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Why no cider Canberra Stadium?

By Barcham 26 April 2013 28

Rioter John hit us with his concerns regarding Canberra Stadium’s baffling lack of available cider:

I have been trying on and off for over 3 years (since late 2010) to get Canberra stadium to answer a simple question: do they have any plans to offer cider, like almost every other stadium in Australia?

Emails, tweets, even letters have been to not answered. So, I was wondering if you guys wouldn’t mind dropping them a line and asking them why they aren’t tapping into the fastest growing segment of the booze market in Australia.

Alrighty Canberra Stadium, what’s the story?


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Evil_Kitten 4:40 pm 29 Apr 13

When I went recently there was Woodstock (instead of Slate/Cougar/Beam) and Red Bear (instead of Smirnoff). I just assumed they’d gone completely cheap and nasty, so I’m not surprised there’s no cider (and if there was it would probably be Strongbow which no one with tastebuds would want anyway).

NellyBean 1:43 pm 29 Apr 13

DrKoresh said :

I like to stay home and watch this stuff on telly :$ That way you drink whatever you like without paying through the nose for it and use the toilet whenever you like without fear of catching something.

a colleague of mine once used this argument and in the same day complained that there was nothing fun to do in Canberra.

Diggety 1:34 pm 29 Apr 13

Pork Hunt said :

Diggety said :

I wonder how well cider goes in a Camelbak flask?

Take a real camel and milk it at the game.

I’m not allowed within 100 feet of a real camel. Or a Chuck Cheese for that matter.

Maybe a different solution:
1. 1L of apple juice
2. 500g of sugar
3. 50mL of pure alcohol
4. stir, blow bubbles
5. decant to PET bottles as per knuckles’ suggestion.

I reckon it would taste similar to most ciders.

DrKoresh 11:44 am 29 Apr 13

I like to stay home and watch this stuff on telly :$ That way you drink whatever you like without paying through the nose for it and use the toilet whenever you like without fear of catching something.

Pity 11:39 am 29 Apr 13

Cider…so overrated.

Conan of Cooma 8:27 am 29 Apr 13

I’ve never been to any game at any stadium that sold cider. Ever. Perhaps in those fancy southern venues where they play AFL and variety is required, but I’ve never been to one of those.

Duffbowl 8:06 pm 28 Apr 13

knuckles said :

Duffbowl said :

Solidarity said :

Borderline at best. Our group has learned to content itself with drinking decent adult beverages on our way to/from games, and consuming the swill available inside the stadium only when necessary. Less hip pocket pain as well.

Duff, I’ve taken homewbrew in PET bottles into Brumbies games. When security checked it at the entrance they didn’t have a problem as it was in plastic bottles.

I wonder if they’d let me in with the 9 litre party keg…

I’ve taken homebrew in before using PETs, mostly darker beers. For some reason, they seem more acceptable to security than the paler versions.

Roundhead89 5:16 pm 28 Apr 13

It’s been a long time since I attended the Stadium but I remember the last time I was there I was able to buy Two Dogs. It seems the ban on cider is relatively new.

Pork Hunt 2:48 pm 28 Apr 13

Diggety said :

I wonder how well cider goes in a Camelbak flask?

Take a real camel and milk it at the game.

Diggety 10:10 am 28 Apr 13

I wonder how well cider goes in a Camelbak flask?

poetix 11:17 pm 27 Apr 13

‘Why no cider Canberra Stadium?’
Have you never heard of the off-cider rule?

notdingers 8:30 pm 27 Apr 13

I worked a season in the bars at Canberra Stadium and the selection of drinks available is largely determined by sponsorship arrangements.

We would have different beer depending on the type of game being played.

SupaSal 10:46 pm 26 Apr 13

I don’t drink beer and this their wines taste like crap, Not paying $10 (or whatever) for a vodka, so i take a hip flask, bottle of mixer and my Bailey’s in my hot chocolate/coffee and walk on in, Never been checked or even been asked!

knuckles 7:28 pm 26 Apr 13

Duffbowl said :

Solidarity said :

Borderline at best. Our group has learned to content itself with drinking decent adult beverages on our way to/from games, and consuming the swill available inside the stadium only when necessary. Less hip pocket pain as well.

Duff, I’ve taken homewbrew in PET bottles into Brumbies games. When security checked it at the entrance they didn’t have a problem as it was in plastic bottles.

Heavs 7:00 pm 26 Apr 13

troutfisher said :

Although it’s sometimes hard to come by I have a real preference for the Dicken Cider

Also my cider of preference although harder and harder to come by.

JimCharles 6:39 pm 26 Apr 13

bigfeet said :

dixyland said :

Also why don’t they have .. mead…It’s a travesty!

They really should have comely wenches serving tankards of mead at Raiders games..

The marketing just sells itself.

I’m surprised you don’t have much local scrumpy cider round here and push this fizzy imported stuff, though I’ll try some Henry’s when i see it.

bigfeet 6:19 pm 26 Apr 13

dixyland said :

Also why don’t they have .. mead…It’s a travesty!

They really should have comely wenches serving tankards of mead at Raiders games..

The marketing just sells itself.

troutfisher 6:14 pm 26 Apr 13

Although it’s sometimes hard to come by I have a real preference for the Dicken Cider

damien haas 5:48 pm 26 Apr 13

The best cider is ‘Henrys of harcourt’. made from apples, not apple juice concentrate. They do Perry as well.

MERC600 5:12 pm 26 Apr 13

See if they can knock up a HarveyWallbanger as well.. I’m gettin a little long in the tooth and have still to try one.
Seem to just remember in the 80’s the Lakeside used to sell them on Friday nights at the disco thing.

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