Tuesday, 19 January 2021

Make a date: A capital idea for beer lovers


Beer and cider lovers can mark March 20 into their diaries for a trip to the national capital. 

The Mercure Canberra will host the 14th Canberra Craft Beer and Cider Festival on that date with an expanded venue and special Covid-safe arrangements.

The festival will extend from the hotel grounds to  the adjoining lawns of Batman and Gooreen Streets in Braddon as a result of a grant from the ACT Government. 

The festival will now be split into two ticketed sessions from 11am-2pm and 3pm-6pm. All transactions will be cashless, with a simple tap-and-go system in place for purchases.

Some 40 local and interstate exhibitors will be presenting up to 250 craft beers and ciders for tasting. There will also be beer/cider food-matching sessions, guest speakers and "meet the brewers" sessions. 
A range of dining options (including local gourmet food vendors), live entertainment and family activities will be available throughout the day.

Canberra’s rapidly emerging brewing scene will be reflected in the presence of BentSpoke Brewing Co, Capital Brewing Co and others, while interstate exhibitors include many of Australia’s most renowned breweries such as Sydney Brewery, 4 Pines Brewing, Mountain Goat Beer, Lord Nelson Brewery and James Squire. 

Specialist cideries such as Franks Cider and Willie Smith’s Cider from Tasmania will exhibit their range of ciders.

Advance purchase tickets will be available through Moshtix (booking fees apply) and tastings (150ml) will be available for $4 each.  

The festival will help raise funds for Rise Above Capital Region Cancer Relief, a locally based group that provides support for over 950 cancer patients.

Canberra Craft Beer and Cider Festival organiser Jenny Farrell said that after the disappointment of having to cancel the event in 2020, the new-look festival will provide a tremendous showcase for Australia’s best brewers.

“To have such easy access to 40 craft brewers and three hours of entertainment for as little as $20 entry provides a perfect opportunity for both serious lovers of beer and cider and those who just want to enjoy a fun, family-friendly event in a really attractive venue,” she said.

“Canberra is the perfect place for a long weekend, so we will be expecting a large number of visitors who want to combine the Festival with visits to the many other nearby attractions.”

Festival information: www.canberrabeerfest.com.au Festival bookings: www.moshtix.com.au

Special accommodation and festival packages include overnight accommodation at the four-star Mercure Canberra, a four-pack of award-winning Sydney Brewery beers, entry to the festival and breakfast costs $149 per room per night for one or two people (conditions apply). Bookings: 02 6243 000; or via www.mercurecanberra.com.au.

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