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.
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!
Arrow & Loon Restaurant and Pub
99 Fifth Avenue (@Bank Street), Ottawa
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
574 Lancaster St W, Kitchener, ON
434 Preston St, Ottawa
416 Preston St, Ottawa
Brothers Beer Bistro
366 Dalhousie Street, Ottawa
Nov.21, 2013 – Squashed Pumpkin Porter cask
502 Rochester Street, Ottawa
Nov. 8, 2013 – Squashed Pumpkin Porter cask
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.
Proud to be serving at Manotick Shiverfest, Chili Cook-Off & Open Mic Night!
5550 Ann Street
Manotick, ON K4M 1A3
Excited to be presenting our new Irish Red at Brothers Beer Bistro, Frost Bites beer & food pairing!
Brothers Beer Bistro
366 Dalhousie Street
Ottawa, ON K1N 7G3
We team up with our old friend Colin Lockett at Cafe 327 for a delicious beer and food pairing dinner.
327 St. Laurent Boulevard
Ottawa, ON K1K 2Z5
Join us at this year’s WinterBrewed festival and vote on our next release! We’ll have casked and regular versions of all of our beer to date and hot beer available during the festival!
Arrow & Loon Pub & Restaurant / Fifth Avenue Court
99 Fifth Avenue (@Bank Street)
Ottawa, ON K1S-5K4
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!
294 Badgeley Avenue
Kanata, ON K2T 0A7
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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