October 17, 2012
Our inaugural Brewery Market in Ottawa last Saturday was a tremendous and remarkable success, with over 2,500 people visiting us on Wellington Street West in Hintonburg to celebrate the thriving local craft brewing scene.
The Brewery Market in Ottawa was the largest one we’ve ever had, with nine breweries from the local region along with three food vendors providing delicious beers and treats for the day. Over 30 different beers were available, representing a wide range of unique styles and tastes.
Many people and organizations played an important role in making the Brewery Market happen in Ottawa and we have lots of thanks to make. We certainly wouldn’t have had a Brewery Market if it wasn’t for the enthusiasm of our participating breweries, including Ashton, Beau’s, Big Rig, Broadhead, Cassel, Clocktower, HogsBack, Kichesippi and Mill Street (Beyond the Pale, we’ll have your beers next time!). Location is always critical for the Brewery Market, and our amazing space was thanks to Windmill Developments and their future condo ‘The Eddy‘. We were fed by Hintonburger, Union 613, Hintonburg Public House and we had great live music from Social Butterfly, Old Stereo, Marc Salsbury, Yanis Khamsi and Don Jackie. We had numerous generous donations from Silent Valley Alpaca and Dish Catering. And of course we are happy to support the efforts of Ottawa Riverkeeper through our event proceeds – as we like to say, “you can’t have clean beer without clean water“, and we’re glad you’re dedicated to this important cause.
We also had some incredible people making the event happen leading up to and at the event itself. Lots of thanks go out to Mark Carver and Danielle Quigley who spearheaded the organization of the event locally, along with our excellent team of volunteers: Patrick White, Amy Whitham, Maribeth Butler, Nicole Pollack, Ryan Janssens, Charles Lauzon, Ludger Duvernay, Erica Hendry, Brendan Haveman and Justin Sadler.
But this Brewery Market would not have happened had it not been for the dedication, savvy and tireless efforts of Taralyn Marshall. Taralyn flawlessly led all elements of Brewery Market operations, including finding and securing our great location, organizing all the breweries and food vendors, managing our staff and music, handling logistics and advertising – everything. Taralyn’s passion for craft beer allowed the Brewery Market to take place in Ottawa, and an extra special thanks and debt of gratitude goes out to her.
But that’s clearly not all – thanks to everyone in Ottawa who attended! The Brewery Market was embraced by the Hintonburg neighbourhood and we were thrilled by the enthusiastic support. We sincerely hope you had a great time. And with this success, how could we not have another event in Ottawa? The Brewery Market will definitely be returning in the new year to continue celebrating all the great beer we have in the region and province. Stay tuned for more details as they develop and be sure to follow us on Twitter for the latest news and announcements. See you soon!