Our Story

jpgSeeking out exciting, unique and distinctive flavours has always been a passion of mine. This quest has evolved to crafting beer that pushes the envelope and steps out of the norm — an exciting adventure that I long to share with others. So Turtle Island Brewing Company Ltd. was born (and a couple of annual beer festivals, but more about them later).

At Turtle Island, we believe each beer should be a masterpiece unto itself, and should be equally as enjoyable with food. To create such complex and finely balanced beer, we begin with exceptional ingredients and hone our process of brewing and preparing each batch. Great beer takes time. We’ve taken the time to design exciting beer that pairs well with food, or has the character and depth to simply be savoured on its own. We source local natural ingredients to brew truly exceptional beer.

Now is the time for you to enjoy it.

Discover Our Beer

discover-our-beersTurtle Island Brewing Co. brews exceptional, premium craft beer. It is an obsession that you can experience through the aromas, flavours and sensations as you raise your glass to sip, savour and enjoy. From the anticipation to the satisfying finish, our beer will take you on an exciting journey of discovery.

Our brewing philosophy is focused on quality, not quantity. So our brewing ambition is to create beer that you treasure. Sure, our beer tastes amazing on a hot summer afternoon, at a BBQ, or hanging out with good friends. AND, our beer really hits the spot when you want the experience to be all about the beer — when you just want to relax and savour the moment. When it’s time to slow down and unwind, ride the Turtle!

smash-cherry-aleSMASH Cherry  Ale

Tasting Notes by Katy Watts

Pouring a red-brown colour the inaugural brew offers a misleading aroma of sticky sweet cherry and caramel, but on first sip you’re treated to a well-balanced blend of caramel, subtle hop spice and a cherry tartness that leads into a dry finish.  As it warms up (if you can let it) the flavours deepen offering warmer spices and more of a cherry punch.

Dark Honey Brown

Tasting Notes by Jeff O’Reilly

dark-honey-brownTurtle Island Dark Honey Brown pours a muddled copper hue with a moderate tan foam cap. Sweet, clean and natural aromas of honeycomb, clover, caramel and cereal grains invite the rich medium bodied deliciousness that follows. Organic honeys, pure maple syrup, brown sugar, refined molasses and toasted nuts with a slight stickiness on the lips and a soft playfulness in the mouth that isn’t cloying or clinging - lingering only for a moment before begging for another taste . Extremely approachable it drinks well on it’s own it would pair well with nuts, soft cheeses, baked breads and BBQ - as the rich sweetness would make it a natural for marinating, brazing and glazing beef, pork or chicken. It hides its 7.5% ABV extremely well – so be warned - as it goes down smooth and quick – and may sneak up on you.

We’ve been getting rave reviews for our newer beers and seasonal specialties: Wild Harvest ESB, Imperial Maple Stout and Squashed Pumpkin Porter. We appreciate hearing from you – especially when you have so many nice things to say about our beer! ;-)  Check out some reviews by The Beverage website.

We have several other wonderful recipes, all featuring some natural and many locally sourced ingredients, so keep checking back to see what new treasure we’ve crafted for your enjoyment.

Find out where you can enjoy Turtle Island beer on tap.

Keeping it Local (and Natural)

beer-glass-logoWhen people first tried our first beers they said “you’ve got a real treasure here.” (And, we had to agree.) What they were appreciating is our focus on creating a complete experience — paying close attention to the taste, aroma, mouth feel and colour —  every sensation that lends itself to your enjoyment of a Turtle Island beer.

This attention to detail includes using quality, natural ingredients from local suppliers. Our quest for the best that we can find not only produces truly unique and delicious beer, it introduces us to new friends who are producing local treasures themselves. (It all tasted great even before we put it in our beer!)

Simple pleasures often come from complex designs. Quench your thirst for great beer, discover Turtle Island!

“X” Marks the Spot

x-marks-the-spotHistorically, people would bury their treasure and keep the location a secret. We’re not like that at all. Rather than covet this booty for ourselves, we want to share our craft brewing adventure and the mouth-watering, palate-stimulating experience. (That’s just the kind of good-natured camaraderie we live for!)  We want you and your friends to share in the bounty… responsibly, of course.

Search out the fine establishments below, and visit us often to see what locations have been added to our list. Step out of your routine and savour the sensation of one of our premium craft beers. Maybe visit a new pub or restaurant (see below), perhaps with new friends. Adventure can start with small steps… find out where yours will lead you!

Permanent Tap Locations

Arrow & Loon Restaurant and Pub
99 Fifth Avenue (@Bank Street), Ottawa

Black Tomato
11 George St, Ottawa

Corner Bar & Grill (Glebe)
777 Bank St., Ottawa

Corner Bar & Grill (Westboro)
344 Richmond Road, Ottawa

Corner Bar & Grill (Orleans)
1779 Tenth Line, Orleans

Indulge Kitchen & Cocktails
4456 Limebank Rd., Ottawa

Lancaster Smokehouse
574 Lancaster St W, Kitchener, ON

Pub Italia
434 Preston St, Ottawa

Stoneface Dolly’s
416 Preston St, Ottawa

Occasional Tap Locations

Brothers Beer Bistro
366 Dalhousie Street, Ottawa
Nov.21, 2013 – Squashed Pumpkin Porter cask

Rochester Pub
502 Rochester Street, Ottawa
Nov. 8, 2013 – Squashed Pumpkin Porter cask

Seasonal Taps

8 Locks Flat
Closed for the season – visit again in Spring 2014! 8 Locks’ Flat is located on the Rideau Canal, in beautiful downtown Ottawa, and can be reached on foot or by bicycle easily. We are on the East side of the canal, just North of The Somerset Footbridge.

This list will be expanding rapidly, so check back often. If one of your favourite spots isn’t listed here, let us know. We’re always looking to expand our horizons and welcome new friends with open arms.

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Begin Your Adventure


March 21, 2014

TASTE! Ottawa

fundraiser for Arthritis Society

Visit http://arthritis.ca/ON/TasteOttawa for more info and donations.

March 26, 2014

Spring Beer “Pearing” Dinner

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

The Urban Pear, 151 Second Avenue, Ottawa


Join us as we team up with one of Ottawa’s hidden gems, the Urban Pear, for an incredible dinner featuring Turtle Island beer paired with delicious dishes created by Jeff and his team.

If you haven’t been to The Urban Pear yet, you’re in for a treat!  A destination for culinary adventure in Ottawa’s trendy Glebe neighborhood, the restaurant features a menu that evolves from day to day using the finest quality local ingredients the chefs can source. During the summer months, a team of dedicated organic farmers supply The Urban Pear with all of its vegetables. All the meats & fish purchased by the chefs come from Canadian farms & waters.

Join us for an evening of great beer, delicious food, and discovery!

SPOILER ALERT: To view the menu for this event, visit the Upcoming Event Menus section of the Ottawa Beer TAP Society’s website.

Limited seating available.

Tickets are available online at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/urban-pear-turtle-island-beer-and-food-pairing-dinner-tickets-9244056221


March 29, 2014

Ottawa Wine & Food Festival, Spring Edition

Earnst & Young Centre, 4899 Uplands Drive, Ottawa


March 30, 2014

Join us for an exciting and colourful art show with artist Diane Woodward

The Urban Pear, 151 Second Avenue, Ottawa


April 3, 2014

Ontario Brewing Awards

Gladstone Hotel, Toronto

follow our trip on Twitter at @TurtleBrewCo!

April 5, 2014

Real Canadian Craft Beer Festival

Niagara Falls, Ontario


April 13, 2014

Café 327 & Turtle Island Beer Pairing Dinner

Sunday, April 13, 2014 from6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Café 327, 327 St. Laurent Blvd, Ottawa


Join us as we return to Café 327 to team up with our old friend Colin Lockett, for another delectable dinner featuring Turtle Island beer paired with wonderfully delicious dishes created by Colin and his team.

Join us for a great evening of great beer, delicious food, and discovery!

Tickets available online at Eventbrite and are $75/person.  Limited seating available.


Check out some of the recent media coverage and reviews of our beer and our brewery.  We’re very excited about what these folks have to say about us!

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