By Adam Slight
The National Capital Craft Beer week kicks off on August 9, offering Ottawans a week of heavy drinking disguised as sophisticated connoisseurship. There will be a free launch party at D'arcy McGees on the evening of August 9, a beer and food pairing event at Petit Bill's Bistro on August 12, and a patio party at 8 Locks Flat on August 14. National Capital Craft Beer week will come to a close with a Craft Beef Festival at City Hall on August 16 and 17, where participating local breweries will reveal their secret weapons in an attempt to wow and intoxicate you. It will be fun.
Here are just a few brews you can expect from select local breweries.
Described as having “tropical and citrus fruit notes” with “piney inflections,” Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company delivered Rudolphus VI to select pubs in Ottawa this summer, available at the Arrow and Loon, Atomic Rooster, Hintonburg Public House and Wellington Gastropub in Ottawa. Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company has also submit this hallowed ale in the National Capital Craft Beer Week homebrew competition.
Beau’s will also be featuring six taps with nine rotating brands and two casks of beer at the festival on August 16 and 17, ensuring that we have lots to explore from one of Ottawa's favourite beer brands.
Big Rig Brewery & Kitchen, found on the West end of Ottawa, prides itself on sourcing ingredients for its brews from around the world. While there is a great deal of mystery surrounding what the breweries will be bringing to Craft Beer week, it is rumoured that Big Rig Brewery will be delivering a honey ale sourced from wild honey and hemp.
If you’re looking to try some of Big Rig’s signature brews this week, they are available across the city at establishments such as The Chateau Lafayette, Black Dog Bistro, Fresco’s, and even Ikea.
Again, mystery shroud’s exactly what Ashton Brewing Company will be bringing to National Capital Craft Beer week, but I was excited that they did let slip that they would be bringing a Blueberry Wheat beer and a vanilla stout to the festival. These sound like perfect beverages for summer beer tasting.
With brews offered at Arrow & Loon, Petit Bill’s Bistro, 8 Locks Flat, and Brothers Beer Bistro, Turtle Island Brewing Company is promising some big surprises this week—including a Dark Honey Brown Ale, a Smash Cherry Ale, and their first ever pop up bistro. A local brewery that is known for pushing the boundaries of what you’d expect from beer, Turtle Island Brewing Company looks like it is pulling out all the stops at National Capital Craft Beer Week.