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There have been many celebrations over the past few weeks, including Beau’s in Vankleek Hill, and the Barrhaven Oktoberfest. We didn’t make it to either.

If you’re looking for less of a drunkfest, with some good food and an authentic Bavarian host, check out tomorrow’s Oktoberfest at St. George’s Church. I’m not Catholic, but NosyNeighbour and I will be there in our Bavarian attire. Because once you spend the big bucks on the authentic garb, you have to find places to wear it.



Last October, NosyNeighbour and I attended the Craft Brewers’ Market in Hintonburg. I’d read a quick blurb somewhere so we stopped after hiking the morning away in the Gatineau Park. Nothing like sampling a few beers to rehydrate, right?

And while I’ve wandered down to Winterlude three times this year (that’s what happens when you have photo assignments for class!), I didn’t hear about this new event until after the fact:

I know there’s a lot happening for Winterlude, but I find the NCC’s web site isn’t well organized. At the start of Winterlude I tried to find out whether there were fireworks. I still don’t know if they had any. So, here’s the new event I missed (from the NCC’s web site buried at the bottom of a page).



Ottawa’s newest annual craft beer festival is here!

On the final weekend of Winterlude, join the award-winning team from National Capital Craft Beer Week for two days of fun and activities.

  • Celebrate the 200th anniversary of craft brewing in Canada’s Capital Region with fantastic seasonal craft brewed beer and artisanal food.
  • Warm up to a hot beer, or enjoy one of your craft-brewed favourites from around the region and beyond.
  • Cheer on your favourite team during our winter games, and participate in the largest snowman building competition around!
  • Enjoy our on-site sugar bush in the beauty of Ottawa’s oldest pedestrian mall.

We have fun planned for adults and kids alike. Age of majority is required to enjoy the beer.

Activities are free; however, attendees will need to purchase the official festival glass in order to buy beer, as well as festival tokens to sample beer and food.

Saturday, February 16 and Sunday, February 17
11:30 am to 9 pm

Presented by the National Capital Craft Beer Week in collaboration with the Downtown Rideau BIA.

If anybody reading this attended, let me know if it was any good. Hopefully next year I’ll hear about it BEFORE it happens!

Back in December, I blogged about some information I’d found in the Ottawa Business Journal. In an article about the reopening of Ikea, there was a mention of a new brew pub opening in the former location of le Bifteque (not sure of the spelling since the sign has been gone a while).

Well, in yesterday’s Ottawa Citizen, Ron Eade reveals more.  Read the article and visit the links. Will let you know progress when I visit Ikea next time (which should be soon since I have two friends looking to update their kitchens!) Read the rest of this entry »

As we walked around Munich’s old town yesterday, I looked at all the beer hall signs. It made me think that while Canadians do love beer as well, we probably have more Tim Hortons that beer halls. That’s what we need: more beer halls!

There’s an Augustine beer hall on the way to Marienplatz, but it tends to be filled with more tourists because of its proximity to the Glockenspiel. Last visit the concierge recommended the Augustine Keller, which is near the train station, but in the opposite direction. On your walk there, you’ll like feel as we did the first time: where is this place? Are we sure we’re going in the right direction? Read the rest of this entry »

I know NosyNeighbour has this blog as his home page at work. The title of this post is to get his attention. Read the rest of this entry »

Firkinfest welcome for guests. Please follow the footsteps to the backyard.

Firkinfest welcome for guests. Please follow the footsteps to the backyard.

Another firkin summerfest is over. After a week of worrying about the weather, it ended up being sunny and hot, with a slight breeze. We had a good turnout this year, about 25 people. Last year’s was more of a neighbourhood gathering, but this year we invited a wide group of friends, many of whom didn’t know each other.  Timbit was well behaved too. Read the rest of this entry »


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