Local Tourist Ottawa hits up the launch of Kichesippi 1855

Mayor Jim Watson having a Kichesippi pint with Local Tourists Jeremy, Josh and Amy

Mayor Jim Watson pulled the first official pint of Kichesippi 1855 last night, officially proclaiming April 15, 2011, Kichesippi Beer Day.

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Kichesippi Beer Co. is a family owned business, and the brewery’s new beer — Kichesippi 1855 — was named as a tribute to the year Ottawa officially became a city. Our Local Tourists were delighted to be there to have a first taste – and we were definitely fans of both the new beer, as well as the original Kichesippi Natural Blonde.

Amy and Jessey

The brewery, a seemingly small space located next to the 417 near Clyde and Carling, is actually a 6,000-square-foot facility that shows Kichesippi’s ambition to expand…and expand they have!

The first pint of Kichesippi Blonde was made available just under a year ago, and although the beer is only offered in Ottawa and surrounding communities, more than 50 bars and restaurants keep it on tap.

Kichesippi is also working on getting bottles ready for sale in the LCBO, but right now offer 30- and 50-litre kegs and large jugs (aka growlers).

Kichesippi describes the new 1855 beer as “a dark ale that continues our mandate of offering food friendly beer with a balance of flavour while also being refreshing. The beer offers dark malt flavours with woody, earthy aromas.”

Now, we’re not beer experts, but one thing we do know is that it was absolutely delicious.

Kichesippi 1855

Paul Meek and his crew also really know how to throw a party: they served fresh oysters from The Whalesbone Oyster House, delicious BBQ from Amberwood BBQ, Kichesippi spice cake from Murray Street Kitchen and locally roasted coffee from Wake Cup Coffee Roasters.

Delicious ribs, sausages, and our very favourite bacon-wrapped, goat cheese stuffed jalapeno peppers from Amberwood BBQ

LTOttawa got a quick tour of the plant from Mathieu Lemay, a trained chemist who clearly knows what goes into creating the perfect pint. We’re also excited to report that he will be writing a guest post for LTOttawa about the top local beers in the future!

After a three-hour night of reveling in what Kichesippi has accomplished to date, we’re looking forward to what’s next – and the next time we have a pint on one of the city’s many patios, we’ll know just how much effort went into it.

A visitor checks out the brewing casks

The new brew, Kichesippi 1855, is available at two spots right now: Johnny Farina on Elgin, and the Cheshire Cat Pub – but expect more kegs rolling out through the city within the next few weeks.

So what do you think of the new Kichesippi 1855?