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Discussion in 'Canada' started by ricochet173, May 7, 2013.

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  1. ricochet173

    ricochet173 Initiate (184) Jul 6, 2011 Quebec (Canada)
    Beer Trader

    Hiya folks! I'm going to be staying in the Sandy Hill area of Ottawa for two months this Summer (July-August) and was wondering if anyone could fill me in on the best places to buy a beer? Any bars/pubs you absolutely recommend? Any good stores? I always see topics about Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal, but never about Ottawa, so I don't feel bad about asking :wink:
  2. FEUO

    FEUO Disciple (327) Jul 24, 2012 Ontario (Canada)

    I don't think Beau's is too far away. :slight_smile: A car ride definitely.
  3. KeKeKumba

    KeKeKumba Initiate (188) May 5, 2011 Ontario (Canada)

    Relative to your location, Rideau/King Edward is the best LCBO. Bank/Walkley and Orleans Innes/Tenth (I believe) also carry basically everything.

    I don't know if I would pin point any one place in Ottawa as being my favourite or must try, but here's a bunch of popular spots all fairly close to you: Brothers Beer Bistro, Black Tomato, Pub Italia, The Manx, Arrow & Loon, Wellington Gastropub. Brasseurs De Temps in Gatineau is a great brew pub.

    My favourite place (besides the one that is currently burned down) is L'Autre Oeil in Aylmer. 550+ bottles plus a few Quebec taps.

    If you want to stay caught up on your Quebec stuff, Broue Ha Ha and Marche Omni across the river can take care of that (as can a ton of other places, really).

    And definitely stop into Beyond The Pale. They're open Friday-Sunday (though often sell out of beer and close Sunday). A new nano-brewery brewing some great stuff.
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  4. polloenfuego

    polloenfuego Meyvn (1,129) Jan 26, 2013 Ontario (Canada)
    Beer Trader

    If you do get a chance to get to Aylmer, there is also Bieres du Monde, in the Galeries mall on rue Prinicpale. It has over 300 labels in bottles. Most are Quebec microbrews, and I would say it is at least on par with Broue Ha Ha and better than Marche Omni.

    I can attest to the Orleans LCBO...it does carry quite a selection
  5. CanuckRover

    CanuckRover Initiate (0) Jul 10, 2007 Ontario (Canada)

    Ottawa breweries (some better than others, most of them just so-so):
    Beyond the Pale
    Ashton (brewpub)
    Big Rig (brewpub)
    Mill Street (brewpub)
    Clocktower (brewpub)
    Brasseurs de Temps (brewpub)
    Trois Brasseurs (brewpub - bleh)

    In my opinion, Beau's and Beyond the Pale are the best in the city (Beau's isn't actually in the city though). Kichessippi is a reliable last resort. I don't really get Broadhead. Brewpubs are hit and miss, but I enjoy most of them (I seem to be one of the few who isn't a fan of BdT).
  6. brandon911

    brandon911 Zealot (503) Mar 15, 2011 Texas

    Hi guys, sorry to revive an old thread, but I'm coming up from Texas to be in Ottawa for the week, getting some paddling in. Any suggestions on brews That I should look for?
  7. KeKeKumba

    KeKeKumba Initiate (188) May 5, 2011 Ontario (Canada)

    This upcoming week? Where are you staying?
  8. ElGallo

    ElGallo Champion (810) Sep 26, 2009 New Hampshire

    I'll be in the Ottawa area in a few weeks and was wondering if there are any shops in Ottawa/Gatineau that carry Cantillon (I'm all but certain LCBO and SAQ do not, but correct me if I'm wrong). Thanks.
  9. ricochet173

    ricochet173 Initiate (184) Jul 6, 2011 Quebec (Canada)
    Beer Trader

    I've had two beers from BdT: a tripel (which I forget the name of), which was passable, and their DumDuminator, which was some of the vilest swill I've ever tasted. Both were overpriced.

    As a side note, I have yet to make it to Beyond The Pale as I'm a bit far from it and I am quite busy. I plan on it though! Also planning a trip to Beau's with some people in my program.
  10. KeKeKumba

    KeKeKumba Initiate (188) May 5, 2011 Ontario (Canada)

    Negative. That would be cool, though, I could use a re-stocking on some Cantillon.

    Beau's is a good trip, ricochet. World class people that will give you a tour, have a few pints on their patio. Good stuff even if the beer can be meh.
  11. CanuckRover

    CanuckRover Initiate (0) Jul 10, 2007 Ontario (Canada)

    No shops, but I think l'Autre Oeil, a bar, in Gatineau usually (?) carries some:
  12. KeKeKumba

    KeKeKumba Initiate (188) May 5, 2011 Ontario (Canada)

    Ah, yeah, there's that as well. I was there a few weeks ago, here's the Cantillon menu as of then: http://i.imgur.com/2dAXPJP.jpg

    Plus everything else on the site and 10 Quebec taps. Prices are very, very reasonable. I was charged a little less than those prices in fact.
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