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Foodie Friday: DCBC puts together whimsical day of pure Canadiana

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Photos by Steve Fitzpatrick.Photos by Steve Fitzpatrick.

The date is July 1st, 2015.  148 years have passed since Sir John A. MacDonald and his pals completed all the necessary paperwork for Canada to become an independent nation. In honour of this momentous occasion, “Dominion Day” was celebrated every year until 1982, when PM Ben Mulroney Sr. changed the name to “Canada Day”. Dominion City Brewing Co., based right here in Ottawa, decided to take back Dominion Day. And boy howdy, they nailed it. Inviting 600 of their closest friends, many of whom were unironically dressed like Bob and... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: This July 1, try Dominion Day

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Dominion Day

Jordan Duff is a regular contributor over at BrewBrahs, where they talk about everything beer. You can  find them on Twitter. You can also find them at this Dominion Day party! It’s that time of year again, Ottawa, when we celebrate our true patriot love and Canadian independence with beer, friends and fireworks. If you’re looking for something fresh this July 1, try Dominion Day hosted by local craft brewery Dominion City Brewing Co. at SAW Gallery Courtyard (near the Arts Court building at the corner of Nicholas and Daly in downtown Ottawa). DCBC... | Continue reading article

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Brew Brahs chat with Beau’s Brewery chef Bruce Wood

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Chef Bruce Woods in action. Photos courtesy of Beau's.Chef Bruce Woods in action. Photos courtesy of Beau's.

Jordan Duff is a regular contributor over at BrewBrahs, where they talk about everything beer. You can also find them on Twitter. If you’re a beer drinker in Ottawa – heck, in Ontario – then you’ve sampled a Beau’s brew. They’ve been creating craft suds since before it was cool, way back in 2006. With dozens of breweries now in operation in the Ottawa area, it would be easy for Beau’s to lose a step. The thing is, they don’t. They keep innovating and coming up with neat and creative approaches to craft beer... | Continue reading article

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A weekday guide to Ottawa

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All photos by Steffani RuesgaAll photos by Steffani Ruesga

We work for the weekend: every day is a countdown until Friday. Once Friday rolls around, the weekend zooms by in a flash. Suddenly we’re back to Monday facing another week of work, and the whole dreary cycle repeats itself. But life doesn’t have to be this way. Luckily, Ottawa has dealt us some pretty entertaining weeknights. So cheer up, Monday doesn’t have to be the worst day of the week. First things first. You’re done work so head over to The Standard on Elgin. They have amazing deals all week... | Continue reading article

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Keep the beer flowing and the buses rolling: Brew Donkey’s legal battle

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Boarding the Brew Donkey bus. Photo from their Facebook page.Boarding the Brew Donkey bus. Photo from their Facebook page.

If you’re a craft beer lover – and let’s be honest, over the last few years the local beer scene in Ottawa has exploded, making it extremely difficult not to hop on the beer wagon (or in this case, beer bus)  – chances are you’ve already heard about Brew Donkey. Just last week, the beer-delivery service and brewery tour operator was selling out their meticulously put together excursions while expanding on what they already offer just to keep up with demand. But as if overnight, this small business has come... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Brew Brahs interview Whitewater Brewing Company, *Spoiler new brewpub alert!

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All photos courtesy of Whitewater Brewing Company.All photos courtesy of Whitewater Brewing Company.

By now, the good beer-loving people of Ottawa have probably enjoyed the fine brews arriving from Whitewater Brewing Company from their roasted Midnight Stout to their even-keeled Whistling Paddler English Special Bitter. But for those who like to take their brew adventures to the next level, did you know that WBC has their own brewpub? It’s true. Roadtrip! Smartly, the entrepreneurial gentlemen behind the WBC have upped their game and created a destination brewpub that pairs craft beer with the area’s fantastic outdoors recreational offerings. With the number of visitors... | Continue reading article

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For the love of Comiccon

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All photos by Emily Plunkett.All photos by Emily Plunkett.

One meeting room hosted a conversation on how mathematics can be used to solve the dilemma of the zombie apocalypse. Down the hall, line ups formed for discussions on how to improve your steampunk cosplay and character. Further lines around the outside of the building ushered fans into the next celebrity Q&A. The very idea of Ottawa Comiccon, in which hordes of people gather for three days to do nothing but dress in elaborate costumes and geek out over various media franchises, definitely raises an eyebrow or two from the... | Continue reading article

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Five great craft beers – and where to drink them

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Photo by Amanda Armstrong.Photo by Amanda Armstrong.

This content originally appeared in Scene, a free newsprint prologue to the National Arts Centre’s Ontario Scene Festival. Scene was created collaboratively by Guerilla, Apt613, and Herd Magazine. With memories of the Rideau Canal ice skating long behind us and summer still a ways off, residents and visitors to Ottawa have some time on their hands. So, after working up a thirst at Ontario Scene events, why not have a well-crafted pint? Here are five delicious ones to taste and five great places to taste them. Beyond The Pale’s Pink... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Interview with Ottawa’s Nita Beer brewery

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All photos from the Nita Beer Company's Facebook page, unless otherwise stated.All photos from the Nita Beer Company's Facebook page, unless otherwise stated.

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: new craft brewery opening in Ottawa! It’s true, the Ottawa beer scene is blowing up and we couldn’t be happier. We fortunate beer-scholars over at BrewBrahs.com had the opportunity to chat with Andy Nita, company CBO and namesake of Nita Beer. One of the newer breweries in town; they are located over at 190 Colonnade Rd, Unit 17, Ottawa, ON. As with every brewery, we highly recommend visiting. Beer fresh from the source is just better. Brew Brahs: Andy Nita, you are the... | Continue reading article

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Festibière brought Brewfest to Lansdowne

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All photos courtesy of Brew Brahs.All photos courtesy of Brew Brahs.

The 1st annual Ottawa Winter Brewfest, held last weekend happened on the unluckiest and luckiest days of the year: Friday the 13th and Valentine’s Day. The good people of Festibière de Gatineau crossed the mighty Outaouais to bring their magical event to Lansdowne. This was the first time this event was held in Ontario, but it is expected to be an annual event. Knowing they had a willing and thirsty market next door from the hordes of Ontarians that would attend the Gatineau festivals, Winter Brewfest had no problem packing... | Continue reading article

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