By Artyom Zalutskiy
Another exciting brewery joins Ottawa’s already long list. Shillow Beer Company recently opened its fixed location in the city at 1458 Cyrville Road in Gloucester after seven years of operation as a contract brewery in Toronto.
The brewery was founded by Master Brewer Jamie Shillow and her husband, Company President Ben Shillow, both of whom have extensive experience in the hospitality industry. Jamie gained a great deal of interest and knowledge in beer while working in beer-focused bars and restaurants, which led her to try her hand at home brewing. This hobby eventually led her to enroll in the Niagara College Brewmaster Program and establish the contract brewery after graduating in 2014.
The couple chose to move to Ottawa because it is much more family friendly than downtown Toronto. They quickly fell in love with the city’s atmosphere and made a place for themselves in its growing brewing scene.
The pandemic has created many challenges for the couple, forcing delays and pivots in their plans. Jamie said they “originally planned to have a faucet room with food, but with the restaurants closing. [they] decided that it made more sense to focus only on starting production.
In addition to its flagship beers Bitter Waitress Black IPA and Beer Snob Belgian Rye Ale, the company has launched a range of small batch beers including Plain Sour Ale, Amber Wheat Ale, Summer IPA and Brown Ale.
After years of little freedom, mostly brewing only the two long-standing beers mentioned above, Jamie is excited to experiment and try new things, which you can tell just by looking at the wide variety of this. initial range. “To finally be able to have full control of my processes is something I have been waiting for a long time,” she said. “I’m especially excited to be able to start trying a lot of different styles. I started with a few basic recipes so that I could focus on learning about my new equipment and developing a basic list of beer styles. In short, Shillow Beer Company doesn’t seem like a brewery that just brews the same things. “I’m one of those brewers who love to play with the ingredients,” Jamie said.
Shillow has already been forced to change many aspects of its brewery due to the pandemic, and they are now showing that they are not afraid to make a lot more changes to create the best brewery possible. Expect plenty of experimentation to come, as well as a possible basic list of beers that may be quite different from the one above.
Asked about the future of the business, Jamie replied that their goal is “to be a community-driven business that makes great beer.” Once things start to calm down and start to return to normal, the couple are excited to continue working on their faucet room to one day create a social hub where people can come together with great food and fun. fantastic beer.
The Shillow Beer Company store is located at 1458 Cyrville Road. They are open Monday and Tuesday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and closed on weekends.