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Ring in the New Year…with more craft beer!

Posted by Debbie

Thursday, January 1st, 2015
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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
www.kbeer.ca
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)
www.whiprsnaprbrewingco.com
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)
www.beyondthepale.ca
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. www.savvyhiphops.ca

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 www.OttawaBeerEvents.ca

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

 

 

 

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What a year its been for Covered Bridge Brewing Co!

Posted by Katy

Saturday, December 27th, 2014
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Savvy Hip Hops beer of the month club 
Featuring Covered Bridge Brewing Company

– December 2014 –

 

This month marks the first anniversary of Stittsville’s Covered Bridge Brewing Company located in Ottawa’s west end. What better way to celebrate than by having owners John and Kathy vanDyk (plus some very helpful volunteers) hand package hundreds of bottles for Savvy Hip Hops? We hope that you’ll pour a snifter of ‘One’ – their special bourbon barrel aged stout brewed specially for this anniversary – and toast to their first year in the beer biz.

hiphops_largeIn this month’s Savvy Hip Hops Taste Case, you will find two ‘bombers’ of each:

Dirty Blonde
Amber Rose
Wishmaker’s Wit
Moustache SMaSH
Bridge Over the River ‘Chai’
One

Need more beers from Covered Bridge for the holidays?

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…
Covered Bridge Brewing Company

by Katy Watts

 

Covered Bridge - Kathy and JohnHome brewing can be an expensive & a time consuming hobby. It seems to always start small, like it did with Covered Bridge Brewing Company’s owner & brewer, John vanDyk (right in photo – hamming it up!), experimenting with a small Mr. Beer kit. As interest grows – or in John’s case – refills for the Mr. Beer kit were unavailable, ‘real’ equipment is purchased, upgrades made & then the BIG switch to all-grain brewing is made. From there, John’s friends are kept happy enjoying experiments in recipe formulation & dreams become blue prints to open a brewery.

What’s in a name?

Before John signed the lease on the Stittsville location he already had the name for the brewery & a logo in mind. “I happen to live on a street that has a covered bridge on our walking path”, John explains “Home brewers are funny in that we usually name our breweries in our house. Long before thinking about going commercial, I had chosen the name. Then a friend at work drew up the logo. We liked the nostalgic feel of it so much that when we decided to go pro & we kept it the name & look.”  And their doors opened on December 20th last year, yet they had “CBB” fans long before.

The Beer Blinded Me with Science!

covered bridge in lightsWhy does beer seem to entice so many to devote their lives to perfecting the perfect glass? It’s something to do with the process, the idea that a handful of ingredients with just a slight variation can create hundreds of different flavours. For John, who admits he wasn’t the biggest beer drinker when he first started brewing, he was hooked after his first all grain batch. “Being exposed to home brewing & craft beer was a bit of a “beer awakening” for me and I learned that there are so many great beers with tons of flavour and complexity. I’m still not a huge drinker, but I really enjoy discovering & trying different craft beers now.”

 

SWMBO & the Unpaid Interns

John isn’t the only one working hard at the brewery. His wife, Kathy (left in above photo), affectionately known as “She Who Must Be Obeyed” (SWMBO) not only encouraged him to leave his day job and start brewing, but helps with the administrative side & coordinates brewery events (and so much more!). Then there’s the team of ‘Unpaid Interns’ who can be spotted doing everything from pouring beer at festivals, picking fresh hops or helping on a brew & bottling day. It is a friend & family affair.

Brewing For Charity

Covered Bridge isn’t just keeping the community well stocked with beer, but it’s also supporting area charities and the community of Ottawa West. In the summer they ran a contest benefiting Tysen’s Mission to a Million with the prize being an opportunity to help brew the summer seasonal, Wishmaker’s Wit. In November, as part of the Movember campaign, they brewed Moustache SMaSH. Fit with its own moustache branded glass, this single hopped American Pale Ale was a tribute to all those involved with the campaign to raise money for men’s health.

What’s Next?

With one year under their belt and a legion of loyal fans it’s hard to know what’s next for Covered Bridge…we do know that they’ll keep on brewing cool beers we love to drink.

Cheers to John & Kathy!

covered bridge beer loving

 

• Savvy Hip Hops Tasting Notes •

Our Savvy Brew Crew member Katy Watts shares her notes about each beer, along with her picks on what to serve … and some fun recipes too!

Dirty Blonde

At 5.1% ABV and 20 IBU, this easy drinking brew uses a solid malt base spiked with American hops and fermented with an English Ale yeast to ‘dirty’ it up.

Tasting Notes: Pouring hazy golden with a thin white head, this Dirty Blonde has a biscuit-y malt aroma spiked with grassy hops. The flavour mirrors the aroma with citrus and grassy hops poking through the bready sweet malt base and esthers from the yeast adding a distinct fruit note.

Suggested Food Pairing: The balance between malts and hops lends this beer to pair with delicate flavoured foods like shellfish, fish, chicken or salads.

 

Covered Bridge growler bagAmber Rose

This full bodied  6.4% ABV, 30 IBU American Amber has a solid malt backbone with caramel richness that helps balance the American hop character.

Tasting Notes: Starts with a sweet base of caramel malt with light nutty notes. Mid-sip the American hops kick in adding pine and citrus zest. The bitterness isn’t overwhelming, but it helps round out the malt with some crispness.

Suggested Food Pairing: The caramel base and citrus hop zing pairs well with grilled meats or stews. Try the Amber Rose alongside BBQ, burgers or my recipe for beef stew with caramelized onions.

 

Wishmaker’s Wit

Originally brewed with the winner of their contest to raise awareness for Tysen’s Mission to a Million, this 4.2% ABV 13 IBU  wit was brewed using Belgian yeast, orange peel, coriander and dry-hopped with Pacific Jade.

Tasting Notes: This traditional Belgian Wit pours a pale lemon colour with crisp carbonation and a light body. There’s a subtle sweetness with tart citrus, coriander, clove and white pepper – refreshing!

Suggested Food Pairing:  Cut up some of your favourite fruits and serve it alongside Wishmaker’s Wit! Alternatively, you could use part of your bottle to steam mussels or other shell fish. The bright citrus notes in the beer will cut through the richness of the dish.

 

Moustache SMaSH

This Single Malt and Single Hop (SMaSH) was brewed specially for Movember using the Australian hop Galaxy as a tribute to the origins of the Movember Foundation charity.

Tasting Notes: While there may be a bigger brewery offering a Galaxy single hop beer in the LCBO, Covered Bridge Brewing Company’s version truly showcase the passion fruit and strong citrus notes the hop is known for.

Suggested Food Pairing: While this isn’t an overly bitter beer, enjoying it with something a little salty like fried chicken, poutine or your favourite bag of chips would ease the bitterness and show off the maltier side.

 

covered bridge in snowBridge Over the River ‘Chai’

This 5.1% ABV 17.6 IBU winter seasonal is filled with warmth! Brewed using ginger, vanilla, cardamom, star anise, fennel, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, pepper and lactose.

Tasting Notes: This gingerbread smelling brown ale has all of the aromatic flavours of chai tea with a touch of sweet vanilla and slight dryness at the finish. The lactose (milk sugar) adds a slight sweetness and smoothness making this beer very easy to drink.

Suggested Food Pairing: Bold dry rubbed meats would compliment this beer, but my favourite pairing would be with a decadent chocolate cake. Try Kathy’s recipe for Apple Gingerbread Cake that incorporates a (small) portion of Bridge Over the River ‘Chai’.

 

OneCovered Bridge - 1 year

A special stout that’s been left to age in bourbon barrels for a year. It was made in celebration of the brewery’s first anniversary on December 20.

Tasting Notes: This beer is so new that a bottle wasn’t available to sample. Our recommendation though, is to savour one and stash the other for a few months. Seeing how some flavours develop as others mellow is a fun beer-experiment!

Suggested Food Pairing: Big barrel aged stouts are perfect for hearty, cold weather dishes, smoked meats and most desserts. My favourite pairing though, is a comfortable chair and a good conversation!

 

• Recipes to enjoy with the featured Savvy Hip Hops •

With Bridge Over the River ‘Chai’….
Apple Gingerbread Cake

From Kathy vanDyk’s Kitchen (aka Covered Bridge Brewery Kitchen)Covered Bridge - ingredients

Ingredients

1/3 c butter, soften
1/3 c sugar (Note from Kathy: I use raw cane sugar)
3 eggs100 mL unsweetened apple sauce
2 royal gala apples, peeled and shredded
1 c Bridge Over the River “Chai” Brown Ale
1 c maple syrup
2 c all-purpose flour
2 Tbsp ground ginger
1 Tbsp cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg
¼ tsp cloves
1 ½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt

 

Method

Preheat oven to 350 F. Combine butter, sugar and eggs, and beat until creamy. Add applesauce, beer and maple syrup, stir to combine. Add shredded apples to the mixture.

In a separate bowl, sift flour, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, baking soda and salt. Stir the dry mixture into the wet mixture, 1/3 of the mixture at a time. Mix to combine. Spoon mixture into mini-bundt pans for individual servings or large bundt pan or cake pan for a full cake. Cook for 12 – 15 minutes for small cakes. Large cake will take 35 – 45 minutes to cook. Remove from oven when an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

These cakes are best served warm from the oven, drizzled with caramel sauce, and topped with whipped cream.

For the chai-spiced whipped cream:

Add ½ c of whipping cream (35% BF) to a cold bowl. To the cream, add 2 tablespoons of Bridge Over the River “Chai” beer, and 2 Tablespoons of powdered sugar. Beat on high speed until firm peaks form.

 

With Wishmaker’s Wit….

Wit Steamed Mussels

From Katy Watts’ kitchen
Yield: 2 Servings

Ingredients

2 teaspoons of olive oil
2 pounds of mussels, cleaned & debearded
1 small onion, finely chopped
3 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
1 stalk of celery, cut diagonally in ½ inch slices
2 small crowns of broccoli, sliced ¼ inch thick diagonally
1 large red pepper, seeded and cut in ½ inch strips
3 scallions, thinly sliced
¼ cup of parsley, chopped
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
½ cup of heavy cream
1 cup of Wishmaker’s Wit

Method

Pour olive oil on a large cast iron skillet or large frying pan over medium heat. Add onion to the pan and sautée until tender. Turn the heat to high; add garlic, celery, broccoli and red peppers. Stir continuously until the broccoli softens.

Add mussels and beer to the pan or skillet. Stir continuously over high heat until mussels open. Pour in lemon zest and cream. Stir until warm.

Add sliced scallions and chopped parsley. Stir well over high heat for 30 seconds.

Serve and enjoy with remainder of Wishmaker’s Wit and fresh bread.

 

With Amber Rose….

Beef Stew with Caramelized OnionsCovered Bridge - multiple photos

From Katy Watts’ kitchen
Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

¼ cup vegetable oil
2 ½ lbs beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch chunks
1 ½ lbs yellow onions, sliced
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
2 teaspoons sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 ½ teaspoons dried thyme
3 carrots, sliced
1 ½ cup Amer Rose
1 cup beef broth
1 tablespoon tomato paste
Salt and ground pepper

Method

In a large pot, warm the oil over high heat until hot, but not smoking. Working in batches, brown the meat well on all sides (5 to 7 minutes). Adjust the heat as necessary to keep the meat from scorching. Transfer the browned meat to a plate and repeat until all the meat is browned.

Add the onions and butter to the pot and stir over high heat until the onions start to soften (5 minutes). Reduce the heat to medium and sprinkle in the sugar. Continue to cook the onions, stirring occasionally, until golden brown (15 minutes). Add flour, thyme and carrots and raise the heat to high. Stir for 1 minute, then pour in Amber Rose, letting it come to a vigorous boil. Stir in the broth and tomato paste and return to a boil.

Return the meat and any accumulated juices on the plate to the pot. Let the liquid come to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer until the meat is tender when pierced and the sauce is slightly thickened (1 ½ hours to 2).

Season to taste with salt and pepper.

 

With The Dirty Blonde….

Classic Soft Pretzels

From one of Covered Bridge’s Unpaid Intern’s Kitchen!

Ingredients

1 ½ cups of Covered Bridge Dirty Blonde Ale
22 oz of all-purpose flour (approx. 3.5 cups)
2 tablespoons of sugar
1 ½ teaspoons of yeast (traditional yeast)
1 ½ teaspoons of salt
¼  cups of butter, melted

Method

Warm liquid to 43 – 46 C (110 – 115 F). Pour into a large bowl, or mixer bowl if using a stand mixer. To the warm liquid, add 2 tablespoons of sugar, and mix to dissolve. Sprinkle yeast over top of liquid, and let rest of 10 minutes. Yeast will start to froth and bubble on the surface of the liquid. To the liquid mixture, add flour, salt, and melted butter.

Stir to combine. If using stand mixer, attach dough hook and mix for approx. 10 minutes. If kneading by hand, turn combined dough onto a floured surface, and kneed for approx. 10 minutes, until dough is smooth.

Form dough into a ball. Put dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover. Let dough rest in fridge for approx. 12 hours. After 12 hours, dough will have doubled, and will need to be punched down. After punching down the dough, reform into a ball, cover, and return to fridge for another 12 hours.

This is considered a cold-rise method. Alternately, increase the yeast to 2.5 teaspoons, kneed as instructed above, then place dough in a warm location for approx. 1 hr or until dough doubles in size. If following this method, the dough only needs to rise once.

Once the dough has risen (24 hours if following the cold-rise method, or until doubled if following the warm-rise method), cut dough into 12 strips. At this point, you can also preheat your oven to 375 F.

Roll each strip until you have a long cylinder, measuring approx. 60 cm in length. Form dough strip into a pretzel shape. Once you have shaped your pretzels, fill a large pot with water. To the water, add 1/2 c of baking soda. Bring to a light boil. Immerse each pretzel in water for 1 minute, flipping pretzel after 30 seconds. Remove pretzel from water, and place on a parchment lined baking sheet (6 large pretzels per sheet).

Sprinkle each pretzel with coarse sea salt. For a darker colour, pretzels can be brushed with milk, or egg before adding salt. Bake for 10 – 15 minutes. Keep an eye on the pretzels as they bake as the bottoms tend to brown quickly.

Remove from oven. Best enjoyed when they are warm. These pretzels are also delicious dipped in mustard, or even sweet sauces like caramel, or hazelnut-chocolate spreads.

 

Enjoy your Savvy Hip Hops…and your holidays!

 

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