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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