Seeking 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.
2014 Bronze Ontario Brewing Award – SMaSH Cherry Pale Ale
2013 Watson’s Mill Craft Beer Festival – People’s Choice, Best Ottawa Beer
2014 Finalist – Ottawa Tourism Awards, Best New Business
2013 Golden TAP Award – Excellence in Beer
2013 Ontario Craft Brewers Association – Community Building Award for Winterbrewed Festival
2012 Ontario Craft Brewers Association – Community Building Award for National Capital Craft Beer Week
2010 Totonto Beer Week Homebrewing Competition - Best of Class (stout) and Best of Class (hybrid ale)
Turtle 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!
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.
Tasting Notes by Jeff O’Reilly
Turtle 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.
When 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!)
Historically, 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!
8 Locks Flat
8 Locks’ Flat is located on the Rideau Canal, in beautiful downtown Ottawa, and can be reached on foot or by bicycle easily. 8 Locks is on the East side of the canal on Colonel By Drive, just North of the Somerset footbridge.
303 Bank St., Ottawa
11 George St, Ottawa
Corner Bar & Grill (Westboro)
344 Richmond Road, Ottawa
Corner Bar & Grill (Orleans)
1779 Tenth Line, Orleans
361 Elgin St, Ottawa
502 Rochester Street, Ottawa
416 Preston St, Ottawa
The Urban Pear
151 Second Ave, Ottawa
574 Lancaster St W, Kitchener, ON
Live Bait Ale House
1185 Maple Avenue, Milton ON
146 Front St. W., Toronto ON
Rib Eye Jacks Alehouse
Burlington: 4045 Harvester Rd, Burlington ON
Streetsville: 6351 Mississauga Rd, Mississauga ON
If you’ve ever met us in person, you already know how big of a brewery man-crush we have on Dogfish Head owner, Sam Calagione. We first met Sam at a weekly tradition of his – joining his staff and brewery visitors for a pint to share stories, chat about beer, friendly conversation and camaraderie through the love for great beer. Sam calls this Beer Thirty.
We’d love the opportunity to share some of our stories with you and talk beer while we share a pint at our own version of Beer Thirty. Not having our own bricks and mortar brewery yet (that will be changing sometime soon) we decided to come to you instead to share the experience in some of the best taprooms and events in town!
Come visit us at the events listed below for previews of upcoming brews we’re concocting, sneak peeks into projects we’re working on, great conversation, and make new friends while catching up with old ones.
The locations for Beer Thirty are listed below. Start your weekend with a pint of great beer and great conversation…join us at our next Beer Thirty!
…Oh, and we want to thank Sam for introducing us to Beer Thirty! If you’re reading this Sam, you have an open invitation to join us for any of them…heck, we’ll even come pick you up and take you home!
July 25, 2014 – 5PM to 7PM
Rochester Pub & Eatery
502 Rochester St, Ottawa
Festivals and Special Events
Below is a list of upcoming events where you’ll find us this summer! Hope to see you there!
July 4-6, 2014
Carnival of Cultures, Ottawa ON
July 11, 2014
Watson’s Mill beer tasting event, Manotick Village ON
July 18-20, 2014
Burlington Craft Beer Festival, Burlington ON
August 1 & 2, 2014
Hamilton Beer Festival, Hamilton ON
August 15-17, 2014
National Capital Craft Beer Festival, Ottawa ON
August 22-24, 2014
Niagara Craft Beer Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
More events coming. Check back often for updates.
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!
Comments, questions, requests… we’d love to hear from you.
Best way to reach us right now is email, so send us a note. (This technology thing really beats a message in a bottle!)
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