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Five great craft beers – and where to drink them

By Steve Fitzpatrick on May 6, 2015

This content originally appeared in Scene, a free newsprint prologue to the National Arts Centre’s Ontario Scene Festival. Scene was created collaboratively by Guerilla, Apt613, and Herd Magazine.

With memories of the Rideau Canal ice skating long behind us and summer still a ways off, residents and visitors to Ottawa have some time on their hands. So, after working up a thirst at Ontario Scene events, why not have a well-crafted pint? Here are five delicious ones to taste and five great places to taste them.

Beyond The Pale’s Pink Fuzz – at Union 613 (315 Somerset West)

If you’re lucky enough to find a seat in the speakeasy (ask for it!), you can help yourself to Beyond The Pale’s famous grapefruit spiced Pink Fuzz. Grab a plate of southern cooking, have a sip of this assertive and citrus-laden beauty, and be thankful we don’t live in the prohibition era.

Beau’s Tom Green Milk Stout – at The Manx (370 Elgin)

Do you like being cosy? Do you like great beer and delicious food? Oh, good! This luxurious milk stout and its smooth notes of chocolate and biscotti pair perfectly with the Manx’s famous potato wedges. Enjoy a great brew in an Ottawa institution.

Dominion City’s Earl Gray Marmalade Saison – at Brothers Beer Bistro (366 Dalhousie)

If you want a cultured and modern craft beer experience, head into the Byward Market to Brothers Beer Bistro and tie on an Earl Gray Marmalade Saison. The citrus and earthy notes from this effervescent beauty would make Paddington himself proud.

Ashton Brewing Company’s Session Ale – at Quinn’s Ale House (1070 Bank)

Quinn’s is a homey pub just a stone’s throw away from the historic Rideau Canal and is owned by the Ashton family themselves. Get comfy and enjoy this flavourful quaffer in the company of your finest friends and some scrumptious pub fare.

Thursday Cask – at Wellington Gastropub (1325 Wellington West)

Are you a risk taker? Good, we are too, so we’ll let you in on a little secret: the Wellington Gastropub taps a new cask every Thursday. Enjoy their amazing food and roll the dice—the finest casks grace their bar and you will not be disappointed with a foray into traditionally served and naturally carbonated beer.

Steve Fitzpatrick is a co-founder and regular contributor over at BrewBrahs.com, where they talk about everything beer.