of Chef Matthew Carmichael’s Riviera, one thing is certain, the restaurant’s opulent bar will be managed by the best Ottawa has to offer. Stephen Flood’s barcraft is an effortless extension of his love of people and the good life – a perfect fit for the attention to detail Riviera promises. […]
Town and Oz were followed by El Camino, Datsun then Pure and Whalesbone opened branches; Elgin Street is experiencing a full-on foodie renaissance, and its latest contender comes in the arrival of new-to-Ottawa gem Common Eatery. The restaurant, which opened several weeks ago, is part of wider collective aptly named Common that includes the Common Concept […]
It’s already be a busy past few weeks for Vankleek Hill’s Beau’s Brewery. In May they announced their intention to sell the brewery to the employees. A couple weeks back, they released early bird tickets for the popular Beau’s Oktoberfest party. Not pausing for a breath, they have a Father’s Day Weekend event (June 16-17th: don’t […]
I tried my very first cold brew coffee one scorching hot day in New York a few years ago, and I’ve been hooked ever since. Unfortunately, when I came back to Ottawa, it was hard, if not impossible, to find. But not anymore! Ottawa’s coffee scene has been heating up, and cold brew is gaining […]
The 14th Annual Canadian Brewing Awards and Conference was held May 26-28 in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia. If you are unfamiliar with the competition, it is a nation-wide contest open to all breweries (and cideries) of any size to complete in a blind tasting over a variety of style categories. 40 Certified Beer Judges (BJCP) consider five […]
Tom Rowell is a craft beer enthusiast who lives in Ottawa. He blogs at The Microbrew Times, profiling craft beers from Ottawa and elsewhere. The craft brewing industry has taken off across Canada with a large number of different breweries opening up in all provinces. From brewpubs, to local breweries, to larger companies that have large […]
Sunshine has hit Chinatown in more ways than just the weather. Last fall delivered a startling loss with the closure of Raw Sugar, but last week Bar Robo opened its doors to save the people of Chinatown from caffeine and liquor loss. Bar Robo takes the physical place of Raw Sugar, but that’s the last you’ll […]
When Francis Bueckert decided to study abroad and volunteer in Ecuador, he had no idea it would lead him to start exporting direct-trade coffee and selling it on a coffee cart from his bike. Six years after visiting Ecuador, Cloud Forest Coffee is now launching its bicycle coffee cart where you can purchase direct trade, […]
This weekend past, Vankleek Hill darling Beau’s Brewery announced they would be closing the brewery for an all-staff meeting on Monday, May 16th. Hardly exciting news. But by Monday’s end, they had sent the Twitterverse a-flutter with a simple tweet that read: Beau’s to Make Important Announcement Tomorrow (Tuesday) Morning at 8AM. The internet, as […]
Tom Rowell is a craft beer enthusiast who lives in Ottawa. He blogs at The Microbrew Times, profiling craft beers from Ottawa and elsewhere. Tooth and Nail Brewing Company is one of Ottawa’s newer breweries, but one of the best serving up delicious brews since September from their delightful Hintonburg pub/taproom. In an ever expanding craft […]
Hintonburg Happening is a nine day event that celebrates Wellington West’s community of artists and businesses. Not only is this neighbourhood home to great brewers and craft-focused watering holes, it’s also the home of Brew Donkey, Ottawa’s favourite brewery tour provider. Owner Brad Campeau, is using this HH festival to launch a new educational series that focuses on […]
It was a hole in the wall with the worst selection in the city, and when they closed it no one complained, which may just be a first for a store of its type. I speak, of course, of the old Rideau Centre LCBO, the late and completely unlamented bottle shop that may have saved […]