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 more than our original 10 tasting tickets worth of beer, so here’s the highlights of our day.
Zierholz – It was great to introduce my out of town friends to Canberra’s own beer. The fresh German styled brews straight from the keg won my friends, and many other new friends on the day.
Pinchgut – A couple of unique brews with their Black Pilsner and Beetroot beer. The Pilsner was like a normal pis, but with darker maltier flavours. The beetroot was pretty much pale ale with red food colouring.
Hopdog – Definitely the most “interesting” beer of the day was their very intensely hopped, bitter brew which was filtered through hops as it was poured.
Badlands – Hailing from Orange, they had a great porter, but the standout was their IPA, which had an abundance of fruity, hoppy, malty – definitely one of those beers that has a party in your mouth.
Overall, it was a pretty good event. The only downside was the lack of food options available. It would have been great to have some nice foods matched to the beers.
Unfortunately, we didn’t get to sample everything on the day, so would be interested to hear what your favourites were.