Kichesippi Beer Company opened its doors in 2010, launching its Natural Blonde, an all malt Pale Ale, with light crisp notes of lemon, apricot and some hoppy bitterness at the end.
In 2011, a darker beer, 1855, joined the line-up. Named for the year in which Ottawa became a city, this beer is a brown ale with a more pronounced caramel flavour and a sweeter finish.
For its second anniversary, the brew master at Kichesippi created a limited edition Maibock: although amber in colour and higher in alcohol at 6.3%, this beer is not heavy. In fact, I was surprised at how crisp and clean it was and was particularly struck by its effervescence. Associated with the months of May and higher alcohol content, this is traditional spring ale, a transition beer from the darker winter brews and the lighter summer fare.
Although I arrived late to the party, it had clearly been a success, with Pascale’s All Natural Ice Cream, Life of Pie, and The Piggy Market almost sold out of their beer-infused products. (I confess, I was tempted by the chocolate, beer, and pecan pie).
While only the Natural Blonde is available at the LCBO, all three beers are available at the brewery and in many of your local restaurants.
We here at foodiePrints support local producers and I am personally thrilled that Ottawa has beers that we can call our own. If your favourite pub doesn’t stock Kichesippi, be sure to ask them why.
Happy birthday Kichesippi and many happy returns!