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Le Festibière D’Hiver now serving Ontario brews

By Jean McLernon on January 24, 2015

Winter is a hard time to get warm in Ottawa, so Winter Beerfest (known as Festibière) has joined together with the Museum of History to offer over 100 craft beers and gourmet appetizers to aid in the process.

On January 30 and 31st Le Festibière D’Hiver will host some of Quebec’s best microbreweries for the fourth annual Winter Beerfest. This is the first year they open their doors to local company Beau’s, which has worked diligently over the last 8 years to release their beer as widely as possible. Being able to sell in La Belle Province is huge for the Vankleek company and they’re releasing their products into the Quebec market in February, with Festibière as their celebratory launch to that effect. Hopefully they have some of their renowned seasonal beers on hand.

This is a big step for Festibière to include an Ontario brand. They have typically limited their microbrews to those based in Quebec. With the addition of Beau’s they may be more willing to include other local Ontario microbreweries. In their initial press release, General Manager Michael O’Farrell was quoted as saying “More and more of our neighbours from Ontario are attending the Beerfest. It is therefore natural for us to offer a selection of their beers. We can’t ignore the great variety and quality of the products found right on the other side of the river!”

Festibière has also made some additions to their programming as well as beer selection. They have a smattering of local musicians and talent for entertainment and a new self-serve beer station called the Randall for those with adventurous taste buds. Still not warm enough? Good thing there will be a giant bonfire overlooking the amazing view of Parliament to snuggle up in. Chef Martin de Board, head chef for the museum will have his team on hand serving delectable gourmet appetizers that pair perfectly with the beer selections.

Le Festibiere D’Hiver is happening Januaray 30 and 31, 2015. Doors open at 5pm. Advance tickets ($10) can be purchased until January 29th here and at the Museum of History’s box office. Tickets will also be available at the door for $15. Those wishing to bus to the event can ride the STO for free upon presentation of their ticket.