Published on : Saturday, August 16, 2014
Ambassador Rafael Barak congratulated organizers, welcomed one of Israel’s premier breweries, Alexander Brewing, to the festival and said in spite of religion, creed or colour, beer is enjoyed by all cultures around the world.
Barak said, “It’s not a coincidence that beer is found in every country and every culture around the world. It was created 6,000 years ago by the Sumerians in the Middle East. Beer is a universal language. It brings people together.”
The festival is expanding to three days from two this year. It runs Friday through to Sunday at Marion Dewar Plaza, just outside Ottawa City Hall. About 30 breweries will participate, compared to last year when only about a dozen breweries participated.
According to Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson the festival is perfect because the city is trying to encourage more community events to use the space. The festival is a reason for Ottawa to be proud as word of the booming craft beer scene in the nation’s capital is beginning to grab the attention of beer lovers everywhere. By the end of the 2014, it is estimated that there will be as many as 24 craft breweries operating in and around Ottawa.