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High Five! Dominion City Brewing Co. turns five—09.07.19

By Jordan Duff on September 6, 2019

Dominion City Brewing Co. has come a long way in their first 5 years.

As another school year returns, the feeling that “they grow up so fast” hits us all. Especially when we realize Beacon Hill’s sweet baby, Dominion City Brewing Co., is turning 5!

The socially-conscious company was one of the first breweries to set up in Ottawa’s east-end and has since successfully grown its brew house, staff and distribution. Their hazy Sunsplit IPA is on tap across the city and the brewery’s new treehouse-patio is a refuge for parents recovering from the emotional rollercoaster of Shefford Fields kids’ soccer games.

To celebrate the half-a-decade of successful business, the brewery is throwing a party at the shop. On Saturday, September 7 the High Five anniversary event will celebrate the successes of the last 5 years, the people involved in the business and the partnerships the brewery has built locally.

Of course, no celebration would be complete without beer. DCBC is releasing 3 specialty beers for the party:

All Colours Imperial Stout: Brewed with Ren Navarro from Beer. Diversity., a portion of the proceeds support the Dominion City Beer. Diversity. Scholarship at Niagara College. The first scholarship brewer, Garrett Saulis, joined the team this month!

Safer Shores IPA: A collaboration beer brewed with partners through Ottawa’s refugee sector, a portion of the proceeds support welcoming services for refugee claimants in Ottawa through Matthew House and Carty House.

Canada Gose on Concord Grape: This popular beer is making a return. Proceeds will help the Gloucester Emergency Food Cupboard that feeds more than 20,000 people who rely on their resources every year.

But there’s so much more food and beer to be enjoyed at the party. Food vendors will include Abuela, The Birch Bite, Holly’s Hot Chicken, Eldon’s, Falafel Guys, Culture Kombucha, Moo Shu Ice Cream and Seed to Sausage.

Aside from Dominion’s offerings, they’ve got beer from (*takes a deep breath*) Brasserie Dunham, Indie Ale House brewing, Bellwoods Brewery, Sonnen Hill, Burdock, Revel Cider, Sawdust City Brewing Company, Barncat Artisinal Ales, Fairweather Brewing and Godspeed Brewery.

The party kicks off Saturday at noon (join them for a 5 or 10km run!) and runs until 8pm. The dog-friendly/family-friendly event will also have a bike parking lot and a Refugee 613-hosted human library. So, aside from your hunger, bring your babies, fur-babies, fixies and conversation.

To see how the company, and Josh’s beard, have grown, check out their Kickstarter video from five years ago.

Congrats to the brewery on 5 years of amazing beer and amazing community involvement! They have set a high standard for what a local brewery should strive for.


Dominion City Brewing Co. is located at 15-5510 Canotek Road. In addition to their tree house patio, they’ve got the parking lot and soccer field at Shefford Park licensed for the day. Celebrate on September 7 from 12-8pm with free admission, but you’re invited to bring a donation for Gloucester Emergency Food Cupboard. There’s plenty of parking around, but if you’re planning to drink please don’t plan to drive!