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Cronk. Cronk is good. Cronk is the drink.

Last month, Paul Fairie, a researcher at the University of Calgary, was looking at an 1883 copy of the Calgary Herald, and noticed something weird. 

The work Cronk was interspersed between paragraphs all through the paper. Why? Fascinated Twitter users took up the task.

A bottle was found.

Then an 1860 recipe.

Dating back to the 1840s, Cronk was the invention of Warren Cronk of Syracuse, New York, who invented the drink as a healthful tonic. Only slightly alcoholic, it was a mix of sasparilla, sassafras, and hops. Basically, a boozy root beer.

Over the next few decades, the recipe was franchised out to brewers across the US and Canada, including Calgary. But by the end of the 19th century, Cronk was gone and forgotten.

Until Paul Fairie's Tweet. Which inspired Cold Garden brewery of Calgary to make the first batch of Cronk in perhaps 100 years.

And that's why it is fabulous that Nita Brewing in Nepean is brewing it in Ottawa.

In a phone call with the ottawan, Nita Brewing said that the first batch should be ready in “two to three weeks.“

“We've never done this before so we'll see what happens.”

the ottawan will keep you updated as this unfolds.

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We'll see you tomorrow, Martha and Darren


Weather: ⛈️ 40% chance of showers. High of 27°.

Number: $100. The amount in a gift card that Ottawa Tourism is giving to people who book hotel rooms in an attemp to kick start the industry.  [CTV

Ottawan of the Day:  Sandra Oh. The Ottawa native has been nominated for third Emmy in a row, for her role in Killing Eve. [Entertainment Tonight]

Quote: Ottawa is a soccer city, there’s no about it” – Canadian Premier League commissioner David Clanachan on Atlético Ottawa’s first match, which, like the entire season, will be played in Charlottetown, P.E.I  [Ottawa Sun


 There have been 2481 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 13 since yesterday, and 264 deaths in Ottawa.

⭕ Two siblings who attended two different Gatineau day camps have tested positive for COVID-19  [CFRA]

⭕ The Province will annouce plans on how school opening will work today [CBC]

⭕ The law mandating masks in public spaces does not extend to the Parliament Buildings  [National Post]

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▪️The owner of Kardish Health Food Centre, Robert Assaf, who had launched a petition to oust homeless people from the Jim Durrell Recreation Centre and return it to kids ice hockey has apologised. The rink had been converted into an emergency shelter for up to 50 men.  [CBC]

▪️The City is reopening nine cardio and gym facilities:

  • Ray Friel Recreation Complex 
  • Greenboro  Community Centre 
  • Plant  Recreation Centre 
  • Kanata Leisure Centre 
  • Walter Baker  Sports Centre 
  • Bob  MacQuarrie  Recreation Complex-Orléans (weight room  only) 
  • CARDELREC Recreation Complex  Goulbourn 
  • Heron Road Community Centre 
  • Richcraft  Recreation Complex-Kanata 

Workouts must be booked in advance and limited to 1.5 hours. [City of Ottawa]

▪️Ottawa Police arrest a 21 year-old man after navigating a 'booby-trapped' home. The traps allegedly contained 'noxious substances.' Neighbouring townhomes were evacuated after the man threatend to burn down the house. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️The Appletree Medical Centreat Greenbank and Baseline is a walk-in clinic but …

The passengers of the SUV, a 78-year-old man and a 72-year-old woman, were treated at the scene for minor injuries

The clinic was not open at the time.

[Ottawa Paramedic Service


▫️CityFolk will return in the autumn in an online format, rather than be cancelled outright. [CFRA]


🚜 Shopping and Farmers’ Markets News

▫️ One of Stittsville’s favourite shops, the Little Red Spade
hosts the ‘Canadian Made” Outdoor Market each Thursday 5:00pm to 9:00pm and Saturday from 10:00am to 3:00pm until August 29th, 2020
1563 Main St, Stittsville [The Little Red Spade]

▫️ At long last, Barrhaven Farmers’ Market reopens this Sunday, August 2nd, from 10:00am to 2:00pm, and will carry on each Sunday until the end of October. As with all markets during the pandemic, it’s shopping only, with no seating. The first hour is for seniors 65 and over, as well as the immunocompromised. The market is located at the Nepean Woods Park and Ride, at Strandherd Drive and Crestway Drive. This week’s vendors include Art-is-in Bakery, Bearbrook Game and Meats. Bombay Gardens, Haico's Hot Sauce, Just Farms, Mr. Pat's Hot Sauce, Needham's Garden Market, Raon Kitchen, Rochon Gardens, Thai Kitchen, and The Great British Pasty & Pie Co. More vendors to be added. [Barrhaven Farmer's Market]

▫️In addition to some delicious local produce, the Byward Market has now welcomed back arts and crafts vendors. Visit Thursday to Sunday, 9:00am to 5:00pm. [Byward Market]

▫️Workshop Boutique reopens today, Thursday July 30th. The shop proudly carries Canadian designers and makers. Walk-ins are welcome but you can also reserve a private appointment. 242 Dalhousie Street. Sister store Flock, at 1275 Wellington St W, has also reopened. [Workshop Boutique]

🍺 Beer News

Overflow Brewing is offering free same day delivery to friends and family during the month of August. Sign up to their newsletter to take part. [Overflow Brewing]

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