Craft Beer Festival this weekend in the Glebe

August 24, 2015 | by glebeadmin

Sniff, swig, swirl, gulp, chug. The Ottawa Craft Beer Festival is here.

More than 40 local craft breweries are setting up their suds at Lansdowne this weekend for the 4th edition of what is now the largest craft beer festival in the province.

The Aberdeen Pavilion will be bursting with microbreweries from across the country, as thousands of beer-loving revelers sip, slurp and swallow their way through the many flavours of quality ale.

But despite its name, the festival isn’t a typical beer fest where rowdy hooligans chug as much brew as they can until they think they are highly skilled at drinking games.

This fest is more about the process, the technique and the skill it takes to craft good quality beer – and the people behind the bottles.

“People really come to communicate with the brewmasters and talk to them about their beer and how they make it,” says festival Executive Producer Phil Dangerfield.

“We are not a huge beer festival, we don’t crank the music, we don’t have any huge bands. The focus is really on craft beer.”

The idea is that patrons will show up, ready to double fist mini sample beers from all over the country – and a few imported treats too – and then spill out into Bank Street afterwards to get supper, catch a late-night movie or stroll along the canal.

Dangerfield says he wants his event to benefit, and not take away from other Glebe businesses.

“We don’t go late,” he says, adding that the festival closes at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 5 p.m. on Sunday.

“We want to close early enough to help other businesses. The idea is that we will get people out of there while they are still in decent shape and then they can go get some food in them or have more drinks at a pub.”

And you won’t have to worry about driving, as a ticket to the festival also gets you free OC Transpo service all weekend long to and from the festival. Keep your ticket to ride for free 3 hours before and 3 hours after the event.

The Ottawa Craft Beer Festival also features a Brewmaster Seminar Series where talented beer-makers from across Canada will reveal their tips and tricks behind crafting that perfect, crisp ale.

The festival runs in the Aberdeen Pavilion this weekend from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

Tickets range from $15 for a single day to $35 for a full weekend pass, but prices are cheaper if you buy in advance here.