After teetering close to cancellation just two weeks from commencement, Canberra Beer Week launched successfully on Saturday 8 November, says organiser Anthony Young.
Red tape nearly derailed one of the signature events, says Young. But Beer Day Out, a showcase of 27 Australian and international craft brewers at Kingston markets, went ahead as scheduled, attracting an enthusiastic crowd.
Like similar events now well established in Sydney and Melbourne, Canberra’s major beer event caters to growing consumer interest in craft beers.
Canberra brewer BentSpoke, launched two new beers for the event over a “meet the brewers” brunch at the brewpub.
And food and beer matching events included New Zealand craft brews over lunch at Pod Food, Pialligo, and a beer degustation menu at Rubicon restaurant, Griffith.
Organisers expect an even bigger and more varied event next year, so keep an eye on canberrrabeerweek.com.
Copyright © Chris Shanahan 2014
First published 18 and 19 November in goodfood.com.au and the Canberra Times