Join us on Saturday October 13th for a Special Birling and Beyond the Pale Collaboration. Starting at 2pm on the Saturday we will be opening up the back of the brewery for music and some live skateboarding.
But wait there is more! We will also be launching two new beers along side Birling's matching Skateboards and T-shirts. All the beer and merchandise will be extremely limited so be here or miss out.
Each beer is designed to represent the rich history of Ottawa and how much it has changed since it's Bytown days. Here is Tom Pajdlhauser's (artist) write up of the history behind the art work.
"Once considered the most dangerous town in British North America, Bytown (later Ottawa) was a breeding ground for conflict. With the completion of the Rideau Canal in 1832, hundreds of Irish labourers found themselves unemployed. Many banded together as “the Shiners” and resorted to strong-arm tactics to acquire jobs in the lumber camps traditionally dominated by French Canadians. Confrontations between religious and cultural identities, fueled by alcohol consumption, often turned violent.
Case in point, the story of “Croppie” Gleeson: Gleeson, a member of the Shiners, picked a fight with a man named Hobbs for supporting an Orangeman in town council over Peter Aylen, the leader of the Shiners. In the winter of 1837, Gleeson and his men attacked Hobbs’s family as they traveled toward the Byward Market. The Shiners took off with the Hobbs’s horses, leaving his family stranded by the roadside. The following day, Hobbs and a group of armed men came to town seeking retribution. What they found were his horses, their ears and tails cut off, and a group of Irish Catholics gathered in support of the Shiners. Later, in an act of brutal revenge, Hobbs cornered Gleeson at a blacksmith’s shop and cut off his ears. Gleeson was known as “Croppie” for the rest of his days.
Fast forward one hundred years to an Ottawa more familiar to today’s residents. During the Second World War, Ottawa became a site of refuge for the Dutch royal family. While in exile, Princess Juliana gave birth to her third daughter, Princess Margriet, in a wing of the Ottawa Civic Hospital declared “extraterritorial” by the Canadian government. This temporary cession allowed the royal family to circumvent Canada’s “jus soli” principle (automatic Canadian citizenship given to those born on Canadian soil) and ensured that the princess would be born a royal Dutch citizen. As a token of her appreciation, Princess Juliana sent 100,000 tulip bulbs to Ottawa following her return to the Netherlands. This gift became an Ottawa tradition celebrated with our annual Tulip Festival, for which thousands of tulips are carefully arranged in parks around the city."
So keep your eyes peeled to not only our social media but also Birling's for sneak peaks at the beer and upcoming merch. See you on the 13th!