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The best of lo­cal beers

beau’s brew­ing co. Steve Beauch­esne, CEO What makes your brew­ery

unique? Bog Water. It started us on a path of ex­per­i­men­ta­tion, and has spawned so many in­ter­est­ing projects. When we de­cided to brew a Gruit beer [beer brewed with herbs other than hops], I don’t think we fully re­al­ized how much it would im­pact our brew­ery. Now with a full-time Gruit pro­gram, and as orig­i­na­tors of In­ter­na­tional Gruit Day, it is some­thing that many brew­ers [world­wide] look to us as ex­perts on. Les brasseurs du temps Alain Ge­of­froy, pres­i­dent What makes your brew­ery unique? BDT is the first craft brew­ery es­tab­lished on the Que­bec side of the Ou­taouais. It is lit­er­ally a tem­ple of beer brew­ing more than 35 dif­fer­ent types of beer, lo­cated in a her­itage cen­ten­nial build­ing and fea­tur­ing a self-guided beer mu­seum. Your most un­der­rated and favourite beers? Un­der­rated: L’Al­lumante is our nut brown ale: a sub­tle nutty flavour sus­tained by a long and smooth bit­ter­ness. Favourite: La Fram­boy­ante, our rasp­berry pale ale has a per­fect bal­ance of bit­ter­ness [like bit­ing into the rasp­berry seed] and sweet­ness. brew­ery Kich­esippi beer Co. Paul Meek, pres­i­dent What makes your brew­ery unique? Our com­mit­ment to brew­ing rare global styles. Your most un­der­rated and favourite beers? Un­der­rated: Prob­a­bly our Kich­esippi Log­ger. The style is a Penn Porter. Favourite: Our Kich­esippi 1855. It teaches

the cus­tomer that the colour of the beer is not di­rectly re­lated to its flavour. When you try this am­ber ale with your eyes closed, you would never guess that it’s a darker beer in the glass.

Whiprsnapr Brew­ing Co. Ian McMartin, head brewer What makes your brew­ery

unique? We have a baby sys­tem (150L) and a big sys­tem (2000L). The baby sys­tem al­lows us to play a lot and have dif­fer­ent beers on tap, while the big guy lets us get our beers into the big­ger stores. What are your most un­der­rated and favourite beers? Un­der­rated: Our Carol Anne Ir­ish blonde ale. There’s just so much flavour in it for such a light, easy drink­ing beer [4.7 per cent]. Favourite: Our gin­ger co­rian­der cream ale.

Bi­cy­cle Craft Brew­ery Laura Be­hzadi, co-owner What makes your brew­ery

unique? We pride our­selves on sourc­ing lo­cal in­gre­di­ents when avail­able. We are also avid sup­port­ers of women in the brew­ing in­dus­try and cel­e­brate In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day every year with Free­dom Ma­chine, our cherry pale ale that’s named after the suf­fragette name for the bi­cy­cle. What are your most un­der­rated and favourite beers? Un­der­rated: Vin­ter­nat Liquorice Stout. Most peo­ple are sur­prised when they try it. Favourite:

Ve­loci­pede IPA. It’s our flag­ship beer and is in­spired by the orig­i­nal name for the bi­cy­cle.

Bi­cy­cle Craft Brew­ery

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