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SPIRITS & BEER FLORA HALL was built in 1927 by Founder Dave Longbottom spent the Welch and Johnston automotive decades travelling the globe in FloraHallBrewing.ca firm, and for more than 50 years other ventures, always seeking out the building housed the company’s the best local taverns and watering automotive radio repair business, and holes and sampling the drink, food and hospitality on other electrical services for cars and offer. Flora Hall is the synthesis of these experiences, trucks. Later it was used to service home launched to provide Ottawa with a unique new heating systems. drinking and eating locale, and built to last. Their beer is made in an 18 hectolitre, two- Today, Flora Hall Brewing is a vessel brewhouse, including one bright tank and neighbourhood gathering place designed five single fermentation tanks. They produce from the ground up to welcome and delight a variety of beer styles made with quality our customers with delicious beer and food ingredients and talented brewers. and warm service, all in a striking setting. Recently Flora Hall Brewing took home gold and silver awards for two of its beers at the Canadian Brewing Awards in Halifax, N.S. Their English Ordinary Bitter won the gold for Best Bitter in Canada! Their American Oat Pale Ale won silver in the North American Style Pale Ale category. Congratulations to the brewing team, Rod Hughes and Carly Hase! Gather soon with friends for Flora Hall’s award- winning beers, great company and delicious meals. BOOKNOOK REVIEW New York’s Men’s Journal Magazine hired a studio photographer from Brooklyn, a post-master/writer from Thermond West Virginia and two Canadian river guides to paddle one of the country’s most dangerous whitewater rivers - the Seal in northern Manitoba, for the purpose of publishing the quintessential Canadian adventure story. Add to this unlikely melange of characters, the possibility of capsizing in freezing water, the threat of polar bears, a midnight sail down Hudson Bay and Manitoba’s worst boreal wild fire, this chronicle will carry the reader to the extreme edge of exploration. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Hap Wilson is an award winning- artist, author, photographer, guide, environmentalist, cartographer and eco trail builder living in Rosseau, Ont. His writing has appeared in Canadian Geographic, Explore and Canoe & Kayak. He has published a dozen nature and geography related books. His book Voyages-Canada's Heritage Rivers won the Natural Resources Council of America Award for best environmental book and the Bill Mason Award for lifetime achievement in River Conservation. Wilson, along with his wife Andrea, operate the Cabin Falls EcoLodge in Temagami, Ont. He lives in Rosseau, Ont. Order your copy at www.hapwilson.com WWW.OTTAWAOUTDOORS.CA | 27