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Big Rig keeps getting bigger

Posted by Katy

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014


Savvy Hip Hops beer of the month club 
Featuring Big Rig Brewery

– June 2014 –


In case you missed the ‘News Flash’ June 13-21 was the 4th annual Ontario Craft Beer Week & we did our part to celebrate by including this month’s Savvy Hip Hops delivery during the week-long province wide celebration.  Added to that, the Savvy Brew Crew wanted to make sure that you were well stocked for Canada Day weekend too!

Savvy Hip Hops beer of the month clubWe are constantly amazed how quickly the craft beer industry is growing in Ontario. Case in point, when OCB Week was launched in June 2010, there were 25 craft brewers featured at 110 events. Now in its fourth year, this week features over 30 craft brewers up and down the province and boasts over 150 events.  Now that is one celebration!

Big Rig Lon and KatyAlso in June, FIFA World Cup kicked off & there is a buzz everywhere – and we are not talking about the annoying sound of the South African Vuvuzela!  This buzz is definitely apparent when you walk into the Big Rig Brewery & Restaurant in Ottawa.  When Savvy Brew Crew member Katy Watts (left) & I met with Big Rig’s brewmaster Lon Ladell (right) for lunch, the buzz got louder & louder as soccer fanatics filled the pub to watch the game & have a pint with lunch.  If you haven’t been to the pub, stop in & be sure to ask for Lon. He loves the Savvy Hip Hops & is eager to meet all of you who are being introduced to his brews.

In this month’s Savvy Hip Hops Taste Case, you will find two ‘bomber’ bottles of each:

Iron Arse Ale –especially made brew to fundraise for RIDE for DAD
Big Rig Session India Pale Ale
Big Rig Black India Pale Ale
Big Rig Belgian Blonde
Big Rig Gold – their signature beer
Big Rig Rideau Red

Need more Big Rig?

bigrig_logo-150x150If 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

Debbie & the Savvy Brew Crew


Big Rig Brewery

by Katy Watts

Ottawa’s West End isn’t exactly known for its beer, in fact, it really isn’t known for much outside of fast food chains and a certain Swedish furniture store…you know Canada’s largest IKEA. That all changed in 2012 though, when the skeleton of a long defunct steakhouse was torn down to make room for a brewpub rumoured to be backed by an NHL player. As the brewpub was built (and I know as I live nearby) and commuters waiting in traffic got a bird’s eye view of stainless steel tanks being lifted in place, the mystery started to unfold.

Starting with Stars

Chris Phillips Big RigWith any new business venture, Big Rig collected superstars in their own respective fields. The headliner is defenceman Chris “Big Rig” Phillips, top pick in the 1996 NHL draft and alternate captain of the Ottawa Senators. The nickname “Big Rig” was given to him by his teammates since he hails from the oilsands town of Fort McMurray, Alberta.

Supporting him are experienced restaurateurs Jimmy Zourntos and Angelis Koutsos of the Baton Rouge chain and Pierre Cleroux, co-founder of Ottawa’s Clocktower Brewpub. Of course, a brewpub wouldn’t be complete without an experienced brewmaster, filling that role is Lon Ladell.

From Milk to Beer…

During my interview at the corner seat of the bar, Lon & I chatted over the roar of soccer fans & TVs.  Lon originally hails from British Columbia where he worked in the dairy industry before discovering he was lactose intolerant! In 1995, he transferred those well-honed operational skills to an industry that is dear to his heart: beer.  He jumped in by volunteering at Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub in Victoria.

Big Rig Lon LadellLon told me that interestingly, Victoria has become synonymous with the growth of craft beer in Canada, “Half of craft beer made in Victoria is consumed in Victoria”. In a short year, his volunteering turned into a full time job as he took the reins and brewed his first batch of Mitchell’s Extra Special Bitter.

15 years and over 3,500 commercial brews later, Lon and his wife packed up shop and moved to Ottawa, his wife’s hometown, to take care of his father in law who was battling prostate cancer. While Ottawa may not have had the craft beer community that his former home had, things were starting to change. When Big Rig opened its doors and tapped their first keg they were welcomed with opened arms and empty glasses.

SRide for Dad logoince then Lon and his brew team have been well rewarded for their brews, both by official award ceremonies and by the locals who don’t hesitate to tell him what they think.

Lon is very excited to have won gold for Big Rig’s Black IPA at the 14th annual Canadian Brewing Awards.  “This is a big deal”, exclaims Lon with a big smile.

More cool deets about one cool dude

OCB recently spotlighted Lon, here’s some backstory clips to share with you:

What is your preferred beer style?
Obviously I have a great love for so many styles but I would the first one that I will always gravitate towards is a Schwarzbier – A black as night German Lager.

If you were to die & come back as a beer, what would it be?
Scotch ale for sure… full bodied, amber & you get a little surly after a few.

Breaking Beer News!

Now Big Rig is expanding their production by opening a brewery and tasting room in Kanata (10 minutes from the original brewery site) that will handle the demand for their brews at the brewpub, events and the LCBO. Debbie has visited this location that is currently under construction and she reports that “This place is HUGE!” Stay tuned for announcements of Savvy Hip Hops events that will be hosted here once the dust settles (literally!).

Lons Lab Big Rig Brewery-121Lon explains that the new facility will decrease the strain on the small 10 barrel brewing system that we have now.  We make a lot of beer in such small confines (known as Lon’s Lab).  “This will be the spot where I will play with different flavours and styles, while the signature beers will be made at the new facility.”

This is great news for Big Rig & for the Ottawa beer scene.

We raise a glass to Lon & the Big Rig team! 


• Savvy Hip Hops Tasting Notes •

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

Big Rig Gold

At 5% ABV and 20 International Bitterness Units (IBU) this smooth beer with crisp hop finish is perfectly paired with watching the game.

Tasting Notes: Big Rig’s flagship beer made with a blend of Canadian and German malts has a smooth mild body with subtle grain flavour and herbal spice thanks to a dose of German hops.

Suggested Food Pairing: Balanced malt sweetness and crisp hops lends this beer to pair well with a variety of different foods, especially those with a sweet and spicy contrast. Try this with red thai chili wings, jalapeño salsa or nachos…or Katy’s pizza recipe (on the next pages)


Big Rig Rideau Red

Crystal malts are used to create the sweet, malt backbone and the unique amber colouring of this brew. Floral hops are then added at the wort boil lending some hop bitterness while still letting the malt profile shine – 5.2% ABV, 18 IBU.

Tasting Notes: There’s a pleasant aroma of sweet malt and caramel that carries on to the flavour. Crisp hop bitterness lingers at the end, not overwhelming, but just enough to keep the malt profile from being cloying.

Suggested Food Pairing: Spiced and smoked foods love the sweet caramel notes and citrus aromas of this smooth brew. Make a pot of your favourite chili, grill some chicken breasts with sticky sauce or slow cook a pork shoulder.


Iron Arse Ale

This 5.2% ABV Amber Ale is brewed annually to support Ride for Dad, a series of motorcycle rides taking place across the country to raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer research. It’s a cause close to Lon’s heart as his wife’s father and both his father and stepfather were diagnosed with the disease.

Tasting Notes: In one word…Balanced. Sweet bready malts mingle with grassy, lightly bitter hops and a crisp carbonation. This is a wonderfully sessionable beer meant to be enjoyed at the end of a long ride.

Suggested Food Pairing:  Lon declares,“Anything off the BBQ slathered with Iron Arse BBQ Sauce”


Session India Pale Ale

This is the beer made for long summer days! Full hop flavour, but at a lower alcohol percentage – 4.8% ABV.

Tasting Notes: Brewed with a solid Canadian malt base and loaded with addition after addition of Citra hops this brew is over the top fruit and tropical flavours – peach, lychee, citrus.

Suggested Food Pairing: The big hop flavour in this beer craves Indian spices like coriander, cumin and cardamom. Pair this with Indian Butter Chicken (Katy’s recipe follows) to cut through the spice and refresh your palate so you can dig in for another taste. 


Black India Pale Ale

This is the gold award winning Black IPA, also known as a Cascadian Dark Ale, borrows the malt profile of a stout or porter and pairs it with the aggressive hoppiness of an India Pale Ale. The result is a deliciously complicated beer that you’ll have to sample a few times to make sure you’ve found all of the flavours.

Tasting Notes: At first taste this seems like a stout; roasted flavors of malt and coffee mingle with dark cocoa, but then the bittering tropical Galaxy hops hit and wipe away whatever misconceptions there were. The finish is dry with lingering roast, but that only makes taking another sip that much more appealing.

Suggested Food Pairing: The strong malt and hop profile of this brew needs strong flavours to match. For cheeses, think of extra old cheddar; for food think of a juicy burger cooked on the grill. Or, combine the two with Katy’s ‘Juicy Lucy’ recipe that follows.


Belgian Blonde

Originally brewed to appeal to European Pilsner drinkers, this style offers some Belgian complexity while still being light and easy to drink.

Tasting Notes: Sweet pils malt and earthy hops are the background for the Belgian yeast to shine. Notes of citrus esthers and spicy clove phenols pair well with the wonderfully lively carbonation making it easy to drink, but packed with flavour.

Suggested Food Pairing: Serve as an aperitif or pair with light salads or a cheese plate with white rind cheeses like Camebert, Brie or Brillat-Savarin….and watch the World Cup of course!


• Recipes to enjoy with the featured Savvy Hip Hops •

With Big Rig Gold …

Beer Infused Pizza Dough

Big Rig Beer Pizza DoughFrom Katy’s Kitchen
Yield: 2 crusts


3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons instant yeast (or use traditional yeast, follow directions & proof before heading to step 2)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 cups room-temperature Big Rig Gold (very important, it can’t be cold)


Preheat the oven to 450°F.  If using a pizza stone, spread a handful of cornmeal on the top before placing it on the lower rack.

Combine and knead all of the ingredients (your preference, mixer or by hand) until the dough is combined and smooth.  Add additional flour if needed.

Cover the dough and let rise for 30 minutes to 2 hours.

Divide the dough in half and do your best to create a pizza shape (or your best interpretation of a pizza shape).

If you’re a pizza pro and using a paddle to transfer your pizza to and from the oven (a good investment, $5 at a restaurant supply store) spread another handful of corn meal on the top of the paddle and place the pizza on top.  If you’re not using a pizza stone or paddle, place the dough on a lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheet.

Bake pizzas for 5 minutes, remove from the oven and add toppings.  If you’re a pizza pro you’ll try to match the toppings to the beer used in the dough – IPA for a meaty tomato sauce combination, brown ale with a margherita and a pumpkin with a sweet caramel onion and bacon combination.

Bake for another 15 minutes – until the bottom is crisp and the cheese is bubbly.

Remove from the oven, slice and serve with a beer. And hide leftovers from significant other!


With Big Rig Black India Pale Ale…

Juicy Lucy (Stuffed Cheddar Burger)

Juicy Lucy Cheddar stuff burgerFrom Katy’s Kitchen
Yield: 6 medium sized burgers


4.5 lbs beef short rib
2 cups shredded old cheddar –  with more for “sampling” while you cook!
½ tsp garlic salt
1 T Worcester sauce
Salt, pepper


Meat – whether you grind it yourself or buy pre-ground meat, make sure it’s top quality!  If you use beef short ribs, I was able to make 6 medium sized burgers from 4lbs of short ribs (bone included in weight).

Separate meat from bones then cube meat & grind.

Season with your favourite burger seasonings – I used salt, pepper, garlic salt and Worcester sauce.  Form thin patties and layer generous heaping of cheese in the middle of patty.

Place another thin patty on top and seal both patties together to create a flying saucer, put on the grill & VOILA!

Your choice to warn friends of the molten cheese that awaits them inside the burger. 


With Big Rig Session India Pale Ale…

Butter Chicken

From Katy’s Kitchen
Yield: 4 servings


250 gm of boneless chicken, cubed
2 onions, minced
1 tomato, pureed
1 tbsp of tomato paste or sauce
1 tbsp of butter, ghee, or oil
1 tsp of minced garlic
1 tsp of minced ginger
2 tsp of coriander powder
1 tsp of chilli powder (use Kashmiri chilli powder for better results)
1 tsp of garam masala or chicken masala
1 large pinch of kasuri methi / dried fenugreek leaves
1 cup of milk
3 tbsp of cream or pureed cashew paste (soak and grind cashew nuts)
1-2 tsp salt (adjust to taste)
1/4 tsp of turmeric powder
1 small bunch of coriander leaves / cilantro, for garnish


Heat the butter in a pan and add the minced onions. Fry until golden brown.

Add the ginger, garlic, coriander, chilli powder, turmeric, and salt. Fry for a minute until fragrant.

Add the pureed tomato and tomato paste and cook for 3-4 mins until the mixture bubbles uniformly.

Throw in the kasuri methi, milk, and the cubed chicken. Cook covered for 8-10 mins until the chicken is soft. The chicken will let out more water, just check once or twice in between and give the curry a stir.

When the chicken is cooked, open the lid and cook for .a further minute or two. If the gravy is too thick, add some water at this stage

When done, add the garam masala or chicken masala and the cream or cashew paste. Give it a good stir, but don’t let it boil.

Adjust salt, garnish with the coriander leaves, and remove from fire.


Cheers & Enjoy your Savvy Hip Hops!



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

Posted by Eva

Monday, June 9th, 2014


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


Debbie & the Savvy Brew Crew



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

Serves 6


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


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


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


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!




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

Posted by Debbie

Thursday, January 30th, 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.

kichesippi beer co logo
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.”



Oast House Breweries
“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
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 or follow @SavvyCompany on Twitter.