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Kensington at Night

Hey guys,

I just finished my work for the night so I’m rewarding myself with a brew. This is the first time I’ve had this one, and I’m hella excited.

Tonight I’m drinking Augusta Ale from the Kensington Brewing Company. These guys brew straight out of Kensington Market – hipster central in Toronto.

For those who have never been to Kensington – GO. I remember my first time visiting this historic and whacky neighbourhood one day after high school. Being from Etobicoke, my buddies and I were blown away by the culture we found that afternoon. At first we laughed at how eccentric everything seemed, but I quickly realized that this type of place is rare and began to really take it all in. If you leave Kensington Market without finding at least 5 things/people which interest you or make you laugh, you suck as an individual.

Anyways, on to the beer:

Pours a clear golden colour with a frothy white head. Aroma is sweet-sweet caramel malt and citrus. I don’t really taste the citrus, but I get the sweet caramel and some hoppy bitterness, with a bit of a grassy finish


If I had to describe this beer in 3 words they would be: God damned sessionabe – Side note, Microsoft word says sessionable is TWO words. HA, idiots…

I will most definitely be using this beer to try to convert my hopeless Canadian-drinking friends. Kind of how marijuana is a gateway drug, this can be used as a gateway craft ale. Very approachable and enjoyable for all. Next time I’m home in T-dot for a visit this will definitely be a place I stop by in person.

As always I would love to hear your thoughts on this beer or my blog.

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Twitter: @ottbeerguy

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In my fridge right now is a bottle of Cameron’s RPA which I somehow have never tried, and a can of Nickelbrook Headstock IPA which I have had on numerous occasions. Look for reviews on these beers and/or others in the next few days. Until then, cheers!



First review, bottoms up.

If you live in Ottawa and are into craft beer, chances are you’ve heard of Beyond the Pale Brewing Company. Additionally, if you were at the National Capital Craft Beer Week festival like I was last weekend, you would have seen that they are REALLY popular. Well folks, there’s a reason for this.

Based in Hintonburg, Beyond the Pale (BTP) is tucked into a side street near the intersection of Holland and S

cott Street. I found the brewery by chance while on a walk during lunch. You can go in Thursday – Sunday to sample their beers and purchase growlers, as well as shirts and what-not.

Today I will be reviewing their IPA called Hop on Your Face. This beer is 7.5% ABV and packs a solid 77 IBU’s.

National Capital Craft Beer Week revisited with this growler from the brewery.

National Capital Craft Beer Week revisited with this growler from the brewery.

First impression: Great fucking name.

Now for the technical stuff.

Pours dark amber with a slightly tan head. Aroma is sweet and fruity; quite bold. I pick up on some caramel richness as well. I think they packed the right amount of hops into this one; evident and flavourful but didn’t overpower anything else in the taste. Also had citrus and toasted malts on the palate. The finish was piney and perfectly bitter, but overall it was quite smooth throughout. For a beer that is 7.5%, the booze is masked quite well, but be careful – that shit will sneak up on you like Dexter Morgan hunting his next victim (my girlfriend and I are hooked on Dexter. If you don’t watch it then you are not worthy of Netflix. Also, you suck).

Hop on Your Face is everything I look for in an IPA and I would recommend it to any seasoned IPA drinker.

 BTP is doing great things and they have extremely friendly staff who can answer your questions, and more importantly give you samples of their product. If you haven’t done so already, go check them out.

As my buddy Brad said at the craft beer festival this weekend: “I think I should just go give Beyond the Pale all my money now, because that’s probably what’s going to happen anyway.” Thirty minutes later Brad proceeded to pass out in the music tent while a live band was performing. God I love that guy.

Hope you guys enjoyed my first review of a local Ottawa micro brewery. I always appreciate feedback of any variety because at least I know you took the time to glance at my blog.

Reply here or find me on social media:


Twitter: @ottbeerguy

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Cheers until next time,



Hi there,

First off I want to say thanks for taking the time to check out this page. I’m learning as I go, so constructive criticism is encouraged.

Here’s a little about me:

Born in raised in Etobicoke Ontario (Rob Ford’s turf… sorry), I finished by College Diploma and realized I wasn’t ready to start real life just yet. So off I went to the Ottawa, to continue studying at University there. Here I was introduced to my first craft beer, and I’ve been hooked ever since.

I like country music, the Toronto Maple Leafs, and drinking on patios. I don’t really have a political affiliation, but I’d say I’m slightly Green. My favourite beer style is an IPA; but that’s bound to change every week or so. My favourite TV show is Dexter, and as of right now, my dream is to work with a micro brewery, building loyal clientele from the ground up based on a product that I believe in.

I’ll be reviewing beers, bars, and craft beer events in the Ottawa Region (and sometimes Toronto).

If you have any questions about me, a beer I’ve reviewed, or if you just want to get together for a pint, feel free to get in touch with me at:

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Looking forward to hearing from you all.


– Matt