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National Capital Craft Beer Week is an easy sell

By Ryan Saxby Hill on August 9, 2012

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 recently-retired Ron Eade the food editor for the Ottawa Citizen. The main draw will be a line-up of beer and food tastings that you can purchase with festival tickets. Local favourite, Kichisippi is participating as well as newbie Ottawa-based brewer Broadhead.

The festival isn’t restricted to Marion Dewar park. The Hintonburg Public House is hosting a fun series – including a Muskoka Brewery Feast and a night of bowling with fruit and vegetables, where you can win both bragging rights and some Kichisippi swag. If you were looking for another excuse to use that Oktoberfest mug from last year you should certainly not miss the bring-your-own beer drinking vessel night, where you can take your favourite stein out on the town.

The Wellington Gastropub is doing a Sunday afternoon tasting of 10 craft beers for $50 and the Brother’s Beer Bistro will be doing a five course tasting menu. Pretty much every brewery in the capital will be offering tours, so if you have been hoping to check on out, this is your chance.

We’ve got a bunch of individual events in the Apartment613 event calendar and you can find all the details on events, tickets and such online at the Craft Beer Week website.