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Festival quenches thirst for craft beer in the capital

Demand for locally brewed craft beer has led to surge in new breweries within Ottawa and the valley and this weekend there's a festival to celebrate the growing trend.

For its third edition the National Capital Craft Beer Fest is welcoming 10 new breweries, bringing the total to 30 breweries from across Ontario that will gather in front of city hall through the weekend.

Organizer Phil Dangerfield said they are doing a few things to combat long lines seen in the first two years of the festival.

"We've added a six-window trailer this year for the admission stand so that's adding a couple more windows to what we've had in the past," he said.

"Plus when we see the large lines we jump in with sort of a manned crew to try and move those people through quickly," said Dangerfield.

The festival has also added a main stage to make local music front and centre at the festival that also features local food vendors.

As for why the trend of craft beer is continuing to grow in Ottawa?

"People like the choice and that's the thing that craft beer gives them, choice," said Dangerfield. "All the different flavours and the brew masters creating all these different beers it gives that selection and that's the thing, you come to a festival like ours and try a little here, try a little there and I'm sure you're going to like 99.9 per cent of them."

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