About this project
Dominion City Brewing Co. is an Ottawa Valley brewery-in-the-making. By mid-2014 we'll be up and running in our location on Canotek Road in Ottawa's East End. We're set to craft delicious, boundary-pushing beer closely tied to the people and the land that make it possible.
Until the early 20th century, even the smallest Canadian villages had their own breweries. Canada was home to nearly 1,000 small producers, most of which existed to serve their communities. These resulting beers comprised a tremendous diversity of flavours and styles, often driven by the ingredients brewers could source locally.
The result was a strong connection between beer and a sense of place.
To recall Canada’s great brewing tradition, Dominion City's recipes are built around local ingredients whenever possible. We've struck relationships with local grain and hops farmers and we're working to help support the return of small-scale malting capacity in Ontario's Ottawa Valley.
Dominion City will connect our story and products to Canada’s proud brewing past and honour that tradition by experimenting with new flavours and styles.
We've been working for two years to make Dominion City Brewing Co. a reality and we're now just a few months away from opening our doors. We've lined up a seven barrel brew house with all the bells and whistles. We've developed great recipes, from our core mainstay offerings to an exciting range of ever-changing specialty batches chock full of as many local grains and hops as we can source. We're working everyday to turn our hulking industrial warehouse into a fully functioning brewery so we can start churning out pint-loads of awesome.
But we want Dominion City to be more than just a factory.
We're inviting you to be part of taking our brewery to the next level by joining us in building an amazing bottle shop and tasting bar.
That's where you come in.
We want to build a place for you to hang out, sample new flavours and experience our craft first hand. That's why we're inviting you to build a totally rad bottle shop and tasting bar. With your support, we’re going to make Dominion City a place where customers can watch the brewing process while they sample the finished product or pick up a couple growlers to take back to share with friends and family.
What we'll do with your money.
We're going to finish our tasting bar with century old sunken timbers reclaimed from the depths of the Ottawa River in a bid to connect with our region's past. And we’re going to invite local artists to help us style the bottle shop in a tribute to Ottawa’s present.
We'll transform our walk-in cooler into an awesome bar back, complete with everything we'll need so we can always pour you a fresh sample of our beers. We're also going to spring for top of the line growler filling equipment to ensure you always take home fresh, delicious beer that will last until you're ready to enjoy it--something ordinary taps can't do!
(SOME OF OUR) REWARDS.
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ALL REWARDS $10 and UP include an invitation to a Kickstarter-only party in the bottle shop at the Dominion City brewery sometime in late 2014, as well as your name published in a full page, full colour ad in HERD Magazine (which will be blown up and hang forever on our shop wall).
At the party, we'll distribute all local rewards (we'll ship to everyone who can't make it). We'll also have limited edition beers available for purchase.
Let us recognize you for your craft beer devotion in this full-page, full-colour thank you ad to run in Ottawa's arts and culture quarterly, HERD Magazine. The ad will hang for all of time on our bottle shop wall so that you may know our love for always!
It's the world's most stylish knit sweater...for your beer! Freakers are perfect for insulating a cold beer and fit perfectly over anything from a pint glass up to a full-size Growler. You can make use of an extra or two by Freaking everything from pop and wine bottles to your insulated coffee mug. Give 'em something to talk about at your next house party, get freaky with a Dominion City Freaker!
Made well to do one thing well, this hefty handcrafted wooden bottle opener is the only bottle tool you'll need. No dollar store trinket, this is one hard-working piece of lumber that says you're serious about beer. Swing a Dominion City Beer Stick!
Soft. Heathery. Delicious? (Well, maybe.) We know one thing for sure, you're going to look stylin' in this Dominion City tee. Get one for you, get one for your beagle!
Top quality beer transportation. That's what we're offering here. Get 'em now!
Perfect for the curling rink or a political career-ending walk in the snow. Ottawans know winter style. You can think of the toque as our equivalent of the British fascinator.
This hard to find glass is a must-have for any beer lover's collection. Teku (a mash up of the two names of the dudes who created it--Teo/Kusaka) was inspired by the ISO glass used to conduct sensory evaluation of wine. The resulting glass is both elegant and functional and extremely hard to find in Canada. Get your set of two while they're going!
Soft, cuddly, cozy and stylish. You'll be like polar bear wearing this hoodie. One really handsome-ass polar bear.
That moment when you realize you CAN bike to the brewery and safely transport your growler home--mind blown. This DCBC-branded, handcrafted 100 per cent genuine leather bike case hangs under your bike seat and fastens perfectly around one of our 1.89L glass growlers.
Nothing says Canada like a game of pond hockey. Leather skates, no goalie mask and no feeling in your feet; that's just how we roll. This one-of-a-kind heritage hockey sweater is 100 per cent knit wool and emblazoned with a stitched felt Dominion City crest. Let your shinny team know you can stickhandle and look awesome doing it.
Dominion City Brewing Co. is reinvigorating Canada's proud brewing history. We brew three always available mainstay beers, including:
Dominion City Earl Grey Marmalade Saison pours a distinctive rusty copper colour with orange zest and Earl Grey tea aroma. Flavours include honey ginger notes and mild lingering tea and orange bitterness.
This rustic blonde ale features cereal and biscuit malt notes paired with midly spicy, crisp, citrusy hops.
We aimed to brew an assertively hoppy, but well balanced and highly drinkable West Coast-style India Pale Ale. Two Flags IPA pours a slightly hazy, copper body with strong citrus and pineapple aroma. Flavours include burnt sugar, tropical fruit notes and linger resinous hop bitterness.
Your backing for this project makes all the difference. We're going to make delicious beer, connect with Ottawa's history and forge a connection between our products and the people and the land that make them possible. By backing this campaign you're saying you want to be part of it. Cheers!
Ottawa Citizen profiles Dominion City
MONDAY MARCH 24, 2014
Apt613 features Dominion City's Kickstarter campaign
SUNDAY MARCH 23, 2014
580 CFRA Interviews Alex
FRIDAY MARCH 14, 2014
580 CFRA spoke to Alex about building a brewery around local ingredients and building community. Thanks, guys!
CBC Radio features Dominion City
THURSDAY MARCH 13, 2014
Risks and challenges
We have all the pieces we need to open a brewery and we are on track to open in mid-2014.
The most significant risks or challenges we face are those regarding timing, which is in part determined by factors outside our control. A potential hang up with our provincial manufacturer's licence. Delayed equipment delivery. Major headaches like these have the potential to knock our mid-2014 opening off-track and could potentially delay our ability to finance the totally awesome bottle shop and tasting bar finishing work we've envisioned.
We've worked to solve for as many of these issues as possible by doing our homework and by diligently working with partners like our regulators, suppliers and others to ensure we understand the process and are doing everything we can to complete it as quickly as possible.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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