Are we there yet? Yep, Canberra Beer Week 2016 starts tomorrow!

Elias Hallaj 3 November 2016

Canberra beer lovers have been counting the days since they heard that Canberra Beer Week was going to run for ten whole days this year! It starts tomorrow and runs until Sunday 13 November.

At the launch a few weeks ago it was announced there would be THIRTY EVENTS across TWENTY VENUES involving almost FORTY BREWERIES. Canberra Beer Week will encompass ten days of tap takeovers, beer dinners, beer trivia nights, meet-the-brewer events, brewery tours, the ‘Beer Day Out’ Craft Beer Festival, and a whole lot more.

Five local Canberra brewers have arranged a special, local, amazing, mind-blowing, five brewer, five grain, five hop, five percent high five of an official beer coming – stay tuned!

L to R Representatives from Canberra Breweries Wade Hurley (Capital Brewing Co), Alan Ball (Wig n Pen), Martin Budden (Zierholz Premium Brewery), Jeremy Michael (BentSpoke Brewing Co), and Kevin Hingston (PACT Beer Co) who will be joining forces to create an official collaborative Canberra Beer Week beer.

The full program is available here, but highlights include:

The Durham & Bacchus: Meet the Brewer

November 4 @ 5pm
The Durham Castle Arms, Shop 1, Green Square, Jardine St, Kingston ACT 2604
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Meet the face behind Bacchus Brewing Co., the Heston Blumenthal of the Australian craft beer scene, Head Brewer Ross Kenrick. Learn about his craft while sampling some of the most interesting and flavourful beers in the country from this award-winning micro-brewery. This is a free event.

Bentspoke: Cannery Carnival

November 6 @ 11am – 6pm
BentSpoke, 61-79 Lysaght Street, Mitchell ACT
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Join us for live music, great food and, of course, glorious beer, as we throw open the doors to BentSpoke Mitchell’s Cannery to the public for the first time. Food by Cooking with Beer and Strictly Ballroom star Paul Mercurio and BentSpoke Head Chef Matt Morrissey. This is a free event.

Pialligo Estate Glasshouse: Sausages and Cider

November 13 @ 12pm – 3pm
Pialligo Estate Glasshouse, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo ACT
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Try a sizzling combination of home-made sausages paired with cider as it should be made by Small Acres. Everyone knows pork and apple is a winning combination, but there are some extra surprises to tempt your tastebuds at this extra special BBQ. Farm tours are also available. Free event (with food on sale).

Beer Day Out


Beer Day Out 2016 will showcase over 25 Australian and international craft breweries. Enjoy a range of beer and cider with entertainment, food matching and information sessions. $20 + BF. Bookings essential.

Beer ACT President Anthony Young Launches the 2016 Canberra Beer Week Beer ACT President Anthony Young Launches the 2016 Canberra Beer Week

Where: All over Canberra over 10 days
Opening hours: Check opening times at the individual events listed on the website.
Social media: Find them on Facebook

Elias (aka CBRfoodie) Recommends: Canberra Beer Week is a great time to pack up your home brew kit and take a respite from kitchen duties and try a few new brews that you haven’t tasted before. No excuses for beer lovers!

Elias Hallaj (aka CBRfoodie) is a part-time food blogger and full-time political staffer who has joined RiotACT as a regular contributor. All opinions are his own. If you have any tips or feedback you can find him on Twitter @CBRfoodie.

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