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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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Waller St. Brewing brings “free-market alternative” beer to Rideau Street

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Photo from wallerst.ca.Photo from wallerst.ca.

Post by Karie Dufour. There was a time when The Beer Store was not the private multinational corporation it is today, but rather a cooperative of Ontario brewers. The Brewers Warehousing Company Ltd., established in 1927 following prohibition, was created to protect local breweries and owned by every brewer in the province. Waller St. Brewing hopes to bring back that post-prohibition flavour to Ottawa’s craft beer scene. It will open later this summer in the basement of 14 Waller, the home of Lunenburg Pub and The Loft Board Game Lounge.... | Continue reading article

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East India Company meets Beyond the Pale

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All photos by Cassandra Granata.All photos by Cassandra Granata.

A few weeks back I stumbled across a simple tweet Beer Pairing Dinner – East India Company and Beyond the Pale (June 17, 2014) and it immediately caught my attention. Without hesitation I bought two tickets. The idea of a beer pairing dinner along side Indian food seemed so unique to me that I had to see what it was all about; plus I felt like it was a great way to kick off my birthday week! Although who am I kidding, I’d say, “YES!” to any kind of food... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Beer cocktails – the best of both worlds

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Photo from Brothers Beer Bistro website.Photo from Brothers Beer Bistro website.

Beer before liquor – never been sicker. But what about beer and liquor? And juice, and bitters, and grenadine, and cordial, and muddled fruit, and herbs and garnish? Umm, the perfect patio beverage for both lager lovers and anti-ale types on a hot summer afternoon. Now I’m not gonna lie, a few beer cocktails may knock you on your ass but I promise it’ll be worth it. The first time I had a beer cocktail was my 32nd birthday. About a dozen friends joined me at the now defunct Exchange... | Continue reading article

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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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