It’s official; the coolest artisanal drink of the summer is microbrew beer. Canada is totally on board, with over 500 locations in operation across the country. Think of this as the perfect way to support small local businesses this summer, while also getting your drink on.
In Ottawa, variety is the name of the microbrewing game. Each location offers something completely different—but don’t feel overwhelmed just yet! To help you out, our Localist Kristina Dapaah rounded up the best microbreweries in Ottawa so you know exactly where to spend your Friday nights. If you want to support local in every major city in Canada, check out our Canada-wide microbrewery list.
Location: 850 Industrial Av., Unit #12, bicyclecraftbrewery.ca
Open since: 2014
The rundown: Bicycle Craft has a down-to-earth vibe with retro furnishings and an amazing farm table.
What to order: Their flagship beer, the Velocipede Indian Pale Ale. The name comes from the original word for bicycle, velocipede.
What they’re known for: Hoppy IPAs. With a variety of IPAs pouring from their flagship location, the tropical flavours in the Trillium or Vermont-style IPAs have been carefully master crafted.
Beers on tap: Four mainstay beers are brewed all year long. Seasonal beers help keep right beers on tap at any given time.
Guided tours: No
Location: Various designated, central pick up locations around Ottawa, brewdonkey.ca
Open since: 2013
The rundown: Want to visit more than one microbrewery in one day? Brew Donkey is a guided tour service that provides private and public tours to microbreweries in Ottawa and its surrounding area.
What to order: Staff at each brewery will be sure to let you know what’s popular.
Kichesippi Beer Co.
Location: 866 Campbell Ave., kbeer.ca
Open since: 2010
The rundown: Kichesippi beers are made with the diversity of Ottawa in mind. The beer satisfies those who like smooth and subtle or contrasting strong and bitter flavours. The friendly staff will make you feel like you’re enjoying a beer in the comfort of your own home.
What to order: Shop the 1855 (Amber Ale), Heller Highwater (Bavarian Lager), Natural Blonde (Pale Ale), Remic Rapids (West Coast Style IPA), Radler (Grapefruit Infused), Hefeweizen (Wheat Beer) and more in the Kichessipi shop.
What they’re known for: 1855 is a top seller all year round with the Heller Highwater at a close second. In the spring and summer months, reach for the fruit-infused Radler.
Beers on tap: 9 beers can be purchased in cans
Guided tours: Tours and tastings are offered on Fridays and Saturdays at 12 p.m., 2:00 p.m. and 4:00pm.
Location: 10 Terry Fox Dr., beaus.ca
Open since: 2006
The rundown: When you’re up for a little adventure that involves driving beyond the Ottawa perimeter, Beaus has a stylishly cool tasting room with a rural, Victorian vibe. During the warmer months, a hop-vine-covered patio is the perfect spot to drink and chat.
What to order: Lug Tread Lagered Ale, which has won more than 20 awards
What they’re known for: Certified organic German-style ales, and Gruits (beer made with herbs and spices)
Beers on tap: About a dozen
Guided tours: Everyday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.