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(Posted 12:30 p.m., June 23)
Local couple launches Orléans’ newest craft brewery
By Fred Sherwin

Don’t look now, but Orléans residents have two craft breweries to call their own.

Six 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.

Célia 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

Like 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.

That 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.

It 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 weekend.

“The feedback has been amazing. Everyone seems to really enjoy it,” says Lemieux who brewed his first batch of home beer 20 years ago.

The public has enjoyed Billy Bob Bison so much that Lemieux needs to brew another batch with beer festivals coming up in Cornwall and Kanata.

With 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.

The Lemieuxs originally considered opening a brew-ery in Célia’s native Portugal, but when they saw a need closer to home they decided to stay here.

“It’s 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 it’s the thrill of starting something new and it’s his passion, so it makes it fun,” says Célia.

“Making good beer is easy, making great beer is hard,” adds Yann.
The brewery’s motto is “Embrace Your Wild” and the logo is a bison wearing a black and red plaid sweater, emblematic of the colours worn by Ottawa’s professional sports teams.

Visitors 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.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)


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