Cap­i­tal bikin’ and brewin’

Canadian Cycling Magazine - - SUDS & CYCLING - Dean Camp­bell

“No ad­ven­ture is com­plete un­til you have raised a beer to cel­e­brate it.”

The favourite craft brew­house of the staff at Cy­cling Canada, Bi­cy­cle Craft Brew­ery has some real cred in the Ot­tawa cy­cling com­mu­nity. Co-founders Fari­borz and Laura Be­hzadi moved to Ot­tawa from Toronto in 2009, fol­low­ing their ca­reers in IT and gov­ern­ment. The pair quickly fell in love with the city’s bike paths. “You can get pretty much ev­ery­where on your bike,” said Fari­borz. “There are op­por­tu­ni­ties to im­prove things, but com­pared to Toronto, it’s a fan­tas­tic city for cy­cling.”

The two reg­u­larly ride along the Rideau River from their home in Over­brook, across to Gatineau Park and up to Pink Lake. On longer rides, they’ll stretch their legs out to ride to Cham­plain Look­out.

In 2014, the pair opened Bi­cy­cle Craft Brew­ery and quickly de­vel­oped a ros­ter of delectable beers, which are not only avail­able at the brew­ery in growlers, but on tap around the city.

In May 2017, Cy­cling Canada part­nered with the brew­ery for a spring sale, where team kits and a few high-end team bi­cy­cles were up for sale. Con­ver­sa­tions ev­ery­where re­volved around cy­cling, favourite rides and no­table races.

I opted for the full-bod­ied Crim­son Cas­cade am­ber ale, which has be­come a favourite. The Ve­loci­pede ipa was the com­mon or­der for Cy­cling Canada’s se­nior staff. There are lighter and darker op­tions to suit tastes, and a ros­ter of sea­son­als in­clud­ing the hard-to-get Guava Milk­shake ipa, and the easy­drink­ing Garten Saison.

The brew­ery has a long list, en­ti­tled “the pelo­ton,” of for­mer sea­sonal of­fer­ings listed on the web­site. It’s noted that “some might re­turn to the front, a few will stay be­hind.” ( bi­cy­cle­craft­brew­ery.ca) —

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