1. Mill Street brewpub location doesn’t deter beer-lovers by Caresse Ley (Photo courtesy of Emily)

    The buzz of excited voices filled the air on Friday evening as a long line of beer-lovers waited to be let into the grand opening of Mill Street Brewpub in Ottawa.

    Tucked away from the main hustle-and-bustle of downtown in the northwest corner of where Portage Bridge meets Wellington Street, the brewpub is a unique departure from the pubs that fill the Byward Market.

    The brewpub’s general manager Peter Chase said the company wanted to establish itself somewhere away from the Market so as not to compete with other pubs that sell their products.

    “We want to enhance the craft brewery market. We don’t want to seem invasive but we really wanted a place that stands out for us and has our own signature on it,” Chase said.

    Mill Street selected the historic Thompson-Perkins Mill, a heritage building located in the LeBreton Flats area, as the site for the brewpub.

    “This place had been blank, empty, for about five or six years, and we thought, you know, let’s just take a look,” Chase said. “And it just spoke to us.”

    But beer-drinkers beware: the location that appears on Google Maps for 555 Wellington St., the brewpub’s address, is incorrect.


  2. "International Microbrewery to Open in Ottawa" by Caresse Lay (Photo courtesy of Raymond Johnston)

    Rumours that the international microbrewery 3 Brasseurs will open an Ottawa location are true, a spokesperson for the company said. 

    “We will be opening in the spring of 2012 in Ottawa. My best bet would be in May,” said Gerry Kakaroubas, the director of operations for 3 Brasseurs.

    These alternative brewers, called microbreweries, are smaller than bigger brands and typically produce their beer in-house.

    Kakaroubas said he thinks this will set 3 Brasseurs apart in Ottawa.

    “Every brewery has its own production facility in-house. We do not ship our beer from location to location.”

    He also said he believes 3 Brasseurs will be successful in Ottawa because they are not just a microbrewery, but also a full service restaurant.

    “We have a full menu, permit to allow children in the restaurant and a children’s menu. We will serve everyone from young families, to couples, to the older generation.” READ MORE.

  3. "Ontario’s Growing Craft Beer Movement Shines at Hart House" by Matt Lee

    Over 600 beer fans descended on Hart House at the University of Toronto this past week to sample ale from Ontario’s fast-growing craft beer community.

    The fourth annual Hart House Craft Beer Festival featured over 25 breweries from across Canada, with tiny microbreweries like Cameron’s Brewing Company sitting beside heavyweights including Mill Street Brewery and Steam Whistle Brewing July 28.

    The popularity of craft beers in Ontario has increased dramatically over the last few years, with almost every brewery present stating they’ve seen recent jumps in sales.

    Blake van Delft of Toronto’s Amsterdam Brewing Company linked the rising popularity of craft beers to the buy local movement.

    “People are eating and drinking closer [to home], and they want a beer that they can relate to,” he said.

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  4. "…hence the act of getting drunk is a part of our national identity." I like to think that instead of waving flags, we drink beer.

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