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Small brewers beer festival in the Botanic Gardens

By johnboy 15 February 2013 27

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Well this looks like fun:

The Small Brewers Beer Festival is about showcasing some of the unique and exquisite beers made by the smaller breweries and beer companies from around Australia.

Participation to this festival is strictly limited to small breweries as on-going battle to level the playing field against the big breweries.

Over 55 different beers and ciders will be available for tasting on the day.

Set in the tranquil beauty of the Australia National Botanical Gardens this festival will have beers never before seen in Canberra. Also included will be some Australian ciders and a few local cold-climate wineries.

Entertainment and food will be available all day long.


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molongloid 1:19 pm 21 Feb 13

Duffbowl said :

molongloid said :

Tickets for non-drinking attendees, $20. Option to appear on booking website shortly.

$20 to get in, to not drink, and simply talk to brewers seems a bit rich. Unless they intend to have talks, etc., I couldn’t see too many folk forking that out.

ANBG has set a capacity, so it’s an opportunity cost problem for the organisers.

Latest info is tickets will sell out soon by the way.

Duffbowl 1:31 pm 20 Feb 13

bearlikesbeer said :

I overheard a rumour at the homebrew shop that Wig & Pen may be pulling out. No idea why. Anyone know about this?

That rumour has proven to be true. No further information.

molongloid 2:45 pm 19 Feb 13

molongloid said :

Tickets for non-drinking attendees, $20. Option to appear on booking website shortly.

Plus $2.50 booking fee it seems.

Duffbowl 2:44 pm 19 Feb 13

molongloid said :

Tickets for non-drinking attendees, $20. Option to appear on booking website shortly.

$20 to get in, to not drink, and simply talk to brewers seems a bit rich. Unless they intend to have talks, etc., I couldn’t see too many folk forking that out.

molongloid 2:24 pm 19 Feb 13

(I should have added that this was info I received from Mick @ Stricklands this afternoon in reply to an email query.)

molongloid 2:22 pm 19 Feb 13

Tickets for non-drinking attendees, $20. Option to appear on booking website shortly.

bearlikesbeer 12:38 pm 19 Feb 13

I overheard a rumour at the homebrew shop that Wig & Pen may be pulling out. No idea why. Anyone know about this?

Duffbowl 12:02 pm 19 Feb 13
Duffbowl 11:58 am 19 Feb 13

Stricklands Beer (Canberra… well, really, Sydney)
Zierholz (Canberra)
Wig and Pen (Canberra)
Black Duck (Port Macquarie, NSW)
Hawthorn Brewing (Hawthorn, VIC)
Two Birds Brewing (Geelong, VIC)
St Arnou (Smithfield, NSW)
Swell Brewing (McLaren Vale, SA)
Balmain Brewing (Sydney, NSW)
Bowral Brewing (Bowral, NSW)
Tuckerbox Beer (Gundagai, NSW)
Badlands Brewing (Orange, NSW)
Pinchgut Brewery (Sydney, NSW)
Fusion Beer (Sydney, NSW)
St Peters Brewery (St Peters, NSW)
Riverside Brewery (North Parramatta, NSW)
Dalgety Brewing (Dalgety, NSW)
Sun Shack Cider (Southern Highlands, NSW)
Canberra Beer Co (New operators of the Hume (former) U-Brew-It)
Mudgee Brewing (NSW)

fromthecapital 10:45 am 19 Feb 13

Any detail on which brewers are attending? This will influence my decision.

shirty_bear 4:38 pm 18 Feb 13

Jethro said :

How big is a sample… like a taster size (say a 30ml shot) or more of a half pint size?

If you’re getting 10 half pints included in the entry that seems reasonable. If it’s 10 shots of beer, less reasonable.

My first thought was that quibbling over the included beers was petty … but this is a really good point. If I fatted up my $$ and got 10 shotties, I’d be, well, shirty. And it’s not beyond the realm of possibilities.

Anyone got any actual knowledge?

LSWCHP 11:55 pm 15 Feb 13

LSWCHP will be there! Ooops…LSWCHP realises he’s started to refer to himself in the third person…

Jethro 10:01 pm 15 Feb 13

Blamemonkey said :

Hank said :

$38 is a bit expensive….

For entry into the event and 10 sample tokens..

I can’t see how that is expensive…

How big is a sample… like a taster size (say a 30ml shot) or more of a half pint size?

If you’re getting 10 half pints included in the entry that seems reasonable. If it’s 10 shots of beer, less reasonable.

Duffbowl 9:17 pm 15 Feb 13

poetix said :

Duffbowl said :

Jungle Jim said :

Sounds very familiar to the Brindabella Beer Festival that was planned to happen at Scope late last year. Regardless, I’ll be making my way there for some tasty treats.

My understanding is that it’s the same festival, moved and renamed.

Tickets booked and paid for 🙂 Now to tell the wife I’m going…

What, doesn’t she like beer? What a strange lady…

Sadly, after nearly 20 years together, I am still yet to convince her of the liquid gorgeousness that is the amber (pale straw to opaque black) nectar.

Still, more beer for me 🙂

poetix 7:20 pm 15 Feb 13

Ben_Dover said :

I was going to exhibit some of my beers there, but I’m six foot two tall.

Well bend over then, silly…

poetix 4:08 pm 15 Feb 13

Duffbowl said :

Jungle Jim said :

Sounds very familiar to the Brindabella Beer Festival that was planned to happen at Scope late last year. Regardless, I’ll be making my way there for some tasty treats.

My understanding is that it’s the same festival, moved and renamed.

Tickets booked and paid for 🙂 Now to tell the wife I’m going…

What, doesn’t she like beer? What a strange lady…

Duffbowl 3:54 pm 15 Feb 13

Jungle Jim said :

Sounds very familiar to the Brindabella Beer Festival that was planned to happen at Scope late last year. Regardless, I’ll be making my way there for some tasty treats.

My understanding is that it’s the same festival, moved and renamed.

Tickets booked and paid for 🙂 Now to tell the wife I’m going…

Hank 3:41 pm 15 Feb 13

Blamemonkey said :

Hank said :

Blamemonkey said :

Hank said :

$38 is a bit expensive….

For entry into the event and 10 sample tokens..

I can’t see how that is expensive…

You can pay for me then money bags.

Maybe if you were like “I love beer, I wish I could afford to go”
not “I hate fun and don’t have money”

I love beer, I wish I could afford to go

*Hank puts hand out*

Hank 3:34 pm 15 Feb 13

johnboy said :

Beer costs money Hank.

You organise the free beer festival and we’ll all be sure to attend.

That truly would be magical, could you imagine… I would lose my shoes and dignity in the first 20 minutes

Blamemonkey 3:33 pm 15 Feb 13

Hank said :

Blamemonkey said :

Hank said :

$38 is a bit expensive….

For entry into the event and 10 sample tokens..

I can’t see how that is expensive…

You can pay for me then money bags.

Maybe if you were like “I love beer, I wish I could afford to go”
not “I hate fun and don’t have money”

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