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The Great Ottawa Beer Guide

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Are you a fan of craft breweries? Microbrasseries? Brew pubs? Beer in general? Then think of this article as a scavenger hunt for the National Capital Region beer aficionado. Despite all the back-to-school sales and frosh week prep going on, there is still some summer left and hunting down a quality pint is a good way to spend it. In honour of National Capital Craft Beer Week, we’ve assembled a list of local destinations for discerning beer fanatics. This list is a pastiche of beer landmarks across the National Capital... | Continue reading article

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National Capital Craft Beer Week is an easy sell

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Ottawa embraces its beer. The growth of our local breweries and the proliferation of local beers on tap at great restaurants keeps us all drinking something fun, unusual and local. This month you’ll have a chance to celebrate this beer culture in the capital with National Capital Craft Beer week, taking place August 10 to 18. There festival features a main-stage at City Hall, where you can take in music entertainment, including two of my personal favourites – the Fiftymen and Dry river Caravan. There will be speakers on beer-related topics, including... | Continue reading article

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Au Café Show adds a spoonful of drama to your coffee

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A new coffee shop infusing a little theatre into its lattes recently opened its doors at 161 Promenade du Portage in front of the Portage IV Complex in Hull. This humongous coffee shop, once home to Presse Café, provides a warm and enjoyable setting to unwind and enjoy theatrical shows while serving local products. “We noticed the lack of venues in the region and, since we like the atmosphere of a coffee shop, we decided to combine the two,” said co-owner Fredéric Jobin. Both owners studied theatre at the University... | Continue reading article

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327 Wine Bar: Somerset’s newest classy addition

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The mysterious closing of Benitz Bistro down on Somerset last year brought disappointed sighs from around the city. For Tim Barton and Brad Henderson, though, that close resulted in one of their biggest opportunities to date: opening their own restaurant. But things are never as easy as they sound – from the start, this duo had a challenge ahead. When they walked into the space for the first time, it was set up just as it was when Benitz was actually open – dinner plates, cutlery, glasses all impeccably laid... | Continue reading article

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Apartment613 Live: Two Shows for the Price of None!

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Apt613 Live is dropping two new shows this week. On the first, we play some music from this year’s Bluesfest, Karen interviews Greg Searle from Harvest Noir, the guys behind 327 Wine Bar on Somerset. And we do it all without the guiding hands or smooth sultry voices of Ryan or Trevor. Despite our impediments, we prevail, delivering wacky humour and informative, earnest discussion. Download the MP3 here. On the second, this week’s edition, Ryan, Karen and Jared talk to Catherine Langois from Sandbanks Winery, the Burlesque Assassins, Coffee with... | Continue reading article

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Wellington Gastro Pub: The stairway to culinary heaven

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As you open the door of The Wellington Gastropub you will be presented with a set of stairs. They will take you not only to the second floor dining room, but also to the height of culinary delight in Ottawa. Open for five years now, the Gastropub at 1325 Wellington Street West continues to be among the best restaurants in Ottawa. The food, service and décor are three reasons many respect and recognize the Gastropub. Once inside you’ll notice the beautiful natural colours which decorate the trendy dining room and bar.... | Continue reading article

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Bridgehead’s New Roastery: Willy Wonka for the Coffee Geek

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From left to right--Gina Becker, Linda Kruuz, Ian Clark, Kevin Lake, Tracey Clark, and Cliff HansenFrom left to right--Gina Becker, Linda Kruuz, Ian Clark, Kevin Lake, Tracey Clark, and Cliff Hansen

During my extensive research for this article, I stumbled upon this clip from 1971’s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. In the clip, the children are welcomed into the factory by a strange and rather morally ambiguous Gene Wilder. Now, I would contend, and I think anyone who has toured any candy factory, that this scene is somewhat removed from reality. I once toured the now-no-more Hershey’s factory in Smiths Falls, and at the time I was struck by the lack of whimsy, majesty and creepy men singing “come with... | Continue reading article

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Hitting the Taps at Big Rig Brewery

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It’s a good time to be a craft beer lover in the Ottawa region. Beau’s has quickly grown from fledgling start-up to local craft beer institution. Brasseurs du Temps, a Gatineau brew pub, opened its doors in 2009 and, if you’re willing to make a pilgrimage across the river, you’ll get to experience a number of fine brews. It wasn’t long ago that word arrived of two new local upstarts, Kichesippi and Hogsback. Both have now found their base and are beginning to embark upon interesting paths. Just last year, Mill Street... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Dreaming of a new Rideau St., good news for beer lovers, and lots more!

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Rideau Street is about to get dug up and the construction will last until the end of next Summer. While this is being done to replace old water pipes and even older sewers, it’s also an opportunity to fix the street and make it hipper as Councillor Mathieu Fleury says. The Citizen’s David Reevely took a stroll down Rideau St. with Fleury to see the good, the bad and the what could be of Rideau. We’re getting another festival this Summer and I think many of you will be excited... | Continue reading article

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Festibière de Gatineau: bigger is better

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What a difference a year made between  the first and second editions of Gatineau’s Festibière. While last year’s edition was a resounding success, “it’s much bigger this year,” explained Monsieur Guy Blain, founder and chef at L’Orée du bois in Chelsea. The number of kiosks increased from 32 to 63, doubling in size. This means there’s a lot more choice. Unfortunately, due to provincial liquor laws, don’t expect local breweries like Beau’s or Kichesippi to be present (I really wonder if someone’s working on fixing this issue). Festibière is a... | Continue reading article

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