I regretted the drive only when the alarm went off this morning. Adding 425 km and five hours driving to the gap between supper and sleep was not maybe the most intelligent thing to do mid-week but I sure was pleased with what I found. Broue Ha Ha is the newest addition to the private beer shop scene for eastern Ontario - none of which actually exist in eastern Ontario. I got a bit lost finding the place as its about ten miles or so to the east of downtown Ottawa but on the way home realized it sits fairly handy to exit 141 on Autoroute 50. Won't make that mistake again.
The shop sits in a new mini-mall in a residential area of town. The first thing you notice is the whole neat and tidy thing. Not quite used to the idea of such a snappy shop as craft beer places tend to be a bit of a friendly jumble. As you can see from the picture I nicked from Facebook, the small shop has a considered layout that features shelving according to styles rather than the usual geographical location of the brewers. Gilles, the owner, was tending to other shoppings in French but had no problem picking out my fundamental incapacity in that language and switched to English.
I picked up a few new beers like the latest double IPA from Charlevoix as well as their blanche, one from Multi-Brasses of Tingwick and another from a brew pub from Shawinigan. The rest were favorites from Le Bilboquet and Les Trois Mousquetaires as well as a six of Coup de Grisou by Brasseurs RJ . Prices very competitive with Marche Omni at the western end of the City. I stopped there on the way home and found a few beer not by at Broue Ha Ha by Microbrasserie de L'Ile d"Orleans.