[First filed: September 20, 2008 @ 08:48]
Last night I was fortunate enough to attend the industry night for today’s National Capital Craft Beer Festival. Being held at and sponsored by the Olims Hotel any concerns that it would be populated by tie-died beer hippies was soon put to rest.
Last night’s event was populated by brewers, hoteliers, distributers and the like and being able to talk to the man or woman who made the brew you are drinking is a rewarding experience. Three standouts in that respect for me was chatting to Christoph from Canberra’s own Zierholz Brewery; Richard Adamson from Barons Brewing and the passionate brewer of Dutch/German extraction, Samara Füss, the Schwartz brewery’s head brewer.
Another highlight was a long and in depth conversation with Colin from Brew Your Own At Home, the home brew supply shop in Kambah, which ranged from all things beer, the art and legalities of distilling to animal cruelty and the ACT justice system. It should also be mentioned that Labour MLA and the Minister for Tourism Andrew Barr attended and seemed quite interested in the budding craft beer industry although he made it quite clear (and in good humour) to the man with the camera and the RiotACT pin that as he was driving he was only having the one beer.
Today’s activities, kicking off from 10am, in addition to being able to hobnob it with the brewers and taste a wide range of exceptional beers include beer and food matching supported by Peter Russell-Clark, giveaways and a whole lot of other stuff. As of last night 850 tickets had been pre-sold for the event so it should be a very well attended shindig.
Entry is $20 which includes 10 tasting tickets and a “commemorative tasting glass”
[Disclosure: Zierholz Brewery advertises with RiotACT and Baron Brewing provided RiotACT with some free giveaways. The Olims Hotel and Schwartz Brewery are sponsors of the Craft Beer Festival. Regardless I wouldn’t have taken the time to write about any of this if the beer wasn’t tasty and if the event wasn’t worthy!]
[ED – Apparently the event is such a success they’ve been turning away anyone without a pre-paid ticket. A bigger venue would appear to beckon for next year]