Sole Responsibility is Back In Stores!

We are collecting used running shoes for Sole Responsibility again so drop off a pair to any of our locations! If you are donating, we just ask that you make sure they are athletic shoes in fairly good shape and you also donate $2 to the cashbox by our cashes to help cover the cost of shipping all of the shoes. The shoe collection boxes will be in our stores until June 25th and Sole Responsibility will also be collecting shoes during the upcoming Capital Race Weekend.

Last year, through collections at our stores and other locations, Sole Responsibility collected 14,000 pairs of shoes! These were sent to refugees in Yemen.

This year, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has designated a refugee camp in Rwanda as the recipient of this year’s collections.

Thank you to stores and to our wonderful warehouse staff for making these collections possible!

 

 

 

A Successful Weekend of the Canadian Brewer’s Cup and Cup Taster’s Events!

We are winding down from a very successful specialty coffee industry event weekend! This past weekend Bridgehead hosted the 2nd Annual Canadian National Brewers Cup, and the Annual Canadian Cup Taster’s Championships at the Bridgehead Roastery.

For news coverage of this past weekend, please go here.

Thanks to all who participated, as a judge, as a spectator, as a volunteer or supported in other ways! Thank you specifically to some of our own Bridgehead staff who participated as volunteers: 

Chris, and Rachael from Fairmont (Canadian Cup Taster’s Logistics) Ryan and Sean from Albert (A/V and Brewers cup volunteers respectively) Randy, Brendan, Gavin, from our Roastery (A/V, Brewers cup, and gift swag bag assembly volunteers respectively). Ian, our coffee director who organized the cup tasters events Cliff our Roaster, who organized the brewers cup.

We had a lot of local volunteer support as well!

Congratulations goes out to first time competitors, Nicolas Ladouceur from our Preston location who competed in the Brewers cup and the cup tasters , as well as Brendan Butt  from our roastery who competed in the cup tasters.

We held our own in a tough national field, and the Bridgehead community couldn’t be more proud of you both.

This was the very first time a coffee event (let alone a national one) has been held in our nation’s capital, and we are pleased to say Ottawa really did show those who came from out of town (from as far as Vancouver) how passionate, and welcoming we are as a local coffee community. 

Please look for video footage going up in the next week or so on www.brewersandtasters.com.

 Thanks for a great weekend!

 The Brewers and Tasters Organizational Committee

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Winterbrewed Coffee is Here!

Winterbrewed coffee is now available in-store! It is the blend of coffee that is featured in Beau’s Winterbrewed beer, now available at the LCBO for a short time. The coffee is a Full Medium roast and is a blend of coffees from Mexico, Guatemala and Ethiopia. It has flavours of roasted nuts, tropical fruit and floral notes. The coffee will only be available until February 28th so get it while you can!

Beau’s Winterbrewed Beer launch party is happening tonight (Friday, Feb 15th) so come to the Roastery and try the beer out! It’s free admission at our Roastery at 130 Anderson St and it will run from 7pm to 11pm. There will be live music by the Black Dogs, Randy & Mathias, Chris Page and Chris Rayburn. All proceeds will go to the CODECH coop where the Guatemalan coffee is produced and we will also be collecting non-perishable food items for the food bank.

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Over the weekend, also check out the First Winterbrewed Craft Beer Festival on Sparks Street. There will be an ice lounge (by Beau’s), warming tents, cold beer as well as warm beer concoctions by various local craft brewers. There’s even going to be a barrel race! Stop by the Bridgehead cart that will be at the festival and warm up with some brewed coffee, hot chocolate, tea, etc. For the full line-up of fun and activities see their website here: http://www.winterbrewed.com/

Toques on Sale for the YSB!

UPDATE: We managed to sell $2500 worth of toques for the YSB so thank you everyone who helped in this fundraiser and thank you to those who came out and bought the toques!

We are selling toques in support of the Youth Services Bureau, so come into any of our locations to pick one up. They are only $10 and the money goes to provide services to the over 1,000 homeless youth in Ottawa and 65,000 homeless youth across Canada.

Some facts about the fundraiser:

  • 1 toque will provide a youth with three nutritious suppers
  • 4 toques will provide internet access to help at-risk youth stay connected to positive influences, complete school assignments, and occupy time in a positive manner
  • 10 toques will provide supper and groceries for 24 youth in a shelter for one day
  • 1 box of toques will  help 16 youth purchase a monthly bus pass to go to school, go to work, and get back on their feet

We also supplied coffee to those camping out overnight on city hall in support of the YSB fundraiser. It was a cold night, but spirits were high for this great cause.

The donation of coffee that was set up for those staying the night for YSB.

The donation of coffee that was set up for those staying the night for YSB.

Westfest 2012

This year’s Westfest was another success! The Golden location hosted a couple patio concerts again this year and they were a hit. Thanks to our hardworking staff at both our Richmond and Golden locations for keeping a thirsty crowd happy! If you have any Bridgehead-Westfest photos you’d like to share, we’d love to put them up! Send any to inquire@bridgehead.ca . Thanks!

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Vote for Canada’s Favourite Fairtrade Product

In honour of Fairtrade Fortnight, Fairtrade Canada has a contest on their website right now to find out Canada’s favourite fairtrade product. Bridgehead’s wonderful coffee is in the contest so it would be great to spread the word and get as many votes as possible for our great company!

The link is http://www.fairtrade.ca/contest/product/view/id/78 and it just takes a second to vote. Thanks so much!