If our city hosts a beer eventany beer eventand you want to go, do it early.
We Ottawans are a thirsty lot. We'll polish off the beer in good time and we'll go for the popular ones first.
|A crowded Saturday|
More ticket booths were put in place on Sunday and lines were shorter. And the only challenge that the cold seemed to bring was freezing beer lines. The cold did not keep the beer fans away.
|Pork Of Yore|
Maple was not only in the candy floss, but also at a sugar shack and in beer. My favourite beer of the show was the St-Ambroise Érable, a maple ale from McAuslin. The colour of light maple syrup, this special ale held strong flavours of maple sugar without the overpowering sweetness. It was about as Canadian as you can get at this time of year.
To have some of it, though, you had to be at the festival on Saturday. By that evening, it was gone.
Other favourite brews of the festival include (in no particular order) the following:
- from Muskoka Brewerya cask-conditioned version of their Winter Beard Double-Chocolate Cranberry Stout; I even tried a hot version of this ale, which tasted like hot chocolate with a kick of rum.
- from Beau's All Natural Brewing CompanyDubbel Koyt Oatmeal Gruit, The Bog Father Imperial Gruit, Burnt Rock Vanilla Porter, and a black IPA whose name escapes me; I also had another hot beer, Butter Beer, which blended their Winterbrewed coffee ale with a concoction from the festival's president, J.P. Fournier. The result was a creamy beverage that tasted like a caramelized egg nog: delicious!
- from Cassel Brewery Companya cask-conditioned IPA and their stout: wonderful.
- from HogsBack Brewing Companythe Aporkalypse Now Oatmeal Bacon Stout (which sold out on Saturday) and their Full Monty English Brown Ale.
- from Ashton Brewing Companya beautiful coffee porter.
- from Spearhead Brewing Companya Belgian stout that I will review when I get my hands on it again.
J.P. can feel proud that he did Ottawa proud with this Winterlude event. Ottawans can rest assured that their city has a seemingly insatiable love for craft beer.
A love that shows that it pays to get to an event early.
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