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Issue No. 11

A Note from the Chris’

Giving Back

Giving back was one of the key motivations that James, Chris and I had when wanting to start a business. We wanted to build a business that while hopefully turning a profit, would provide us with means to also give back to the community and the country that we love so much.

What’s been enlightening however is to realise that while we feel we do our bit by providing gift certificates, merchandise etc. to local charities and events to raffle off and raise money, there are countless people out there across Ontario that devoting their time to creating, supporting and running charitable organisations. Whether it be for charities focussing on long term care and terminal illness, or minor league hockey, it’s fantastic to see the commitment, effort and support that is provided from local and big business, and local communities as a whole. Without these people, contributing would be near impossible and no doubt would slip by. So thank you, its truly tremendous!

We don’t do very well at keeping track of the charities and organisations that we donate to, however its rare that we don’t have some form of fund raising campaign going on. We’re in the midst of wrapping up our Movember campaign where we can proudly say that thanks to the fantastic support of our friends, we’ve managed to raise a good sum of money for Men’s Health ($ amount to be announced in due course). Naturally we have some pretty stellar Mo’s to go with. This is wrapping up just in time to start our Christmas Canned Good collection.

Christmas is a time of joy and happiness but we mustn’t forget that there are those in need. Every Christmas we decide to collect canned goods that we deliver to the local food banks. In return for canned goods donations in our Lakeside Brew Pub, we’ll buy you a beer. Last year we were proud to deliver a whole delivery truck full of canned goods to the food banks so lets try and make it two this year! Come on in for a bite, bring some cans and have a pint.

Merry Christmas Friends!

ps. We’re all crazy excited for the 12 Beers of Christmas and hope you are too!

 


Brewery News

Bye Bye Moustache

As mentioned in our previous blog we have been campaigning heavily to raise money for men’s health through Movember. While the moustache game around the brewery has gone from teenage boy to full on 80’s police officer level, we have successfully raised over $900 for the Canadian Cancer Society. Thanks to those who donated and supported this great cause. Now back to beard season.

We’ll be home for Christmas

There are only 3 days a year we actually close the doors to the brewery. One of those days is our epic staff rafting trip at the end of the Summer and the other two are Christmas Day and Boxing Day. While we love seeing your beautiful faces every day we also love a little family time for ourselves. In addition we will be closing the Lakeside pub the evening of the 12th of December for our staff Christmas party which promises to be filled with egg nog and karaoke. Our pub will also be closed Christmas Eve but the Lakeside retail store will be open until 3pm for any of those last minute shoppers.

Christmas Gift Packs

Need something for the beer connoisseur on your list? Have a Secret Santa you’re shopping for? Well have we got the gift for you! Stop into our Lakeside retail store to see our Christmas gift pack options ranging from $25 to $50 and don’t forget about the 12 Beers of Christmas which are now available for pre-order. They are the perfect gift for that special someone or even that person at the office you don’t really know that well. The gift packs are also available on our website for free home delivery within the Ottawa Valley.


Beer 101

On the 12th Beer of Christmas

By Head Brewer Sean

I remember the first conversation about the 12 Beers of Christmas. It was 3 years ago and I remember the asking myself, “how am I going to pull this off?” It’s one thing to make seasonal styles, but to make 12 brand new recipes and have them all finish on schedule for packaging is a daunting task to say the least. Flash forward to this year, our third annual 12 pack, and we are starting to get used to it.

I often think of the 12 Beers of Christmas every month of the year. It is a stressful cloud that hangs over me all year long. We normally start the early conversations about this 12 pack in September. I choose the limited style that were well received the previous year. I take the opinion of social media, bar managers and our own staff to see which beers were the most popular. This sets the baseline for how many new recipes we need for that year. This year we kept six of the recipes from last year, so we needed to come up with six new styles/recipes. I like to take this time to give all my brewing staff the chance to give their input. Over about a month-long period my staff and I spitball ideas for new beer styles and all of them tend to be great but it’s hard to fit every one in the timeframe allotted. Some of the styles that didn’t make the cut this year were, Nutcracker Brown Ale, Spruce Tip Pale Ale and Spiced Chestnut Ale. We even talk about crazy flavours like Mincemeat Pie Cream Ale and Turkey Stuffing Smoked Rye IPA haha! Obviously not all can make the cut.

Once we have decided which recipes make the cut, we sit down and work out the recipes. Some of the brewers get free reign to make the recipe themselves, others prefer to work out the recipe with me. Either way, I make the final tweaks for our system and give some them some tips and tricks to accomplish the flavours needed. This process takes roughly a week and then its time to start the daunting task of brewing all the beer. This year we decided to increase the case count which means we needed to brew more days down at our Riverside Brew house. This year it took an entire month to get all the beer brewed, Not packaged, just brewed.

The first step is finding all of the different ingredients. I work with our head chef to get as many local ingredients from her suppliers as possible, then I try and find suppliers of the items we can’t find locally. Which this year was only one ingredient…Sweet Fern. We had one of our brewers go out and pick fresh sweet fern for the herb beer. It doesn’t get much more local than that.

The stress of the brewing and packaging schedule normally hits me hard this time of year but with the great staff we have, this has gone off without a hitch. Pulling all day and night bottling shifts and labeling until after midnight just to get them done. But this year we have been able to rock out 1000 bottles a day and this stops the lonely night bottling. I remember last year I came in for a shift that started at 2am. It had snowed 2 feet that night and I had to shovel my way into Riverside and when I finished my shift I had to shovel my way back out. Thankfully all the packaging is being done at our Lakeside location this year. They plow Highway 17 a bit quicker than Fletcher Road.

The main bulk of the packaging is being done now. We are labeling and bottling most days down at Lakeside. If you want to catch a glimpse of the 12 Beer of Christmas come on down for lunch and you’ll see us bottling away on the other side of the glass. You may even catch us doing some quality control, because that is a big part of the 12 beers of Christmas. 😉


Cooking with Beer

Spiced Orange IPA Cheesecake

By Sous Chef Ben

Best Paired with He Who Shall Not Be Named
Ingredients

500g cream cheese
200 ml 35%cream
3 eggs
1 cup sugar
2 tbsp flour
6 oz “He Who Shall Not Be Named”
½ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg
Juice from 1 orange, zest from 2
3 cups graham crumb mixture

Method

Pat down graham crumb mixture in cake pan.
In a food processor, combine remaining ingredients until smooth.
Pour mixture onto graham crumb bottom.
Bake at 400 degrees for 1 hour.

 


Events

12 Beers of Christmas Releases
December 1-12

For those of you that are new to the 12 Beers of Christmas, they aren’t just available to take home. Each of the first 12 nights of December we release one of the Christmas beers at a time at 12 different pubs across Ontario. Have a look at the list to see if there is one near you.

1st: Apple Pie Amber Ale @ The Burbs

2nd: Cindy Lou Brew Candy Cane Blonde @ Kully’s

3rd: A Valley Christmas Herb Ale @ TBD

4th: Pass the Cranberries Sour Ale @ Cheshire Cat

5th: Snackin’ Santa Milk and Cookies Stout @ Atomic Rooster

6th: Hey Puddin’ Sticky Toffee Pudding Strong Ale @ Mahtay Cafe

7th: Welcome to the Stage Brandy Butter ESB @ Beertown Waterloo

8th: Ho Ho Ho Smoked Spiced Stout @ Heirloom Cafe

9th: Brussels Stout Belgian Chocolate Stout @ Iggy’s

10th: Figgin’ Christmas Cake Fruit Cake Brown @ TBD

11th: Ugly Christmas Sweater White IPA @ Schnitzels

12th: Pop, Fizz, Clink Champagne Ale @ Beertown Waterloo

New Years Eve
December 31st

Come on out to our New Years Eve party at the Lakeside Brew Pub. This year we will have Jack and the Aces playing us into the new year with a champagne toast right as the ball drops. Stay tuned for more details.


Questions from Friends

Post Coming Soon

We want to answer your questions about anything from the beer, the brewery, the boys or whatever else is on your mind. Due to the high volume of questions though, we won’t be able to post every one, but keep your eyes peeled in case yours makes it to the front page.

If your question does get picked you will become the proud owner of a swag bag full of WBC goodies. So ask away!

*Questions from Friends is for general questions in the areas listed above. For personal inquiries please use thebreweryboys@whitewaterbeer.ca


Cover photo Emily Santi Photo (www.emilysantiphoto.com)

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Issue No. 10

A Note From the Chris’

On the Twelfth Beer of Christmas

It’s the time of year where for some, it’s the quiet before the storm. That peaceful gap between Thanksgiving and Christmas where we get leaves raked, boats put in storage and houses fully winterised. Well, that’s what it’s like for some. For our brewers, marketers and retail staff at the brewery it’s the mad scramble to design 12 beer recipes, 12 brands and order labels and boxes of those 12 beers and then package about 500 cases in whatever time is left!

That’s right, the 12 Beers of Christmas are back for the third year running and man everyone here is excited. We have some scrumptious new flavours in the tanks, we’ll have more 12 packs available than ever before and on Cyber Monday we’ll be offering a special discount on pre-ordered cases.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, every year we release 12 Christmas themed beers in a 12 pack, cleverly named, “The 12 Beers of Christmas”.

On December 1st, we start releasing each individual beer, one beer each day, at 12 different bars. These bars will be split across Ontario and have exclusivity to the beer. We then release the 12 pack on December 13 for pickup/delivery. Guess what, you’ve then got 12 days until Christmas so you get a little pre-Christmas treat of one new beer per day. A 12 pack is also a fantastic present for under the tree for a beer lover in your family/friendship group/co-worker.

Specifics on 2017’s flavours, pricing and how to get your hands on one of these beauties will be announced shortly on social media, our iphone app and our website. Stay tuned!

 

Cheers!

Chris Thompson & Chris Thompson


Brewery News

One Year Anniversary

We just recently celebrated our one year anniversary of our Lakeside location in Cobden, and boy what a year it’s been. In the past 12 months we’ve gone from brewing roughly 7,000 litres a month to brewing roughly 70,000 litres a month. We’ve also gone from having our beer available at approximately 400 places in the GTA, Ottawa, and Ottawa Valley regions to having it available at around 1000 places across Ontario. We now have 6 different brands in cans instead of just the 2 we had in 2016 and our staff has grown from 40 to 100 amazing employees. All of these numbers are still growing and we are very excited to see what the next year brings.

Movember

It’s that time of year again when the razors go into hiding and we get to see who can grow the thickest, longest, slickest moustache this town has ever seen. Whitewater Brewing Co. will be starting it’s own Movember team to raise money for prostate and testicular cancer research. The Movember fun doesn’t stop with us though. The brewery will be fundraising with different retail specials and events all month long so put away that razor and come on in to support Movember with us. Events, specials, and ways to donate will be advertised on our social media pages.

Beer League

As with any Canadian company, we have a few hockey buffs on staff, and these employees have taken it upon themselves to put in a hockey team this year. Thanks to Epic Promo of Ottawa we were able to get some very fashionable hockey jerseys so our team can play in style. Just look at those happy people.


Beer 101

Spent Grain Isn’t Just for the Farm

By Head Brewer Sean

Here at Whitewater Brewing Co. we go through a lot of spent grain. In our peak season we can have up to 9000 kg worth of spent grain that could be wasted. We’ve gotten creative though and found some other uses for it. While we can’t fit all of the grain into our pizza dough, we do feed a lot of farm animals with it. The beauty of keeping this to local farmers is that it gives us the opportunity to buy back some of their meat for us to use in our kitchen. We love the fact that we can feed the animals we serve here and support our local farming community as well. Farm animals aren’t the only ones that can enjoy this great product though.

There’s been a lot of buzz lately on cooking with the left-over malt from the brewing process. I’m sure some of you have had our pizza from our Riverside location where we use the spent grain in our dough recipe. This isn’t the only way to use this pre-loved food product though. One thing I love to do at home is use the grain to make dog treats. It’s an easy way to get treats for your dogs without breaking the bank that you know won’t be filled with preservatives and other nasty ingredients. There are so many recipes you can use spent grain in that will also appeal to your not so furry friends. Breads, pizza doughs, muffins and cookies are just some of the recipes available online. It even works as a crumble on top of your favourite dessert.

Here is my recipe for peanut butter dog treats.

Ingredients

– 4cups spent grain

– 1 cup whole wheat flour

– 1 cup smooth peanut butter

Method

Mix spent grain, flour and peanut butter together in a large bowl. Make sure that the flour and peanut butter are mixed thoroughly. Once you have a consistent batter, put flour down on the counter (so the dough doesn’t stick) and roll out to about a half inch in thickness. Use cookie cutters to cut out whatever shape you like. I use dog bones and ginger bread men shapes. Pre-heat the oven to 350c. Place treat on a pan covered with parchment paper about half an inch apart. Bake treat in the oven for 40min, then reduce the heat to 275c and cook until hard and crisp. Depending on your oven this could take up to 3hrs. once they are rock hard take them out of the oven and cool. Package them up in containers and keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. You can also freeze them to keep longer as well as have cool treats for the Summer.


Cooking with Beer

Midnight Stout Onions

By Chef Melissa

Best Paired with Class V
Ingredients

1 tbsp. vegetable oil

2 large red onions, thinly sliced

2 oz. Midnight Stout

Salt

 

Method

Heat oil in frying pan.

Add thinly sliced red onions and cook over low to medium heat until caramelized.

Pour in Stout to de-glaze pan. Cook until liquid has evaporated.

Season with Salt and add to your favourite steak dish.

 

 


Events

Brewer’s Dinner: Hunter Edition
November 1

This five course meal will be served at our Lakeside pub in Cobden and includes five different types of wild game just in time for hunting season. Tickets are $50 and are available on our website but hurry because they won’t last long.

Ottawa Wine & Food Festival
November 3-5

One of our personal favourites, this festival puts the class in Class V. Enjoy 3 days of more food, wine, and craft beer than you could imagine. Check out all the details and grab some tickets here.

Gourmet Food & Wine Expo
November 16-19

This expo includes all things food and drink and features celebrity chef presentations, wine and craft beer enthusiasts, and live entertainment, all in the heart of Toronto. Check out their website for more details and tickets.

I Heart Beer Festival
November 25

Grab that ugly Christmas sweater and prepare yourself for the London I Heart Beer festival. This one included beer, ciders, spirits, and Santa Claus. For more information and tickets check out their website.


Questions from Friends

Mark Asked:

I live in Victoria, BC and tried your beer while visiting Ontario this Summer. I would love to get some of your delicious brew at home but it isn’t available outside of Ontario. How can I get some?

We answered:

Hi Mark,

It is now legal to ship beer across the country so you can either go on our website to order or contact our store in Cobden.


We want to answer your questions about anything from the beer, the brewery, the boys or whatever else is on your mind. Due to the high volume of questions though, we won’t be able to post every one, but keep your eyes peeled in case yours makes it to the front page.

If your question does get picked you will become the proud owner of a swag bag full of WBC goodies. So ask away!

*Questions from Friends is for general questions in the areas listed above. For personal inquiries please use thebreweryboys@whitewaterbeer.ca


All photos Emily Santi Photo (www.emilysantiphoto.com)

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Issue No. 9

A Note from the Chris’

Two Families, One Delicious Brew

Mireille & Head Brewer Sean at Houblonnierre Lupuline

We’ve been talking about hops a lot recently. Some would say too much. However, it’s harvest season and we are in the beer business after all.

About nine months before we opened the business, a good friend of ours, Marc, knew that we were working towards opening a brewery and mentioned a high school friend of his that was growing hops and needed help picking them with their first harvest. Now, I’ll be honest, I’m not sure if we thought it was going to be a legitimate operation or simply someone with some hops growing up the side of their house. Regardless we took Marc up on the offer and went and met with his friend Mireille, armed with beers for the occasion of course.

2017 Harvest

Upon arrival at the farm on L’Isle aux Allumettes, we were pleasantly surprised to be greeted by Mireille, her brother Charles, Charles’ wife Lyne, their children, and rows and rows or hop vines growing in their field.

Marc Bru (different Marc) from the now Square Timber Brewing Company was present and brewing up a beer on a home brew system in their garage which reinforced that the beer scene was alive and well.

With beers flowing, we were graciously welcomed and given the tour of the farm before beginning to pick some hops which back then, had to be done by pulling down the vines and picking each hop flower by hand. I distinctly remember seeing Mireille’s hands which were stained green and yellow from the lupuline oils in the flowers. From what I understand, this is still an issue today.

We left the hop farm invigorated by the opportunity to use locally grown hops in our beer and will always be thankful to our friend Marc for introducing us. This is just one of the ways that he drastically impacted our lives before sadly passing away about 18 months ago.

Our relationship with Mireille, Charles, Lyne and their children has grown along with their farm and it’s always a pleasure to host them in one of our breweries. In fact, tonight we’re opening up the Riverside Brew Pub to host Lyne’s 40th birthday celebration. We continue to almost exclusively use their hops in our beer and it’s been incredible to see them grow alongside us and maintain the ability to keep up with our growing requirements/your growing thirst.

These kinds of relationships define our business and we look forward to celebrating many more of them to come!

Head Brewer Sean & Mireille

 

Houbloneirre Lupuline Hop Yard

Cheers!

Chris Thompson & Chris Thompson

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emily Santi Photo (www.emilysantiphoto.com)


Brewery News

Toronto KLR93 Launch

On the 18th of this month we will be launching our new KLR93 Kolsch Style Ale in the big city of Toronto. This launch is being hosted by the Lucky Clover Irish Pub on Lower Simcoe Street and provides everyone attending with a chance to win some amazing prizes. And yes, the Killer himself will be there enjoying his very own brew.

We like big trucks and we cannot lie

Our beer has now become so widespread across the province that its time we graduated to a big boy/girl truck. Coming this month we are getting our very own 36′ truck to spread our delicious brew to more of you. I call shotgun!

 


Beer 101

Pumpkin Spice Latte Beer

By Head Brewer Sean

This is the season for pumpkin everything. And why would beer not be on that list? Pumpkin beer can be delicious but with one extra spice or too much it can go to gross in no time. This month lets discuss some tips and tricks to making a great pumpkin pie beer.

First, lets talk pumpkins and gourds. You would think using pumpkin is the only way to make pumpkin beer but there are many different gourds that can lend a great pumpkin pie taste. Some are easy to get and others can be hard to find gems. In the Ottawa Valley, pumpkins are easy to find so that is your best bet in this region but don’t have a one track mind when it comes to brewing. Butternut squash can be another great gourd to use that will lend some nice sweetness to the beer. From the USA there is Blue Hubbard Squash, Grey Ghost, and Jarrahdales but they are harder to find. All of these will lend differing flavours and can be a good way to stay unique in this style of beer.

Now what do you do with the pumpkin/gourd once you get them? There are really two ways of using them. One is to cut them up fresh, scoop out the seeds, and put them through a processor to shred them up. Then they are ready to add right to the mash. This will give you a nice subtle pumpkin flavour. If you want to go to the extreme you can cut them up and roast them in the oven (190c for an hour or until they look well caramelized). To take it that much further (as pumpkin spice beers always do) you can coat them in spices and brown sugar before you roast them to lock in those pumpkin pie flavours. I suggest adding roughly 1lb per 4litre of final wort. This will get you a lot of flavour.

Last is the spice. You can add as little or as much as you want. Some of the good spices you can use (in no order of preference) are nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, ginger and clove. When it comes to spice addition you need to be light handed or this beer can go from nice and light to cloying and horrible. I add a smaller amount of spice to the pumpkin at roasting and then  the same amount at the end of the boil. Once fermentation is done you can taste the beer and add more spice if needed to taste. This way you are certain you have the flavour you want in the beer without going overboard.

Pumpkin Beer Recipe

19 L /5 gallons, extract with grains and pumpkin; OG = 1.048; FG = 1.012; IBU = 19; SRM = 6; ABV = 4.6%

Ingredients:

1.1 kg (1.25 lbs.) Muntons Extra Light dried malt extract
1.6 kg (3.5 lbs.) Northwestern Gold liquid malt extract
0.22 kg. (0.5 lb) Crytsal 60 malt
0.22 kg. (O.5 lb) Crystal 120 malt
2.3–2.7 kg (5–6 lbs.) pumpkin (cut into 1/8th)
Cascade hops (60 mins) (1.0 oz./28 g of 7.6% alpha acids)
3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
Dried ale yeast (US-05)
0.75 cup corn sugar (for priming)

Step by Step:

Bake Pumpkin slices with half the spices dusted on top for 1hr at 190 °C or until they look golden brown and soft . Heat 2.8 L (0.75 gallons) of water to 73 °C (163 °F). Place crushed grains in steeping bag and steep grains at 67 °C (152 °F) for 45 minutes. When pumpkin is ready, add chunks to grain bag and add cool water (to maintain 67 °C (152 °F) temperature). Combine grain and pumpkin “tea,” dried malt extract and water to make 9.5 L (2.5 gallons) of wort. Boil for 60 minutes, adding hops at the start of the boil. Add liquid malt extract and remainder of spices with 15 minutes left in the boil. Cool wort and transfer to fermenter. Top up to 19 L (5 gallons) with water. Aerate and pitch yeast. Ferment at 21 °C (69 °F).

All-grain option:

Replace malt extract and 0.45 kg (1 lb.) 2-row malt with 3.6 kg (8.0 lbs.) 2-row pale malt. Bake Pumpkin slices with half the spices dusted on top for 1hr at 190 °C or until they look golden brown and soft. Mash grains and pumpkin chunks at 67 °C (153 °F) for 60 minutes, stirring occasionally. Boil for 90 minutes, adding hops with 60 minutes left. Add remainder of spices with 15 minutes left in boil. Ferment at 21 °C (69 °F).


Cooking with Beer

Beer Braised Chicken

By Sous Chef Ben

Best Paired with KLR93
Ingredients

4 boneless, skinless chicken breast, cubed

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

All purpose flour, for dredging

2 tbsp. olive oil

12 oz KLR93

1 cup pearl onions, chopped

1/2 pound small fingerling potatoes, halved

2 tbsp. whole grain mustard

2 tbsp. brown sugar

4 sprigs fresh thyme

3 tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped fine

1/2 lb bacon, chopped

1 tsp garlic, minced

 

Method

Add chopped bacon to sauce pot and cook until fat renders. Add garlic, onion, and olive oil.

Dredge cubed chicken in flour, removing excess. Add to sauce pot and sear all sides.

Add remaining ingredients and simmer on medium low heat until potatoes have softened.

Season with salt and pepper. Remove sprigs of thyme and serve.


Events

WBC Oktoberfest
October 7

Come out to the Lakeside Brew Pub for our very own Oktoberfest celebration. Live music, pretzels, games, and of course our seasonal brew Das Bier. Tickets are on sale now in our retail stores or on our website.

Germania Club Oktoberfest
October 14

Music, dancing, and all the German food you could eat. Head over to the Germania club for their annual Oktoberfest. First keg is tapped at 1:45pm. For more details look here.

Toronto KLR93 Launch
October 18

See above in Brewery News for details.

Ottawa Valley Craft Beer Festival
October 21

This local craft brew fest is being hosted at the Best Western in Pembroke. Come out and see/taste 12 fantastic local breweries and enjoy what Ottawa and the Valley have to offer. For more information and tickets look here.

WBC Halloween Party
October 28

Dust off those costumes and wigs. We will be hosting our annual Halloween party at our Lakeside Brew Pub in Cobden. Stay tuned for more details.


Questions from Friends

Peter asked:

Can you make beer, like champagne, in a “method tradionel” that means natural carbonation, rather then adding CO2 afterwards?

We answered:

Hello Peter,

Great question! Yes you can. There are a lot of breweries that carbonate their beer naturally. Especially in Germany where you aren’t allowed to force carbonate beer. The way you do this is by adding sugar at packaging. The residual yeast left over in the beer will consume this sugar and create CO2 naturally in the beer. The more sugar you add, the higher volume of carbonation you will get. Homebrewers use this all the time when bottling at home. The reason we do not use this method in the brew house is to control CO2 volume in the beer and speed up packaging time. It would take us an extra 2 weeks to naturally condition the beer. Breweries like Sierra Nevada have naturally conditioned their packaged product for years and they do a great job at it.

Thanks again for your great question!


We want to answer your questions about anything from the beer, the brewery, the boys or whatever else is on your mind. Due to the high volume of questions though, we won’t be able to post every one, but keep your eyes peeled in case yours makes it to the front page.

If your question does get picked you will become the proud owner of a swag bag full of WBC goodies. So ask away!

*Questions from Friends is for general questions in the areas listed above. For personal inquiries please use thebreweryboys@whitewaterbeer.ca

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Issue No. 8

A Note from the Chris’

Ninety Six Employees but a Team of Thousands

How does a business that started with three unpaid river bums get to a point where that team is now 96 employees strong? Damned if we know but that team is in reality actually many thousands strong! James, Chris and I started this adventure nearly 5 years ago, brewing in what would later be the bathroom for the Riverside brew pub. We chose that location for 3 reasons.

  1. Our brew system was small enough to fit in it
  2. It was easy to heat during the winter
  3. It had very good ventilation

On any given brew day in the Summer it would reach temperatures of 60C. Walking into the room almost felt like physically walking into a wall of heat. A typical day involved brewing from 6am to 1pm and then going out and doing deliveries while someone else did the reverse. Ryan would have been our first employee. He was a high school co-op student and fit in well as he also wasn’t being paid. He later became an employee and entered the brewers program in Niagara (one of the highlights of our five years). From there it was a slow growth of the brew team who also acted as sales reps, delivery drivers, handyman/women, etc.

The next department to grow was our sales department. The other Chris and I continued to act as sales reps (or beer pimps as I preferred to call myself) as we hired our first and second sales reps. It is only recently (as we have grown capacity wise) that we have grown this team to 11 employees out on the front lines. Despite the pub(s) we are a brewery first and foremost.

When our pub at Riverside opened this is when our family really grew. The number of cooks and servers needed to run even a modest pub the size of Riverside is impressive. 7 days a week, 12 hours a day, means a lot of people have to be ready to jump into the fray sometimes with only a moment’s notice. Add the fact the we source local ingredients and cook from scratch and you might begin to see their importance.

The opening of the Lakeside Brew Pub at the end of October 2016 did not really affect things much as many of those staff from Riverside just came over to the Lakeside location. However, it was at this time that we decided to bring our deliveries in-house and move away from third party delivery companies. This was to improve quality of service and allow us another touch point to interact with our bar clients. We deliver to bars as far south as Windsor/Sarnia and as north as Thunder Bay. These boys move thousands of litres every day and need to do it with a smile as they represent the brewery more often than even the sales reps.

In March, we started brewing at the Lakeside location which was when we had to develop a packaging team. 7000L is a lot of kegs and cans to fill but first you have to clean them all. Add into this the Riverside Brew Pub and retail getting ready to open for the summer and before you know it you now have 96 employees.

Three river bums have done a lot of fun and great things over the last five years. However, the one I’m most proud of is having a team of 96 people spreading the Whitewater love. And none of this could have been without the support of the people and restaurants of the area. Thank you, and take a moment to reflect on what you’ve done in just five years. You’ve done great things but we have greater things to do.

 

Cheers!

Chris Thompson & Chris Thompson


Brewery News

Staff Raft Trip 2016

We’re taking a day for ourselves

Every year, after the Labour Day long weekend we decide its time to reward ourselves after a long Summer of steamy brewing days and loud and busy nights. Tuesday, September 5th both Lakeside and Riverside will be fully closed so we can have a staff trip down the Ottawa River and another loud night. We will be open for regular business on Wednesday, September 6th.

Riverside Closing for the Season

Have you ever noticed that our Riverside location is actually in an old dairy barn? Well its not just for show, and because of this it is actually quite difficult to heat when the temperature goes down. For this and other reasons we will be closing our Forester’s Falls Brew Pub for the season but will open back up in April of 2018. It’s been a great Summer folks and we will see you when the snow has melted. Or in Cobden whenever you want.


Beer 101

Hop on the New Crop

By Head Brewer Sean

It’s that time of year again when the new gorgeous hop cones will be picked and processed. For brewers, this is our Christmas as we get to use up our prior crop of hops and get the super fresh hops. Here at WBC we get 95% of our hops from Houblonniere Lupuline across the river on L’Isle-aux-Allumettes in Quebec. They supply us with all of our hops for Farmer’s Daughter, Whistling Paddler, Class V and Midnight Stout. These varieties are Cascade, Centennial, Magnum and Willamette. We also get some other varieties from them for our seasonal beers like Jacked Rabbit and Triple Eh’. We have found working with this local company to be the best decision we have ever had. They have the nicest staff and are very helpful with whatever needs occur.

Hops are the flowers that come from the hop plant. Hop plants are vine plants that grow long and tall. They can grow up to 20’ during the season. They grow like any vine plant twisting around ropes strung up on poles. As you can see in the picture above they grow very tall. Once the flowers are mature and the lupuline oils are in line with the needs from brewers, they are chopped down and picked. At this point they dry them and either package as whole cone or process through a pelletizer. Most breweries use pellet hops because they last long and you get better utilization from them. Here at WBC we use both whole cone and pellet hops. I’m sure if you have any other questions the fine people at Lupuline Hopyards would be happy to answer them. Either way we should all be happy it’s almost harvest time. Fresh hops for all!

*Photographs from houblonlupuline.com


Cooking with Beer

KLR93 Oriental Duck Sauce

By Head Chef Sarah

Best Paired with KLR93
Ingredients

1 cup plum sauce

1 tbsp. chili powder

3 tbsp. rice vinegar

4 tbsp. KLR93

1 tbsp. soy sauce

 

Method

Mix all ingredients together thoroughly.

Heat in sauce pan until reduced by a third.

Drizzle over pan seared duck breast or use as a dipping sauce for homemade spring rolls.


Events

Kingston Ribfest & Craft Beer Fest
September 8-10

Live entertainment, ribs, craft beer, and a kids fun zone. Fun for the whole family and free admission. And did I mention ribs? For more information look here.

Head for the Hills
September 16

Welcome to Georgetown, home of the Head for the Hills Craft Beer Festival. This isn’t just any craft beer festival though. This one day event is entirely volunteer run and benefits local charities. For more information and tickets look here.

Canada Army Run
September 17

This military inspired run is everything Canadian Armed Forces. 5k, 10k and Half Marathon are all still available to register for and when you hit the finish line, you’ll receive not only cheers, but one of our beers as well. Check it out here.


Questions from Friends

Barry asked:

Is KLR93 available in the LCBO?

We answered:

Hi Barry. While KLR93 is not yet available in the LCBO we will be applying in the next application window. It is likely you will see it in The Beer Store or select grocery stores as early as this autumn.  Cheers.


We want to answer your questions about anything from the beer, the brewery, the boys or whatever else is on your mind. Due to the high volume of questions though, we won’t be able to post every one, but keep your eyes peeled in case yours makes it to the front page.

If your question does get picked you will become the proud owner of a swag bag full of WBC goodies. So ask away!

*Questions from Friends is for general questions in the areas listed above. For personal inquiries please use thebreweryboys@whitewaterbeer.ca

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Issue No. 4

A Note from the Chris’

Whitewater on our Minds

11 years ago, Wilderness Tours was ramping up for another summer of fun on the Ottawa River while Chris, James and I were unknowingly about to embark on a life changing 4 months. The 3 of us were starting as rookie raft guides having never met and as my namesake says, we were set to either be great friends or mortal enemies. Some say keep your friends close and your enemies closer so maybe we’re still to find out but for now I’m confident it was the former.

It was our incredible summers at WT that kept us returning to the Ottawa Valley and we found ourselves sharing our stories over a beer, or two, or more on the Rafters deck. Over the years, Wilderness Tours has changed in so many ways but at the same time, has not changed at all. The yearly return of some of the most interesting, adventurous and exciting people, combined with the incredible rushing waters of the Ottawa River have already provided us with a lifetime worth of memories.

People have started arriving, Chris, Blake and I have been paddling down the river and as our friends at WT are ramping up for another successful summer on Rafting Road, we’d like to congratulate Joe, Sue, Joel, Katie and all of the WT family in advance of their Rafters Re-opening. Throughout the winter they have successfully revamped the Rafters Restaurant and it’s looking spectacular. Opening this May, we’re looking forward to spending many evenings this summer enjoying the new décor, new menu and the best patio view in the Ottawa Valley, albeit with a Whitewater Beer in hand.

Cheers!

Chris Thompson & Chris Thompson


Brewery News

Birthday Bash & #Alwaystimetoplay Festival

Whitewater Brewing Co. is almost 4 years old and we want to celebrate in style. We will be hosting a birthday bash and one day festival that is all things playful. Craft beer vendors, delicious food, volleyball tournament, brewery Olympics and more are waiting for you at the Riverside brewery on the Ottawa River this June. Get your tickets this month for only $15 in store or here.

Save the Bees

For the month of May we are partnering with Olmstead’s Home Hardware of Cobden to give back to Mother Earth. All home deliveries will be accompanied with a small packet of wildflower seeds that can be sprinkled anywhere and will grow with zero maintenance. These packets come at no cost and will allow our local bee population to thrive and give back to us by pollinating many of the plants that we eat or use everyday. Order your home delivery here.

Legion Lager Now on Sale

Legion Lager is now on sale and available at the Brewery. While only a few bars and Legions are currently carrying this refreshingly crisp beer, we aim to have it across Ontario in the near future. The same goes for the Beer Store, LCBO, and Grocery Stores so keep your eyes peeled. If you live in the Ottawa Valley and you would like to order some Legion Lager for free home delivery you can do so here. Remember, 5% of every purchase of Legion Lager goes directly back to The Royal Canadian Legion Veterans programs.


Beer 101

Opening the Vault on Malt

By Head Brewer Sean

As a brewer, one of my frequently asked questions is “what is malted barley and how is it different to the barley you can buy at the farm feed store?” Well, the answer is simple, but first, we should know why the barley is malted.

The main purpose for the malted barley in brewing is to get sugar. Sugar is consumed by the yeast to create alcohol. The reason we can get this sugar so easily is because the barley (and other grain) is malted. The malting process makes the sugar more accessible.

The Malting Process

Let’s first talk about how the barley is malted to gain access to that sweet sugar. They take the barley kernel and partially germinate it. This makes the seed’s resources available to the brewer. During this process, we breakdown the barrier to gain access to the starch in the kernel. Without this process, we couldn’t get as much starch and flavour out of the barley as required. We need to be very efficient and therefore we need the malting process to save time and money on the brewing process. Once the malting process is complete, the farmers dry the barley to lock in the openings for the starch. Once dry, they take the barley and toast/roast it to differing colours and flavours. Farmers can produce hundreds of different colours and flavours of malted barley which makes building new beer recipes quite the task.

The Mashing Process

Now that we have the malted barley, what do we do with it? We mash it! The mashing process is where we convert the starch into sugar. Depending on the recipe we use 1-10 different malt varieties to get the colour and flavours needed. We then put this malted grain through a mill to crack open the kernel, gaining better access to the starches. We add the crushed malt and hot water together in our Mash Tun. Depending on the temperature we can get differing breakdowns of those starches and flavours. This will add body and sugar to the beer. The mashing process takes roughly 90 minutes to convert all that starch into sugar. At that point we make the sweet liquor turn into wort (we will go through that process next time.) Sweet liquor is essentially sugar water and it has all the colour and malt flavour needed for the beer style we are making.

I hope this helps with the questions about malted barley and what we do with it. In Issue No. 5, we will talk about what happens with that sweet liquor and how it gets turned into wort, which is pre-fermented beer.


Cooking with Beer

Class V Lemon Bars

By Head Chef Cory

Best Paired with Class V
Ingredients
Crust

1 cup flour

1/3 cup powdered sugar

6 tbsp. unsalted butter

pinch salt

Filling

3 large eggs

1 1/2 cups sugar

1/4 cup flour

2 tbsp. cornstarch

1/3 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice

1/4 cup Class V

Powdered sugar for dusting

Yield: 10-12 bars

Method
Crust

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a food processor, add flour, powdered sugar, butter, and salt. Process until well combined.

Press mixture into the bottom of a greased 8×8 pan. (For a 9×13 pan, double the recipe). Chill for 15 minutes.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool to room temperature (about 15 minutes). This will help the crust and filling to stay in two distinct layers.

Filling

In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, flour, sugar, and cornstarch. Add in the lemon juice and beer. Stir until combined. Pour the filling over the cooled crust. Bake until the centre has set, about 20 to 25 minutes. Allow to cool slightly before refrigerating. Chill for 2 to 3 hours before cutting. Dust with powdered sugar before serving.


Events

Ladies Night: Mother’s Day Edition
May 13

The first party at the Riverside Brew Pub for the season is a ladies only Mother’s Day party. Your $25 ticket includes your first drink, appetizers, and live music. Tickets are selling fast though so get yours here.

Bayfield Beer and Food Festival
May 13

Did you read the title? Is there anything more you need than beer and food? Check it out and purchase your tickets here.

Riverside Brew Pub Opens
May 19

Not really an event but still big news. Riverside will be opening for some weekends in May and then 7 days a week as of June 1st.

Palmer River Fest
May 19

Whitewater paddling fun for all abilities. This outdoor festival includes paddling clinics, live music, a beer garden, yoga, and vendors of various products. Check it out here.

 Birthday Bash & #Alwaystimetoplay Festival
June 3

As stated above, this one day festival is going to be the event of the Summer. Tickets available here.


Questions from Friends

Cassie asked:

I called to make a reservation the other day and they told me I had a time limit on my table. Why?

We answered:

Before 7:30pm, we limit the time allocated per reservation in our busy times so that we have a reasonable balance between the number of reservations we accept per day and the time per. This hopefully limits the number of people that are upset by being turned away. We typically allocate between 1.5 and 2 hours depending on group size which should be plenty of time to enjoy your meal and atmosphere. If you’re somebody that likes to sit, relax and take in the live music, we get that too, and any reservations after 7:30pm are unlimited in time.


We want to answer your questions about anything from the beer, the brewery, the boys or whatever else is on your mind. Due to the high volume of questions though, we won’t be able to post every one, but keep your eyes peeled in case yours makes it to the front page.

*Questions from Friends is for general questions in the areas listed above. For personal inquiries please use thebreweryboys@whitewaterbeer.ca