Local brewing champ’s beer at Wig & Pen

Keenan Fahy won the keenly contested ‘brewer of the year’ award at the 2011 ACT Amateur Brewing Championship. The annual award goes to the brewer with the highest aggregate score for four beers.

To give further recognition to our top amateur brewers — and a commercial twist – the Wig and Pen offers a trophy for the best beer of the show, then brews and sells a batch of the winning tipple.

This year the judges examined 14 category winners and in a tight contest awarded the top gong to Fahy’s American Brown Ale.

Wig and Pen brewer Richard Watkins says he expects to offer the ale – to be brewed at the Wig with Fahy – in March 2012 following the hop harvest.

Watkins describes the beer as dark coloured, with rich, chocolaty malt flavours and a citrusy hops character.

Copyright © Chris Shanahan 2011
First published 19 October 2011 in The Canberra Times