12:30 p.m., June 23)
couple launches Orléans’ newest craft brewery
By Fred Sherwin
look now, but Orléans residents have two craft
breweries to call their own.
months after friends and business partners Justin MacNeill
Gen Benay and Marc Plante launched The Stray Dog Brewing
Company, the husband and wife team of Yann and Célia Lemieux
have established the aptly named Orléans Brewing
Company with two brews to choose from Billy Bob
Bison, a 6% American-style pale ale and Kölsch
Me Ousside, a 4.8% Pilsener-style ale, that will be kegged
on June 23 and available for consumption on June 30 in
time for Canada Day.
and Yann Lemieux are the proud owners of The
Orléans Brewing Company which recently
released their signature beer, Billy Bob Bison
APA. Fred Sherwin/Photo
Justin MacNeill and Marc Plante, Yann Lemieux started
out by making beer in his garage and sharing it with other
home brewers in the Ottawa region. Like many of his fellow
home brewers he also dreamed of one day producing a beer
for wider consumption.
dream became a realty in January when he contracted two
local breweries to produce Billy Bob Bison APA and the
soon to be released Kölsch Me Ousside. The latter
is available on tap exclusively at the Corner Bar on Tenth
Line Road in Fallingbrook.
was also a hit at the Orléans Craft Beer Festival,
the Chapel Hill South Summer Sizzler event and the Ottawa
Beer Festival which was held at Lansdowne Park this past
feedback has been amazing. Everyone seems to really enjoy
it, says Lemieux who brewed his first batch of home
beer 20 years ago.
public has enjoyed Billy Bob Bison so much that Lemieux
needs to brew another batch with beer festivals coming
up in Cornwall and Kanata.
eight more recipes waiting to be brewed, the Lemieuxs
plan to open their own production plant next spring on
Vantage Drive where they will be offering tours of the
brewery and tastings in their tap room.
Lemieuxs originally considered opening a brew-ery in Célias
native Portugal, but when they saw a need closer to home
they decided to stay here.
very exciting and very scary at the same time, says
Célia, who is on medically retirement after suffering
an injury several years ago. Yann is a printer by trade
and is doing double duty until they open their own facility.
For us its the thrill of starting something
new and its his passion, so it makes it fun,
good beer is easy, making great beer is hard, adds
The brewerys motto is Embrace Your Wild
and the logo is a bison wearing a black and red plaid
sweater, emblematic of the colours worn by Ottawas
professional sports teams.
to the Orléans Brewing Company website can join
the OBC Plaid Club. Members receive a Plaid Club T-shirt,
and OBC pint glass, and a VIP invite to the grand opening
of the brewery next spring.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)
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