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Tap Room Sessions pour a little life into Kanata + ticket giveaway

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Photo from Big Rig's website.Photo from Big Rig's website.

Kanata is not exactly known for its nightlife. Once a haven for technological development, Kanata has become a place that many Ottawans simply don’t think about that often, unless it is in the context of our hockey team. But if the plan hatched by Big Rig and Ottawa Showbox is successful, that is about to change. The new partnership is about to bring a touch of downtown to the centre of Kanata as Matías Muñoz of Showbox and Travis Persaud of Big Rig move to shape Kanata into a destination in... | Continue reading article

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LIFT Restaurant presents: a True Canadian Experience

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Photo from Lift Restaurant's Facebook page.Photo from Lift Restaurant's Facebook page.

LIFT Restaurant, at 101 Lyon Street, will be hosting a “True Canadian Experience” this week to showcase local culinary delights and local arts and culture. The innovative event is taking place January 27 – 29 and promises to excite all the senses. Executive Chef of Delta Ottawa City Centre Jason Duffy will be creating delicious plates representing Ontario, while guest chefs from other Marriots and Delta will be representing their Canadian territories. The menu includes tasting stations highlighting flavours from the Maritimes, Quebec, the Prairies and Ontario.  The high-end fare spans... | Continue reading article

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Beau’s at Lansdowne

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Photo from stpatricksparty.ca.Photo from stpatricksparty.ca.

On these frost bitten winter days, we residents of Ottawa deserve something to look forward to, like, a huge St Patrick’s Day party at Lansdowne’s Aberdeen Pavillion hosted by Beau’s Brewery. This is the first year the brewery is celebrating this Irish holiday, but based on the success of their Oktoberfest festivities, this should be a successful and worthwhile event. Beau’s is partnering with the Irish Society of Ottawa to celebrate this Emerald Isle holiday on March 19th, starting at noon. It’s a family friendly event: Tickets are $29 for adults (19... | Continue reading article

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Introducing Ottawa Beer Tastings

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All photos by Jordan Duff.All photos by Jordan Duff.

If you thirst for both knowledge and beer, there’s a new service starting in Ottawa ready to satisfy those cravings. Ottawa Beer Tastings is a venture launched by the good people behind Ottawa Beer Events. If you are an Ottawa-area beer enthusiast, you likely already visit the OBE site to keep up with local events, if not, you are going to want to bookmark that one. OBE was established to act as a central resource of beer news in the Ottawa area. Since launching the website, co-editors Matt and Sasha... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Day-to-night with Origin Trade coffee shop & lounge

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All photos from Origin Trade's Instagram.All photos from Origin Trade's Instagram.

While Ottawa might not be lacking in the coffee shop department, with a local roastery on every block and a franchise on every corner, you’d think that all our caffeinated dreams have come true. But once you wake up from that inevitable afternoon crash and the clock strikes 7:00 p.m. (9:00 p.m. if you’re lucky) cafes are quick to turn off their lights, flip that sign to CLOSED and call it a night. If you’ve ever been cramming for a final and had to pack it in mid-session, or looking... | Continue reading article

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Yoga on Tap: Find yourself… in a brewery

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All photos courtesy of the Happy Yogi.All photos courtesy of the Happy Yogi.

It’s all about balance. When I first found Ashley Kokelj’s Yoga On Tap sessions online, I was uneasy with the thought of combining draught beer with deep lunges. But after talking to “The Happy Yogi”, I see that the combination of craft beer and yoga works. It’s more holistic than I initially realized and is less about balanced flavour profiles or balanced positions: It’s about a balanced lifestyle. Ashley explains that making the link between the two was easy. She was already accustomed to attending yoga classes with friends and... | Continue reading article

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Black Friday and Green Future at Beau’s

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Black Friday is typically the kick-off of the holiday season. If you have a few craft beer lovers on your gift list, this might be a good chance to cross them off. Black Friday at Beau’s will feature 10+ Black Beers on tap (clever…)  as well as discounted merch, exclusive buys, food, music and Ottawa/Montreal bus rides to Vankleek Hill via Groupon. If you haven’t sampled the Best of Beau’s mix pack at the LCBO, you should be able to find those fan favourites at the bottleshop as well. That... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Split Tree cordials are keeping it local

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From local artisan markets to striking a deal on Dragon’s Den, former high tech worker Steve Morrier has taken his fresh cordials and tonics to the big stage. Steve and his Ottawa based cocktail company, Split Tree Cocktail Co. struck a deal with Manjit Minhas, co-founder and co-owner of Minhas Breweries and Distillery on Dragons Den this past month. When Morrier started Split Tree Cocktail Co., he had no idea what cordials were. He had some experience with breweries, but cocktails were a new world for him. After being laid... | Continue reading article

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Food & Wine Festival turns it up this year

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Photo courtesy of the Ottawa Wine and Food Festival.Photo courtesy of the Ottawa Wine and Food Festival.

Every year, mid-Fall, I Youtube “How to Tie a Tie” then I don my best vest and tie combo and attend the Wine & Food show at the Ottawa Conference Centre. It’s one of the city’s most epic galas that combines very well-dressed people with copious amounts of high-end food and drink. It even helped to shape the early years of my love and appreciation for  craft beer. For a lot of folks here its an annual tradition. This year promises to be extra special for two reasons: firstly, it’s... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Cocktail hour with Carben Food + Drink

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Nested in Hintonburg, Carben Food + Drink has made an impression on the Ottawa food scene. Foodies across the city rave about their unique use of your not-so-typical ingredients. After opening up earlier this summer, the restaurant received a rave review in Ottawa Magazine, but the review omits an important aspect – Carben’s cocktails. Bartender Stephane Duval, talks about how his unusual ingredients compliment the flavours of Carben. He shares his fan favourite tea-based cocktail, the Vahdo and his favourite memories behind the bar. The Vadho 1.5 oz Buffalo Trace Bourbon 0.5 oz Brown sugar... | Continue reading article

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