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Social goes local, features kiss-for-cure martini as part of fall/winter cocktail offering

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Photo from Social Restaurant + Lounge's Facebook page. All other photos by Tobi Cohen.Photo from Social Restaurant + Lounge's Facebook page. All other photos by Tobi Cohen.

It’s a tough job but somebody’s got to do it. Sussex Drive’s Social Restaurant + Lounge is releasing its fall/winter cocktail menu this week and offered Apartment613 a sneak peek. So I decided to take one for the team and allowed bar manager and cocktail connoisseur Veronique Savoie to ply me with her poisons last Wednesday night. While V, as she prefers to be called, admits Social is not one of Ottawa’s top cocktail bars – like Ace Mercado or Union 613 – it has long offered its customers a... | Continue reading article

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Beau’s Oktoberfest: Beer + Food + Music = Success for local charities

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Beau's Oktoberfest Mix Pack available at select LCBOs. Photo from Beau's All Natural Facebook Page. All other photos by Jordan Duff.Beau's Oktoberfest Mix Pack available at select LCBOs. Photo from Beau's All Natural Facebook Page. All other photos by Jordan Duff.

Vankleek Hill, a small beautiful community an hour east of Ottawa, was the place to be this past weekend as 14,000 attendees experienced Beau’s Brewery 6th annual Oktoberfest. For those unfamiliar with this German-inspired, beer-soaked celebration, it dates back to October 12, 1810, when the German Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese. They threw one heck of a party and invited all of Munich to join them and, as it was an open-bar, they obliged. Munich has kept the annual tradition alive and the party has been emulated all over... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup + Beach House giveaway

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Still from Forever Still, a film featuring Beach House. Photo from beachhousebaltimore.com.Still from Forever Still, a film featuring Beach House. Photo from beachhousebaltimore.com.

Welcome to the greatest month of the year (please forgive my personal bias)! Apples, pumpkins, leaves, layers, and Halloween! But let’s not get ahead of ourselves – there is a ton of awesome events happening this weekend. A great start to a great month! This weekend is launch weekend for Support Local, a month long festival of art, culture, food, music, beer, and all around local awesomeness. With over 75 participants, including restaurants, shops, and our homegrown artists, this month is chock full of fun things to do and see,... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Ministry of Coffee are doing things differently – and it’s working

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Alex (left) and Fadi of The Ministry of Coffee. Photo by Amanda Armstrong.Alex (left) and Fadi of The Ministry of Coffee. Photo by Amanda Armstrong.

Gray and raining, it was the perfect cafe day when I met with Alex and Fadi, co-owners of The Ministry of Coffee. The coffee shop was chalked full of coffee lovers – on laptops, with notebooks, in discussion with friends – as we sat with sky blue mugs filled with coffee. “Is this an AeroPress?” Fadi asks Alex after taking a sip. “And she is drinking?” Yirgacheffe Konga Alex replies. You can tell they both live coffee and that the shop is, really, a product of this passion. Both Alex... | Continue reading article

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Beyond the Pale hosts screening of new doc exploring Ontario’s archaic liquor laws

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Photo by dugspr on Flickr.Photo by dugspr on Flickr.

With the popularity of craft beer exploding across the capital, not to mention everywhere else, a new film exploring Ontario’s archaic liquor distribution laws is sure to get micro broupies fired up when it makes its Ottawa debut Thursday. The independent documentary called Straight Up: The issue of alcohol in Ontario, seeks to answer tough questions like: “Why can’t we open a craft beer store of our own?” and “Why does the Ontario government allow three foreign-owned companies to operate a near monopoly on 80 per cent of the beer... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: It’s Oktoberfest everyday with Brew Donkey

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Photo courtesy of the Old Mill at Ashton websitePhoto courtesy of the Old Mill at Ashton website

What are you doing right now? Maybe you’re at work with way too much to do, inside your home with a lengthy list of chores, or drowning in debt with little money to throw down on an activity that isn’t listed on Groupon. We all have a million reasons for being stuck in the house, but once in a while we have to remember to shut off that computer, turn off the tv, and step into the outside world. I’m always looking to discover new ways to entertain myself in... | Continue reading article

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One Door Closes, One Opens – Central Bierhaus takes over Irish Pub in Kanata

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Photo courtesy of the Central Bierhaus Facebook PagePhoto courtesy of the Central Bierhaus Facebook Page

Think back to your younger years to that bar everyone would tend to gravitate to on a Friday or Saturday night. As a “kid” (I use that term loosely) who grew up in Kanata, my go-to spot was O’Connor’s Irish Pub. It was Kanata’s iconic bar, although most of my memories of O’Cons (as we usually referred to it) are admittedly hazy. On the day it was officially announced that O’Connor’s was closed for good, it felt like the end of an era. With one door closing, another one always... | Continue reading article

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Muskoka Brewery tap-to-table tasting at HPH

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Morning frost in Muskoka. Photo from Muskoka Cottage Brewery Facebook page. All other photos by Amanda Armstrong.Morning frost in Muskoka. Photo from Muskoka Cottage Brewery Facebook page. All other photos by Amanda Armstrong.

Beer lovers may be familiar with Muskoka Brewery’s Detour, a dry-hopped IPA. The six-pack design boasts a vibrant teal cartoon map reminiscent of those available at provincial parks. Both the eye-catching design and the name promise an enjoyable and leisurely drink, one that led me off the beaten path and in the right direction. I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to meet Gary McMullen, the founder and head brewer of Muskoka Brewery, over a delicious pairing of food and beer at the Hintonburg Public House recently. The... | Continue reading article

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Local craft beer explosion seems unstoppable

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Photo from brewdonkey.ca.Photo from brewdonkey.ca.

It seems like we’ve been writing about the explosion of the craft beer industry in Ottawa for quite some time now. And with new entries to Ottawa’s already strong list of breweries being announced each year, it doesn’t seem to be abetting any time soon. Excitement for the potential of the scene seemed to start bubbling up around the establishment of Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co. in 2006. Despite not being based anywhere near the city limits, Beau’s benefitted from being among the first craft brewers to serve the National... | Continue reading article

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A Film About Coffee premieres at The Mayfair

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Have you ever thought about how far your single long espresso, your vanilla latte, or your large medium in an extra large cup has to travel before the barista passes it to you over the bar each morning? At Bridgehead, a sense of connection has always been encouraged, between the coffee lover and the farms where their coffee comes from. Committed to more than just high quality coffee – they are conscientious of their impact on the environment, support small-scale farmers, and embrace Fair-Trade Certified and organic certified products. This... | Continue reading article

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