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UPDATED Holiday Hours

UPDATED Holiday Hours

Here's to staying safe this holiday!

Check out the VISIT US page for  current health measures.

 In order help keep transmission low during this usually high travel time, we ask that anyone visiting from a more restrictive region or province please stick to retail beer or online purchases.


Paul Meek
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more holiday treats this weekend!

more holiday treats this weekend!

In addition to the wildly popular Food for Thought meals this Saturday (only a few left!), Michelle from GoodFood4U will be in the taproom starting at 11am (Saturday and Sunday), offering snacks, treats and preserves as well as pickup for web pre-orders. 

5% of all GoodFood4U sales this weekend go to the Ottawa Food Bank.

Check out her website and come on in for a weekend of great food and great causes!  More dates to come...

Paul Meek
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Food for Thought

Food for Thought

Coconut Lagoon / Thali pop-up

Celebrate Diwali (festival of lights)

Pre-order your festive meals prepared by renowned Chef Joe Thottungal and the Thali team; available for pick up on Nov 14th in Bells Corners (2265 Robertson Road). 

Diwali celebrates light over darkness, all proceeds will enlighten the Ottawa community by helping fund the Ottawa Community Foundations

Food for Thought Meals Fund

Click here to pre-order!*

*Quantities are limited, please select a pick up time with your order.  All orders are Pick up only on Nov 14th even if our system allows you to select free local delivery.  Due to logistics there are no walk-up orders available.

Save 10% off of you beer order** with the purchase of the Coconut Lagoon cookbook.  A great gift for your out of town foodie friends! 


** 10% off any in stock beer or soda cans on the same order as the book purchase.  While supplies last, must be 19+ for beer purchases, can not be combined with any other discount or offer.

Paul Meek
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Halloween Kits are available!

Halloween Kits are available!

Pre-orders are in and we have a limited number of Halloween kits available for sale today until Saturday!  Order Thursday for free home delivery Friday, or pick up at the brewery! 

Craft sodas, Craft beers, crafty DIY treats and a crafty activity for your 2020 isolated Halloween evening.


Did you get your kit and loose your directions!?  Click HERE 


Paul Meek
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We are seeking a Lead Brewer

We are seeking a Lead Brewer

Kichesippi Beer Co. is Seeking a Lead Brewer
Reports directly to the Brewmaster 
Responsible for, but not limited to:
  -all aspects of wort production
  -fermentation and cellar handling
  -yeast management
  -filtration and carbonation
  -CIP and manual cleaning
  -safe use of chemicals
  -staging and preparing raw materials along with keeping inventory 
  -follow quality guidelines and SOPs 
  -beer delivery
Qualifications and experience
  -formal brewing training an asset
  -firm grasp of arithmetic, weights, volumes, units, etc. an asset 
  -strong organizational skills required
  -excellent written and verbal communication skills required
  -canning line experience an asset
  -minimum 3 years of brewing experience
  -valid driver's license with clean abstract required
  -experience with draft systems an asset
  -mechanical aptitude an asset
  -WHMIS certification an asset
  -forklift experience an asset
  -ability to work a variety of shifts in rotation
Please send a resume and covering letter by email to with "Lead Brewer" in the subject line.
We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. 
Paul Meek
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Spooky Schnauzers, Haunted Hounds and Macabre Mutts

Spooky Schnauzers, Haunted Hounds and Macabre Mutts

What better excuse to dust off the sewing machine or glue gun and cobble together a canine costume for your furry companion, than the promise of prizes!

Enter your pooch 1 of two ways on October 29, 30 or 31st*:

Instagram -

1.Follow us @kichesippibeer

2. Take a photo of your dressed up pooch with a Kichesippi product or logo visible,

3. Tag @kichesippibeer, one friend and one dog account (influencer dogs, dog services, food, product or general dog account)

In person - 

1. Visit our retail beer store, or licensed beer garden at 2265 Robertson Road, Bells Corners

2. Scan the QR code and complete the entry form; we'll post a pic of your Poltergeist Pooch


Two prizes awarded daily, plus three grand prizes in collaboration with Poochie Girl Pet Spa (@poochiegirlgroomer)

Spookiest Large Dog

Most Haunted Small Dog

R.I.P - random draw from all entrants


*contest closes @ 8pm on Oct 31, 2020,

Max. 1 entry per day per pooch, grand prizes announced Oct 31st @ 9pm

Prizes can be picked up at 2265 Robertson Road between Nov 1st and 10th, or combined with a qualifying delivery order by emailing

Grand Prizes approx. retail value $60 ea.


Paul Meek
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social distancing events


September 19 to October 3, 2020

Oktoberfest is upon us!  Usually a social time in our calendar with lots of activities, fun features and seasonal beers, the provincial COVID regulations (as updated Sept 17) have caused us to reflect on what defines an event vs. a gathering, and how that influences your visit to the brewery.

 To be clear, our #1 priority is to operate in a safe manor both for our guests and staff while meeting or exceeding provincial regulations and health recommendations.  The effects of COVID-19 will continue to impact events and event planning beyond 2020.  We feel that implementing a new framework to events will maintain enhanced safety standards and hopefully bring a bit of positivity to the lives of our guests and Ottawans.

From the encyclopedia Kichessippia:

 Gathering - a social meeting defined by 1. an event/purpose (birthday, wedding, celebration, etc.) through 2. an invitation (open or limited) of multiple groups within a population, or sub-group of a population.

 Event - a organized presentation of art, information, service, demonstration, etc. that 1. involves the participation or attention of the desired audience and 2. has a defined start and end.

Our new reality is events without gatherings.  We participate, share experiences, support causes and get out of the house without connecting multiple social bubbles.  In the taproom and beer garden that means: 

1.  Attendees are provided exclusive use of a seated area for their social bubble.  Our tables comfortably seat 8 people, which becomes an inherent maximum number of people in a group.  This will also create a natural limit to our overall capacity as not every group is the full 8 people and will extend the existing 2m distancing between seating areas.

2. Audience participation takes place in a socially conscious way.  Including reduction of elimination of shared items, enhanced sanitation practices, one-way traffic flow patterns and ability to participate remotely/from your table and any other measures that will enhance the isolation of social bubbles from each other in the same space. 

3.  Utilization of guests lists, advance tickets, assigned seating plans, contact tracing and staggered service.  We understand that plans change; by using advance ticket money to fund local charities and non-profit causes we hope to keep funds going to organizations that service at-risk communities while being able to plan attendance to satisfy the first two points.


All of this requires a surprising amount of planning on everyone's part!   Committing to advance tickets/notice, extra staffing, limited capacity and sales , slower lines and all the things we've all been experiencing over the past months seems thankless; thank you for your organization, patience and understanding when visiting us.   

 All of these rules and restrictions may also seem like a one way street; they aren't.  We are happy to discuss, define and design policies that better suit a particular situation if they still meet our mandate of safety and satisfy provincial guidelines.  These discussions get the best results when take place prior to your visit/the event and with the proper authority.  Please email with any policy questions, event ideas or comments on your visit.


We believe that the extra work is worth it; we believe that Ottawa cares about  prioritizing safety, and we believe that success is creating fun shared experiences that respect your neighbors, community and threat of this virus.


We truly appreciate your support as we continue to launch activities and events with these principals in mind.


The Kichesippi Taproom Team



Mike Hall
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Remember events?!  We're bringing them back.

Remember events?! We're bringing them back.

After the rave reviews of our first post-quarantine event with Queers Corners we have been working hard to come up with some events and features for Oktoberfest 2020 with three key things in mind:

1. Fun features available on site (beer garden or taproom) AND available for delivery or to go so everyone can enjoy in the place they feel safe or share with people who can't make it out.

2. Social distancing and maximum capacity regulations built in to the event.  We want people to feel like they can attend, participate and have fun in their own little bubble on our property.  This will mean advance tickets and sign ups; keep an eye on our website and social media platforms for links and details!

3. Partnerships with great local businesses and charitable organizations, many of which are still recovering from a loss in revenue, inability to start new initiatives, solicit volunteers or dealing with increased demand for social services.

Stay tuned for some fun!

Oktoberfest 2020 | September 19th to October 4th

Calling all vendors and makers!  If you know a great local vendor who would be interested in participating in our fall Food Truck rally + Market on October 3rd and 4th, email contact details to


Character Creative Collaborator
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Taproom service is coming!

Taproom service is coming!

We all knew it was coming, but adapting once again for service indoors will require some time and consideration to offer the safest experience.  Our goal is to be ready for indoor table reservations as soon as Monday July 27th.  Expect another update as systems go live. 


The first step however, is to grow our team!


As a result of our recent workplace equity plan, preference for this position will be given to a qualified indigenous or qualified racially visible person.

Full-time, permanent: Taproom Service Staff (32-40h per week)

Taproom staff are the first and last point of contact for most people (guests, suppliers and partners) to the brewery.  For this role we seek out individuals:

  • Who relate to and are confident they can offer professional and friendly service
  • Are comfortable engaging with guests and visitors, ability to initiate a conversation, remember return guests while maintaining professional boundaries.
  • Have a desire and ability to promote craft beer (styles, tasting notes, etc.),
  • Who work well in a team, communicating and changing roles as business flow changes.
  • With physical ability and stamina to be active/moving for most of the shift, ability to lift 30lbs.

The objective of this job role is to develop candidates' overall knowledge of operations so that customer service skills can be multi-faceted for all business services (brewery tours, table service, retail service, community partner liaison, event staff, logistics support, and other).  Future advancement within the company come with mastering service tasks, operating procedures, enhancing beer/production knowledge and will be evaluated in bi-annual reviews and/or as positions become available.


Schedules will vary weekly and will involve a mix of afternoon and evening shifts of approx 7.5h, between 11am and 11pm.  Our goal is to ensure full time staff consistently have 2 days off in a row and a predictable schedule.

Hourly pay for all shifts starts at $14/h, plus a share in the tip pool.  This is evaluated in the review process after 3 months.  Staff discounts and fringe benefits are discussed upon start of employment.

Industry certifications are compensated (SmartServe, JHSC, ADOA, First Aid, etc); smart serve is mandatory within 30 days of start of employment.

email with a copy of your CV and note of why you are applying.

We ask that resume attachments are sent in .pdf format.  If you would like or require an alternate means of application contact the Taproom Manager - 613.728.7845, or drop off a resume in person during non-peak operational hours.

Mike Hall
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Reopening the Patio!

Reopening the Patio!

Now that the provincial government has announced outdoor dining (pints on the patio) in certain regions of the province, we are very happy to say that our patio will be opening this Friday at 11am. 

Here are the details on what we are doing to provide a safe and friendly environment for all of our guests and staff members


  • picnic tables and chairs will all be set up at least 6 feet apart
  • we will have seating for a little over 100 people on the patio, while also observing proper social distancing
  • upon arrival, please enter into the retail area in order to book a table for your group.
  • customers will have access to washrooms just inside the brewery beside our retail counter. 
  • we are not accepting advanced reservation requests for the patio.  

Drinks and Food

  • we will be serving 12oz compostable cups of beer on the patio for our launch week.
  • our goal is to have at least 8 different beers available on tap this Friday, we will also be adding three more brews to the draught line up on Monday 
  • our self serve water station is still available
  • we will also be serving cold cans of our non alcoholic Root Beer, Ginger Beer and Cream Soda
  • super yummy food will be available from Ad Mare Seafood Truck.  Like a lot of businesses this week, we are working through some supply chain issues and would like to apologize in advance for any possible shortages or stock outs for the opening weekend


  • Friday to Sunday 11am-9pm
  • Monday to Thursday 1pm-9pm
Paul Meek
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$40 order = Free Delivery in Ottawa

$40 order = Free Delivery in Ottawa

When we launched our online store one month ago, we also introduced Ottawa to the simple offer of 12 tall cans = free delivery in Ottawa. We have now made the change to:

$40 online order = free delivery in Ottawa.

The reason for the change is simple, we are going to be offering much more than just tall cans, and wanted to make sure that our customers would have access to our free delivery for products, other than just tall cans of beer.

Over the next few weeks, we are going to be adding the following to our online store - hats, shirts, hoodies, glassware, small cans of beer and our 10th Anniversary bottle of Eisbock.


Paul Meek
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Six More Brews this Week

Six More Brews this Week

Here are the beer options that will be showing up online later this week:

Wednesday - 1855

Thursday - BC Light, Warrior Woman and Three Little Birds

Friday - Cheshire Cat Pilsner, Commissariat and Aberdeen Red Ale (NEW)

We are also working on plans for some more:

  • Hefeweizen
  • Natural Blonde
  • Remic Rapids IPA.
  • We will have more specifics on dates for these brands next week.
Paul Meek
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