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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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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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SALLY SHEEKS, Flight, 2010, paper, 5 panels, each 45.7 x 152.4 cm. Photo from the Ottawa Art Gallery Facebook page.SALLY SHEEKS, Flight, 2010, paper, 5 panels, each 45.7 x 152.4 cm. Photo from the Ottawa Art Gallery Facebook page.

The weekend is here and winter weather may have us all inclined to make like bears and hibernate until warmer weather arrives, but I promise you that you won’t want to sleep through this weekend’s events! Fans of the Bluth family – Raw Sugar is hosting Arrested Development Trivia tonight at 7pm! Grab 3 friends, 5$ (that’s half the cost of a banana!), and be sure to arrive early – there is room for 15 teams and this party is going to be off the hook! The first Double Barrel... | Continue reading article

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Le Festibière D’Hiver now serving Ontario brews

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Photo from the Festibiere D'Hiver website.Photo from the Festibiere D'Hiver website.

Winter is a hard time to get warm in Ottawa, so Winter Beerfest (known as Festibière) has joined together with the Museum of History to offer over 100 craft beers and gourmet appetizers to aid in the process. On January 30 and 31st Le Festibière D’Hiver will host some of Quebec’s best microbreweries for the fourth annual Winter Beerfest. This is the first year they open their doors to local company Beau’s, which has worked diligently over the last 8 years to release their beer as widely as possible. Being able... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: A rollercoaster ride of flavours at Bassline’s food/wine pairing

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Wine selection for the evening. All photos by Terry Steeves.Wine selection for the evening. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Earlier this week, Bassline Pub & Eatery offered a unique wine and food pairing session. It was the perfect way to spend an evening on a day dubbed as Blue Monday…January’s supposed most depressing day of the year. The idea to host these special evenings began last year in Ottawa’s quaint west end bar/restaurant/music venue, supported by owner A.J. Scarcella. Paul Corfe, one of the establishment’s bartenders and our culinary and wine expert for the night, has had an on-going love affair for all things food and wine, enhanced by... | Continue reading article

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New Year’s Eve in Ottawa, 2014

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Photo by ludovick on Flickr.Photo by ludovick on Flickr.

It’s not too early to start thinking about your plans for New Year’s Eve, is it? Luckily, you have a number of fantastic parties to choose from around our great city. Wherever you end up December 31st, remember to stay safe and have fun! If you’re looking for an extravagant night, the Mad Hatter’s NYE Party is the perfect opportunity to don your most outrageous, fabulous attire for an Alice in Wonderland-themed event. You could also choose to combat the cold at the Canadian War Museum’s festive Havana Nights, a... | Continue reading article

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