Canberra’s new brewery takes shape

That almost complete new building on the corner of Mort and Elouera Streets Braddon houses Canberra’s newest pub brewery – the BentSpoke. Inside, it’s all concrete and dust at present. But on a visit there before Christmas, the racks of stainless steel brewing tanks gleamed enticingly, waiting for Richard Watkins to fill them with the good stuff.

Watkins, former Wig and Pen Brewer, expects BentSpoke to open on schedule in late March or early April. He plans to launch with the six beers and one cider that’ll be part of the regular offerings. Over the following months he intends to introduce 12 specialty ales.

Brewing will take place on both levels, with all the brewing gear right in the face of customers. The downstairs pub spills out to a spacious courtyard, with the kitchen, sit-down-dining and another bar upstairs.

Copyright © Chris Shanahan 2014
First published 22 January 2014 in the Canberra Times