The Brewery Market

April 17, 2014
by Taralyn

Where is Hintonburg Park?

Don’t get lost on your way to Hintonburg Park, next Saturday. At the corner of Fairmont Ave. + Duhamel St., the park is tucked behind the beautiful (and hard to miss) St.Francois D’Assise Church.

Parking is hard to find on a good day— so walk, ride your bike, or take bus. Check out this site for your best route to the park:

hintonburg by Trevor Pritchard


April 1, 2014
by Taralyn


The first Ottawa Brewery Market of 2014 is coming. And it’s delicious.

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Join us Saturday, April 26th for the triumphant, suds-soaked, return of the Ottawa Brewery Market, titled DRINK OF DREAMS.

Fill up on hometown pride by helping us empty kegs served by Big Rig Brewery, Clocktower Brew Pub, Kichesippi and new kids on the block, Covered Bridge Brewing.

Stone Soup Foodworks and Clocktower will be serving hungry bellies.

FREE admission.
We will be pouring, even if the rain is.

FAMILY-FRIENDLY. Hintonburg Park features a wonderful play area. Bring your chairs and frisbee and come relax for the day.

Proceeds support Ottawa Riverkeeper, because you can’t make great beer without clean water.


March 11, 2014
by Taralyn

More dates. New home.


Bust out those calendars and set your alarms, Ottawa Brewery Market is holding 4 events this year AND it’s all going down at a new venue—Hintonburg Park.

Saturday, April 26
Saturday, May 24
Saturday, July 5
Saturday, October 25


November 23, 2013
by admin

A Great Year at the Brewery Market and Brewer’s Backyard

We’re a bit late with this post, but we wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone who participated in our phenomenal Brewery Market and Brewer’s Backyard season in 2013.

This year was our best yet, with five dynamite events in Toronto at the Evergreen Brick Works and three amazing ones in Ottawa at Parkdale Park – all to help support the great causes of Evergreen and Ottawa Riverkeeper.

In Toronto, our events in JanuaryMayJulySeptember and October were our usual fun and laid-back afternoons, with breweries participating that included Great Lakes, Indie Alehouse, Nickel Brook, Amsterdam, Left Field, Beau’s, Granite, Oast House, Grand River, Black Oak, Cheshire Valley and courtesy Keep6 Imports, Charlevoix, Dieu du Ciel!, Trois Mousquetaires, Dunham, Trou du Diable, Hopfenstark, and Brasseurs Sans Gluten.

We took things up a notch this year in Ottawa, tripling our events from last year (JulyAugust and October) and welcoming all of the breweries from the region: Beyond the Pale, Broadhead, Cassel, Big Rig, HogsBack, Mill Street, Kichesippi, Clocktower, Turtle Island, Whitewater, Beau’s and Ashton. But we also had in some out-of-town breweries in the mix this year, including Barley Days, Flying Monkeys and Nickel Brook.

We are extremely thankful to all the breweries that participated – we like to think that the Brewery Market and Brewer’s Backyard features one of the most diverse range of local brewers of any event series that takes place in Toronto and Ottawa. After all, we did have over 30 breweries participate this year!

Food is such a key component to our events, and this year we welcomed some of the best restaurants and vendors around, including in Toronto Big E’s Grinds, FeasTO, Sweet Sammies, Kanga Meat Pies, WVRST, Sovereign State Cheese, Jamie Kennedy Kitchens, and Chef Pascal Poilbout. In Ottawa, our great partners Hintonburger, Absinthe Cafe and Murray Street Grill kept everyone well fed in the nation’s capital.

But our events wouldn’t run as smoothly as they do without the tireless work of our great staff. Our events this year at the Brick Works in Toronto were led by Amy Whitham, who oversaw an amazing team which included Kelly Creighton, Samantha Calligen, Lizze McArdle, Suzy Marshall, Charles Lauzon, Gira Moin, Nicole Tomasi, Elyssa Gordon and Donna Bridgeman.

And in Ottawa, Taralyn Marshall, who brought the Brewery Market to town in the first place, once again led our bigger and better series this year, with her incredible team including event organizers Mark Carver and Danielle Quigley, plus volunteers Justin Sadler, Maribeth Butler, Ryan Janssens, Matt Jardine, Charles Lauzon, Jasmine Savoie, Jenny Purkiss, Patrick White and Sean MacGinnis, alongside Riverkeeper volunteers Ashley Brasfield, Lynette Chubb, Colleen Hulett, Richard Lamontagne, Erica Nadeau, Ian Redcay and Christina Sullivan.

Thanks Amy, Taralyn and the rest of the team – you are all awesome and we couldn’t do this without you.

Many thanks go out to our hosts: Evergreen and their continued, amazing partnership and use of the beautiful Koerner Gardens and Holcim Gallery, and the City of Ottawa for our use of the great Parkdale Park. And of course lots of thanks to everyone from Evergreen and Ottawa Riverkeeper who were invaluable partners at each event throughout the year.

But of course our events wouldn’t be possible without the enthusiasm and support of you - all the beer lovers, families, friends, kids and everyone else from Toronto and Ottawa who attended this year. Seeing so many people come out to the Brewery Market and Brewer’s Backyard was truly wonderful, and we dearly hope that you enjoyed yourself this year. And best of all – we’re happy to say that we’re coming back in 2014! So follow us on Twitter and keep an eye out for more details as we confirm our schedule. Thanks again and we’ll see you again next year!


October 16, 2013
by admin

Countdown to the Brewery Market is on!

9246376019_c0b292c8ce_bOur final Brewery Market of the season is quickly approaching on Sunday – and we want you to be there!

We’re going out with a bang with eight breweries pouring – Ashton, Kichesippi, Clocktower, Mill Street, HogsBack, Whitewater, Barley Days and Flying Monkeys, along with a collaboration burger from Murray Street and Absinthe Cafe.

And we’ve got mason jars!  Our popular branded mason jar was a big hit at our past two events, so we’ve made a special new run of them just to sell on Sunday. But they’re a limited edition – when they’re gone they’re gone ’til next year!

As with our other events, we’re on at Parkdale Park in Hintonburg from 12-8pm on Sunday, October 20th.  Admission is free and we’re an all-ages and family friendly event and we go rain or shine.  And as always our proceeds go to support the great initiatives of Ottawa Riverkeeper.  We hope to see you on Sunday!


September 29, 2013
by admin

Brewery Market Returns to Parkdale Park on October 20th

The delicious burger from our last Brewery Market. Photo by Katy Watts.

The delicious burger from our last Brewery Market. Photo by Katy Watts.

The Brewery Market’s 2nd year in Ottawa has been a smashing success, with two outstanding events at Parkdale Park showcasing some of the best breweries in the local beer scene.  And now it’s time for our final event of the year, and it’s going to be the biggest one yet!

On Sunday, October 20th we’re thrilled to be welcoming local breweries Clocktower, Kichesippi, Ashton, HogsBack and Mill Street, along with newcomer Whitewater and out-of-towners Barley Days and Flying Monkeys.  We’ll have more space this time around in Parkdale Park so it’ll be a great time showcasing some excellent beers from the Ottawa region and beyond.

On the food front, we’re thrilled to have Murray Street and Absinthe Cafe back in the fold collaborating on another delicious burger.  So mark down October 20th to join us for our final Brewery Market of the season!  As always, we’ll go from 12-8pm at Parkdale Park in Hintonburg.  Admission is free, is all-ages, and you can purchase beer and food at the event.  As always proceeds from our event help out the great things that the Ottawa Riverkeeper does.  We hope to see you then!


August 16, 2013
by admin

Countdown to the next Ottawa Brewery Market is on

934717_10151781047319448_1106952608_nAfter a successful Ottawa Brewery Market in July, we’re back for our second of three events this year on August 25th, once again in Parkdale Park.

This time around we’re thrilled to be welcoming Beau’s, Big Rig, Turtle Island and Nickel Brook as our featured brewers at the Brewery Market.

Our friends from Beau’s, veterans of both Toronto and Ottawa Brewery Markets, will be pouring Lug TreadNight Marzen and their new Spruce Moose, an American Pale Ale brewed with spruce tips.

Big Rig, who was also part of our Brewery Market in Ottawa last fall, will be pouring their GoldDouble IPAHefeweizen and Rasberry Ale.

Newcomers to the scene Turtle Island will have on offer their SMASH Cherry AleDark Honey Brown and a special cask.

And finally we’re happy to welcome an out-of-towner, Nickel Brook from the Greater Toronto Area who will be serving their Naughty Neighbour, Headstock IPA, Bolshevik Bastard, Saison and (possibly) Berliner Weisse.  They may even have an extra-special treat that would debut at the Brewery Market, but we’ll have to wait and see if it’s ready in time!

And we’ll have delicious food to go along with all this beer!  Absinthe Cafe and Murray Street will be teaming up and presenting a mouth-watering Burger Bar – this you won’t want to miss!

The Brewery Market runs from 12-8pm at Parkdale Park in Hintonburg.  Admission is free, and you can pay for food and beer at the event.  The event is family-friendly and all ages, and runs rain or shine.  And as always, proceeds from the Brewery Market go to support the great initiatives of the Ottawa Riverkeeper.  We hope to see you there!


August 8, 2013
by Taralyn

Mark August 25th on your Calendars!

Getting thirsty again?

Then join us Sunday, August 25 at Parkdale Park from 12-8pm for the triumphant, suds-soaked return of the Ottawa Brewery Market!

Fill up on hometown pride by helping us empty kegs served by Beau’s, Big Rig, and new kids on the brew-block, Turtle Island! Nickel Brook will be there representing the province’s west-end and tapping cold ones too.

As always, FREE admission. We will be pouring pints – rain or shine.

Children welcome — park features a wonderful, non-alcoholic play area.

Proceeds support Ottawa Riverkeeper — because you can’t make great beer without clean water.


July 14, 2013
by admin

Thanks Ottawa for Another Great Brewery Market!

9246376019_c0b292c8ce_bOur first Brewery Market at Parkdale Park on July 7th was a great success, with three breweries from Ottawa and three from Toronto collaborating on a unique set of beers, raising over $1,000 to help support the Ottawa Riverkeeper!

Our first of three events at Parkdale Park (the others being on August 25th and October 20th) was a wonderful afternoon of drinking and eating, even if there was a bit of rain.  But it didn’t dampen our beery spirits, and the beer continued to pour for everyone who came out.

Lots of thanks go out to our beer and food participants: From Ottawa, Beyond the Pale, Broadhead and Cassel; their Toronto collaborators Indie Alehouse, Great Lakes and Amsterdam; and the delicious Hintonburger for providing some great eats.

The event wouldn’t be possible without the help of the Brewery Market team, led by the tremendous efforts of Taralyn Marshall.  Taralyn led the charge once again for the Brewery Market, organizing the event from top-to-bottom including PR efforts on the CBC!  Lots of kudos to Taralyn and many thanks to her volunteer team: Mary-Beth Marshall, Brian Marshall, Mark Carver, Danielle Quigley, Justin Sadler, Patrick White, Jennifer Purkiss, Kyla Cullain, Sean MacGinnis, Brendan Haveman and Erica Hendry.

On Sunday we raised over $1,000 to help the efforts of Ottawa Riverkeeper, as will our next events as well.  Thanks very much for the participation and help of the Riverkeeper, including their team of Richard LaMontagne, Teressa Trollope, Cathy Stewart, Rob Stewart, Colleen Hulett, René Coignaud, Kathleen Kealey, Shonagh McCrindle, Lynette Chubb, Ian Carpenter and Jennifer Haughton.

We’d also like to extend thanks to Katy Watts, who provided the Brewery Market some excellent advance coverage on, and took some great photography of the event that you’re now looking at on our site!

We hope to see you at our next Brewery Market, which will be taking place on Sunday, August 25th, again at Parkdale Park.  We’ll be welcoming the most excellent beer from Beau’s, Big Rig, HogsBack, Nickel Brook and Turtle Island, along with food from the Wellington Gastropub.  Stay tuned for more details as we get closer to the date!


June 27, 2013
by admin

Countdown to the Ottawa Brewery Market – Capital Mashup

2013-06-26 12.46.22-2The countdown is on to our second Brewery Market in Ottawa, following our successful debut in October of last year.

Our next event, the Capital Mashup on Sunday, July 7th is a special one, as for the first time there will be exclusive collaboration beers between three breweries from Ottawa and Toronto, to celebrate the great beer scenes happening across the province.

Cassel collaborated Great Lakes, and their result is a Cranberry Saison. Beyond the Pale did a brew with Indie Alehouse, and they did up a Golden Devil Belgian Golden Ale. And finally Broadhead and Amsterdam got together and brewed up a Lemon Wheat Pale Ale. All three beers, which will be debuting at Brewer’s Backyard in Toronto on July 1st, will be served again at the Brewery Market on July 7th.

Along with the collaborations, each brewer will feature a number of their other brands in their respective home city. The Brewery Market will also feature burgers from Hintonburger and beer floats from Pascale’s Ice Cream.  

The Capital Mashup runs from 12-8pm at Parkdale Park in Hintonburg on Sunday, July 7th. Admission is free, and you can buy tickets for food and beer at the event. The event will accept cash, Visa, MasterCard and debit, and runs rain or shine. As with our past Brewery Market, proceeds from our event go to support Ottawa Riverkeeper. There are extremely limited quantities of the collaboration beers, so be sure to get there early if you’d like to try some!