The Weekend: Canberra Craft Beer Festival

by The Editor

For the fifth year running, the Mecure Hotel in Ainslie (you probably knew it as Olim’s) hosts the Canberra Craft Beer Festival (you probably knew it as The National Capital Craft Beer Festival.  Confused yet?).  It’s a weekend of boutique tipples in the autumn sun where not a VB or Tooheys New will be in sight.  Sounds quite appealing doesn’t it?

A curious little festival, heavily promoted by the Schwarz Family Company through the Schwartz and Sydney Breweries.  Over the last few years the number of breweries has steadily grown and this year with seventeen exhibitors promoting 80 beers.  Curiously, some of Canberra’s premier brewers including the Wig ‘n’ Pen and Zierholtz are not taking part, and we’d love to know why their support has not been provided to the festival concept, or the breweries engaged.

The Dr Schwarz 'Schwarz Bier' from Schwarz Brewery

The deal this year is similar to those of the past.  $25 will gain you entry and ten beer tickets and a tasting cup, allowing you to sample an adequate number of ales from the various stalls.  There will be live music an, food for sale, and proceeds go to the ACT Eden-Monaro Cancer Support Group.  The breweries listed to date are:

Sydney Brewery/Schwartz Brewery
Coopers Brewery
Little Creatures Brewery
Malt Shovel Brewery
Lord Nelson
1842 – The Stricklands Beer Group
Harts – Rocks Brewery
Matilda Bay
Stone & Wood
Mudgee Brewing Co.
4 Pines
The Dalgety Brewing Company

Presale tickets are available from Moshtix.  If you’re organisational skills are equal to those of someone who has sampled ten craft beers in the sun, you can get them at the door for $35.  Don’t complain – it’s for charity.  Just go inside and grab yourself a beer.

Canberra Craft Beer Festival

Saturday 14 April: 11.00am – 6.00pm