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Cheers from the ‘Craft Beer Capital’ Canberra

October 24, 2015 Beverage No Comments Print Print Email Email

518207_num1108731_600x600Now in its third year, Canberra Beer Week has an intriguing line-up of events including beer degustation dinners, tap takeovers, discovery tours, beer comedy nights and of course the Canberra Beer Pong championships.

Canberra Beer Week has something for all beer lovers from 5-11 November, with lunch and dinner events, trivia and movies, opportunities to meet brewers and of course Canberra’s premium craft beer event, Beer Day Out, which will showcase more than 30 Australian and international craft breweries.

Beer aficionados will be able to sample 150 different beers at this year’s ticketed event on 6-7 November in Kingston at the Former Transport Depot amidst master classes, roving entertainment and international culinary options to suit every palate.

Craft beer enthusiasts will recognise renowned Australian breweries like Bridge Road Brewers, Stone & Wood, Murray’s, and Mountain Goat. There will be several rising stars on show, including La Sirène, Pirate Life and Little Brewing Company. International heavy weights Sierra Nevada, Pan Head, Rodenbach Brewery and Fullers will feature along with Canberra’s local superstars Bentspoke Brewing Co, Zierholz, Wig and Pen, and Pact.

Beer Day Out is just one of 25 craft beer related events to be held in the nation’s capital during Canberra Beer Week. Other events will include tap takeovers, Meet the Brewer dinners, High Tea afternoons, specialty beer tastings, craft beer ‘fight clubs’, State of Origin-style beer clashes, and master classes by The Beer Diva – Kirrily Waldhorn.


Owner of Plonk wine and beer store and organiser of Canberra Beer Week, Anthony Young promised this year’s event is set to galvanise the increasing interest in craft beer within Australia by bringing the best brewers and breweries in Australia, and the world, to Canberra.

More than 4000 people attended Canberra Beer Week events last year and it is not hard to see why BentSpoke owner and brewer, Richard Watkins, dubbed Canberra Australia’s ‘Beer Capital’; the thriving industry in Canberra is supported by three breweries that cover a broad range of beer styles and approaches to brewing. Wig and Pen is a traditional English Style brewpub, BentSpoke Brewing Co. embraces a more modern, progressive craft beer orientation and Zierholz is a microbrewery that wholesales traditional Germanic and other beers across the region.

Canberra’s microbreweries complement the city’s rich and vibrant food and wine scene with coffee roasters, food trucks, farmers markets, hatted restaurants and street food combining with uber-cool foodie precincts. Bistro-style eateries now blend perfectly with award-winning dining experiences across Canberra’s vibrant food scene. Make sure you also visit some of the more than 30 boutique cellar doors within 35 minutes of the city as you explore the Canberra region.

Canberra Beer Week brings the best of Australian and the world’s craft beer brewers and breweries to Canberra. More information is available at www.canberrabeerweek.com.

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