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20Aug/152

2015 Ottawa Craft Beer Festival Preview and Ticket Giveaway

Boasting a new venue, over 150 beverages from around 40 breweries and cideries from Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia and the USA, the 2015 Ottawa Craft Beer Festival will take place August 28-30 in the Aberdeen Pavilion at the newly reinvigorated Lansdowne Park complex.

Boasting a new venue, over 150 beverages from around 40 breweries and cideries from Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia and the USA, the 2015 Ottawa Craft Beer Festival will take place August 28-30 in the Aberdeen Pavilion at the newly reinvigorated Lansdowne Park complex. Presented by Knowledgeable Consumption, organizers are expecting between 8000 and 10000 visitors over the weekend that also features Craft Beer Market Brewmaster Seminars, the announcement of the winners of the National Capital Homebrew Competition and the 1st Annual Ottawa Craft Beer Run, a 5k run / walk that starts and ends at Aberdeen Pavilion and includes a number of perks with registration such as a soccer ticket and, of course, a free beer. There will be a number of food options available, including festival veterans Urban Cowboy, as well as local wine and European beer offerings. For those coming from out of town, a Hotel Festival Package is available until August 24th in conjunction with the Lord Elgin Hotel. If you’d like to explore Ottawa’s thriving craft beer scene a bit before the festival, the fine folks at Brew Donkey are running a tour that concludes at the festival and includes a one day pass. Because parking at Lansdowne, organizers have partnered with OC Transpo to provide free bus transportation with your festival pass and are encouraging safe travel to and from the event. Free rides will be offered for 3 hours before and after the festival and a special shuttle service should help to alleviate congestion. Ottawa Craft Beer Festival passes start at just $15 and can be purchased here. Blah, blah, blah, words...I’m here for the giveaway! Good news! I was provided with a pair of one day passes to the Ottawa Craft Beer Festival and I want you to have them. Entry is simple. All you have to do is follow both myself and the festival on Twitter and retweet this. The Fine Print: The contest closes on Thursday, August 27th at 11:59AM The winner will be notified via Twitter and will need to provide a valid e-mail address The winner must be 19 years of age or older and will be required to present valid ID at the gate No drink tickets / tokens are included Alternate entry can be made by posting a comment below using a valid e-mail address Only one (1) entry per Twitter account or e-mail address will be considered valid

Presented by Knowledgeable Consumption, organizers are expecting between 8000 and 10000 visitors over the weekend that also features CRAFT Beer Market Brewmaster Seminars, the announcement of the winners of the National Capital Homebrew Competition and the 1st Annual Ottawa Craft Beer Run, a 5k run / walk that starts and ends at Aberdeen Pavilion and includes a number of perks with registration such as a soccer ticket and, of course, a free beer.

12Aug/150

Speakeasy Red: Flappers and Giggle Water

This rye-based American red ale from Waller St. Brewing in Ottawa, Ontario pours a steely copper colour with amber highlights and a slight chill haze. The small and tight off-white head has decent retention, hanging around as a small collar and film. Speakeasy Red immediately struck me as hoppy for the style, with pungent pepper and grapefruit aromas popping out over earthy rye and honey-sweetened biscuit malt tones.

Speakeasy Red

Rye, Belgian Yeast and American-Style Hopping Harmonize in this Red Ale

Rye is prevalent in the taste of Speakeasy Red, bringing a distinct sharpness and pushing the ale’s sturdy bitterness to the forefront. Juicy citrus and red berry characteristics are complemented by grassy and zesty notes before a rather dry finish takes hold. The ale is mildly carbonated and full-bodied, giving the illusion of a much stronger brew despite a relatively tame ABV of 4.4%.

24Jul/150

Kichesippi Radler: Bike, Don’t Walk

This radler from Kichesippi Beer Co. In Ottawa, Ontario is a hazy goldenrod colour and pours with a loose white head that dissipates quickly, leaving a small chain link of bubbles behind as a collar. Kichesippi Radler is anchored by lightly toasted German malts that emanate sweet and warm caramel and honey tones. The expected grapefruit aroma is far more subtle than other radlers and is complimented nicely by grassy hop notes (no, really).

Kichesippi Radler

This Summer Seasonal is the Most Balanced Radler I've Tried

The taste of Kichesippi Radler is more grapefruit forward and though the citrus fruit flavour is far from dominant, it does provide a refreshingly sharp bite. The well-crafted malt base reminds you that you’re drinking an honest-to-goodness beer and leaves sweet and toasty characteristics in the aftertaste along with dry notes of citrus peel and pith. The beer has a medium body and a modest level of carbonation along with a mildly grainy and surprisingly un-syrupy mouthfeel.

25Jun/150

Bud Light Apple: Rotten to the Core

The latest flavoured light lager from Anheuser-Busch InBev is light golden yellow in colour and yields a creamy white head that is retained as a persistent cap. Bud Light Apple smells like candy and the kind of grocery store apple juice that people don’t let their kids drink. While this may appeal to some, there is also a thoroughly unpleasant chemical odour that reminds me of artificial sweeteners.

Bud Light Apple

Even Over Ice, This Beer Sucks

I find Bud Light Apple cloyingly sweet. Its malic acid-assisted green apple candy flavour is countered by a sharp citric acid tartness. There is a very light note of caramel malt in there, but the finish is dirty and overly dry tasting and I just can’t shake the chemical notes. This beer is thin bodied and has ample carbonation, which makes its general stickiness feel heightened.

23Jun/150

Mad & Noisy Hop & Weizen: Dry & Fruity

Mad & Noisy Hop & Weizen from Creemore Springs Brewery Limited in Creemore, Ontario is cloudy, light chartreuse in colour and pours with a large and creamy white head that settles into a rocky cap and yields some chunky lacing. This hopped up take on german wheat beer has a fairly light and airy smell. Traditional aromas of banana, clove and bubblegum are found, but are muted somewhat by notes of lemongrass and grapefruit pith.

Mad & Noisy Hop & Weizen

Try This Wheat Ale with Fresh Summer Fruit

The taste of Mad & Noisy Hop & Weizen is quite crisp, with its slight bitterness front-loaded. There is plenty of grapefruit flavour, along with toasted wheat, light berry notes and a hint of clove in the starkly dry finish and aftertaste. The ale is medium-bodied and has a moderate amount of carbonation, as well and a rather lively mouthfeel.