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Pints and Playwrights take the stage at Dominion City Brewing Company

Dominion City Brewing Company and town. restaurant are teaming up to present a night of cuisine and drink inspired by the thriller play, Butcher.

Dominion City Brewing Company and town. restaurant are teaming up to present a night of cuisine and drink inspired by the thriller play, Butcher

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Dominion City Brewing Company and town. restaurant are teaming up to present a night of cuisine and drink inspired by the thriller play, Butcher

Food. Theatre. Beer. These three forces will be combining in dramatic fashion this Tuesday, March 8, at a theatre near you! Specifically, they’ll be at the Great Canadian Theatre Company, at Wellington St W and Holland.

Dominion City Brewing Company and town. restaurant are teaming up to present this night of cuisine and drink inspired by the thriller play, Butcher. The four-course beer/meal pairing will feature a creative menu off off-cuts and one-off brews. Tickets are $95 and are now available at www.gctc.ca.

As luck would have it, the GCTC happened to have a ready-made, but unused, kitchen and restaurant space. The drive and design for the collaboration came from the back-kitchen and brewery staff. Dominion City’s assistant brewer, Scott Denyer, led the charge and has created an innovative lineup of small batch beers. Beyond this gastronomic, zymurgical and theatrical night of fancy, Dominion City has made many other fantastic partnerships within the local arts scene and really helped to shed some light on one of Ottawa’s lesser-known gems. The brewery has partnered with indie theatre festivals since opening and has worked with events like Ottawa Fringe, undercurrents and Fresh Meat plus smaller companies like Third Wall. This latest event looks like a fantastic offering that bridges many different arts and culture groups in Ottawa.

This arts and culture support is part of a wider phenomenon of local breweries really engaging and investing in their communities. Normally, “Support Local” is thought to be residents supporting local businesses but there are businesses that want to give back. Dominion City’s head brewer, Josh McJannett gets it: “Ottawa is a town where you can't help but collaborate. There are so many creative people doing cool things here and we've found beer is this great vehicle for bringing people together.”

Dominion City isn’t the only brewery getting into the fun of supporting local, but in the interest of my word-count limits, I’ll only provide a couple examples. For instance, Tooth and Nail brewing recently worked with local skier Dustin Cook to create an auction to raise funds for CHEO and Children’s Aid. Brewer Matt Tweedy also sees the positives in keeping it local: “Breweries historically have given back to their communities. It's great to see that this ethos continues to this day.  People have started to see breweries as being a big part of their community.”

From the newest brewery in Ottawa to one of the oldest, Beau’s Brewery, which has made social responsibility part of their ideology. Among the many charitable endeavors, Beau’s BYBO (Buy Your Beer Online) is a great example. Every time you BYBO, the delivery “fee” goes entirely to Operation Come Home. Drink charitably!

Local Hop-penings:

Beau’s Brewery is throwing a St. Paddy’s day party March 19 at Aberdeen Pavilion. This event is sold out, so feel free to brag if you already have tickets! Details: www.stpatricksparty.ca

Yoga on Tap is bringing the pints and poses to Tooth and Nail brewery this Sunday, March 6. And they have announced they are taking their show on the road this April and traveling to breweries across Ontario. Follow the journey here: yogaontap.ca.

Whiprsnapr and Quitters Coffee teamed up to create a new beer (and a new beer pun), Trans Canada Tr-ale, available only at the coffee house.

Union Local 613 is hosting another chapter in their delightful Beer Session series on March 15. The session will feature local friends Beau’s Brewery.

Last but never least, Stalwart Brewing has released a tasty new beer: The Zigzagger IPA.

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