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Ode to Ottawa Craft Beer Week

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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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Foodie Friday: Turtle Island Brewing Co. makes it official

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With the opening of yet another local brewery, the craft brewing juggernaut shows no sign of stopping any time soon. But I don’t hear anyone complaining; I’m certainly not. The new kid on the block is Turtle Island Brewing Co., owned by none other than National Capital Craft Beer Week founder JP Fournier. If you happen to frequent 8 Locks’ Flat, Brothers Beer Bistro or Petit Bill’s, you may have already downed a pint or two of their beers. Though it has been available in a limited way, the brewery... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Terrific tacos at El Camino

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Post by Adria May and Ryan Saxby Hill, Senior Taco Correspondents When we arrived at El Camino, Chef Carmichael’s new taco joint, the place was packed and there was a line up at the take-out window. We didn’t recall a place having such high energy on a Wednesday night on Elgin street in quite a while. There was a good reason. The place was fantastic and didn’t affect our pocket books too much. We still got great seats for our first go. We were sitting perched at a bar overlooking... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 BeerClub: Chat with your favourite local breweries!

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Like an over-shaken bottle of lager, Ottawa’s craft beer scene is exploding. With an ever-expanding list of breweries, brew pubs and beer-related festivals it’s clear that Ottawa is making a play to become the brew capital of Canada. Welcome to Apt13′s live chat with several of the people driving the success of Ottawa’s beer scene, including: Robert McIsaac, one of the co-owners of Beyond the Pale, the Hintonburg-based brewery that just can’t seem to keep its flavourful brews in stock. Paul Meek, owner of the Kichesippi Beer Co., the beer... | Continue reading article

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Introducing Apt613′s Beer Club: Live chat with Ottawa’s local breweries

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Like an over-shaken bottle of lager Ottawa’s craft beer scene is exploding. With an ever-expanding list of breweries, brew pubs and beer-related festivals it’s clear that Ottawa is making a play to become the brew capital of Canada. On Tuesday, June 25 from 7pm to 8pm we will be hosting a live chat with several of the people driving the success of Ottawa’s beer scene, including: Robert McIsaac, one of the co-owners of Beyond the Pale, the Hintonburg-based brewery that just can’t seem to keep its flavourful brews in stock.... | Continue reading article

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Your friendly guide to surviving an LCBO strike

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There’s a distinct possibility that Ontarians will be waking up Friday morning to the LCBO’s first strike in its 87-year history. And given it’s the Victoria Day long weekend, the timing of the looming labour stoppage — unless you’re among the 95 percent of LCBO employees who’ve voted in favour of a strike mandate — couldn’t be worse. Thankfully, if a strike does come to pass, thirsty Ottawans won’t be without options. Here are five handy ways to keep yourself hydrated during the coming dry spell. Microbreweries Over the past... | Continue reading article

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Video of the week: Coffee cupping competition

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Last month, a team from Bridgehead traveled down to Guatemala to visit the sources of their coffees. They traveled throughout the countryside, meeting growers and visiting cooperatives. One of the highlights? A cupping competition to determine the best coffees produced by CODECH, an umbrella cooperative that represents 300+ farmers in rural Huehuetanango. Here, we get a glimpse into the wonderful world of cupping – coffee beans are ground, brewed, smelled, tasted, spit out and analysed by judges. Some of the best end up here in our city – that medium... | Continue reading article

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Best cocktails in Ottawa

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I transplanted here from New York in July 2012 and I have a confession to make. In my first few months in Ottawa I dragged my partner into various random places (often on Elgin St.) for a drink, and then complained that, “no one in this town knows how to make a proper Negroni!”  He would simply roll his eyes and tell me not to say that too loudly. Yes, I know it sounds a little pretentious and obnoxious, but it seemed to be the sad, honest truth.  Part of... | Continue reading article

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Coffee Geeks meet at the Canadian Brewers Cup & Cup Tasters

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I’m a bit of a coffee geek. While on vacation I plan visits to roasters. I consider a half pound bag of coffee to be a valid souvenir and we ditched the electric coffee machine in favour of pour-over and AeroPress brewers at our house long ago. I am, however, NOTHING compared to the coffee experts who will descend upon the Bridgehead Roastery this weekend for the Canadian Brewers Cup & Cup Tasters events. This is a competition where baristas and coffee tasters get to show of their respective skills.... | Continue reading article

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A Completely Sober Review of St. Paddy’s Day at the Clocktower Pub in Westboro

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What’s the most rational thing to do on St. Paddy’s Day for a guy who doesn’t drink and doesn’t fight? Go to a gastro-pub and listen to rowdy Irish music, obviously. The last time I celebrated St. Patrick’s Day was in St. John’s, where my night was a blur of green beer, green hats, free Miller t-shirts (because Irish) and two bars (I’m guessing on that last one). Of course, one of the fun parts about March 17th is that, when done right, you can never accurately compare this year’s... | Continue reading article

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