with Chris Goddard
ROAD TRIP TO THE CAPITAL CITY
Just before summer officially kicked off, my lovely wife and I decided to go on a little trip to Ottawa (which I secretly turned into a beer trip). I’ve been up to the capital city many times on business in the last few years but I haven’t taken the time to stay over and really check out all of the brewpubs and craft beer bars that have popped up in the last 2-3 years. This was a great opportunity to earn points with my wife and check a few breweries off my list.
Below are some of my favourite stops along the way.
Signal Brewing Company
(www.signal.beer) Not in Ottawa but it’s on the way and well worth the stop. Situated along the river in Corbyville their brewery calls one of the old Corby Distillery buildings home. This bucolic little gem is slightly off the beaten path and is a genuine must-stop detour on your way to Ottawa. Stop by for a flatbread topped with brisket smoked on site and leave some time to enjoy a flight of beers on the riverside patio before you get back on the road. Their Ohm Altbier was one of my favourite of the flight.
Dominion City Brewery
(www.dominioncity.ca) We actually didn’t make it to the brewery but after a long drive we checked into Le Germain’s Alt Hotel (maybe the Altbier was foreshadowing) and much to my pleasure the entire draught line up was from Dominion. We didn’t even make it to the elevators and I had to stop for a pint of Two Flags IPA which was well balanced and more sessionable than the 7% ABV would lead you to believe. Steph opted for the Fox Confessor Dunkelweizen. Both beers would get a second look before we headed out to explore.
Tooth and Nail Brewery
(www.toothandnailbeer.com) After a full day of cycling around the city we popped around to a few places for a pint and a bite but we closed the night out with a stop at Tooth and Nail for a couple of flights. This place had a great vibe that married traditional beer hall with a hipster sensibility in the best kind of way. The staff were laid back and ready to walk us through some beers. We opted for a flight of 7 that ran the gamut of lager to stout with everything in-between. Of particular note was their Birds of Prey Hopfenweisse which was hoppy enough for me to enjoy but approachable enough for Steph.
There were plenty of breweries we missed while we were in Ottawa but we have already planned our next trip later this summer to tackle a few more. Let me know which ones I should put at the top of the list.