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The Bottleneck: Blast that beer gut with?- beer?
Time:11 Sep 2015
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Beer and exercise.

On the surface, these words shouldn't go together: I mean the term beer belly doesn??¥t conjure up images of elite athleticism. Though not an intuitive pairing, beer and physical exertion are perfect for one another.

Consider that Belgian farm owners used to brew farm ales and saisons for their hard working sweaty farmhands. Or think of the pure Canadiana of beer being passed around a hockey locker room as weekend warriors catch their breath after a late night game of recreational hockey.


Still, others see exercise as a necessary evil for those who imbibe on the craftier side of the bar. #beertax is often found floating around twitter as foodies make amends for previous indulgences or prepare for their glutinous activities ahead. Whiprsnapr Brewing in Bells Corners likes to remind its fans to #earnyourbeer through hard work.

An even more obvious combination of beer and exercise will be happening this weekend: The Ottawa Beer Run.

A fairly self-explanatory title, the event involves running from brewery to brewery, drinking beer and running more. There will be two courses (a 9.5- and a 14.5-kilometre grind), each with four waves.

If you??¥ve ever had that burning desire to feel like you??¥re going to vomit for a few hours, this event is for you! In addition to being good cardio, it??¥s also good for your emotional heart since its a fundraiser for Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Support Programs.

The participating hydration stations/breweries include Kichesippi, Beyond the Pale, Big Rig, Clocktower, Mill St., Lowertown and 3 Brewers. If you??¥ve run this race, you??¥re familiar with the unique feeling of carbonated beer sloshing around your insides as you bound to the next destination.

Some breweries are kind enough to provide running fuel, while others seem to choose the food they provide ironically (c??¥mon pulled pork?!). If you didn??¥t get tickets this year, be aware that they sell out quickly and act fast when the 2016 race rolls around.


If you scoff at the distances listed above, then perhaps the Beau??¥s Kunstadt Sports Oktoberfest Ride is more your speed. Held during the Saturday (Oct. 3) of Beau??¥s Oktoberfest, this ride is limited to 200 people (at the time of writing there are still a handful of spaces left) and raises money for the United Way Ottawa.

The route options for the ambitious riders are from Ottawa (100km) or from Bourget (50km) to Beau??¥s Brewery in Vankleek Hill. No matter which route you choose, expect a well deserved pint once you arrive.

The minimum registration is $125 with various prizes and packages available to the top fundraisers (top prize is a private keg party!). Don??¥t worry, transportation back for you and your bike is part of the deal. If you??¥re into Beau??¥s brews but prefer winter sports, consider the cross-country ski trails around the brewery (

After all that running or cycling, proper stretching is probably a good idea. Stretching with a proper beer is an even better idea. Ottawa??¥s Happy Yogi, Ashley Eagan, will be providing yoga sessions before and after the Oktoberfest Ride.


The Happy Yogi has been leading yoga classes at breweries across the city all summer, where she learned that each brewery really comes from its own place of authenticity and each have different offerings. The fall Yoga on Tap schedule (five classes at five breweries) has just been announced at

For more information, or to follow Ashley??¥s adventures across Ontario, you can tweet her @AshleyPEagan. Ashley is a firm believer that the basis of both beer and yoga is community, so the two are a natural pairing. I agree and can??¥t think of a more zen location to work on my warrior 2 stance than among the tanks and fermenters of a brewery.

Hopefully you??¥re able to enjoy one of the above options, or your own active pint!

Local Hop-penings

Cans of Beyond the Pale Brewing??¥s Pink Fuzz have just been introduced into the LCBO. Also new to the LCBO this month is the Beau??¥s Oktoberfest 4-pack.

Clarkstown Kitchen & Bar opened in Beechwood this past week, offering 20 local beers and artisanal sausages.

This Saturday, the Brewery Market will be taking place in Hintonburg Park from 12 to 8 p.m. In addition to barbecue and ice cream, there will be eight local breweries. Proceeds support Ottawa Riverkeeper, so it's a "save water, drink beer" scenario.

Marvest, part of CityFolk held mid-September, will include a craft brewery component of 15 local vendors that will be serving their wares at the Aberdeen Pavilion. Marvest is free and family friendly, see for a complete brewery list.

Finally, forecasts indicate a new brewery, The Weather Brewery, is blowing into town. Look for their Sun and Sky saison at fine establishments such as the Wellington Gastropub, Atomic Rooster, Carben Food and Drink and Cheshire Cat.

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