We're thrilled to announce the 2022 release of The Good Way, our annual collaborative release beer with our friends Mike Diabo and Anna Cote from Minobideg Learning.
This release, our fourth edition, is a fresh approach to this beer, which at its heart was always conceived to be a reflection of the spirit of the land and people in Kitigan Zibi.
The 2022 edition is a pale ale fermented entirely with a wild yeast strain captured from spruce collected in KZ, isolated in the lab at Escarpment Labs in Guelph, ON and developed with this beer in mind.
Chíman & Abwí - Canoe & Paddle
In addition to this year's release of The Good Way, we also have a hyper-limited pair of barrel-aged releases available starting today featuring wild yeast strains from KZ; one a blend with golden plum, the other with gooseberries.
Mike and Anna had this to say about their inspiration for the names of these beers:
The significance of the location of Ottawa was very important, in that it is at the confluence of the rivers coming together from the four directions and it was here that the canoe connected us.
ABOUT THE GOOD WAY
The Good Way project started in 2019 as a year long collaboration between The Birch Bite (Anna's former restaurant) and Dominion City, which culminated with a sold-out beer pairing dinner at the Ottawa Art Gallery featuring Indigenous-inspired dishes.
Each year since, we've released a collaborative beer release with a portion of the proceeds supporting causes connected to the community in Kitigan Zibi. To date we've raised more than $18,000 for Anishnaabeg-leg causes helping bridge the divide between Indigenous and non-Indigenous young people through community-based reconciliation.
To learn more about Mike & Anna, The Good Way and our collaboration, click here.
Our friend and professional photographer Blair Gable documented the innaugural year of this project in a short film.