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Welcome to the food circus – eat, drink, SPRING

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Photo by Denis Drever.Photo by Denis Drever.

Ringmaster: “Ladies and Gentlemen, Children of all ages- well legal age, welcome to the Greatest Show on Earth. Welcome to the circus! You are about to take part in a fulfilling day of sipping and nibbling. Exciting, and fantastic features all on display before your very eyes. From the far corners of your municipality the Ottawa Wine and Food Festival takes much pride in presenting – Eat Drink SPRING! [the sound of applauding] Look around. See the sparkle in everyone’s eyes. For one day and one day only we invite... | Continue reading article

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Dominion City Brewing gets off to a great (kick) start

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Dominion City Brewing

Long left out in the cold of the current craft beer revolution (for the most part, anyway), Ottawa’s east end is finally getting its own craft brewery. Dominion City Brewing Company is set to open this year on Canotek Road, and as an east-ender and beer lover, I’m really excited to try their brews. If you’re as excited as I am, you can help the brewery get on its feet during their current Kickstarter campaign. The folks behind the company are trying to raise $15,000 to bring their vision to... | Continue reading article

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WinterBrewed 2014: Less brrr, more beer!

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Photo by Pam Culver on flickrPhoto by Pam Culver on flickr

In the winter of 2013, craft beer lovers braved a possible polar vortex (the term hadn’t been popularized yet, so who knows?) to sample some tasty brews at WinterBrewed, a beer-themed Winterlude spinoff event on Sparks Street. And it was cold out. Really cold. While the atmosphere was mostly jubilant, likely owing to the warming effects of the beer, organizers saw room for improvement. After WinterBrewed founder JP Fournier witnessed attendees drinking beer in less-than-optimal circumstances, he decided that a move to a warmer venue was necessary for 2014. “By the end... | Continue reading article

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Beyond the Pale takes over tap at Corner Bar and Grill after a stellar year

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All photos by Amanda Armstrong.All photos by Amanda Armstrong.

The brainchild of Shane Clark, Rob McIsaac, and Shane’s dad, Al Clark, Beyond the Pale first opened its doors on November 29th, 2012 and has quickly become one of Ottawa beer lovers’ favourite breweries. In anticipation of their tap takeover with Beau’s Brewery this Saturday at Corner Bar and Grill in Westboro, I sat down to chat with Shane and Rob about their first year brewing beer in Ottawa. The brewery has been Shane and Rob’s full-time job since the first weekend they opened. The best part of their first... | Continue reading article

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Craft Beer Night in Vanier brings the craft revolution to the east end

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Photo by jim crossley on flickrPhoto by jim crossley on flickr

This article originally appeared in VanierNow, which explains the east-end-centric point of view. Beer lovers in Vanier are likely well aware of the explosive growth of the craft beer scene. In Ottawa and beyond, the craft beer movement seems to be expanding at breakneck speeds and, with it, the growing masses of beer aficionados waiting impatiently for the latest IPA, saison or smoked porter. But the growth of the craft beer movement hasn’t happened equally, at least in geographic terms. A quick glance at the map of Ottawa craft breweries I created for Apartment613 in 2013... | Continue reading article

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Ring in the New Year with Scots and Scotch at Hogmanay

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Fireworks over City Hall. Photo by Cynthia Münster.Fireworks over City Hall. Photo by Cynthia Münster.

For the second year in a row, the Scottish Society of Ottawa will be holding a Hogmanay to celebrate the arrival of the New Year, Scottish Style. The event will be taking place at Ottawa City Hall, where party goers can enjoy live music, traditional Scottish food, Scotch tasting, entertainment for children, skating on the Rink of Dreams, and fireworks at the stroke of midnight. What’s more, Hogmanay is completely free, except for food and alcohol, which certainly beats hefty cover fees usually charged anywhere else on NYE. Founded by... | Continue reading article

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The Gatsby New Year’s Ball is one hot ticket

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Photo credit: Gatsby New Year's Ball.Photo credit: Gatsby New Year's Ball.

New Year’s eve in Ottawa is not going to be the same again for those who attend the Gatsby New Year’s Ball, which is expected to be the most glamorous party in town this week. The organizers, Tami Varma, Scott Porter, Sam Patil and Poppy Vineberg, expert party planners, wanted to create the biggest new year’s event this city has ever seen. They secured the Former Grand Trunk Union Railway Station (now the Canada Conference Centre) and will transport the building back to its glory days. NEW YEARS GALA 2014... | Continue reading article

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The Great Ottawa Beer Guide: 2013 Edition

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Photo by Katy Watts on flickrPhoto by Katy Watts on flickr

Last August, Apartment613 ran its first ever local beer guide complete with a handy custom Google map to help people find Ottawa’s most important beer landmarks. Since then, the explosion of craft beer in Ottawa has continued unabated. In one short year, Ottawa has added several new breweries and brewpubs. Keeping our readers’ best interests at heart, we decided that an update was in order. If you’ve been keeping tabs, you’ll notice some similarities to last year’s guide. Entries fall into four main categories: breweries, brewpubs, indie beer stores and... | Continue reading article

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4 chefs + 4 breweries = 4 Pivot’s Sake AND a ticket giveaway!

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Members of the 4 Pivot's Sake team with kids from the Banff Community House.Members of the 4 Pivot's Sake team with kids from the Banff Community House.

With the number of great restaurants constantly increasing, and a craft beer scene that seems to have exploded over the past year, we’re certainly spoiled for choice here in Ottawa. This Saturday, at least, choosing won’t be so difficult. Get ready for food from 4 killer chefs and beer from 4 different breweries as they all come together for 4 Pivot’s Sake. That’s right, dining al fresco at Mugshots, you’ll have the opportunity to nosh on 4 plates from 4 of the city’s best. In addition to showing off some exquisite local... | Continue reading article

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Ode to Ottawa Craft Beer Week

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Photo by afagen on Flickr.Photo by afagen on Flickr.

Lightweight as I am, it’s not difficult to get me to appreciate anything after a drink or two. The term your mind is probably conjuring up is “cheap drunk,” and while we can list the pros and cons of this phenomena—I interrupt with news: quality craft beer sits well in my inexperienced belly, and I can sample as many as five or six before forfeiting my lucidity (that’s what she said). But how do you make beer tasting a rewarding experience? Particularly for someone like me, who, apart from wine,... | Continue reading article

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