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Canberra Craft Beer and Cider Festival 2016

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by Sue W (subscribe)
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Taste testing & live entertainment at the Mecure
Located in the grounds of Canberra's historic Mecure Hotel, the Canberra Craft Beer and Cider Festival will be held on Saturday 19th of March between 11am and 6pm. Wander around and enjoy taste-testing over 80 beers from local and interstate brewers. Tasting tickets are included in the entry price and it then costs $1 each for extra tastings. Meet the brewers, learn about food and beer matching, enjoy gourmet food offerings and keep the kids happy with a jumping castle. Savour your beer and watch live entertainment whilst kicking back with friends at this family-friendly event.

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Source: Canberra Craft Beer and Cider Festival website

With almost two dozen breweries coming to Canberra for the festival, there will a wide variety of brewery stalls to visit and learn more from the makers. This popular annual festival draws in the crowds, with visitors keen to try out breweries they haven't heard of before or return to their favourites to see what's new. With a festival atmosphere in the air, it is a relaxed day to meet up with friends and appreciate the variety and quality of the Australia craft beer and cider industry.

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Source: Canberra Craft Beer and Cider Festival website

If you enjoy cider, then The Hills Cider Company will be at the festival, with their 100% fresh and handcrafted ciders sourced from apples in the Adelaide Hills. Also at the festival will be Batlow Cider, a local company from Batlow in the Snowy Mountains who create cider from their famous Batlow Apples. Using great tasting apples that we all know, this cider company is a popular stall for festival goers. To make yourself feel even better when you drink it, there is 3 and a 1/2 apples in every bottle - (almost) guaranteed to keep the doctor away!

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Source: Batlow Cider website

Also at the festival will be well known favourite Coopers Brewery from South Australia, who will be showing off their wide range of beers and encouraging festival goers to taste their pilsners, ales and other varieties. The Lord Nelson Brewery from the historic Rocks area in Sydney, will also be attending the festival again in 2016. This Brewery is the oldest pub brewery in Australia and creates award winning natural ales with historical charm.

A local favourite is the BentSpoke Brewery from Braddon here in Canberra, showcasing some of their 18 beers they have on tap at their brewery. If you try their beer at the festival and enjoy their taste, you can visit their brewery to learn more about their beers and match them to tempting food items on the menu. For beer connoisseurs, see here for their full beer list at their Braddon Brewery.

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Visit the BentSpoke Brewery at 38 Mort street, Braddon for a food and beer matching menu

Tickets cost $15 online (see here), plus $2 booking fee. For this you receive 5 tasting tickets, with extra tasting tickets costing $1. You can also buy your tickets at the door - however expect to pay more. With over 80 beers to try and entertainment to enjoy, the Canberra Craft Beer and Cider Festival 2016 looks set to be the perfect way to enjoy an Autumn afternoon in Canberra.

If you want to make a weekend out of it, the Mecure Hotel has a special Festival package for Friday and Saturday night, with 4pm late checkout Sunday, see website here.

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Source: Mecure website

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Why? For an afternoon on beer, music & more beer!
When: 11am - 6pm
Where: Mecure Hotel, Cnr Ainslie and Limestone Ave, Braddon, ACT, 2612
Cost: $15 plus booking fee online.
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