Beer Launch Party for Stony Monday IPA

Anniversary of Market Riot brings together Ottawa’s Oldest Bar and local craft brewery for a fun tribute to Ottawa history

[Ottawa, Ontario, September 2018] Kichesippi Beer Co. has always incorporated Ottawa’s roots when developing new beers and the Stony Monday IPA is no exception. As a nod to the Stony Monday Riot, which was notably the closest we’ve come to a bloody revolution in Ottawa since the birth of our nation, Kichesippi Beer Co. has resurrected a part of history that doesn’t mean a lot to most Ottawans, but for history buffs, and ByWard Market residents and businesses alike, it’s a moment in time that is oft remembered.

On September 17th, 1849, on York Street, near the location of the now infamous “OTTAWA” letters, a bloody battle of sticks, stones, and a few gun shots erupted, resulting in the death of one bystander. While the clash between Tories and Reformists continued outside on York street, people sought shelter inside many of the buildings along the road, including the Shouldice Hotel (now Starbucks), and Grant’s Hotel (still in its original location, but now called The Château Lafayette). Today, standing tall in the exact same location some 169 years later, the Laff still serves as a shelter from the chaos outside.

On Monday, September 17th, 2018 at 1:30pm, the first keg of Stony Monday IPA will be tapped at the legendary tavern at 42 York Street and you’re invited to join in the celebration. The draught will be served in classic tavern glasses for $5 a glass, with lots of prizes given out to mark the occasion. Kichesippi Beer Co. will be on hand to answer all your questions about the west coast IPA and we hope you’ll join us in remembering a moment in our history that lead to Ottawa becoming the capital city of our great nation.

The Chateau Lafayette is Ottawa’s Oldest Bar. This historic tavern, located at the intersection of York and ByWard Market, has been owned by the Scott family since 1966, but actually dates back to 1849, when the name Grant’s Hotel first appeared in the history books. Having gone through many changes over the years, from rough and tumble tavern to the benchmark pub that it is today, sharing a part of Ottawa’s history is an honour for the Laff, and has helped shape its rich personality. Open daily, serving mainly beer in quarts & draught, with simple, house-made food, and plenty of live music, an evening at the Laff is an experience like no other.

For more information, please contact Deek Labelle at 613-241-4747, or