The Beauchesne family, founders of Beau's All Natural Brewing Co., know that music and beer go well together. However, that doesn't simply mean that they enjoy sipping beer while listening to music. They've actually based their hands-on brewing process around the strong work ethic of DIY musicians. Several employees even play in the brewery's resident band, Audio.
The brewery's beer is as unique as its music-centered personality. "The beer, made with certified organic malt and local spring water, is just as refreshing as its quirky branding,? said Ottawa Magazine in its 101 Tastes To Try Before You Die list. Lug?Tread lagered ale, belgian dubbel, and vanilla porter are among its award-winning brews. Ever involved with the community, Beau's All Natural Brewing Co. frequently organizes dinners, music nights, and other events at local spots.
Wineries are often found far down country roads, shrouded by the curling tendrils of their vineyards. At The Wine Garden, though, the entire winemaking experience can be had without setting foot outside of the city.
Yeast bubbles busily in stainless-steel fermentation vessels, transforming the juices of grapes from fertile regions of Chile, Argentina, and California. The fermentation process yields wines that range from crisp chardonnay to heady cabernet franc, the progenitor of cabernet sauvignon, and oak barrels bestow some of the elixirs with a rich maze of tannins. Fruit wines made with peaches, cranberries, or strawberries make refreshing summertime drinks and help work friends mingle with hummingbird friends at parties. Patrons play a major role in the entire process, selecting grapes and siphoning finished wine into bottles. The Wine Garden's gourmets also brew craft beers and stock hot sauces with humourous names such as Blair's Chipotle Death Rain.
Kichesippi Beer Co. takes its name from the Ottawa River, or, at least, what the Ottawa River used to be called. Before a city grew up along its shores, the waterway was known as Kichesippi, meaning Grand River. It's a deep cut of local trivia, but the brewers at Kichesippi Beer Co. love all things local. They ferment beverages such as their signature Natural Blonde pale ale locally. They deliver their drinks only to local bars, stores, and venues. They even craft a series of IPAs in international styles, putting a little local Ottawa twist on them.?
Their beverage portfolio includes more than beers, as well. They also make and bottle Harvey and Vern's sodas, sugary beverages made in an old-fashioned style. They make a creamy, frothy root beer, for instance, infused with the flavor of yucca, which adds a little wintergreen bite to balance the sweetness of pure cane sugar that make up the rest of the drink.
Broadhead Brewing Company started from small beginnings, with little capital, its founders used their engineering background to build thier successful microbrewery. The company takes its name from the physically large craniums of its founders, Josh Larocque and Shane Matte, whose brains have long been filled with the idea of opening their own brewery. What started as a small-time operation run out of a basement blossomed into a full-time enterprise, as Broadhead staff built their own brewery and barroom from the ground up, and began churning out large batches of flavourful local beers for the general public. Guests stop in to taste and purchase beers in a wide range of styles and flavours such as a Wildcard Ale, Dark Horse Stout, or Underdog Pale Ale.
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A collection of curated tours of the Ottawa region's craft beer producers.
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Our Brewers East tour.
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