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A history of brewing in Canberra

By 30 October 2013

The history of commercial beer brewing in Canberra has not been a happy one. Which Dr Brett Stubbs explains at some length in his history of the subject on Brews News.
I had no idea when drinking at Glebe Park as a callow youth that the brew pub there was such a ground breaker.

The small brewers’ beer festival in review

By 28 September 2013

The Small Brewers Beer Festival took off this afternoon at EPIC in the teeth of the AFL Grand Final and I have to say I found it immensely rewarding.
I’ll admit Loose Brown and I were a touch underwhelmed when we turned up to find the event was essentially being held in a car park.
But the [...]

Small Brewers Beer Festival at EPIC this Saturday

By 23 September 2013

Drink beer, talk about beer, drink beer AND talk about beer with people who make beer.
If you like beer, then this is probably the event for you.
Head down to EPIC this Saturday at about 11.30 and partake!
The beer war has turned into a beer crusade! The second Small Brewers Beer Festival has captured the attention [...]

Celebrate International Homebrew Day this Saturday

By 30 April 2013

[ 4 May 2013 at 9:00 am; ] On Saturday May 4, the Canberra Brewers Club and the Wig and Pen will be hosting the International Homebrew Day “Big Brew”.

This year, seven of Canberra’s finest homebrewers will face off, each taking a different take on a Belgian ale recipe.

There will be a wide range of brewing setups, from inexpensive beginner’s extract brewing gear, [...]

Small Brewers Beer Festival 2013. A review

By 10 March 2013

The walk up the hill at the National Botanic Gardens in the warm, sunny conditions was enough to work up a thirst, and would also ensure that any punters who overindulge will be able to stumble out of the venue (and onto Clunies Ross Drive?).
By the end of the day, we had all drank well [...]

Learn to make great craft beer at the Multicultural Festival this weekend.

By 8 February 2013

The Canberra Brewers Club is back at the Canberra Multicultural Festival this year. Once again we’ll be selling some great handcrafted beers courtesy of the Wig and Pen, including last year’s hit brew, The Malty Cultural.
This this year we’re also going to be conducting live brewing demonstrations.
If you’ve ever wanted to get [...]

Coopers Pale at Aldi! Oh Happy Day!

By 12 December 2012

The beer drinking man has long faced a conundrum.
The best mass produced beer in Australia is, as any fule kno, Coopers Pale.
On the other hand the cheapest beer is from Aldi.
Until today, oh joyous day, when I found Coopers Pale going in Aldi for $42 a case.
Tonight’s going to be a good night.

Zierholz Belconnen finally open!

By 23 February 2012

The new Zierholz bar at University of Canberra has finally opened this week, bringing fancy beer, cider, and wood-fired pizza to the disadvantaged Northsiders! (This was first talked about in early 2010).
From the UCU website, their hours are:
Monday: 9am – 6pm.
Tuesday-Thurs: 9am – 9pm
Friday: 9am – 11pm
Saturday: 10am – 11pm
Sunday: Closed

Former home brewers unite!

By 13 December 2011

I’ve finally moved to Canberra and every one of my hard to come by long neck bottles smashed when the moving guys carried them off the truck. 6 out of about 30-40 survived. I think I threw out the last 6 out of frustration.
If anyone has any ideas on the best place to source a [...]

San Miguel Beer in Canberra?

By 21 June 2011

Does anyone know where in Canberra we can buy San Miguel Beer (Philippine beer)? The bottle-o in Braddon used to sell them but not anymore.
Cheers

Beer & Food: The Perfect Pairing

By 18 May 2011

The taste of beer used to make me screw my nose up…then I moved to Canberra for uni and it was the only thing I could afford to drink…and I learned to love it. So much so that, at one point during my stellar drinking…er…academic career, I could scull a middy through a straw in [...]

Responsible service of grog licence

By 17 May 2011

I have been asked to help out at a uni grog fest social event where my task will be to serve beer in mass amounts responsibly. Apparently though I need a Responsible Service of assholes Alcohol Licence.
I have tried Google, but that just gives me plenty of stuff on the laws, not where to [...]

Zierholz in Belco?

By 19 October 2010

I know this was discussed in March and then again in July.
I’m guessing that being October my wish is unlikely to come true but I’m looking for a Christmas party venue and thought Zierholz in Belco would be tops.
Trouble is I haven’t seen it anywhere and haven’t heard anything further…..
Can someone in the [...]

Canberra’s other commercial brewers – The Stricklands

By 14 October 2010

Chris Shanahan has a solid write up of the new commercial brewer in town, the masonic Stricklands with their “1842″ based on a recipe found in an ancestors family bible.
About ten years ago the Stricklands found the recipe, written in German, in the spine of their grandmother’s bible. Later, they had it translated and asked [...]

Hash House Harriers – Drinkers with a Running Problem!

By 24 August 2010

Overheard has previously posted regarding the Hash House Harriers, and I figured it was about time to do so once more.
As the title says, we’re “drinkers with a running problem”, but we have a large number of walkers, too. Runs are conducted from pubs, restaurants, homes or the middle of nowhere. Bring a [...]

Beer Fest on this weekend! Free tickets for lucky Premium Subscriber

By 14 April 2010

[ 17 April 2010 to 18 April 2010. ]

The 2010 National Capital Craft Beer Festival is gracing the lovely Olims Courtyard this weekend.

More details on the website and tickets from OutInCanberra.

As a special bonus we’ve got a double pass for the Premium Subscriber who can, in 25 words or less, leave in the comments the funniest reason they should win them.

It’s not too [...]

Amateur Brewing Championships come to Canberra

By 23 October 2009

Today saw the first day of judging in the Australian Amateur Brewing Association‘s Championship, hosted by the Canberra Brewers Club, being held here in Canberra for the fifth time in it’s history since inception in 1995.
Canberra has an extremely rich history in amateur brewing with a pedigree that can’t be denied, with a Canberran [...]

Beer + Bubs is on!

By 3 October 2009

I posted a while back about Beer + Bubs starting in Canberra. I hear a lot of gossip in the birth community in Canberra, and although I have nothing to do with this I do know it’s being run by a woman who really knows her stuff.
Check it out here – it will be [...]

Olims all in readiness for the 2009 National Capital Craft Beer Festival

By 26 September 2009

[ 26 September 2009 to 27 September 2009. ]

Che and I went along to the brewers night which precedes the National Capital Craft Beer Festival at the Olims courtyard (a hidden gem of Canberra) in Ainslie. We had a lovely boozy time and tasted many great new beers, as well as the new Coopers 62 which is best described as fabulously innoffensive.

But you [...]

Is Murphy’s Stout on tap in Canberra?

By 25 September 2009

I was planning to celebrate the 250th Anniversary of Guinness with a pint of stout … but it got me thinking… is Murphy’s Stout on tap anywhere in Canberra?

LAGERFEST!

By 20 August 2009

[ 5 September 2009; ] Following a string of massive shows back in the late 90′s Lagerfest is back!
Behold 21st Century LAGERFEST! presented by Elephant Records and M.M.T.P.E.B.G.S.F.H. inc

21st Century Lagerfest will be held at the Belconnen Basement on Saturday 5th September it will feature 5 bands to enjoy your beer with.

From Melbourne degenerate punks Thundabox will rock the stage [...]

A trip to U-Brew It

By 4 July 2009

[First filed: July 03, 2009 @ 11:32]

The RiotACT team can be notoriously difficult to pin down. And yet, when beer is involved mysteriously manage to appear with no problem at all.
A few weeks ago Che had been out to U-Brew It in Hume, and was so impressed he organised a trip for the rest of [...]

Thirsdy on Thursdy (Zierholz opening)

By 26 March 2009

Just a quick announcement that as part of launching Zierholz in its first Belconnen venue at the Canberra Labor Club on Chandler Street I’ll be doing a meet and greet the brewer promo tomorrow (Thursday 26th March) between 17:30 and 18:30 so why not come along and try some of Canberra’s finest?
By the by we’ve [...]

BAMOASD 09 in pictures

By 9 February 2009

Beer And Meat On A Stick Day 2009 on Saturday was by all accounts a great success.
So great in fact that at 3pm on the day John Hargreaves was congratulating himself and anyone who might have been involved to some lesser degree.
For those unfamiliar with it, BAMOASD is also known as the “Food and [...]

PMs XI 2009 – some thoughts

By 31 January 2009

[First filed: January 30, 2009 @ 10:32]

So having survived seven hours in as blazing sunshine as you’re ever likely to see here are some thoughts on this year’s PM’s XI.
– Manuka Oval appears to be using washing machine hoses for their boundary rope
– Kiwi’s are generally better sports than their Australian counterparts. Special props to [...]

The beer endures

By 21 January 2009

On 8 December last year I noted that a beer was just sitting on Campbell St in Ainslie waiting to be taken.
As you can see it’s the end of January and the beer is STILL THERE!
Rain has muddied it’s base and the label is starting to fade, but there it sits, untouched.
So what does [...]

The philosophical conundrum of abandoned beer

By 8 December 2008

I came across this sight in Ainslie this afternoon and it raised so many questions. (For the hard of seeing it’s a sealed, full, bottle of VB)
Why would anyone leave a full beer behind?
Have they done something nasty to it and re-sealed it? (A bogan trap of sorts, if you will)
Are they planning to come [...]

Pork Belly now has Porter on Tap

By 23 October 2008

I’ll see if I can get away with what could be construed as a bit of shameless advertising…
After months of trying to get venues to stock anything other than my German Ale (not that there is anything wrong with that mind you) I am pleased to let you know that the Pork Barrel [...]

Beer Festival hailed a great success

By 22 September 2008

The booze industry rag “The Shout” is very impressed by the Beer Festival held at Olims over the weekend.
The ACT’s first-ever craft beer festival has been deemed a huge success after more than 1500 people turned up

Best Beer Pub and Bottle Shop in Canberra

By 12 June 2008

In continuing a Riot-Act tradition of rating the best (and worst) our fair city has to offer, I was wondering where are the best beer pubs and bottle shops in Canberra? My vote goes to Debacle for the best beer pub (60-odd beers on offer), and I would say somewhere like First Choice Liquor in [...]

Zierholz free beer tasting at Debacle

By 23 May 2008

Last night I attended the Zierholz free beer tasting
 As some may have picked up already - I found out yesterday that I’ve known Cristoph’s brother for several years, but I don’t think that matters for the purposes of the review.
Details:
Debacle turns out to be the first location in Canberra that hosted Zierholz on tap, and they have [...]

Free Zierholz Beer Tasting @ Debacle this Thursday

By 19 May 2008

Free Zierholz Premium Beer Tasting @ Debacle
Come meet the brewer and taste some of the new(er) Zierholz Beers.
The tasting will be held at Debacle in Braddon, 30 Lonsdale Street on Thursday, 22nd May from 5 pm onwards.
We’ll probably run with the Schankbier, German Pils, Weizen, Brown Ale and Porter.
Come along and [...]

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