Brew Donkey Hops on the Weed Wagon

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Brad Campeau
(613) 864-3659
admin@brewdonkey.ca 


Brew Donkey Hops on the Weed Wagon
New ‘Ganja Mule’ expands tour offerings to include Medical Cannabis Producers

OTTAWA, ONTARIO – April 1, 2017 – Brew Donkey, Ottawa’s first and only brewery tour service, is first out of the gate once again. With new federal regulations to legalize recreational cannabis on the horizon, Brew Donkey will soon launch ‘Ganja Mule’, the first weed tour of its kind in Canada.

"It seemed like the natural direction for the Company. At one time in Ottawa we would have never imagined being able to tour over 25 producers of beer. Now we get to further expand our offerings, and tap into the cannabis tourism industry" says owner/operator, Brad Campeau.

All trips on the ‘Ganja Mule’ will take place on their newly designed "Cannibus" - a retrofitted, multi-passenger transport vehicle that includes custom features to enhance the tour, including augmented reality, driver air-filtration, and fresh local food.

During each trip, participants will get a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to grow cannabis. Brew Donkey will kickoff their service under the current legal medical system with exclusive guided tours of the biggest player in the space - Tweed - operating out of the old Hershey Chocolate Factory in Smiths Falls, Ontario.

"Smiths Falls used to have four hundred thousand people per year touring the old chocolate factory. This facility has always been known for its informative and interactive tours so we think we should continue the tradition with a little help from another great local business," said Bruce Linton, the Co-founder of Tweed.
The tours will depart from Brew Donkey’s main office on Wellington St at noon every weekend, and will return promptly at 4:20 p.m.
All available dates can be viewed and booked at www.ganjamule.ca


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Brad Campeau
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About Brew Donkey
Brew Donkey is Ottawa’s first craft beer focused tour service, offering brewery tours that highlight the local craft beer scene weekly.

Written by Bradley Campeau — March 30, 2017

Brew Donkey - April Fools

We are so happy that there is such a huge interest in the idea of Cannabis tours. Sadly though this is not a reality..... yet!




APRIL FOOLS 2017!


That being said we would love for you and a bunch of friends to jump on our Brew Donkey curated beer tours.
The code "GanjaMule" will give you $4.20 off any tour in our catalogue! (expires on April 20th, 2017) 

Thanks for playing along.
Ganja Mule Screen Shot (April Fools 2017)

Written by Bradley Campeau — March 30, 2017

Delivery Service to close, Tour Service will continue

Since opening our Craft Beer delivery and Brewery tour service in Ottawa we had high hopes that both would become valuable services that would help the community in Ottawa explore beers made by locals.  In almost 3 years of operation there have been many changes to the AGCO's laws for the good of craft yet the core requirements and limitations relating to delivery services are still quite prohibitive. In the last 2 years our focus has shifted greatly to offering dynamic and educational tours both in Ottawa and Kitchener/Waterloo.  During these years we have continued to offer the service out of commitment to the industry and as a public service to the lovers of local beer in Ottawa.  We have recently come to realise that running an affordable and profitable delivery service focusing on craft producers is no longer something that we can offer and will be closing the delivery service by the end of Oct 2016.  This choice is being made so that we can now focus all of our attention on the the tour service, the business of bringing people to local producers so they can explore the products first hand. The recently announced news that the AGCO is now delivering through Canada Post further supports our decision to make the switch to solely operating as a tour company.
 
The closure of the delivery service by the end of the year will offer plenty of time for individuals with outstanding gift cards to redeem them for delivery if that is their desire.  All gift cards though are still usable for any of our tour offerings. 
 
The closure of the delivery service also means that we will be handing our "Growler Exchange Program" over to a local charitable organisation. Plans are being made with Operation Come Home's Bottle Works to facilitate the program. The "Growler Exchange Program" was started in the spring of 2014 and facilitated brewery customers to return bottles from most breweries in Ottawa to a collection of 10 local breweries for $1 less than its original value.  Our hope is that the service will live on with a charitable twist.

Any questions regarding this change can be directed to our email account at hello@brewdonkey.ca

Written by Bradley Campeau — July 27, 2016

Ottawa Interbrews 4: What is your favorite part of the brewery to show off on a tour?

This is just a taste of what Ottawa's local craft breweries have to offer. If you would like to learn more, we would recommend sampling their beer on a Brew Donkey tour. Special thanks to our brewing friends at Whitewater, Tooth and Nail, Bicycle Craft Brewery, Stalwart, Lowertown, Covered Bridge, Big Rig and Perth Brewery for participating in our first brewery interview series. 

Written by Bradley Campeau — March 31, 2016

Ottawa Interbrews 3: What are you working on in terms of new beers or projects?

This is just a taste of what Ottawa's local craft breweries have to offer. If you would like to learn more, we would recommend sampling their beer on a Brew Donkey tour. Special thanks to our brewing friends at Whitewater, Tooth and Nail, Bicycle Craft Brewery, Stalwart, Lowertown, Covered Bridge, Big Rig and Perth Brewery for participating in our first brewery interview series. 

Written by Bradley Campeau — March 31, 2016

Ottawa Interbrews 2: How do you feel about Ottawa's craft beer industry?

This is just a taste of what Ottawa's local craft breweries have to offer. If you would like to learn more, we would recommend sampling their beer on a Brew Donkey tour. Special thanks to our brewing friends at Whitewater, Tooth and Nail, Bicycle Craft Brewery, Stalwart, Lowertown, Covered BridgeBig Rig and Perth Brewery for participating in our first brewery interview series. 

Written by Bradley Campeau — March 31, 2016

Ottawa Interbrews 1: How Would You Describe Your Brewery in Just Five Words?

This is just a taste of what Ottawa's local craft breweries have to offer. If you would like to learn more, we would recommend sampling their beer on a Brew Donkey tour. Special thanks to our brewing friends at Whitewater, Tooth and Nail, Bicycle Craft Brewery, Stalwart, Lowertown, Covered Bridge, and Perth Brewery for participating in our first brewery interview series. 

Written by Bradley Campeau — March 31, 2016

Brew Donkey tour service launches in Kitchener & Waterloo region


Saddle up, craft beer aficionados. This ass is expanding
Brew Donkey tour service launches in Kitchener/Waterloo region

OTTAWA, KITCHENER/WATERLOO, ONTARIO, March 30, 2016 – Brew Donkey, Ottawa’s first and only craft beer delivery and brewery tour service, is taking its proven expertise and passion down HWY 401 to the growing Southwestern Ontario craft beer market. Starting in June, they are introducing their extremely popular brewery bus tours to the people of Kitchener/Waterloo.

The reason we chose Kitchener/Waterloo is because of its vibrant community spirit and the growing craft beer scene. The breweries in the area are all built to entertain and educate guests, which is also a crucial part of our service. It seemed like the right thing to do for us and for the area,” says Brad Campeau, owner.

Building on the success Brew Donkey has had in Ottawa, the tour service will initially start with three routes, offering pickup and drop-off at the Abe Erb Restaurant, Brewery and Beer Store on King St in Waterloo.

In getting to know the region, we noticed how proud the area is of its rivers and waterways. For this reason and the fact that water is an integral ingredient in making beer, we decided to name the three tours after the rivers they follow - A Grand Ride North, A Grand Ride South, and Speed of Brite - each named after the rivers that give their cities and countryside so much character.”

The first public tour, A Grand Ride North, is scheduled for June 11, 2016. This tour will highlight three breweries and a distillery following the Grand River northward.

A media launch event and tour is planned for Sunday May 1 (Eventbrite tickets here) at Abe Erb and will feature four local breweries.

Ottawa Store details
987 Wellington Street West, Ottawa ON
Store hours:
Tue-Fri: 11am-7pm
Sat: 10am-6pm
Sun: 12pm-5pm
Mon: Closed

For tour dates, details, booking information or delivery go to
http://www.brewdonkey.ca/
Media Contact

Brad Campeau
(613) 864-3659
admin@brewdonkey.ca
http://www.brewdonkey.ca/
https://twitter.com/brewdonkeyott
https://www.facebook.com/TheBrewDonkey

About Brew Donkey
Brew Donkey is Ottawa’s first craft beer focused liquor delivery service licensed by the AGCO to deliver all of the craft beer that the Ottawa Region has to offer. We offer brewery tours that highlight the local craft beer scene: brewing, brewpubs, and beer bars. It began offering residential orders on November 28th 2013.

Written by Bradley Campeau — March 29, 2016

Brew Donkey Opens Retail Location

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Brad Campeau

(613) 864-3659

admin@brewdonkey.ca

Brew Donkey is on the move

New storefront allows better access, service, merch to craft beer lovers

 

OTTAWA, ONTARIO, February 10th, 2016 – Brew Donkey, Ottawa’s first and only craft beer delivery and brewery tour service, has set up shop in one of the city’s more vibrant and exciting neighbourhoods. The move to 987 Wellington St. West in Hintonburg allows Brew Donkey to offer the same great service in a more convenient and visible location.

 

Brew Donkey will be sharing space with Maker House Company Ltd, a new social enterprise selling handcrafted furniture and homewares from over 70 local artisans. It’s a strategic collaboration between two businesses that support local handmade goodness.

 

It’s a big step forward for us. We’ve come a long way from being a strictly web-based business to where we can now be a one-stop shop for people to come in, book a tour, buy brewery merchandise, drop off their growlers, and talk about the awesome beer scene that continues to expand in Ottawa,” says Brad Campeau, owner/operator


“The craft beer scene in Ottawa is all about collaboration and support – this move is just an extension of that.”

 

Store details

 

New location: 987 Wellington Street West, Ottawa ON

Store hours: Tue-Fri: 11am-7pm

Sat: 10am-6pm

Sun: 12pm-5pm

Mon: Closed

 

For tour dates, details, booking information or delivery go to http://www.brewdonkey.ca

Media Contact

Brad Campeau

(613) 864-3659

admin@brewdonkey.ca

https://twitter.com/brewdonkeyott

https://www.facebook.com/TheBrewDonkey

 

About Brew Donkey
Brew Donkey is Ottawa’s first craft beer focused liquor delivery service licensed by the AGCO to deliver all of the craft beer that the Ottawa Region has to offer. We offer brewery tours that highlight the local craft beer scene: brewing, brewpubs, and beer bars. It began offering residential orders on November 28th 2013.

Written by Bradley Campeau — February 10, 2016

PROPOSED NEW REGULATORY CHANGES AND TWO YEARS IN BUSINESS

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BREW DONKEY CELEBRATES PROPOSED NEW REGULATORY CHANGES THAT SUPPORT LOW RISK TOUR OPERATORS

OTTAWA, ONTARIO – November 9, 2015 – On the cusp of its second anniversary, Brew Donkey is celebrating a new regulatory proposal that would make it easier for tour companies that offer one-day tours to operate.

Under the proposal, which was released by the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services on November 3, companies that offer one-day tours would be exempt from requirements under the TIA.

The proposal comes after months of close cooperation between Brew Donkey, the Travel Industry Council of Ontario (TICO), and the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services. All three organizations, with support from the office of Ottawa-Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi, worked together after TICO notified Brew Donkey of compliance issues under the Travel Industry Act (TIA) earlier this year.

“We’re happy we had this opportunity to work with the Ministry and TICO to find a solution that allows companies like ours to work within the law to promote tourism in Ontario,” said Brad Campeau, Brew Donkey owner and operator.

The Ministry of Government and Consumer Services is inviting the public to comment on the proposal, which is available on the regulatory registry. The comment period closes on December 18, 2015. Brew Donkey has been invited to participate in further consultations, and looks forward to continuing to collaborate on a long-term solution.

Campeau credits community support for creating the right environment to make this proposal possible.

"We couldn’t have done this without the thousands of people who took time to voice their opinions to TICO, the Ministry and their local MPPs,” said Campeau. “We’re extremely grateful to the community for their support.”

Background

In May, Brew Donkey made the unusual decision to offer its tours free of charge, after TICO notified them that the company was not compliant with the Travel Industry Act.

Two weeks later, TICO agreed that Brew Donkey could continue to operate until a resolution could be found. In August, Brew Donkey and TICO agreed on changes that would bring the company into compliance. These changes, which are seamless for Brew Donkey customers, have been in place since October 1. The new proposed new changes would further simplify things, while still ensuring that the tourism industry operates safely and effectively.

CONTACT
Bradley Campeau
Owner-Operator
www.brewdonkey.ca
admin@brewdonkey.ca

Written by Bradley Campeau — November 09, 2015

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