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Ottawa Craft Beer Mixed Pack - Summer 2019

Bridget Carey

Posted on July 17 2019

Summer is here and so is another Nita multi-brewer pack.  This one has 6 Ottawa breweries with some limited seasonal brews.  Don't want to read?  Click the buttons to buy now or find a store.  Want more info, here's what you need to know.

  

"What is a "Gaia" Beer Box and why should we care?
Who's in the box and what beers are there?
How can I order?
What's the price?
Who will deliver the box?
What's the delivery charge?
Can I pick it up at Nita or one of the breweries?
What happens if I show up at Nita and complain about not being able to pick up a box even though I can see them in Nita's manufacturing space?
Where can I pick one up at a store?  I don't want to get it mailed to me.
Why would Nita want to do this?
The story behind the box

What is a Gaia Beer Box and why should we care?

Gaia is about the spirit of the earth and how it is something that should be in our consciousness.  We are far from having a true "Gaia" perspective but we are beginning with baby steps towards something better.  The reusable nature of this beer box starts us thinking about things that are not throw away.  We have been in conversations with a company that will help us rid the plastic component of this box, potentially in August with compostable material instead.  Beer is delicious but we can't take it's origins for granted and this little box is helping Nita think about these things more.

If you are not a fan of reusable boxes for shopping, you could consider giving it to a friend or dropping it for other beer lovers to use.  Maybe that spreads the beer love a little more :)

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Who's in the box and what beers are there?

Easiest way to see this is head to our product page with all of the beers listed.  Our Ottawa area breweries in this multi-pack includeCartwright Springs,Whiprsnapr,Stray Dog,Calabogie,Orleans Brewing,and Nita of course!  Beer listing can be foundhere.       

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How can I order?

Starting Wednesday, July 17, beer fans and friends can order a box for delivery fromnitabeer.com.  These CANNOT be picked up at Nita Beer due to Ontario liquor laws. 

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What's the price?

$28.95 for 6 x 473 mL cans that you can only get at each respective brewery or in this mixed pack.  This comes with an individually crafted reusable six pack carrier

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Who will delivery the box?

 

Right now, Canada Post but we will look at more delivery options for Ottawa area customers shortly

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What's the delivery charge?

 For people choosing Canada Post, Canada Post rates will apply. Delivery rates are over and above the price of the mixed pack.

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Can I pick it up at Nita or one of the breweries?

No.  Although we would love to be able to do this, it is against the liquor laws that we have to agree to for licensing.  We heard you loud and clear in our holiday 2018 beer pack but some things are beyond our control.  But customers in Ottawa, Kingston and Toronto will have pick up options at various Beer Stores.

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What happens if I show up at Nita and complain about not being able to pick up a box even though I can see them in Nita's manufacturing space?

Depends who is at the front counter.  If it's Kevan, he will be polite but he may give you a funny face if you rant for too long about it. If Brendan's there, he will smile but then begin to talk about his favourite brews from near and away. If Bridget's there, she might begin to rant herself.  If Andy's there he might say … laws, what laws?

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Where can I pick one up at a store?  I don't want to get it mailed to me.

Yes, we found an answer to the pick up problem.  Our friends at The Beer Store have worked us to be able to sell these boxes at select locations.  We will start with a limited number of Ontario stores and then expand to more stores in Ontario. Check out thisBeer Store pageand our Instagram posts to see new stores where the box is available.  

 

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Why would Nita want to do this?

Ottawa has an awesome beer scene … Ontarians need to drink this beer.

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Why The Beer Store?

Because despite their reputation for being big beer, they are actually trying to be craft friendly. When we approached them about this idea, they came back with a way forward that made sense - flexible and cost-effective and it only took two days to figure it out!

 

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The story behind the box

Ontario craft is booming more and breweries are popping up all of the time giving beer lovers and connoisseurs lots of choice. This is a fantastic environment for consumers and for beer innovation. We are seeing lots of new beer fans emerge and start to enjoy Ontario Craft. 


Breweries are regularly producing new and fantastic beers but relying on distributing directly out of their storefront. For most breweries, success needs more beer lovers to become aware of the brewery, try their beers and hopefully take time out for a visit. But many large distribution channels are costly, difficult to penetrate or move at the pace of molasses. How can breweries, especially smaller brewers, be innovative to match consumer wants while also developing the awareness and recognition of the market to help grow their business? One answer: Together. Ottawa is booming with breweries and beer innovation. Ontario needs to notice. Nita offered a multi-brewer 24 pack in 2018 and a 12 pack in spring 2019 and people told us they wanted more. We got lots of great feedback so this time we are trying to do even better.  We are trying out a six pack to see what people think.

Although beer lovers want to support craft, it can be hard for folks to visit individual breweries and try the many beers a brewery has to offer. Also, it is hard for individual breweries to get their beer closer to lots of consumers because of the challenges mentioned above. However, with the help of The Beer Store and lots of coordination among our brewery friends, we can bring many beers to our beer fans without exorbitant costs in this multi-brewer pack. 

We are hoping that fans may find a new beer or a new brewery that they would like to visit and become one of its newest fans. We asked one important thing from our brewery partners: provide us a great beer that you are only selling from your retail or through bars/restaurants. We want people to explore all of the brewery offerings and hopefully discover something unexpected from a brewery that they’ve never heard of.

Why The Beer Store? Because they made it easy. We asked what we could do with our fellow breweries and they presented a way forward that made sense – fast, flexible and cost-effective. The Beer Store is a great supporter of craft beer and this is one way that they are showing it. This exclusive seasonal offering will only be available until the end of June or while supplies last. You can only purchase the mixed pack from select Beer Stores or online for delivery from nitabeer.com. If you find a beer that you love, it can be purchased from each respective brewery.

Enjoy the journey of exploring some of the beers that the Ottawa-area has to offer and find a new favourite. We hope that you tell us that you want more of these multi-brewer packs (#wewantcraftbeer) so we can continue to bring a taste of Ottawa to beer fans in Ontario.

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