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Wednesday 9 February 2022

Simply capital: Canberra beer festival gets the go ahead

The Mercure Canberra will host the 15th Canberra Craft Beer & Cider Festival on Saturday, March 19 with an expanded venue, over 50 breweries, and a wide range of local food and entertainment.

The Festival will continue to use last year’s successful model of splitting the event into two ticketed sessions to provide plenty of space for attendees. The sessions will run from from 11am to 2pm, and 3pm to 6pm.

This year’s event will be held across the grounds of the Mercure Canberra and the adjoining lawns of Batman and Gooreen streets in Braddon.

Some 50 local and interstate exhibitors will be presenting up to 250 craft beers and ciders for tasting.

Complementing the beer and cider tastings will be an extensive range of popular food operators, including Bare Bones BBQ, Jacko’s Pizza, Gozlemes, and specialty trucks offering burgers, gelato and fish and chips.

Entertainment will include a woodchopping competition – and family activities will be available throughout the day.

Local brewers will include Bent Spoke Brewing Co, Capital Brewing Co, 3 Sons Cider and others, while interstate exhibitors include Sydney Brewery, Stone Dog Meadery, Mountain Culture, Mountain Goat Beer, Lord Nelson Brewery and 4 Pines Brewing. 

Specialist cideries including 3 Sons Cider, Franks Cider and Small Acres Cyder will exhibit their range of ciders.

Advance purchase tickets will be available for $20 per person ($30 on the day) through Moshtix (booking fees apply). Children have free access to the event when accompanying parents. Tastings are available for $2 each (100ml).

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

Festival information: Festival bookings:

Mercure Canberra is offering a Beer Fest 2022 package including overnight accommodation, a four-pack of award-winning Sydney Brewery beers, entry to the festival, and breakfast. 

The package is available from $149 per room per night for one or two people (conditions apply). See

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