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Ring in the New Year…with more craft beer!

Posted by Debbie

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

Any chance ‘drinking more beer’ is your New Year’s resolution? Locally made craft beers that is.  It’s definitely an easy resolution in Ottawa with over 12 craft breweries where you can drop in & try their latest hip hop concoctions. You’ll be pleasantly surprised that your resolution will go a long way once you are at the brewery – there’ll be many more beers than what you will find at your local pub, or on the shelves at the LCBO or at The Beer Store.  And the best part is that you can grab a souvenir growler, an assorted 6 pack of cans or bomber bottles to share your new sudsy discoveries when you have a gathering of friends on a wintery weekend.  With these cool new finds, you will definitely be able to keep your resolution – all year!

Here’s what is in store at…

Kichesippi Beer Co.Kichesippi's Don Dort

866 Campbell Ave, Ottawa
New this year, the cool gang at Kichesippi is offering Kich Staff Picks – a series of limited edition beers brewed to styles selected by each of the brewery staff – even the brewery’s driver, Derek Hill, has given it a personal touch by designing all of the illustrations.  December kicked off the series with Phil’s London Porter, a traditional British porter chosen by long time employee Phil Ware who is always cracking English jokes around the brewery.  To kick off January, Brewmaster Don Harms will be showcasing his German roots & beer schooling with Donny’s Dort – a traditional German Bavarian style beer. (logo on right)

New Kich Staff Picks will be tapped at the brewery every 2 months.  Available only at the brewery in growlers ($17.50) or cans ($2.75).


Whiprsnapr Brewing CompanyWhiprsnapr BOAT BEER PIC

14 Bexley Place, Bells Corners (west Ottawa)
Just opened in October this year and expanding already, this is a brewery that will grow quickly. With names of beers like Ok Lah! Ginger Cream Ale, Inukshuk Canadian IPA, Root of All Evil –a pre prohibition lager, F’n L British IPA and the January’s seasonal with its edgy name: Tell Your Relatives To Get the F Out (you can guess the shortened version), brewery owners Mike Feagan, Ian McMartin and Dave Howard are excited for 2015.  “We have even made beers with hops that our brewer Ian McMartin grew on the side of his house – almost covered the entire 2nd floor” shares Mike.  Now how about that for being local!

Beers range from $8 to 10 for screamer bottle plus deposit.


Beyond the Pale - ShaneBeyond the Pale Brewing Co

5 Hamilton Ave, Westboro (Ottawa)
The tasting bar at this brewery is tiny with a big team of 13 people working away making impressive beers. Pink Fuzz is a way to get your ‘daily dose’ of Vitamin C with bushels of pink grapefruits used in making this wheat beer.  It is hands down a fan favorite.  “January is going to be an amazing month for us,” excitedly reports brewery co-owner & beermaker Shane Clark (in photo right). “We are releasing a Scotch Ale aged in Bourbon barrel – not named yet – but it’s going to be the best beer I’ve made.” And there is a move to bigger digs too! The brewery will be opening its doors in March in the City Centre.

These are just 3 breweries in Ottawa’s west end.  There are many more cropping – err make that hopping – up everywhere in & around the national capital.


Getting cabin fever?

…Take a roadtrip!

Head west to Ashton Pub & learn about the ABC (Ashton Brewing Company that is) beers. Onwards to Perth Brewery to create your own 2-4 of small batch beers from over 13 to choose from. Or follow the Ottawa River further to Whitewater Brewing Company in Forrester Falls.

…Head out to Fiestibière d’Hiver

Back again for the 4th year, the Gatineau Winter Beerfest, will be held at the Canadian Museum of History on Friday January 30 & Saturday January 31. Part of the Winterlude activities, hundreds of beers from Québec and Ontario will be enjoyed along with live bands in the spectacular setting of the Museum’s Grand Hall.

…Stay put & beers will be delivered!Savvy Hip Hops beer of the month club

Subscribe to our Savvy Hip Hops craft beer of the month club & you’ll always be well stocked with local brews – from every corner of the province.  In January, our subscribers will receive a Taste Case of beers from Beyond the Pale, then the February blahs will be melted away with a case of Beau’s All Natural FeBREWary specialty beers.  It’s like having your birthday every month!  Your New Year’s resolution will be even easier to keep with deliveries of hard-to-find beers arriving at your home or heck at your office too.

Breweries to discover in Ottawa & nearby…

Breweries with tasting rooms:

Brew Pubs

Contract Breweries (breweries that hire another brewery to produce their beer)

Breweries soon-to-open

List was sourced from

This article written by Debbie Trenholm will appear in the 2015 winter issue of Ottawa Life Magazine.





Sip, Savour & ‘Selebrate’ with these wines on Thursday

Posted by Debbie

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

There are many reasons to raise a glass at Sip, Savour & ‘Selebrate’! Ontario wineries have just finished picking this year’s stellar grape harvest (predicted to be the best vintage yet!), the Ontario craft beer industry is booming with impressive varieties of craft brews…and Savvy Company is celebrating its 10th year in business.  Bring your dancing shoes as there will be a jazz band too!


Casa-Dea Estates Winery – Prince Edward County
2009 Chardonnay $15.95
2010 Pinot Gris $18.95
2010 Gamay $14.95
2009 Cabernet Franc $18.95

Cattail Creek Family Estate Winery – Niagara-on-the-Lake
2009 Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2009 $10.95
2009 Estate Merlot 2009 $16.95
2007 Estate Cabernet Merlot $14.95
2009 Select Late Harvest Cabernet Sauvignon $24.95

Château des Charmes – Niagara-on-the-Lake
2008 Sparkling Rosé $28.95
2008 Gewurztraminer $19.95
2010 Equuleus $40
2007 Late Harvest Riesling $12.95
(Special price! Regular $21.95)

Closson Chase Winery – Prince Edward County
2010 Chardonnay $29.95
2011 Rosé $19.95
2010 Pinot Noir $39.95

Diamond Estate Wines – Niagara-in-the-Lake
2008 Lakeview Cellars GMR Sparkling Reserve $24.95
2007 Lakeview Cellars Merlot Reserve $19.95
2007 Lakeview Cellars Gewurztraminer Icewine (200mL) $34.95
Seasons Port $39.95

Kacaba Vineyards – Beamsville Bench
2011 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay $22.95
2009 Cabernet Franc $18.95
2009 Syrah $29.95
2009 Cabernet Sauvignon $24.95

Keint-He Winery and Vineyard –Prince Edward County
2009 Chardonnay $20
2009 Foxtail Pinot Meunier $27
2009 Little Creek – Closson Pinot Noir $32
2008 Pineaux Sauvage (375mL) $50

Lailey Vineyard – Niagara-on-the-Lake
2011 Unoaked Chardonnay $15
2011 Sauvignon Blanc $20
2010 Chardonnay Brickyard $30
2010 Cabernet Franc $25
2010 Syrah $27
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon $30

Lighthall Vineyards -Prince Edward County
2011 Progression Sparkling $20
2011 Gewurztraminer $25
2009 Chardonnay Réserve $25
2010 Pinot Noir $25

Marynissen Winery and Estates – Niagara-on-the-Lake
2010 Road Block Chardonnay $15
2011 100Marks White Merlot $25
2009 Bottoms Up! $18
2010 Solstice $22
2010 100Marks Pinot Noir $45

Palatine Hills Estate Winery – Niagara-on-the-Lake
2011 Lakeshore White $13.95
2010 Neufeld Vineyard Chardonnay $22.95
2010 Cabernet Merlot $15.95
2010 Neufeld Vineyard Meritage $29.95

Pondview Estate Winery – Niagara-on-the-Lake
2010 Riesling $16.95
2010 Bella Terra Chardonnay $24
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon $34.95
2010 Meritage $39.95

Rosehall Run Vineyard & Winery –Prince Edward County
2011 Unoaked Chardonnay Cuvée County $17.95
2010 Canadian Barrel Chardonnay Cuvée County $24.95
2010 Cabernet Franc Cuvée County $24.95
2010 ‘The Swinger ’Syrah Cuvée County $34.95

Sandbanks Winery –Prince Edward County
2011 Love Cassis Aperitivo $14.95
2011 Sauvignon Blanc $16.95
2011 Gewurztraminer $16.95
2010 French Kiss $24.95

 Strewn Winery – Niagara-on-the-Lake
2010 Strewn Merlot Terroir $16.95
2011 Strewn Riesling Terroir $25.80

AND… new this year, Ontario craft breweries are joining us to ‘Selerate with their award-winning brews:
Ashton Brewing Company – Ashton
Clocktower Brewpub –Ottawa
Hockley Valley Brewing Company– Orangeville
Kichesippi Beer Co –Ottawa
Mill Street Brewery –Ottawa &Toronto



Debbie & the Savvy Team



Pairing Cheese with Craft Beers

Posted by Vanessa

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Amongst the kettles, bags of hops and bottling lines four family run brewpubs and breweries – Kichesippi Beer Company, Ashton Brewing Company, Big Rig Brewery, The Clock Tower Pub celebrated Ontario Craft Beer Week at Savvy Company’s Artisan Cheese & Craft Beer Tasting.  For more pictures of this fun event, visit Savvy Company’s Facebook album.

As Paul Meek, owner of Kichesippi, told the sold out crowd, “while there are lots of beers here, artisan cheese and Cheese Sommelier Vanessa Simmons will be the rockstars”.   I selected regional artisan cheeses that would shine on their own, while provide a delicious compliment to the evening’s feature local brews.

Beer and cheese share a common origin – grain (beer made from grain, barley for example), and grain is fed to dairy animals, so with this cycle, it’s no wonder that the two are a true match. Engrained in ancient history, they are both primal foods: beer as the oldest fermented beverage and cheese with origins dating back to 8000 BCE.

Cheese and beer pairing is refreshing .  Beer balances out the salt content in cheese and cuts through protein/fats that sit on the tongue allowing a better tasting experience. I suggest to pair your cheese with a beer taking into consideration the weight of both, to ensure that one does not overpower the other (heavy beers with stronger cheeses – perfect match!).

 At the event, crowd favorite cheese and craft beer pairings included:

CHEESE: Goat Gouda  from Clarmell Farms, Osgoode, Ontario (goat milk)
BEER: Clocktower Kolsch or Ashton Blueberry Wheat

CHEESE: Bonnechere from Back Forty Artisan Cheese, Lanark, Ontario (sheep milk)
BEER: Big Rig Hefeweizen Wheat

CHEESE: Réserve La Pérade from Fromagerie F.X. Pichet Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pérade, Québec (cow milk)
BEER: Clocktower Red

CHEESE: Gré des Champs from Fromagerie Au Gré des Champs , Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, Québec (cow milk)
BEER: Kichesippi 1855

CHEESE: Avonlea Clothbound Cheddar from Cow’s Creamery, Prince Edward Island (cow milk)
BEER: Ashton Brown Ale

CHEESE: Bleu D’Élizabeth from Fromagerie du Presbytère, Sainte-Élizabeth-de-Warwick, Québec (cow milk)
BEER: Kichesippi Heller High Water or Ashton Brown Ale


Where to buy these artisan cheeses?

Here’s my shopping list of where to find the beer friendly cheeses in Ottawa & area:

Goat Gouda – Clarmell Farms/Glengarry Fine Cheese
Available from:  Clarmell Farms/Glengarry Fine Cheese, Serious Cheese Shop, Ottawa Farmer’s Market (Brewer Park), Kanata Farmer’s Market

Bonnechere – Back Forty Artisan Cheese
Available from: FoodSmiths in Perth, Serious Cheese, The Piggy Market, Carp Farmer’s Market

Réserve La Pérade – Fromagerie F.X. Pichet
Available from: La Trappe A Fromage

Gré des Champs – Fromagerie Au Gré des Champs
Available from: La Trappe A Fromage

Avonlea Clothbound Cheddar – Cow’s Creamery
Available from:  Serious Cheese Shop, Farm Boy

Bleu D’Élizabeth – Fromagerie du Presbytère
Available from: La Trappe A Fromage, Ottawa Bagel Shop, Jacobsons Gourmet Concepts


Looking to discover more artisan cheeses? Every 2 weeks, I feature a different artisan cheese in my blog: Curd on the Street  Enjoy!