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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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Introducing Apt613′s Beer Club: Live chat with Ottawa’s 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. On Tuesday, June 25 from 7pm to 8pm we will be hosting a 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.... | Continue reading article

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Your friendly guide to surviving an LCBO strike

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There’s a distinct possibility that Ontarians will be waking up Friday morning to the LCBO’s first strike in its 87-year history. And given it’s the Victoria Day long weekend, the timing of the looming labour stoppage — unless you’re among the 95 percent of LCBO employees who’ve voted in favour of a strike mandate — couldn’t be worse. Thankfully, if a strike does come to pass, thirsty Ottawans won’t be without options. Here are five handy ways to keep yourself hydrated during the coming dry spell. Microbreweries Over the past... | Continue reading article

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Video of the week: Coffee cupping competition

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Last month, a team from Bridgehead traveled down to Guatemala to visit the sources of their coffees. They traveled throughout the countryside, meeting growers and visiting cooperatives. One of the highlights? A cupping competition to determine the best coffees produced by CODECH, an umbrella cooperative that represents 300+ farmers in rural Huehuetanango. Here, we get a glimpse into the wonderful world of cupping – coffee beans are ground, brewed, smelled, tasted, spit out and analysed by judges. Some of the best end up here in our city – that medium... | Continue reading article

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Best cocktails in Ottawa

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I transplanted here from New York in July 2012 and I have a confession to make. In my first few months in Ottawa I dragged my partner into various random places (often on Elgin St.) for a drink, and then complained that, “no one in this town knows how to make a proper Negroni!”  He would simply roll his eyes and tell me not to say that too loudly. Yes, I know it sounds a little pretentious and obnoxious, but it seemed to be the sad, honest truth.  Part of... | Continue reading article

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Coffee Geeks meet at the Canadian Brewers Cup & Cup Tasters

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I’m a bit of a coffee geek. While on vacation I plan visits to roasters. I consider a half pound bag of coffee to be a valid souvenir and we ditched the electric coffee machine in favour of pour-over and AeroPress brewers at our house long ago. I am, however, NOTHING compared to the coffee experts who will descend upon the Bridgehead Roastery this weekend for the Canadian Brewers Cup & Cup Tasters events. This is a competition where baristas and coffee tasters get to show of their respective skills.... | Continue reading article

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A Completely Sober Review of St. Paddy’s Day at the Clocktower Pub in Westboro

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What’s the most rational thing to do on St. Paddy’s Day for a guy who doesn’t drink and doesn’t fight? Go to a gastro-pub and listen to rowdy Irish music, obviously. The last time I celebrated St. Patrick’s Day was in St. John’s, where my night was a blur of green beer, green hats, free Miller t-shirts (because Irish) and two bars (I’m guessing on that last one). Of course, one of the fun parts about March 17th is that, when done right, you can never accurately compare this year’s... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: searching for Ottawa’s finest Caesar

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Sometimes, here at Apartment613, we’ve got to take on tough assignments. For the sake of our discerning readers, we’ve previously had to taste all the pizza, drink all the coffee and eat all the cupcakes. It’s not war reporting, but still, think of the calories. Anyways, this past weekend, the Hintonburg Public House invited us to judge their first annual Caesar contest. They assembled five cocktail enthusiasts and a whole bunch of Clamato juice for a Sunday evening of Caesars. The winning drink for the night came from the HPH’s own bartender,... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa gets WinterBrewed

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Photos taken with Samsung Galaxy camera, courtesy of Francois Levesque.Photos taken with Samsung Galaxy camera, courtesy of Francois Levesque.

Judging by yesterday’s turnout at WinterBrewed, Ottawa’s insatiable appetite for all things craft beer related hasn’t dissipated over the winter months. Or perhaps people are just yearning for those summer days when you can’t leave your house without tripping over an outdoor music and food festival. Either way, thousands of people came out to sample craft beers from Ottawa and beyond this weekend. WinterBrewed is the first winter craft beer festival to be held in the downtown core (though it isn’t the first in the NCR), and this one is... | Continue reading article

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BREAKING NEWS: Imperial Food and Beverage is closed

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The brunch you can no longer have by Jo Stockton from the Apartment613 Flickr GroupThe brunch you can no longer have by Jo Stockton from the Apartment613 Flickr Group

Apartment613 has confirmed that the Imperial restaurant on Bank street is now closed. According to owner Chris Edwards “they were unable to reach an agreement” with their landlord, forcing him to close the business. Our understanding is that the building is owned by the same folks as Barrymore’s. We’ve contacted them for a comment and we’ll be updating this story with any new information as we have it. Without a restaurant to run, Chris says that he’s planning to take a bit of time off now and perhaps do some... | Continue reading article

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