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 Market has a new location – Hintonburg Park, located at the corner of Fairmont Avenue and Duhamel Street.
The Brewery Market has a similar feel to a farmer’s market – only with beer. Folks can come out and enjoy great beer, while having the opportunity to chat with the breweries that produce these great beers and learn about the different styles and ingredients that the breweries are influenced by.
So far, over 30 different breweries have been featured at the Brewery Market; the lineup often changing to showcase new breweries. The market has included both well-known breweries like Mill St. and Beau’s, as well as local craft breweries like Beyond the Pale, Broadhead, and Cassel. This time around, the Brewery Market will be pouring beers from four different Ottawa-area breweries; Big Rig Brewery, Clocktower Brew Pub, Kichesippi, and, newcomer, Covered Bridge Brewing.
The breweries are bringing along countless great brews. Kichesippi will be revealing their newest beer, Heller Highwater, at the event. Big Rig’s new keg trailer will be stocked with a black pepper saison, amongst other delights. And I have heard that Covered Bridge’s Bridge Over the River “Chai” is superb.
What goes better with great beer than great food? The Brewery Market has you covered. Food will also be provided by Stone Soup Foodworks and the Clocktower. Harvey and Vern’s will also be serving up sodas.
Admission to the Brewery Market is free and 12 ounce servings of beer and food are available for purchase. Proceeds go to support Ottawa Riverkeeper, a grassroots charity whose aim is to “protect, promote and improve the health and future of the Ottawa River and its tributaries” (Ottawa Riverkeeper, 2005). After all, to make great beer, you need great ingredients.
The event will go on rain or shine, so be prepared to throw on some rainboots and bring an umbrella in case of soggy weather! Having been to the Brewery Market in the pouring rain, I can attest that the rain does little to dampen the fun.