Canberra is blessed with several great pubs and five well-known brewers (Bentspoke, Wig & Pen, Zierholz, PACT, and Capital Brewing). My personal favourite Canberra brewery is Bentspoke, run by Champion Australian brewer Richard Watkins and Tracy Margrain.
But sadly much of Australia is yet to hear about how wonderful life is for beer connoisseurs in the nation’s capital. You can help put Canberra brewers on the map by spending a couple of minutes voting in an online poll.
Voting is now open in the GABS (Great Australian Beer Spectapular) Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers poll and the BentSpoke Brewing Co is asking you for help to give Canberra’s beers the profile they deserve.
The annual poll attracts thousands of beer fans from around the country who vote for their five favourite Australian craft beers of the year and then enjoy the countdown on Australia Day, 26 January.
Last year BentSpoke’s highly praised Crankshaft IPA surprised everyone by coming 88th in the poll despite having no promotion, or even distribution beyond on-tap sales from their Braddon brewpub. And this wonderful beer only recently became available in cans!
“We were amazed by the level of community support for Crankshaft last year,” said Richard Watkins, the head brewer and co-owner of BentSpoke Brewing Co.
“Since the start of November last year our Crankshaft and Barley Griffin cans have been available in stores throughout Canberra, and recently in select interstate stores, so we’re hopeful the increased distribution will help us climb even higher in this year’s poll.
“We’d really like to see the Canberra community get behind, not just our beers, but all the great entries from Canberra brewers.”
Voting closes on 20 January and the results will be displayed on a web feed on Australia Day.
To celebrate the day, and the poll results, BentSpoke will be putting on a BBQ breakfast and bike ride from their Mitchell Cannery to the Braddon pub. The ride starts at 9am from the corner of Brookes and Lysaght streets in Mitchell.
The results countdown from 12.30pm at Braddon will also feature Triple J’s Hottest 100 music countdown and the very popular prawn on the barbie toss.
You can cast your vote at: http://gabsfestival.com/aussie-hottest-100/
— CBR foodie (@CBRFoodie) January 19, 2015