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Oktoberfest Countdown from Munich to Ottawa

Posted by Debbie

Thursday, September 18th, 2014
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Grab your Lederhosen…it is Oktoberfest time!  While the name suggests a month long festival in October, in reality kegs are tapped in late September in Munich, Bavaria & throughout Germany so the beer flows non-stop for 16 days until the first weekend in October.

Drink Beer from Barhaven to Vankleek Hill…and beyond

The tradition continues in the Ottawa area with Beau’s Oktoberfest in Vankleek Hill as well as Oktoberfest Ottawa in Barrhaven – both on the October 3rd to 5th weekend. The largest Oktoberfest celebration around will take place in Kitchener, check out their great lineup.

No doubt there will be pop-up Oktoberfesting in neighbourhoods and pubs all over town, so grab one of these locally made craft beers & raise a pint to join in the celebrations. “Prost!

bigrig_logo-150x150Big Rig Rideau Red

Brewmaster Lon Ladell figures that he has made thousands of different craft beers and he is far from done! Big Rig beers have grown in popularity that Lon & his team are soon to open an even larger brewery in Kanata where you can stop in for a pint.

Big Rig Lon LadellCelebrate the change of fall colours with this red beer. 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.  The result? A heart-warming aroma of 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.

kichesippi beer co logoKichesippi Beer Co. Heller Highwater

Kichesippi beer low resAs the expression goes, “Come hell or highwater…” you need to do whatever it takes to try this Bavarian lager.   Make a point of stopping by the Kichesippi Brewery on Campbell Ave to pick up a six pack. Hell is the German adjective for “light,” while Helles is a noun used in the sense of “a light one.” Subtle, rich, heavenly maltiness with aromas & tastes of wildflower honey & hops await. Enjoy with fresh corn on the cob & bratwurst sausages and ask yourself….

Does life really get any better than this?

Beers worth a roadtrip…

 

Perth Brewering signPerth Brewery Oatmeal Stout

Perth Brewery Oatmeal StoutAs the fall weather rolls in, warm up with a full-bodied beer like this one. Brewed using real oatmeal, there are rich aromas and tastes of coffee, chocolate and vanilla that makes this a good choice for spicy foods, a night cap or with dark chocolate cake!

With 10+ beers always in the kettle at Perth Brewery, if Stout is not ‘your thing’, let me give you another reason to make the drive to Perth – Perth Brewery was named Top Brewery at the 2014 National Capital Beer Festival.

Barley Days logoBarley Days Pumpkin Saison of the Witch

This beaut is only available at Barley Days Brewery in Picton during autumn. During the height of harvest, friends and family parade across the road to the neighbouring farmers market to collect over 400lbs of pumpkins to be used in the recipe in order to create a batch of 4000L of this specialty beer.

Imagine how many trips across the road it takes to make that beer! (sounds like a ‘how many times did the brewmaster cross the road’ joke is coming on!).  As Prince Edward County’s only brewery, plan a getaway to stop in at Barley Days and then visit the 30+ wineries along the way…

Ontario craft beers –  delivered to your door!

Savvy Hip Hops beer of the month club

All around the world, barrels will be tapped starting in September and into October, so this is the perfect time to think about all the wonderful craft beers make right here in Ontario.

Savvy Company’s Brew Crew roams the backroads to discover craft beers you can’t always find on the shelves at The Beer Store or the LCBO. Subscribe to Savvy Hip Hops – Ontario’s first craft beer-of-the-month club & an assortment of craft beers will be delivered straight to your home or office each month – a different brewery every time!  www.savvyhiphops.ca

All of the above-mentioned breweries have been part of our beer of the month clubJOIN NOW and you can get great Ontario beers delivered to your door!

Prost!

Enjoy all those Oktoberfests in your neighborhood

 

 

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Ompah! It’s Oktoberfest

Posted by Amanda

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013
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Fall=Oktoberfest=craft beers!  This annual celebration happens far beyond the Bavarian capital of Munich, Germany. Although called Oktoberfest, the festivities & tapping of kegs began mid-September.  For the occasion,  breweries around town are promoting seasonal brews at this time of year including those made with pumpkins!  Whether you go Oktoberfest-ing decked out in a traditional dirndl outfit, here’s the backstory of Oktoberfest along with tips & tricks on how to pour the perfect draft from any keg wherever you are in the world.

Oktoberfest in Germany – from 1810 to today…

The legend goes that as of 1810 when one Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig celebrated his wedding all the citizens of Munich were invited to attend the festivities held on the fields in front of the city gates to celebrate the happy royal event.  This big party became an annual event. The beer tents that we know today didn’t start until the late 1890s then came along fun-fairs that are a mainstay in any German Oktoberfest celebration.  Since the 1800s, Oktoberfest is now considered the largest festival in the world…and is celebrating its 180th year!
Here’s some fantastic photos of this year’s celebration in Germany.

This 16-day festival runs from late September to the first weekend in October. It’s certainly got an international flavor that is characteristic of the 21th century with some 6 million visitors from all around the world converging into 14 beer halls each year.  Our own Savvy Sommelier Debbie Trenholm took part in Oktoberfest in Munich a few years ago…although we haven’t been able to pry pictures of her dancing on tables with huge mugs of beer!

 

Celebrating Oktoberfest in Ontario

Here in Ontario we know how to celebrate Oktoberfest like the Germans do!  There are plenty of festvals around the province – the most famous being Oktoberfest in Kitchener Waterloo as it is named as ‘Canada’s largest Bavarian festival’ and it holds claim in being the largest Oktoberfest in North America with 16 Festhallen (beer halls) and over 40 Family and Cultural Events, there is something for everyone.

Ommm-pa-pah! In Ottawa, there are 5 Oktoberfests – that should keep you busy! Oktoberfest Ottawa showcased lots of entertainment & family fun…oh and beer of course. Local craft brewery Beau’s All Natural is hosting its 5th annual Oktoberfest this weekend.  Even Sparks Street had its own festival – GO OTTAWA!

With so many great craft beers brewed right here in Ontario, there are loads of reasons to crack a cold one. For a list of what’s going on around the province check out Ontario Craft Brewers.

 

 

 

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