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The Science of Brewing a Good Craft Beer

Wednesday, April 4 at 7:00 Schnitzels European Flavors Pitt Street The River Institute’s signature Science and Nature on Tap speaker series will tap one of their own when RiverLabs program leader, Louis Savard presents on one his favourite topics – the art and science of brewing a good beer. As it turns out, it’s all about the water.
The craft brewing industry in Ontario continues to grow by leaps and bounds and one of the largest challenges being faced, especially in smaller rural communities, is water management. RiverLabs Brewery Services Program is actively working with members of the Ontario Craft Brewer’s Association to ensure that not only does the best quality of water goes into Ontario Craft Beer but that the wastewater leaving their facilities does not pose a problem for the environment. Louis Savard says, “The message is fairly simple – Best Water In: Best Water Out”.

Formed five years ago, Cornwall’s own RiverLabs is the Applied Research wing of the St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences. Amongst its many other industry environmentally related projects, RiverLabs is working with Ontario’s Craft Brewers to assist some 68 small independent breweries across the province to create the best products possible. Breweries such as Lake of Bays in Baysville, Ont. and Beau’s in Vankleek Hill are brewing large quantities of craft beer in small communities. Out of necessity they are becoming experts and leaders on water and wastewater best practices and Savard’s expert team is working with them to assist in the process.
Mario Bourgeois from Cassel Brewery says, “Being a microbrewery with limited space, analysis and quality control is challenging. RiverLabs staff have gone out of their way to help us out and build standards for our beers. Their professionalism and awesome service is one of the key factors of our success.”
Learn more about the burgeoning craft brewing industry and its vital connection to water in this intriguing session at Schnitzels where an opportunity exists to discover what makes Ontario’s craft brews some of the finest anywhere. Sessions are free but seating is limited. If you are interested learning more about water’s role in brewing great beer, reserve your seat today by registering on line at or by e-mailing Science and Nature on Tap Coordinator Karen Cooper or by calling 613-936-6620 (ext.229).


March 30, 2018 at 12:37 pm Leave a comment

Living on the Natural Edge

Wednesday, February 7, 7:00 Schnitzels European Flavors Science and Nature on Tap presents Chloe Lajoie environmental biologist and Natural Edge Program leader from Watersheds Canada. This shoreline naturalization program is available to water front property owners to assist them in planting native trees, shrubs, ground covers, wildflowers and grasses along the water’s edge. This session is free but seating is limited. Kindly call 613-933-6620 ext 229 or email Karen Cooper at

February 2, 2018 at 12:42 pm Leave a comment

Countryside Adventures

 A Skate in the Woods  “Countryside Adventures” in Moose Creek is offering the unique opportunity to skate in the wonderland of the forest. Get out and enjoy the beauty of our Canadian winter. Check out their link.

January 26, 2018 at 1:48 pm Leave a comment

Removal of the Hogansburg Dam: Restoring Nature and Culture on the St. Regis River

Wednesday, November 1 at 700 p.m. at Schnitzels European Flavours Science and Nature on Tap is pleased to welcome to Cornwall, Tony David, Water Resources Manager for the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe who spearheaded the successful efforts to remove the 330-foot-long Hogansburg Dam. The removal of the Hogansburg Dam in the fall of September 2016 was a triumph of spirit, ingenuity, and collaboration, restoring a natural water course that had been impacted by decades of industrial control.  Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about a unique project that is restoring nature and culture on the St. Regis River. Science and Nature on Tap Sessions are free of charge  but space is limited. If you would like more information or to reserve a seat please call (613) 936-6620 or e-mail Coordinator Karen Cooper at or visit

October 27, 2017 at 12:15 pm Leave a comment

Cooper Marsh Wine and Cheese

Sunday October 1, 2:00 – 4:00 14th Annual Wine and Cheese Cooper Marsh Visitor Centre. Come and enjoy the beauty of Cooper Marsh and the friendship of good company. Come and taste the Glengarry fine cheeses, sip some fine wines, or a glass of Port. Scrumptious nibbles or delectable chocolate await you as well. If you feel lucky you may win one of the door prizes. Admission $30 per person, tax receipt for a portion. Info call Mike 613-935-3301

September 29, 2017 at 11:59 am Leave a comment

Peoples’ Climate March in Ottawa

Saturday, April 29, 12:30 – 3:00 Confederation Park,  100 Elgin St, Ottawa. Ottawa is speaking out.   Join with thousands of others and help make the message clear:  the time for change is now.   Jobs, Justice, and the Climate are our priorities.From Washington DC to cities across America and around the world, people will be speaking with one voice to show the world and our leaders that we will resist attacks on our people, our communities and our planet.  Join the People’s Climate March in Ottawa

April 28, 2017 at 11:18 am Leave a comment

Stand for the Forest

Thursday, April 13, shoulder of Highway 34  opposite the clear cut land south of VanKleek Hill, Andy Perreault is asking people to join him to pay “homage to the trees that we’ve lost.” This year, local artists have painted signs with trees and slogans to support the cause. Perreault says he wants to keep it as a silent demonstration. “We will stand in silence on the side of the road as trees have done for us for hundreds of years,” he wrote in a letter to the Review. He wants people to realize losing forest is long term.

April 7, 2017 at 12:33 pm 2 comments

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