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10 events not to miss at Canberra Beer Week

Beatrice Smith

Here are the best ways to get beer-ducated during Canberra Beer Week.

Canberra Beer Week is almost upon us, launching officially next Thursday 5 November.

This is the time of the year when your otherwise food-uninterested partners might actually prefer a five course meal to a pub lunch and you can catch up with your friends over a pint of boutique cider from Sydney rather than cocktails.

Apart from making really fun days out or dates, the Canberra beer festival is a great way to expand your palette and get to know both the Canberra region breweries as well as a handpicked selection from interstate.

You may be a wine buff who can smell their way around the Canberra Region Wineries, but now’s the time to learn how to pair beer and cider with food – and cook with it too!

This year sees the festival expand to 50 events across 20 venues until Wednesday 11 November including tap takeovers, tasting events, food matchings and much more.

Here’s our list of events to book a place at ASAP.

Beer Day Out @ Kingston

For those who want the full beer-sperience with all the trimmings across one weekend. 

Happening over two days, Beer Day Out is for those obsessed with the sweet science of hops, barley and malt. They will showcase over 30 Australian and International craft breweries.

There will be prizes, draws and all things BEER, beer and food matching sessions and more beer-ducation than you can poke a bottle at.

Buy your tickets now to avoid disappointment.

PACT Summer Ale @ The Old Canberra Inn 

For those who want to support a small Canberra brewer. 

The official launch of PACT’s latest release – a Summer Ale – just in time for the start of the summer season.

Thursday 5 November, 6pm-11pm. See the website for more details.

Young Henry Tap Takeover

For those who want to dip their toe into Beer Week.

Young Henrys of Enmore, Syney bring their great craft beers to Honkytonks for a great collaboration.

All week at Honkytonks, free entry. See their website for more details.

Small Acres Cyder and Pork Dinner @ Pod Food at Piallago

For those who cannot get enough of Piallago bacon and like their pork with applesauce. 

Four courses with snacks from the home of Australia’s best bacon.

Thursday 5 November at 6pm, $120 per person. Call 6257 3388 to book.

Comparisons & Tastings @ Wig & Pen

For someone wanting to make a bar their ‘local’ 

Come along and enjoy a tour of our brewery followed by a session of international beer tastings showcasing and exploring the unique flavours of some of the world’s most influential brewing nations.

Saturday 7 November, all day. See website for more details.

Beer Diva in the house @ Old Parliament House

For keen students of beer pairing and those wanting to study under a female beer expert.

Beer diva Kirrily Waldron hosts an evening of beer and food matching where she will talk you through several beers matches with light food options and snacks created by their chef.

Saturday 7 November 7-9pm, $60 per person. Call 1300870433 to book now.

Victorian Beer VS Wine degustation @eightysix Restaurant

For the diner who wants the food to be king…with the right matched drink, of course.

Eight courses matched with beer from La Sirène and wine from Toolangi, Jamsheed and Luke Lambert.

Thursday 5 November from 7-11pm, $150 per person. Call 6161 8686

Rodenbach and La Sirène Masterclass @ The Pot Belly

For those who want a focused, solid education in beer and pairings. 

Beer education, tasting and food pairing.

Sunday 8 November, $95 per person, click here to book.

Brooklyn Brewing @ Hopscotch

For those who want a relaxed, educational day out. 

Brooklyn Brewing comes to Braddon, enjoy a tasting class with matching USA-style food.

Monday 9 November at 7pm, $49.90 per person. Call 6107 3030 to book.

Beer Degustation @ Pulp Kitchen

For a european beer experience. 

Pulp Kitchen is teaming up with Pirate Life Brewing for a night of beer and food.

Tuesday 10 November from 6pm, call 6257 4334 for more information.

For all events, dates, times and brewery details see


Want to win this rather handsome hamper? We have five of them to give away! They include all the beers you see plus a double pass to the Friday 6  November session of Beer Day Out 2015. Simply leave a comment telling us your favourite craft beer for a chance to win. Entries close 5pm Wednesday 4 November 2015.


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Beatrice Smith

Bea loves that her job as HerCanberra’s Online Editor involves eating, drinking and interviewing people - sometimes simultaneously. The master of HerCanberra’s publishing schedule, she’s usually found hunched over a huge calendar muttering to herself about content balance. Otherwise, you’ll find her at the movies or ordering a cheese board. More about the Author

  • Bec

    I like White Rabbit Dark Ale.. It’s refreshing and flavoursome, and also has a lovely ‘Alice in wonderland’ themed sketch on the label.

  • Mark Somers

    The Descent 15 at Bentspoke Brewing over the past winter was definitely one to warm the heart.

  • Emily Longstaff

    It’s got to be moo brew. Can’t get mo’ brew than moo!

  • Amber Beavis

    I am a huge fan of Quiet Deeds’ Lamington Ale, which is a brown ale with chocolate and toasted coconut flavours. It’s the grown up version of the lamington!

  • Aileen

    Innis and Gunn Rum Finish. The day I discovered this was stocked by Plonk was a very happy day indeed.

  • JB

    My favourite craft beers overall are either Rogue Yellow Snow or Brew Dog Punk IPA. In terms of Australian craft beers I really love the Crankshaft at Bentspoke and also think that both Moo Brew and the Two Metre Tall brewing Company in Tasmania do some great beers!

  • Laura

    I had an amazing red ale (a variety which is weirdly scarce in Aus?) at Brooklyn Brewery (I know, I’m a jerk) last year which had been brewed specifically for New York Comic Con, called ‘The Defender’. I don’t know if it was because I was on holiday, or because it was a one time only variety, or if it was genuinely the best beer I’d had, but I still think about it more than a year later. DELICIOUS.

  • Shai Lambert

    Gotta be the PACT Pale Ale!
    We’re serving it down at Hutch @ the Hamlet and its walking out the door!

  • Felicity Gray

    Seven Sheds SIPA St Ella India Pale Ale – get yourself to Tassie and check it out (plus all the other delicious beer + wine + whisky + gin + food they’re creating down there).

  • Nicole Catto

    Murray’s Grand Cru

  • Jalph

    Hen & Hound – Canberra’s own –

  • Pip Thomson

    Got to sample the Cluster 12 from a sneaky BentSpoke traveler the other night. Went down perfectly with the homemade, woodfired pizza! And helped to drown out the 8 screaming kids under the age of 5 running around the backyard.

  • Jack Land Roberts

    I really can’t go passed the Pact Mt Tennent Pale Ale. Only tried it a few weeks ago, but it is an absolute cracker of a beer!

    I am definitely going to enjoy Canberra Craft Beer Week! Especially now I know there is a new Pact beer being launched in the middle of it! Happy days!

  • Nick McCorriston

    I like Bentspoke’s Sprocket, it makes me feel good in my belly yum yum.

  • Dave

    Milk stout from Modus Operandi in Sydney.

  • Beatrice Smith

    @pipthomson:disqus @felicitygray:disqus @disqus_U8NlpODRuf:disqus @[email protected]_H9ktnmvDii:disqus @[email protected]_Beavis:disqus Congratulations you’ve won the beer and tickets! Come by the HerCanberra office to pick up your beer anytime before COB Friday! Our address is 221/19 Marcus Clarke Street NewActon. Thanks to everyone else who contributed – you’ve certainly got us excited for Beer Week!

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