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Our Craft Brewery Map has been a vital resource during the pestilence. It's proof that Ottawa has a craft brewing scene that is the envy of Canada.

But craft distillers are also making their names known, and the Ottawa Valley is home to some of the most interesting and innovative. 

And here is a remarkable thing: craft gin, vodka, and rye is basically the same price as the imported stuff. The usual Canadian-made mark-up doesn't apply.

So while you are at the cottage, on the porch, or hanging out the window, here are the local spirits to raise yours.

North of 7 Distillery

The granny of Ottawa craft distilleries, with a heritage that goes back to 2014. North of 7 distills rye – made with Ontario heritage purple corn, gin, vodka, and rum – with a portion of each rum sale going to support leatherback turtles.

North Of 7

Dairy Distillery

Dairy Distillery in Almonte makes vodka (or Vodkow as they call it.) Usually, vodka is flavourless but Vodkow is made from milk sugars, a byproduct of the dairy process, which adds a gentle tasty non-milky tang. And the bottles all resemble old-timey milk bottles.


Top Shelf Distillers

Perth's Top Shelf Distillers makes gin, vodka, mint liqueur, plus moonshine in flavours like gingerbread, irish cream, blueberry, butter tart, and Tom Green.

Top Shelf

King’s Lock Craft Distillery

A fully organic craft distillery, King's Lock specializes in gin, rye, rum, and moonshine. And, we're a little late on this, a kosher moonshine for Passover. King‘s Lock is located in Johnstown, which is at the end of the 416 on the St. Laurence. 

King’s Lock

Artist In Residence Distillerie

This Gatineau distillery brings vodka, rye, amaretto, dry gin, flavoured gins, chocolate crème de menthe, liqueuers, and orange bitters. But you'll only find them in the SAQs, LCBO isn't carrying them. 

Artist In Residence

O’Kenny Craft Spirits

Andrew Kenny is a Renfrew County farmer who has decided that distilling would be a welcome addition to his cows. O’Kenny Craft Spirits distills vodka, rye whiskey, and rhiskey – a 50:50 concoction of rum and whiskey.


All of these distillers also make hand sanitisers as well. And these days, that's probably the most profitable part of their businesses. 

The other two Ottawa distillers to be aware of: Dunrobin Distilleries, which has postponed their first spirits to make hand sanitiser, and Twelve Barrels, which is an Ottawa repackager of other distillers’ rye.

Wednesday is our weekly resto roundup – reply to us at [email protected] with your suggestions.

We'll see you tomorrow, Martha and Darren


Weather: ⛈️ Period of rain. High of 22°.

Number: 750,000. The number of honey bees on the roof of the temporary Senate building. The hives are maintained by the Chateau Laurier, and the honey is used in food there.  [Ottawa Citizen

Ottawans of the Day:  Amber King and Mike Montone. The co-owners of Firon Roofing organised roofers from several different companies to complete a job that had been abandoned before the rains came. [CFRA]

Quote: Every restaurant says that their staff is a family, but let me tell you, you’re not a family until you make pizza through a pandemic” – Heartbreakers Pizza owner Juliana Graf  [Apt 613]

Sports: CEBL: Ottawa BlackJacks beat the Hamilton Honey Badgers 85–69, to put them in fourth place.


 There have been 2559 confirmed cases of COVID‌-19, an increase of 63 since Friday, and 264 deaths in Ottawa, no new reports.

⭕ Public Health Ontario says only a tiny fraction of the public has been exposed to COVID-19  [CBC]

⭕ Canada's deal with Amazon to deliver medical supplies to the Provinces has been suspended. Provincial health authorities have ordered more items than anticipated and want them delivered to central locations, rather than invidual hospitals. Public Services and Procurement Canada has retendered the contract [iPolitics]

⭕ Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre inmate has tested positive for COVID-19 [Ottawa Citizen]

⭕ Employee at Heron Road Food Basics tests positive for COVID-19 [CFRA]

⭕ Terry Fox Drive Sobey's employee tests positive for COVID-19 [CFRA]

⭕ Staff member at Foster Farm Community Centre day camp tests positive for COVID-19 [CFRA]

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▪️Safer Supply Ottawa gains new Federal funding and a new, central, location. Safer Supply Ottawa is a harm-reduction programme that gives people addicted to opiods access to safe, pharaceutical grade drugs, as well as address primary health care, housing, and mental-health. [Ottawa Citizen]

▪️From Constance Bay to Wakefield, locals have a message to their motoring visitors: we hate you. Cars have been filling the beaches, the quaint villages, and the shopping areas, raising tempers in rising temperatures.   [Ottawa Citizen]


🚜 Markets and Restaurants

▫️Wakefield's Juniper Farm is reopening its tea room and farm store from this Friday, August 7, from noon to 7:00pm, to Sunday August 9th (10:00am to 5:00pm). The organic farm also has a brand new website. On Saturday and Sunday visitors will be able to walk around the farm. [Juniper Farm]

▫️Stofa Restaurant's latest "Stofa-On-The-Sofa" menus for two or four people have been released for this coming weekend: The star of the show is grilled flank steak with chimichurri sauce, which is accompanied by yummy sides like watermelon gazpacho, stuffed portabella mushrooms with goat cheese and panko crust, and BBQ popcorn. The dessert caught also our eye: Maple Bacon Cookie Sandwich with Peanut Butter Filling? Yes, please.

$80 + HST for two people, $130 + HST for four. Book your takeaway dinner on their website, and choose the pickup time. [Stofa]

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Bilingual with experience in bilingual administrative writing. This is a front line position that interacts with students, informing them of regulations and procedures. Also provides academic support to the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and the University. [UOttawa]

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Tanger Outlets
Eddie Bauer
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Experienced retail management professional required to drive sales and KPIs and to deliver Eddie Bauer's "legendary service". This position is also expected to inspire team and demonstrate customer interaction best practice. [Eddie Bauer]

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Labour and employment law specialists Emond Harnden are searching for a Human Resources professional to handle multiple assignments with autonomy and to produce high quality deliverables. Must have a strong employee and client service focus, and be well versed in delivering the full cycle of recruitment, employee engagement, benefits, compensation, and employee relations, and payroll functions. [Linked In]

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