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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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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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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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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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