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The Great Ottawa Beer Guide: 2013 Edition

Last August, Apartment613 ran its first ever local beer guide complete with a handy custom Google map to help people find Ottawa’s most important beer landmarks. Since then, the explosion of craft beer in Ottawa has continued unabated. In one short year, Ottawa has added several new breweries and brewpubs. Keeping our readers’ best interests […]

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Ode to Ottawa Craft Beer Week

Lightweight as I am, it’s not difficult to get me to appreciate anything after a drink or two. The term your mind is probably conjuring up is “cheap drunk,” and while we can list the pros and cons of this phenomena—I interrupt with news: quality craft beer sits well in my inexperienced belly, and I […]

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Foodie Friday: Terrific tacos at El Camino

Post by Adria May and Ryan Saxby Hill, Senior Taco Correspondents When we arrived at El Camino, Chef Carmichael’s new taco joint, the place was packed and there was a line up at the take-out window. We didn’t recall a place having such high energy on a Wednesday night on Elgin street in quite a […]

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Apt613 BeerClub: Chat with your favourite local breweries!

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, […]

Your friendly guide to surviving an LCBO strike

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 — […]

Video of the week: Coffee cupping competition

[vimeo width=”600″ height=”450″][/vimeo] 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. […]

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Best cocktails in Ottawa

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 […]

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Coffee Geeks meet at the Canadian Brewers Cup & Cup Tasters

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 […]

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Foodie Friday: searching for Ottawa’s finest Caesar

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 […]

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Ottawa gets WinterBrewed

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 […]