22 March 2024

Tumut River Brewing Co to open new venue in Kingston

| Lucy Ridge
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Tim Martin, Tumut River Brewing Co at Kingston. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

Tumut River Brewing Co is bringing its brews to Canberra, with a new venue opening in Kingston after Easter.

The brewery, which opened in 2018, has had a bumpy few years. It had a couple of good years before floods, fires, a pandemic and troublesome road closures impacted its business, but it’s optimistic about its new chapter in Canberra.

Co-founder Tim Martin says they’ve been contemplating a second location for a while now, and this was simply a case of right place, right time and right price.

“It’s something we’ve thought about for a very long time, to be honest,” he told Region.

“Around 80 to 90 per cent of our clients are from Canberra, so it just kind of makes sense.”

Beer being poured from taps

The brewing team is looking forward to offering more of their limited-edition brews in Kingston. Photo: TRBC.

The new venue is the site formerly occupied by Parbery Lane in the courtyard of Kingston Foreshore’s Kingsborough village. Parbery Lane regularly poured Tumut River beers, so Tim was familiar with the space and had always been a big fan of the place. While he says the space is a little hidden, he is confident that the locals will get behind them.

“We’ve already had such good feedback. Plenty of people have popped their head in to ask when we’ll be open,” Tim said.

“I love the community feel, the courtyard and the feeling that everyone’s local. We want to connect to the locals because we’re going to be their local!”

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To start with, they’ll have eight beer taps running with TRBC beers and local cider, but they’re keen to expand that to 12 or 14 taps soon. At the Tumut location, they have 24 taps running at a time, which allows them to show off their smaller experimental brews. The Tumut River Brewing team is excited to bring more limited-edition beers to Canberrans.

Tim Martin director Tumut River Brewing Co putting a beer on a bar

Tim is hoping that Canberra will get behind the new location. Photo: TRBC.

In addition to hosting many Canberrans at their brewery site in Tumut, Tim says they also have a thriving wholesale business. TRBC beers can be found at a range of Canberra region bars, restaurants and pubs so they already have a strong following in the ACT.

While the beers are obviously a big drawcard, TRBC has also become well-loved for their pizzas, which feature ingredients from local Tumut producers. The new space will also feature a pizza menu, and Tim says they want to introduce Tumut to the locals.

“The concept is really ‘A Taste of Tumut’. So we’ll be bringing in all that fresh produce from Tumut into Canberra, like free-range pork and trout from Tumut River.”

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They will also have a wine list featuring wines from the Tumbarumba and Gundagai region, local distilleries, and cider.

The plan is to have the new space open shortly after Easter. Follow Tumut River Brewing Co on Facebook or Instagram, or visit their website to stay up to date with an exact opening date.

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Good on TRBC for opening in Canberra, and I guess, for getting through their troubles. I am rather curious to know what they’ve done to be going from almost at death’s door months ago, to expanding now.

It’s good to hear that TRBC’s fortunes have turned around and sufficient to open a second location here. I wish them the best.
I hope they’ll be offering similar food to their Tumut place too – I love the pizzas there.

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