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Beau’s NooBroo is available today!

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Margaret Atwood and Graeme Gibson at Pelee Island Bird Observatory. Photo by Jane Alexander.Margaret Atwood and Graeme Gibson at Pelee Island Bird Observatory. Photo by Jane Alexander.

Gearing up for this year’s SESSION Craft Beer Festival, part of Ontario Craft Beer Week, Beau’s collaborated with esteemed Canadian authors, Margaret Atwood and Graeme Gibson on a delicious NooBroo. I had the pleasure of chatting with Beau’s co-founder, Steve Beauchesne, about how such a collaboration came to be. After winning the collaboration contest at last year’s festival with The Tom Green Beer, Beau’s had set the bar pretty high. Wanting to work with great Canadian talent, but of a different feather, the idea to work with Margaret Atwood arrived... | Continue reading article

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The 4th annual Bad Suit Pub Crawl is on tonight!

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Photo from Bad Suit Pub Crawl Facebook page.Photo from Bad Suit Pub Crawl Facebook page.

Prom dresses, 80’s office attire and a fair share of bad suits will be making their way down Elgin Street on April 26 to celebrate Ottawa’s fourth annual Bad Suit Pub Crawl. Groups of sober strangers put on terrible outfits and stop by pub after pub, transforming into drunken friends, still looking just as awful. All of these efforts go towards raising money for the Canadian Cancer Society. Participants are expected to contribute $2.40 each or an empty case of beer. “Instead, people (usually) hand me $20’s and $50’s,” says... | Continue reading article

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Brewery Market kicks off season with Drink of Dreams

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Photo from brewerymarket.com.Photo from brewerymarket.com.

This Saturday April 26th, the Brewery Market kicks off the 2014 season with their first event of the year, Drink of Dreams. This will be the event’s third year in the city. From its noble (hops) beginning in Toronto in 2011, they took off in Ottawa the following year, thanks to Taralyn Carver. They packed 10 breweries, 4 food vendors, live music, and thousands of people into a tiny parking lot in Hintonburg. By 2013, it had expanded into several large events held at Parkdale Park. This year, the Brewery... | Continue reading article

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Welcome to the food circus – eat, drink, SPRING

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Photo by Denis Drever.Photo by Denis Drever.

Ringmaster: “Ladies and Gentlemen, Children of all ages- well legal age, welcome to the Greatest Show on Earth. Welcome to the circus! You are about to take part in a fulfilling day of sipping and nibbling. Exciting, and fantastic features all on display before your very eyes. From the far corners of your municipality the Ottawa Wine and Food Festival takes much pride in presenting – Eat Drink SPRING! [the sound of applauding] Look around. See the sparkle in everyone’s eyes. For one day and one day only we invite... | Continue reading article

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Dominion City Brewing gets off to a great (kick) start

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Dominion City Brewing

Long left out in the cold of the current craft beer revolution (for the most part, anyway), Ottawa’s east end is finally getting its own craft brewery. Dominion City Brewing Company is set to open this year on Canotek Road, and as an east-ender and beer lover, I’m really excited to try their brews. If you’re as excited as I am, you can help the brewery get on its feet during their current Kickstarter campaign. The folks behind the company are trying to raise $15,000 to bring their vision to... | Continue reading article

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WinterBrewed 2014: Less brrr, more beer!

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Photo by Pam Culver on flickrPhoto by Pam Culver on flickr

In the winter of 2013, craft beer lovers braved a possible polar vortex (the term hadn’t been popularized yet, so who knows?) to sample some tasty brews at WinterBrewed, a beer-themed Winterlude spinoff event on Sparks Street. And it was cold out. Really cold. While the atmosphere was mostly jubilant, likely owing to the warming effects of the beer, organizers saw room for improvement. After WinterBrewed founder JP Fournier witnessed attendees drinking beer in less-than-optimal circumstances, he decided that a move to a warmer venue was necessary for 2014. “By the end... | Continue reading article

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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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Photo by jim crossley on flickrPhoto by jim crossley on flickr

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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