BeerFest coming to Canberra for the first time

Ian Bushnell 7 May 2020 22

Beerfest will host 20 craft brewers from across Australia, including Canberra’s Bentspoke and Capital Brewing. Photo: Supplied.

It’s been brewing for a while but Australia’s longest-running craft beer festival is coming to the national capital for the first time next month.

BeerFest will set up camp at Commonwealth Place in Parkes on 15 February and will be the place to be for genuine lovers of artisan brews.

The reputation of Canberra’s burgeoning craft beer industry has come to the attention of organisers, and local brewers Bentspoke and Capital Brewing will join peers from across the country, as well as cider makers, winemakers and distillers to share brews and other one-off creations.

But organisers say BeerFest is more than just the beverages, billing it as a family event with local produce, fine food, children’s events and an entertainment line-up of comedy acts and and live music, headlined by ARIA-award winning band Art vs Science.

The comedy show includes Luke Heggie, Hamish Hudson and Emo Parsonson, hosted by Fresh Comedy’s Stewart Bell.

Richard Watkins and Tracy Morgan

BentSpoke owners Richard Watkins and Tracy Morgan are part of Canberra’s brewing success story. Photo: Supplied.

As part of their international 10th Anniversary Tour, Art vs Science have created a one-off beer in collaboration with BeerFest, Burnley Brewing and Cryer Malt.

Festival-goers who take their beer seriously can learn about the art of brewing at a range of masterclasses and tastings led by industry leaders.

The program includes sessions on ‘Discover the Art of Brewing with BrewArtAustralia’, ‘Get your hops off!’, ‘Discover Sustainable Brewing with Beerfarm’, ‘The Future of Beer with Cryer Malt’ and a masterclass by Bright Brewing Co.

Bentspoke’s Richard Watkins will co-host a cheese masterclass with Mike Smith from The Cheesesmith, based in the Blue Mountains.

Canberra kicks off the BeerFest national tour with dates in Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.

General admission tickets start from $37 and include access to the event and all entertainment. Beer, food and other drinks are available for purchase.

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22 Responses to BeerFest coming to Canberra for the first time
Amy Jones Amy Jones 3:58 pm 22 Jan 20

Britt Shephard shall we attend for a few ciders?? 👍🤷‍♀️

Lisa Couacaud Lisa Couacaud 4:33 pm 19 Jan 20

Lindsay Burrows Kate Sullivan seems perfect for the two of you

    Kate Sullivan Kate Sullivan 10:09 pm 19 Jan 20

    Lisa Couacaud it does! But I’m a lousy day drinker!

    Lisa Couacaud Lisa Couacaud 6:29 am 20 Jan 20

    Kate Sullivan but practice makes perfect

    Lindsay Burrows Lindsay Burrows 8:23 am 20 Jan 20

    Lisa Couacaud fine. I’ll drink for both of you

Katt Smith Katt Smith 3:52 pm 19 Jan 20

Sean Want to go?

Ben Robertson Ben Robertson 3:23 pm 19 Jan 20

Ben Weatherstone Ben Luck we have a date

Fiona Whitesen Fiona Whitesen 2:44 pm 19 Jan 20

Simon Fenton - you guys keen?

    Simon Fenton Simon Fenton 6:20 pm 19 Jan 20

    Fiona Whitesen 👍 Elmwood posse outing 😂😂😂

    Fiona Whitesen Fiona Whitesen 7:08 pm 19 Jan 20

    Simon - he who is not on Facebook will be happy. 😆

James O'Brien James O'Brien 9:50 pm 18 Jan 20

Josh is this what you were talking about the other night?

Lauren Ellen Lauren Ellen 8:51 pm 18 Jan 20

Fiona Michelle - sounds like our kind of event 🍻

    Fiona Coughtrie Fiona Coughtrie 9:22 pm 18 Jan 20

    Lauren Ellen definitely! I’m in!

    Lauren Ellen Lauren Ellen 9:24 pm 18 Jan 20

    Fiona Michelle coolio. Lock it in. Will be a fun day!!

    Fiona Coughtrie Fiona Coughtrie 9:25 pm 18 Jan 20

    Lauren Ellen if we can get 3 other people, we can get tickets for $21 instead of $35

    Lauren Ellen Lauren Ellen 9:25 pm 18 Jan 20

    Fiona Michelle I have no friends these days 🤣

    Fiona Coughtrie Fiona Coughtrie 9:25 pm 18 Jan 20

    Lauren Ellen what???? What about Rachel?

    Lauren Ellen Lauren Ellen 9:26 pm 18 Jan 20

    Fiona Michelle doesn’t drink beer 🤷🏼‍♀️

    Fiona Coughtrie Fiona Coughtrie 9:27 pm 18 Jan 20

    Lauren Ellen booooo!! I’ve asked two friends I know who like beer 😉

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