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Foodie Friday: Cocktail hour with Carben Food + Drink

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Photo by Arif JafferPhoto by Arif Jaffer

Nested in Hintonburg, Carben Food + Drink has made an impression on the Ottawa food scene. Foodies across the city rave about their unique use of your not-so-typical ingredients. After opening up earlier this summer, the restaurant received a rave review in Ottawa Magazine, but the review omits an important aspect – Carben’s cocktails. Bartender Stephane Duval, talks about how his unusual ingredients compliment the flavours of Carben. He shares his fan favourite tea-based cocktail, the Vahdo and his favourite memories behind the bar. The Vadho 1.5 oz Buffalo Trace Bourbon 0.5 oz Brown sugar... | Continue reading article

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Support Local: Dominion City Brewing Co. are Makin’ it Grain

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Photo by Blair GablePhoto by Blair Gable

October is a mighty fine month. Fall arrives in full force and everything is beautiful, covered in fall colours. Here in Ottawa, we’ve another reason that October is, arguably, the best month of the year: October is Support Local month – a month-long celebration of local initiatives that make Ottawa great. This year, food is the focus, and on October 29th Dominion City Brewing Co. will cap off Support Local month with an amazing Pop Up Dinner, Makin’ it Grain. For this one night affair, the brewery will be transformed... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Tooth & Nail Brewing Company

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All photos by Jordan Duff.All photos by Jordan Duff.

It’s becoming almost a weekly activity for me to receive news of a new Ottawa brewery opening and then working with the beautiful people at Apt613 to help spread the news. To be clear, this is no complaint but praise for the outstanding growth of the brewing community locally. What’s even better about all this growth is that new entrants to the craft beer scene are working hard to differentiate themselves from the established crowd. We don’t just have new breweries, we have good new breweries. Case in point is... | Continue reading article

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Bicycle Craft Brewery turns 1!

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Bicycle Craft Brewery is turning 1: They (local breweries) grow up so fast! To celebrate, we went back and chatted with BCB owner/headbrewer Fariborz about the highlights over the past year. But the celebration doesn’t end there, BCB will be hosting a Party in the Pen at Mugshots September 26th. Food, games, music and brews will all be part of the celebration and a portion of proceeds will donated to CHEO Foundation. Class act. Without further ado: Apt613: You opened with a tight brew list: an IPA, a blonde and a... | Continue reading article

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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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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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