By Nicole Irvine
We’re beginning to reach a lull in Ottawa’s music festival season. My favourite festivals, Bluesfest, Dragonboat Festival, and Jazzfest are behind us now, and CityFolk is still another month or so away. Even the thought of travelling for festivals makes my wallet hurt, so those aren’t even an option. Whatever will we do to pass the time!
Alex Lanthier, Marketing Manager for Mill Street, says, “there is such natural synergy between Canadian indie music and local craft beer that we wanted to see the two come together on our turf. We have such a unique space to work [with] at our Ottawa brewpub. It’s a 140-year-old building, right by the river.”
With Canadian indie music being a very important part of that synergy, Dine Alone Records stopped at nothing to program some of the best artists they have to offer. On the bill August 12 are The Sheepdogs, Wintersleep, and Public Animal. Meanwhile, August 13 showcases Monster Truck and The Glorious Sons. Most of these bands are no strangers to Ottawa, having toured here within months or a few years. Which tells us what we already know – they are going to be absolutely unreal in this space.
The event will feature a delicious menu of gourmet picnic food, “inspired by the San Antonio culinary scene,” in addition to the stacked lineup of 15 Mill Street beers.
I’m most excited about a new Mill Street beer being crafted for this event. Bearing the festival’s name, ‘Hopped and Confused’ is a white IPA inspired by a recent west coast vacation brewmaster Joel Manning took. “The combination of bright citrusy west coast hop varieties combined with the floral flavours or European hops give it a very cosmopolitan flavour – ours is made with five hop varieties from four countries. This beer is made with pale malted barley and pale wheat malt so it lives up to its ‘white’ IPA label.”
In other words, this might be a perfect beer to pair with a summer music festival. Light, hoppy, and citrusy, packing a serious punch as the night goes on (7% abv).
I don’t know about you, but I’ll be there – beer in hand, forgetting that there was any such thing as a festival lull in the first place. Hopped and Confused is an exciting addition to the Ottawa festival scene, and will surely add some excitement to the dog days of August.
Hopped and Confused is at the Mill Street Brew Pub (555 Wellington St) August 12 & 13, opening at 5pm both days. Tickets are available online. $35 for one night or $55 for the two-night pass.