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Kichesippi – Once a roaring river, now a busy brewery!

Posted by Eva

Monday, June 9th, 2014
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Savvy Hip Hops beer of the month club 
Featuring Kichesippi Beer

– May 2014 –

 

The Savvy Brew Crew can’t believe the high fives & rave reviews we have been receiving since launching Savvy Hip Hops  just a few months ago. A BIG thanks to our suds-cribers!

hiphops_largeThis month features Kichesippi Beer, a unique craft brewery located in the heart of Ottawa. What exactly does Kichesippi mean? By definition it is ‘The Great River’ during the time of 1855 when the City of Ottawa was founded. Prior to that era, the river running through it was known as ‘Kichesippi’.  Owner Paul Meek with his wife Kelly – integrates the regional community heritage into their beers. There is an Ottawa based story for everything about the brewery & its beers.  When you meet Paul or anyone from Kichesippi, ask them about ‘Wuchak’ series of beers (brands: Black, Polaris, Throwback & UK).  What is a ‘Wuchak’, you ask? It is the Algonquian name for “woodchuck”.

Our Savvy Brew Crew member, Éva Nagy, first visited the brewery when she was a ‘student of beer’ during the time she enrolled in The Beer Course (part of Algonquin College’s Sommelier program). The brewery had just opened its doors.  Part of their ‘field trip’ was a brewery tour that brought all her learned textbook theory bursting to life. “Quite a few new beers have been introduced since that time & I must taste them all!”, she notes with glee & a laugh.

In this month’s Savvy Hip Hops Taste Case…

…are all of the beers that are currently available in tanks at Kichesippi:

Kichesippi Natural Blonde: A Pale Ale
Kichesippi 1855: Amber Ale
Heller Highwater: Helles (German-style Lager)

Found a new fav?

If you would like additional bottles of any beer featured in Savvy Hip Hops, just call our Savvy Brew Crew & we’ll do our best to arrange a special shipment for you (if it is still available at the brewery that is!). Put us on speed dial – Savvy Hip Hops Hotline: 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926) or cheers@savvycompany.ca

Cheers!

Debbie & the Savvy Brew Crew

 

Introducing…

Kichesippi Beer Company

by Éva Nagy

Kichesippi beer low resIt all began in a nondescript warehouse that housed the former Heritage Brewing Company. At first, Kichesippi contracted all of their brewing to Heritage (they just brewed Natural Blonde at that time). When Heritage’s owners were ready to retire, Paul Meek stepped in to take over the brewery & made it the home for Kichesippi Beer Company. As a long time Savvy friend (Paul had worked in the wine world as well), we raise a glass & celebrate with him & his team each April – the anniversary of their business.  Paul remarks how easy all of this has come together for him since he started a mere five years ago.

Paul, had worked with larger breweries as well as small importers. Being in ‘the beer biz’ since his university days, it became clear to him that in Ottawa there was a desire for imported craft beer.  Peculiar was the name of the strong English ale from the Halifax-based Granite Brewery that was his inspiration for his own brewery. He had the confidence & his family’s support to forge out on his own & make a go of making local craft beer.  Now, Paul (and his family) don’t have the time to look back! The brewery is constantly growing & receiving accolades for their business and their beers.

100% family

For Paul, it’s all about family. The key motivation for their family-owned brewery is his wife Kelly & 14 year-old son Alexander. In fact, it is Alexander who designs the bottle caps & gets involved in being one of the lead ‘developers’ to create the recipe for Harvey & Vern’s Old Fashioned Sodas (cream soda, root beer & ginger beer). It has become another success story.

Paul’s focus is to bring balance with flavours & aromas to each of his beer styles. He receives his supply of Polaris hops directly from the farmers in Germany. He prides himself on being their largest contractor. It is these hops that bring that refreshing bitterness to Wuchak Polaris (at 61 IBUs).

Paul Meek - pouringPaul has seen tremendous growth in the Ottawa market. Not so long ago, there were only two breweries in the city: Kichesippi & Clocktower Brew Pub. Paul commends his fellow craft brewers for being courageous & trying new things. Now Ottawa boasts upwards to 10 craft breweries…and counting.

“We are the biggest of smalls in the city”, explains Paul, meaning that they are a fully functioning facility including stills, bottling & canning lines. This comes with a steep learning curve for supplies needed for making beer from grain to glass. “We even have a forklift”, he laughs. (Apparently that is an industry sign of size!)  They’re the first  in Eastern Ontario to package their beer – Heller Highwater – in a can. And our Savvy Hip Hops suds-cribers are the first to receive the cans that were just launched last week.

Kichesippi has a friendly atmosphere & loyal customer following. One day, a regular customer & former security professional, heard Paul in discussion with staff about a drink called ‘lemon squash’. Well didn’t this customer return from his trip to Australia & drop by the brewery with a bottle of lemon squash in hand for Paul & his crew. WOW!

What?!?! The brewery is closed?

Once a month, Kichesippi is shut down for Pizza Friday. Family & brewery staff can relax & enjoy some ‘zas with beer … and not their own beer. Paul wants his team to enjoy each other’s company along with spending time learning about the local craft beer world – together.

What’s next?

Paul will mark the brewery’s 5th anniversary with a new & special brew. Despite my nudging, the only hint he would give is that it will be “unique to our market”.

We raise a glass to the Kichesippi team!

 

• Savvy Hip Hops Tasting Notes •

Éva shares her notes about each beer, along with her picks on what to serve … and some fun recipes too!

Kichesippi Natural Blonde

Kichesippi BlondeA golden pale ale with 4.9% ABV (Alcohol by Volume) & 30 IBUs (International Bittering Units). IBU scales attempt to rate the perceived relative bitterness of beer provided by the hops used during the brewing process.

Tasting Notes: Golden in colour with aromas of citrus, tropical & stone fruit (think apricot & peach), light toasty malt, soft honey-like sweetness and grain. The flavours are rich & balanced with refreshing bitterness & minerality. It’s finishes slightly sweet then transforms quickly to crisp & clean.

Suggested Food Pairing: This hoppy pale ale would accompany spicy butter chicken, mango chutney & jasmine rice with ease.

 

Kichesippi 1855

1855This amber ale is 5.1% ABV with 31 IBUs. 1855 refers to the year the City of Ottawa was founded.

Tasting Notes: Copper in colour with malty, fragrant floral hops, demerara sugar & coffee aromas. Flavours range from smoke, yeasty bread, rich chocolate & toasty notes to hop oil bitterness & grapefruit. The finish is reminiscent of soya sauce inviting you back in for yet another sip.

Suggested Food Pairing: A balanced amber ale such as this would be a perfect match for your appetizer cheese course of aged Manchego, sharp cheeses, mixed nuts & fruit jams. Yes, beer & cheese for it’s no longer all about wine & cheese!

 

Heller Highwater

HellerHighwaterHelles is a Bavarian lager using German Noble Hops. Hell is the German adjective for “light,” while Helles is a noun used in the sense of “a light one.” When brewed to perfection it highlights subtle, rich, elegant maltiness & lingering noble hoppiness.

Tasting Notes: It lives true to its meaning of “light one” with its clear gold brightness. Enticing aromas of grain/wheat, wildflower honey & noble hops. The flavours follow suit adding peaches & cream corn and grassy notes to the aromas.

Suggested Food Pairings: Grilled bratwurst with Dijon mustard & sauerkraut is a classic match for this crisp & refreshing German-style lager.

 

 

• Recipes to enjoy with the featured Savvy Hip Hops •

 

With Kichesippi Natural Blonde …

Spicy Butter Chicken, Mango Chutney & Jasmine Rice

From: allrecipes.com
Serves 6

Ingredients

1 cup butter, divided
1 onion, minced
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
3 cups heavy cream
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon garam masala
1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized chunks
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons tandoori masala

Method

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

Melt a few tablespoons of butter in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in onion and garlic, and cook slowly until the onion caramelizes to a dark brown, about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile melt the remaining butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat along with the tomato sauce, heavy cream, salt, cayenne pepper, and garam masala.

Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to medium-low; cover, and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then stir in caramelized onions.

While the sauce is simmering, toss cubed chicken breast with vegetable oil until coated, then season with tandoori masala and spread out onto a baking sheet.

Bake chicken in preheated oven until no longer pink in the center, about 12 minutes. Once done, add the chicken to the sauce and simmer for 5 minutes before serving.

Serve with Jasmine rice (also known as Thai fragrant rice) – a long grain variety of rice with a nutty aroma and a spoonful of Mango Chutney (we found a good recipe on The Daring Gourmet)

 

With Kichesippi 1855 …

A Cheese course

1855 is a food friendly beer, yet when we asked the Kichesippi team and the Savvy Brew Crew & our Cheese Sommelier – Vanessa, nibbling on some artisan cheese came to mind.  Yes, beer & cheese is the new combo. If you want to add some ‘meat’,  cold cuts & charcuterie would be perfect.

Consider picking up a couple of these cheeses…

Spanish Manchego cheese – the older the better!

Vanessa loves Canadian cheese, so her top picks are:

A sharp, crumbly & firm cheeses such as: Avondale Cloth Bound cheddar from PEI (in photo at left)

A blue cheese such as: Lanark Back Forty Blue Cheese from Lanark County, Ontario & Glengary Celtic Blue from Alexandria Ontario

Vanessa’s cheese picks can be found at Ottawa’s Farmers Markets & quality cheese shops.

To top off your cheese & charcuterie board, add some chutneys, roasted mixed nuts & salty crackers.

For more cheese ideas, check out Vanessa’s blog ‘Curd on the Street’

Cheeseboard landscape 2

 

With Heller Highwater …

Grilled Bratwurst & Sauerkraut

From Serious Eats
Serves 4

Ingredients

2 cups lager-style beer
3 tablespoons whole grain mustard
1 (1 pound) package sauerkraut, with juices
6 sprigs thyme (optional)
2 pounds bratwurst sausages
Buns and Dijon mustard for serving

Method

Light one chimney full of charcoal. When all the charcoal is lit and covered with gray ash, pour out and arrange the coals on one side of the charcoal grate. Set cooking grate in place, cover grill and allow to preheat for 5 minutes.

Alternatively, set half the burners on a gas grill to the highest heat setting, cover, and preheat for 10 minutes. Clean and oil the grilling grate.

Combine beer, mustard, and sauerkraut in a 10-inch square disposable aluminium pan. Alternatively, construct a tray out of a double layer of heavy duty aluminium foil, 10 inches square, with sides about 2 inches high. Stir until mustard is broken up and mixture is homogenous. Add thyme sprigs. Nestle sausages into sauerkraut.

Place tray on hot side of grill and cook until simmering, about 4 minutes. Slide to cooler side of grill. Cover grill with vents over the sausages. Cook with all vents open until sausages register 140° to 145°F on an instant read thermometer, about 20 minutes, turning once in the middle.

Remove lid. Using tongs, remove sausages from sauerkraut and place directly on cooking grates over hot side of grill. Cook, turning occasionally, until well browned and crisp, about 3 minutes total. Return to sauerkraut. Toast buns over hot side of grill if desired. Serve sausages with buns, Dijon mustard, and sauerkraut.

Cheers & Enjoy your Savvy Hip Hops!

 

 

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NEWS: Savvy Hip Hops is Ontario’s first craft beer of the month club

Posted by Debbie

Thursday, January 30th, 2014
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 30, 2014

Ottawa-based Savvy Company just made it easier for Ontario’s beer enthusiasts to enjoy the growing number of craft beers being produced in Ontario. On January 30, 2014, Savvy Company has launched Ontario’s first craft-beer-of-the-month club that delivers craft beers to your doorstep. Known for its wine expertise and innovative wine events, Savvy Company has expanded its business and is working with craft breweries to create innovative ways to reach beer-thirsty Ontarians.

Savvy Hip Hops beer of the month club“The craft beer industry in Canada is exploding and breweries are winning national and international competitions,” says Savvy Company president & sommelier Debbie Trenholm. “We run a very successful Savvy Selections wine of the month club and many of those subscribers, as well as clients, have asked for a similar club for beer. We seize every opportunity to wave the Canadian flag, so launching Savvy Hip Hops was natural.”

Every month Savvy Hip Hops subscribers will receive the Savvy Hip Hops Taste Case delivered directly from the brewery to their home or office on the Friday closest to the 24th (as in 2-4) of the month.  The Taste Case will be an assortment of bottles, cans & growlers of beers on tap and in tank at the featured brewery. The beers will be selected by a team of beer industry bloggers, media & craft beer enthusiasts who are part of the ‘Savvy Brew Crew’.  In collaboration with the featured brewmaster, together they will create a compilation of beers that are only available at the brewery or rarely found at the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) and The Beer Store.

To further the enjoyment of the beers in the Savvy Hip Hops Taste Case, subscribers will receive the monthly ‘Beer Backstory’, a mini-magazine including a relaxed interview with the brewmaster and brewery owners, trivia about the featured beers, the brewery’s staff favorite foods to enjoy with the selected beers and recipes with the beers as the ingredients or to serve with a pint.

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Savvy Hip Hops is an ingenious way to introduce our brewery and our beers to Ontarians.” says Kichesippi Beer Co. co-owner Paul Meek. “We have been very supportive of Savvy Company from day one when Debbie and her team began expanding their business into craft beers.  We are thrilled to celebrate our fourth year in business by being the Savvy Hip Hops featured brewery in May.”

 

 

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“With all of the new craft breweries opening, consumers can be overwhelmed with the array of choice”, states Niagara Oast House Brewers co-owner Mike Berlis, “A subscription to Savvy Hip Hops assures anyone who is intrigued by beer that they will have a delicious experience in their own home.”

 

 

Here’s the list of breweries we are featuring in 2014:

February – Beau’s All Natural, Van Kleek Hill
March – Barley Days Brewery, Prince Edward County
April – Niagara Oast House Brewers, Niagara-on-the-Lake
May – Kichesippi Beer Co., Ottawa
June – Big Rig Brewery, Ottawa
July – Grand River Brewing, Cambridge
August – Perth Brewing Co., Perth
September – Sleeping Giant Brewing Co, Thunder Bay
October – brewery to be announced
November – Sawdust City Brewing Company, Gravenhurst
December – Covered Bridge Brewing, Stittsville (Ottawa)
…and more Ontario breweries to be announced!

 

Beau's Brewing Co logo “I can’t think of any better way to receive craft beer than have it hand-picked and delivered to your doorstep” comments Steve Beauchesne, co-owner of Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co.  “Savvy Hip Hops is the equivalent of having your birthday every month.”

According to the Ontario Craft Breweries, there are over 60 breweries in Ontario and the craft beer industry is growing across Canada.  At launch, Savvy Hip Hops will focus on Ontario breweries delivered to Ontario residents.  “The interest in craft beers is astounding. We have people who have subscribed to Savvy Hip Hops & we haven’t even launched yet…and one is an Ontario winemaker!’ exclaims Trenholm.

Start your discovery of all that Ontario’s craft brewers have to offer.

Subscribe for 4, 6 or 12 months > >

 

Media Contact:
Debbie Trenholm
Founder & Sommelier
Savvy Company
debbie@savvycompany.ca
@savvydebbie
613.SAVVYCO (613.728.8926)

 

More about Savvy Company…

Savvy Company specializes in creative social experiences – whether making the enjoyment of wine accessible to all, exploring the worlds of craft beer or discovering artisan cheeses.  Their team of accredited Sommeliers delight in designing wine, beer and food events, shining the spotlight on the people who make them.  Their Savvy Selections wine of the month club is Ontario’s largest featuring Ontario wines not available in the LCBO and delivered directly to the subscriber’s home or office.   Savvy Hip Hops is Ontario’s first craft beer of the month club and is rapidly growing in popularity.  Visit www.savvycompany.ca or follow @SavvyCompany on Twitter. 

 

 

 

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