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Brown’s among first Ontario grocery stores to sell beer

(Photo: Todd Brown, owner of Brown’s Independent, in front of the new beer display.  Photo by Barry Gray.)

A sign went up on the outside of Brown’s Independent Grocer Monday night: “Beer Here!”

They’re among the first grocery stores in the province to sell beer in-store.  Sales started Tuesday morning at 9am after weeks of behind-the-scenes preparation by store staff. Continue reading


Covered Bridge, ‘Wiches Cauldron go underground at the Diefenbunker

(via the Diefenbunker)

On Friday, August 7, cool down underground with a beer, food, and chocolate pairing at the Diefenbunker. Sample four different craft beers, each paired with a savoury bite or artisinal dark chocolate, and learn about how the two play-off of each other to enhance your beer experience. Continue reading


Stittsville Minor Hockey bottle drive raises over $2,000 for Kelly family

The Stittsville Minor Hockey Association’s  bottle drive raised over $2,000 on the weekend.  The money raised will go to the Kelly family, who have an atom-aged son who is battling cancer.

The Rams thank all levels and tiers of the SMHA RAMS Hockey Family, OVSS, Stittsville RAMS Junior Hockey, parents, families, volunteers and community for supporting “#9”.

They also thank poccopazzo restaurant for donating from both of their locations and the Beer Store for helping the event run smoothly.


Stittsville resident is Kickstarting a microbrewery in Pakenham

Stittsville’s Hien Hoang (pictured above) is one of the organizers behind a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for a new microbrewery in Pakenham. We asked Hoang to tell us about the project.

Cartwright Springs Brewery is a micro brewery opening in Pakenham ON early 2015. The business was the brain child of Andre Rieux who has been home brewing for over 15 years. Rieux had recently bought a 77 acre property in Pakenham, where he discovered a natural spring. He decided to make beer with it and believes his beer has never tasted better.

Rieux had worked in the high tech industry for almost twenty years before being laid off just last year. Armed with a severance package and newly found spring water, he decided to partner up long time friends Eduardo Guerra and myself. We all share a passion for craft beer, and want to start a brewery.

We have laboured with our friends and family and construction of our brewery building is complete; our permits are filed and the brewery equipment is due to arrive soon.  Getting to this stage has required a lot of capital expense, and we’ve poured our life savings into this passion and dream.

>But due to unforeseen permit and licensing costs, we are short on funds required to make our retail space and tasting room into the comfortable and inviting space we envision for hosting our customers. So we decided to turn towards crowd funding via Kickstarter with the hopes of raising $12,000 to be able to create a space that will reflect our beer, our craft and our community.

Cartwright Springs Brewery will be the first every brewery to open in Mississippi Mills. Our dream is to launch a community-minded micro brewery, using 100% natural spring water collected from our property, to brew the most amazing beer.  And we want to share our fantastic product with everyone!

You can learn more about the project here…


Harvey & Vern’s brings a local flavour to soda

Over the weekend I met up with Paul Meek (pictured above, photo by Barry Gray) the owner of Ottawa-based Harvey & Vern’s soda and Kichesippi Beer.  Both companies are manufactured on Campbell Avenue (near Carling and 417), and Meek lives with his family in Granite Ridge. Here are some highlights from our conversation. Continue reading


Covered Bridge Brewing plans collaboration with ‘Wiches Cauldron food truck

(Above: Kathy and John vanDyk, owners of Covered Bridge Brewing)

Covered Bridge Brewing is planning a Halloween-themed beer as part of a collaboration with ‘Wiches Cauldron. It’s the latest in a series of partnerships with other Stittsville businesses. Continue reading