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Foodie Friday: Dominion City Brewing Company Turns 1!

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This weekend Dominion City Brewing Company will be celebrating its First Anniversary! Doesn’t it seem like the was a dearth of breweries in Ottawa but a few years ago? Now Ottawa and region is home to more than 20 breweries. To get noticed in an increasingly busy market, you have to offer something special. DCBC has been able to do just that. Through quality brews and great customer service, the brewery has been able to elevate its game and carve itself a nice niche in the Ottawa beer scene, while... | Continue reading article

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Best Of: Romantic first date spots

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Photo by Chelsey CassidyPhoto by Chelsey Cassidy

So you’ve got yourself a date. Whether the Tinder gods found you a match or you’ve managed to manoeuvre your way though the Ottawa dating scene, kudos to you, it’s tough world out there! Now it’s time to decide where to go. First dates are stressful, and where you decide to go for this new awkward encounter can make or break it. No pressure, my friend, Ottawa’s got your back. This city provides new daters with a plethora of unique places to share those adorably uncomfortable first moments. Not only... | Continue reading article

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Beau’s Oktoberfest 2015! + Dine Alone Records prize pack

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Photo by Trevor Pritchard in our Apt613 Flickr Pool.Photo by Trevor Pritchard in our Apt613 Flickr Pool.

I know it’s still summer but…. Ziggy Zaggy, Ziggy Zaggy, Oi Oi Oi! Better start practicing your German toasts to health and wellness, because everyone’s favourite Vankleek Hill field party will soon be here. Mark your 2015 cat calendar for Friday October 2 and Saturday October 3: Beau’s Oktoberfest 2015. Oh and tickets went on sale at 10AM August 6 for $27 a day or $39.50 for the weekend – I’ll just wait for you here while you go get those. Welcome back. Look, I could talk about Oktoberfest all... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Ottawa’s Newest Oldest Brewery, Waller St.

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All photos by Jordan DuffAll photos by Jordan Duff

Remember Prohibition? Me neither, as it was almost a century ago, but I have watched the Untouchables numerous times and so I can confidently say that Waller St. Brewing’s ambiance and styling do an excellent job paying homage to that dark period in Canadian beer history. The new brewery, located in the basement of 14 Waller Street in the Market, is a tight but thoughtfully laid out space in an old stone heritage building. Much of the design is owed to head brewer Marc-André Chainey, a Val-Rita native who boasts... | Continue reading article

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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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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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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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