Sure, Kanata is where you’ll find a lot of business parks and stereotypical quiet suburban neighbourhoods. But it’s also where you’ll find Big Rig Brewery, and we’ve teamed up with them to bring a brand new music series. On April 30, we’ll be utilizing Big Rig’s beautiful and newly renovated Tap Room space to bring you an evening filled with delicious craft beer tastings, brewery tours, and great bands that will make a fan out of you.
The inaugural Tap Room Session a few months back was a huge success. Chris Phillips of the Ottawa Senators even made an appearance, which was a nice surprise for many of the guests who got to meet him! Amos the Transparent set the tone of the night, digging deep into their catalogue and playing an incredible set. Below you can check out a short video filmed during the first Tap Room Session in January.
This time around, Ottawa’s soul kings The Split will be taking the torch and providing the night’s entertainment. The Split are no strangers to the stage, and are a sure bet to spice up the vibe at Big Rig Brewery. This band could get the crowd at a funeral dancing, and they are primed to funk the place up as attendees try out Big Rig’s impressive selection of award-winning beer.
Passes are selling quickly, but we have you covered – we’re giving away two pairs of tickets to a couple lucky folks.
Simply tweet the name or post a picture on Instagram of your favourite Big Rig beer along with the hashtag #taproomsessions. We’ll scour all those who used the hashtag and enter for a chance to win! If you don’t have a Twitter or Instagram account, email us the answer to music [at] ottawashowbox.com. The draw will be taking place on Sunday, April 17 at noon. Good luck!
About the Beer: Ahhhhh pumpkins… The seasonal berry (yes, a berry) that everybody goes crazy about this time a year. You will find pumpkin spice in your lattes, desserts, whiskey, and of course beer. But the folks at Big Rig Brewery actually spiced and roasted local pumpkins to give Tales from the Patch its rich flavour. This beer will warm you up as you prepare for the hordes of trick or treaters anxiously awaiting at your door.
Tales From The Patch is a chocolate-hued pumpkin porter that uses real pumpkins the brew team picked from Miller’s Farm in Manotick, ON. “We came back to the brewery and spiced and baked them, then put the roasted pumpkin right into the brew,” Lon Ladell, Big Rig Brewery brewmaster, explains. Vanilla beans and creamy milk sugar were also added to create a rich, smooth porter that mimics the fresh, cozy nature of the fall season.
About the Beer: I had this beer on tap at Big Rig Brewery. I love that this peppermint porter isn’t overdoing it with the peppermint. I’ve had plenty of other peppermint-flavoured beer where I was better off sucking on a Christmas cane. I would say there are more chocolate notes with a little minty finish. I had two beers to make sure… Yup! Delicious!! You can find it at Beau’s brewery, or get it delivered by the BYOB program, Brew Donkey, and of course at Big Rig on tap.
The commercial description goes as follows:
Beau’s All Natural & Big Rig Brewery’s collaboration Peppermint Porter is a holiday treat! This is a dark ale with rich chocolate malt undertones that are echoed with the addition of cocoa nibs, and complemented with clean, cool peppermint in the finish. Matthew O’Hara of Beau’s and Lon Ladell of Big Rig designed the recipe together and brewed it up at Beau’s.
I could have spent three weeks on this playlist and not even touched the surface of all the Christmas songs out there. At first, I hated this time of year for music. But a bit of research, you will find amazing songs out there. With the help of my pals here at Ottawa Showbox, I was able to incorporate some great local music too. Here are some of my favorites, but even reviewing my list, I found a ton more. AHHHH!!
If anybody knows about snow in Canada and making a gig for the holidays, it’s the Sadies. This might not be a Christmas song. But it should be!!! At around 1:40 of this song, start surfing the snowy waves.