Issue 575 Volume 3 Number 72

The Ottawan



It’s Wednesday, July 20, 2022 and we are are going to vote for Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts Institute for the title of North America's Best Culinary Training Institution in the World Culinary Awards

Craft Beer News

This is exciting: we haven't had a new brewery to add to The Ottawan’s Craft Brewery Map for ages. The Arbru Solar Brewery in Mallorytown is Canada's first solar-powered brewery.

▪️Dominion City Brewing Company’s been busy this summer, with the release of No Postcards Wheat Beer collab with Hamilton Ontario’s Merit Brewing Company, and Blue Razzle, a blueberry raspberry sugar-free City Seltzer. The brewery has also launched some sweet new tie-dye merch.

▪️If you love a summer Session IPA, Stray Dog have released two: Boombox Side A and Boombox Side B are hoppy low alcohol (4.2% ABV) beers packed with flavour. 

▪️Spark Beer’s Porch Sit Kveik Blonde Ale couldn’t be more local: it’s produced with Pilsner malt from Mississippi Mills and yeast sourced from Escarpment Laboratories in Guelph, Ontario. It’s described as both smooth and crisp, and sounds like ideal summer sipping. Head to Spark tonight for Happy Hour Drag from 6:00pm to 7:00pm, where the pitcher specials and cocktails will be flowing. $5 at the door. 

▪️Need a new kayak? Ridge Rock Brewing in Carp is holding a raffle to win a 10’ Ripple Kayak and 24 cans of delicious beer. There are 200 raffle tickets available at $20 each, and the draw happens on August 4th. 

▪️Evergreen Craft Ales has just released a brand new beer that honours the fallen trees of May 21st’s devastating derecho. Fallen Tree Canadian Lager is described as “unfiltered and simple” and promises to go great with summer. 

▪️For those that need comfort food at the moment, Ashton Brew suggests you join them in Ashton Ontario for this week’s pasta special. The Baked Chicken Penne with Garlic and Sriracha Roasted Goats Cheese Tomato Sauce would be lovely washed down with a fine Ashton beer (Blueberry Wheat, anyone?).

▪️Meet the lovely folks from Broadhead Beer this weekend at the Kemptville Live Music Festival. Head to Broadhead’s Insta feed for your chance to win a pair of tickets to any day of the festival. That’s a value of $140. Tom Cochrane is headlining tomorrow (Thursday July 21st), Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings on Friday, Johnny Reid on Saturday, and Glass Tiger on Sunday. 

▪️Calabogie Brewing has rolled out a new menu featuring jumbo garlic pretzels. Each comes with cheese sauce and mustard for dipping. Yum. 

▪️There’s more fun to be had at Good Propects’ inaugural Trivia Night, tomorrow (Thursday July 21st at 7:00pm). 

▪️It only costs a fiver to take part in the musical bingo fundraiser for the U16 Boys Gloucester Hornets team, tonight at Orléans Brewing. Top prize is an $80 OBC gift basket. From 8:00pm to 10:00pm tonight. 


In Other Media

▪️CTV asks whether Malak and SonsThe Merry DairyMoo Shu Ice Cream & KitchenThe Beachconers Microcreamery, or Piccolo Grande Artisan Gelateria is the best ice-cream in Ottawa. They didn't answer the question, we suggest you do what we do: go to all of them.

+ Related: CTV also suggests three places in the Valley for great roadside chow: Wes’ chips (ottawans passim), Bacon on a Bun in Renfew – available only during the Renfrew Fair Sept 8 – 11, and the Granary Schnitzel Haus in Eganville.

▪️The Lexington Smokehouse in Westboro has opened a new outpost in the ByWard Market. Apt 613 was impressed.

▪️The Citizen tried out Persian-influenced Saffron Kabab this week.

Coming up

Next Tuesday July 26th Capital Pride and the Embassy of the United States present a conversation with Pierre Jean Gonzalez, currently starring as Alexander Hamilton in the musical Hamilton. Tickets are free, but we don’t think they’ll last long. Azrieli Studio at the National Arts Centre, July 26 from 5:00pm to 6:00pm.

Deals of the day

▪️Big change is underfoot at Echo Verde in Vancouver, and to accommodate it all there’s a massive sale going on. Enjoy deals like bamboo dresses for $28, organic cotton hoodies for $48, organic linen pocket tanks for $38. We told you this sale was massive! 

▪️It’s Friends and Family Sale time at Franc, so grab 20% off site wide for a limited time. Use the code NEWFRIENDS22 to get your discount. 

▪️Use the code SALE50 at Melissa Nepton for the next seven days and inject your wardrobe with dreamy pieces from the Montreal designer. 

New Local Podcast

Holly Molenaar has a podcast out of Petawawa interviewing business owners in the Ottawa Valley. We've added it to our constantly curated list of Ottawa area podcasts.

We'll see you tomorrow. – Martha and Darren

? Is there something that Ottawans should know about? Email to us at We read every single comment.


Weather: ⛈️ 30 per cent chance of showers. High of 31°, low of 22°.   

Number: 18%. The share of houses Ottawa that sold for more that $1,000,000. In 2021, it was 9%. [Ottawa Citizen]

Ottawans of the Day: 21 newly minted Canadians. The group will take the oath of citizenship, sing O’ Canada, and become citizens at a ceremony in front of thousands of people before the RedBlacks match tomorrow. [Yahoo]

Quote: ‘All these comparisons I made to Ottawa in the last 10 years were based off a nostalgic, idealized version of the city, and now that I'm back here I'm just missing Calgary so much.’ –  Ottawa-born Reddit member auniqueusername1-9 apologizing to their fellow Calgarians upon moving back to Ottawa. [/Calgary]

Sports: CEBL Ottawa BlackJacks 80 – Newfoundland Growlers 94, last night

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▪️The next mayor of Ottawa may have the power to veto motions at City Council meetings. The Province is mooting putting Ottawa and Toronto on a ‘strong mayor’ system, giving them additional authority on council as opposed to today's system of ‘first among equals’. Premier Doug Ford did not elaborate what other powers may be granted to the two mayors. Council would be able to override a veto by three-quarter majority vote. [CBC]

▪️Indigo Books has declined to stock a pro-Convoy book about the Trucker siege on its shelvesThe Freedom Convoy: The Inside Story of Three Weeks that Shook the World is published by Sutherland Press, a book company owned and operated by Kenneth Whyte, the founding publisher of the National Post and later editor of Maclean’s. The publisher says the chain doesn't like the subject matter, the store says it has limited space and makes decisions on what will sell. Indigo does sell the book on their website. [National Post]

▪️Paramedics have been at Level Zero 725 times so far in 2022. Level Zero is when paramedics receive a call for service but there are no paramedics available. In 2021, the service hit Level Zero 750 times for the entire year. [CTV]

+ Related Vacationer whose appendix ruptured waited 11 hours in the Ottawa Hospital emergency room before being seen.

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