Raise a glass to the lockdown hero we all needed: Ken Behrens

Lottie Twyford 26 August 2021 33
Ken Behrens logo

Ken Behrens has now been given the ultimate nod to his status – a berry sour beer. Photo: Capital Brewing Co.

His name will go down, if not in history, at least in local folklore, as the lockdown hero that nobody was waiting for, but everybody needed.

Now, you can raise a glass to, with and for, Ken Behrens – and it’s all thanks to Capital Brewing Co’s latest creation.

While the team at the brewery said they were all feeling pretty ‘sour’ about lockdown, they decided to get behind a springtime special sour beer instead.

Who better to name it after than Ken Behrens? The typo that’s put a smile on our faces since he was created at a COVID briefing on 15 August.

Ken Behrens shout out

Ken Behrens – a creation of close-captions. Photo: Twitter.

Capital Brewing Co’s Head Brewer Wade Hurley joked the beer is so sour, you ‘Ken Barely’ believe it’s a beer.

He explained that the team had experimented with a new ‘Philly Sour’ yeast strain which naturally creates a lactic acid bomb.

According to Wade, drinking the beer is an experience that will take you “right back to 1999 when you were crushing Warheads at the local shops; a time when we didn’t have to worry about global pandemics”.


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The beer also contains raspberries and blackberries, giving it a unique berry aroma, pink colour and adds the necessary balance to the sour yeast.

“Sours have been massive back home in San Diego for the last five years or so, and it is awesome to see Australians starting to get around the style,” Wade added.

Capital Brewing Co managing director Laurence Kain said it was really all about doing a fun thing in what is a pretty rubbish time for everyone.


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“I think sometimes the only way you can get through these situations is to laugh a little bit.

“Hopefully this helps foster some more community spirit and encourage people to stick with the lockdown – get around the beer and get through it,” he said.

Ken Behrens is also being immortalised on t-shirts, mugs and other merchandise – with funds going to organisations like Menslink and OzHarvest.

You’ll also spot the name across social media posts from ACT Policing and ACT Health, as well as other agencies. Sports teams like The Raiders are also getting behind him, even changing their Twitter handle to Ken Behren Raiders.

Ken Behrens jersey

The Ken Behrens jersey could be yours – it’s up for auction at AllBids. Photo: Raiders.

Popular Kingston pub The Dock also renamed their Benny A’s Big Beef Burger in honour of Ken Behrens, although people will have to wait until after lockdown before they can tuck into one.

Laurence explained that the team at Capital Brewing Co quickly decided to shut the takeaway element to the brewery and move directly to a home delivery model to keep their team safe.

Capital Brewing Co last week launched ‘crowler packs’ to get popular taproom brews to beer lovers who might be missing their pub trips.

Every Wednesday, a new home delivery pack will be released containing three different ‘crowlers’ – one litre cans of speciality beer that would usually only be available on tap.

Pick the right one, and you’ll find a very special Ken Behrens sour in your pack.

Ken Behrens Raspberry and Blackberry sour is available in a crowler pack for same-day home delivery directly from the brewery through the Capital Brewing Co online store.


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33 Responses to Raise a glass to the lockdown hero we all needed: Ken Behrens
Bianca Mah Bianca Mah 12:36 pm 29 Aug 21

James Atkinson please come back x

Conor Ammett Conor Ammett 10:18 am 29 Aug 21

Johann Wagner this is the best thing i’ve ever seen

Tracy Leck Tracy Leck 9:16 pm 28 Aug 21

Looks like a Stan Lee relation.

Myra Craig Myra Craig 9:07 pm 28 Aug 21

Bree Lauren

Scarlet May Scarlet May 5:32 pm 28 Aug 21

Brooke Rogers new sour beer for you 🍺

Andrew Salter Andrew Salter 12:05 pm 28 Aug 21

Scott Borosta will this be your favourite brew from now on??🍺🍺

Suzy Nunes Suzy Nunes 10:49 am 28 Aug 21

Jessica, Antoinette Liv has offered to give this a try so we can get a can and packaging for the collection 🙂

    Jessica En Bee Jessica En Bee 11:10 am 28 Aug 21

    Suzy thanks for taking one for the team!

    Antoinette Buchanan Antoinette Buchanan 11:14 am 28 Aug 21

    Suzy Nunes her dedication is noted and appreciated. Our thanks! 😉

Hayley Mcnamara Hayley Mcnamara 9:12 am 28 Aug 21

Ben Ervine next order sorted

Ken Behrens Ken Behrens 10:02 pm 27 Aug 21

Would be interested in a taste test?

Rob Hamilton Rob Hamilton 8:31 pm 27 Aug 21

Pedro Miguel One for when you eventually make it up here

    Pedro Miguel Pedro Miguel 9:11 pm 27 Aug 21

    Rob, absolutely. Look forward to sinking a few when I'm next up there.

    Last time I got sodden drunk in Canberry, I simulated unlawful carnal relations with one of the metal sheep sculptures in Garema Place.

    I'll be looking to you to chaperone me so to avoid attention of the constabulary.

Bronco Lawne Bronco Lawne 8:15 pm 27 Aug 21

Shame such a tribute beer is a sour 😔

Jack Piris Jack Piris 4:51 pm 27 Aug 21

Andy Goatie say less

Verity Beman Verity Beman 4:32 pm 27 Aug 21

Too good 👌🏼

Isobel Walcott Isobel Walcott 3:45 pm 27 Aug 21

Ciaran Delaney yumyumyum

Melinda Green Melinda Green 1:27 pm 27 Aug 21

Elvis Deschamps Ash Hamilton I can hear floral shirt guy from here

Kathy McLean Kathy McLean 11:28 am 27 Aug 21

Warms my heart to see how iconic Ken Behrens has become.

Chell Inez Chell Inez 11:07 am 27 Aug 21

Joe and it's a sour!!

Karnain Johnson Karnain Johnson 8:44 am 27 Aug 21

Jennifer Mary Dawes you need this to drink with your new t-shirt

    Jennifer Mary Dawes Jennifer Mary Dawes 9:35 am 27 Aug 21

    Karnain Johnson amazing!!!! Might just get some! 😆😆

    Jennifer Mary Dawes Jennifer Mary Dawes 9:40 am 27 Aug 21

    Karnain Johnson sold out! 😭😭😭

    Karnain Johnson Karnain Johnson 11:48 am 27 Aug 21

    Jennifer Mary Dawes must of gone quick.

Lauren Herbert Lauren Herbert 8:17 am 27 Aug 21

Jaz Harris - I’ve been loving all this Ken Behren’s merch

Michael Bradshaw Michael Bradshaw 10:59 pm 26 Aug 21

Alyssa Weinstein SOUR BEHRENS

    Alyssa Weinstein Alyssa Weinstein 11:35 pm 27 Aug 21

    Michael Bradshaw cycle to capital and get takeaway! Idk it worked last lockdown not sure what the rules are….

    Michael Bradshaw Michael Bradshaw 11:42 pm 27 Aug 21

    Alyssa Weinstein hahahah sounds essential to me…but they’ve fined people for going out of their district this lockdown….also it’s like an hour cycle each way so can’t even justify it as 1hr exercise.

    Alyssa Weinstein Alyssa Weinstein 12:21 am 28 Aug 21

    Michael Bradshaw I was thinking exercise….you need to get an electric bike!

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