Friday is Valentine’s Day, a day of romance. And coming together this Valentine’s Day are two of the world’s most sensual foods: beer and doughnuts, courtesy of Calabogie Brewing.
Launching Friday is their Maple Amber Ale with roasted coffee beans, maple syrup and doughnuts — Drinkin’ Donut Ale. This fun group effort is a collaboration between Calabogie Brewing, Ridge Rock Brewing and Suzy Q Doughnuts.
Calabogie and Ridge Rock breweries were natural partners since Ridge Rock’s Head Brewmaster Jamie Maxwell was a brewer at Calabogie and since his departure has kept close with his former brewery. Once the two brewery’s settled on a doughnut beer, Calabogie’s Sales and Events Coordinator Lindsey Osborne insisted on Suzy Q. “When we decided to incorporate doughnuts I knew we had to partner with Suzy Q, because they’re the quintessential Ottawa doughnut and, of course, are incredibly delicious,” said Osborne.
The inspiration for the beer is the classic Canadian pairing of a maple doughnut and morning coffee. The recommended doughnut-pairing is Suzy Q’s Maple Bacon Doughnut, which will be available at both breweries along with the limited collab brew Friday.
The beer was brewed with real coffee and maple syrup and Suzy Q doughnuts added to the mash. Unrelated aside: still more doughnuts, and presumably coffee, were also consumed by the staff throughout the brewday. Craft beer and artisanal pastries is a loving marriage.
Furthering the Valentine’s Day theme, a portion of every keg sold will go to support the Ottawa Heart Institute. Because hearts. The beer will be sold through limited licensees on draught and available at the breweries in crowlers/growlers for take-home. Once it’s gone, it’s gone.