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In November, beer lovers from across the
country will be descending on the capital for
Canberra Beer Week, a week-long celebration
of Australia s favourite drink through a series of
beer-related events and activities.
Canberra Beer Week organiser Kate
Blackhurst says that the event, now in its third
year, was started in response to the growing
interest in cra beer in the capital, and across
Australia in general.
"Beer is just changing its image so much. It s
not just the standard mainstream have a slab at
a barbie type thing anymore," she explains.
" ere s a lot of discussion about beer now.
People are interested in what goes into a beer
and how they can make di erent avours come
out of a beer -- there s a lot of passion and a lot
" e demographics have changed as well --
there are people from all walks of life, including
a lot more women, becoming interested in
If you want to brush up on your beer
knowledge in the lead-up to the big week, there
are plenty of options when it comes to sampling
quality brews in Canberra.
Favourite brewpubs like the Wig & Pen in
Acton and Zierholz in Fyshwick are more
popular than they have ever been, and the
addition of newcomer BentSpoke Brewing
Co in Braddon means that Canberrans have
more locally made cra beer options than ever
e capital is also home to a thriving home
brewing scene, with a 120-strong Canberra
Brewers club bringing like-minded beer
enthusiasts together through education and
Pact Beer Co, the territory s latest home-
grown beer label, is a product of the club.
Canberra home brewer Kevin Hingston won
the national amateur brewing championship in
2014 and was inspired to found Pact, which is
now on tap at pubs and bars across the city and
will soon be popping up in bottle shops as well.
All these local brewers will be part of
Canberra Beer Week, which is being held from
November 5 to 11.
"Canberra Beer Week is just a chance for all
the brewers and people who like drinking beer
to get together and celebrate beer," Blackhurst
"We re getting lots of venues involved, lots
of pubs and restaurants, and holding events
matching the brewers with venues. So we might
have a brewers talk or a session telling people
how particular beers are brewed, or beer and
food matching, or talking about a particular
style or range of beers."
e agship event of the week will be the Beer
Day Out, which showcases more than 150 beers
from 30 breweries in a spectacular set-up at the
Old Bus Depot in Kingston.
"Every year we re pushing the envelope and
making the Beer Day Out bigger and better,"
organiser Stephen Hegarty says.
" is year we ll have a selection of Australia s
top breweries, including new ones we ve never
had before, alongside breweries from England,
Canada, New Zealand, Germany, Belgium and
"We learnt a lot from last year that we ll be
putting into play. We ll be making the outdoor
beer area a lot bigger, and we ll be utilising
the attached Fitters Workshop building and
hosting some talks from renowned guest
Part of improving the event will include
expanding it to cover two days -- November 6
and 7. is will allow even more beer fanatics
to get a piece of the action.
"Last year we sold out, with 3000 people
attending and hundreds of people turned away.
We re aiming for 6000 this year," Hegarty says.
"It s going to be great because everyone that
attends is just out to have a great time -- there
are good bands playing, good entertainment,
and we ll great food to eat with even more food
"It s good to see cra beer pushing further
and further into the mainstream beer culture. A
lot of people are realising that there s just a lot
of great beer out there."
Canberra Beer Week 2015
When: November 5-11
Where: Various locations
Web: canberrabeerweek.com and
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Beer is just changing its
image so much. It's not just
the standard mainstream
'have a slab at a barbie'
type thing anymore.
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