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CAPITAL PINT: The Ultimate Beer Run

This article was originally published in the May 2015 print edition of Ottawa Magazine

The region is frothing over with breweries. Jordan Duff sips his way through the city — and beyond — to gather all the info you need to map out a year’s worth of suds-driven tours

Kichesippi Beer Co. Photo by Sean Sisk

Kichesippi Beer Co. Photo by Sean Sisk

Just a few short years ago, Ottawa was home to a mere handful of breweries and brew pubs. Today we have more than two dozen, with still more on the horizon before the year is out. We’re living in the golden age, my friends! This is a fantastic time for craft beer nerds and casual beer fans alike. And if you can’t find a personal favourite brew at your regular watering hole, visit the source to stock up. Seeing the magic happen at the brewery and talking beer with the owners is always a good decision.

Beyond the Pale Brewing Co.       
Ottawa’s hippest brewery continues to churn out exciting experimental brews to complement their mainstays of Pink Fuzz, Rye Guy, and Darkness. I hope you’re thirsty, because their upcoming move to City Centre will include an increase in production from a 3½-barrel system to a 15-barrel system. Try it: If you’re lucky enough to visit the brewery when a barrel-aged treat is available, don’t hesitate! 5 Hamilton Ave. N., 613-695-2991. beyondthepale.ca.

Bicycle Craft Brewery  
Passionate owners Fariborz and Laura Behzadi are the creative force behind one of the city’s newest breweries, where they apply their combined skills of art and science to a wide variety of brews. Try it: Ask for Base Camp Oatmeal Porter if you’re wanting a medium-bodied dark delight — or be pleasantly surprised by their delicious one-offs. 850 Industrial Ave., 613-408-3326. bicyclecraftbrewery.ca.

Big Rig Brewery      
Big Rig has recently become Bigger Rig, with a second brew pub opening in the east end at Gloucester Centre and a Kanata production facility in the works. The latter will collaborate with other small local breweries to create some liquid gold. Try it: Keep your head up while shopping at the LCBO — their award-winning Black IPA will soon be available. 2750 Iris St., 1980 Ogilvie Rd., 103 Schneider Rd. bigrigbrew.com.

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CAPITAL PINT: Seasonal suds brewing this autumn

BY TRAVIS PERSAUD

This article originally appeared in the October 2014 print edition of Ottawa Magazine.

Sweater season is here. This means not only a wardrobe transition but also a shift in what you’ll find on tap. This past summer was dominated by craft breweries releasing session ales, which are lighter beers that are full of flavour but pack less alcohol punch, making them more palatable (not to mention safer to down an armful of bottles under the hot summer sun). By contrast, this fall were are seeing more and more options that are richer and more full-bodied than their summertime siblings. Here, a look at what the locals are brewing this autumn.

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BEER: It’s what’s for dinner!

This article is part of the Ottawa Magazine 2014 Eating & Drinking Guide,  on newsstands now until Spring 2015.

By TRAVIS PERSAUD

It’s time to give beer centre stage on your dining table. Instead of grabbing something from the Vintages section tonight, wander over a few aisles to see what’s brewing. The beer section at the LCBO features creative styles packaged with sharing in mind. Here, a primer on great sharing bottles to get your evening started right.

CAPITAL PINT: Clocktower Brew Pub, Ellis Valentine, and bubble gum beer

CAPITAL PINT: Beau’s LCBO brewery feature

CAPITAL PINT: Beyond the Pale gets more barrels (makes more beer!)

CAPITAL PINT: Beer and chocolate pairings for your next dinner party (or Netflix binge)

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