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Published October 15th 2017
Beers, burgers & family-friendly lawn games
Capital Brewing Co. is a Canberra-owned beer company, which recently opened their own brewery in the industrial suburb of Fyshwick in September, 2017. Visitors can get behind-the-scenes on a brewery tour and also stay for a beer or two afterwards, at their long and well-stocked bar. If that's not enough, Capital Brewing Co. have also collaborated with Canberra's favourite burger joint Brodburger, for a beer and burger combo that you just can't beat. Brodburger have moved their red food truck into the brewery, so visitors can enjoy a wide range of Capital Brewing Co. beers on one side - and arguably "Canberra's best burgers" on the other. In between there are tables to sit by the fire, music pumping from the speakers, a cubby house for the kids, dart boards and a grassy area out the front with tables and lawn games - for both kids and adults alike.
Does this sound right up your alley? You're not alone, as since it opened it has been bustling with local workers during the week and families, couples, people with their dogs and groups of mates each weekend. It really is the ultimate place for everyone to "chill out" this weekend...
The perfect combination - beers, breweries & burgers!
The location of Capital Brewing Co. is unusual, to say the least. It is found in the Dairy Road precinct in Fyshwick, which is on the road to the Jerrabomberra Wetlands. As you drive along, look for the red and white Capital Brewing Co. signs to find the entrance and the car park, which is located on the right hand side after you drive in. It is then a short walk straight along the road to the entrance, past the Pickles Auctions site with rows and rows of damaged cars up for auction. If you visit on the weekend, when the car parks are emptier, you are able to drive up to the brewery and park closer to the entrance.
The brewery itself is an unexpected sight as you get up closer to it, with its tropical-looking umbrellas out the front and impressive entrance with lawn games - it is the last thing you expect to find in this part of Fyshwick. It is edgy, industrial, modern and most of all, relaxed.
Look for lawn games and tropical umbrella's at the entrance
When you walk inside, there is a row of ceiling-high brewing tanks impressively lined up in the far background. The Capital Brewing Co. bar is located on the left and Brodburger food truck is to the right. There are over a dozen tables inside, with more located further into the building and in the outside courtyard, which has a cubby house in the corner. There are also two dart boards for some entertainment, whilst enjoying a tasting paddle from the bar.
There are plenty of staff behind the bar if you have any questions about the flavours, with a wide range of Capital Brewing Co. beers to choose from on their menu, as well as tasting paddles, cans in the fridge, Batlow ciders and soft drinks for the non-drinkers.
Across from the bar is the Brodburger red food truck which has 4 burgers to choose from, as well as 2 types of hotdogs and chips. When you place your order they ask for your mobile phone number to send you a message when the burgers are ready. Unfortunately on our visit, the system had broken down so they were asking everyone to go back after 10 minutes to pick up their burgers, which we were more than happy to do - as they looked delicious!
The popular Brodburger food truck (they also have a restaurant located on the Kingston Foreshore)
Although there are many burger joints in Canberra, you will be hard-pressed to find anyone who doesn't love a Brodburger burger. They are large, full of flavour, juicy and have the right amount of sauce, pickles and flavour. Washed down with a cold beer from the bar, it is easy to see how this venue has hit the mark with the Canberra crowd.
Brodburger with Brie Cheese ($14.50) and Cheeseburger with Brie Cheese ($14) with side of chips ($3)
If you have kids, and even if you don't, the lawn games out the front of the brewery are a lot of fun, with two main games which involve throwing a sack into a hole in a platform and swinging two balls on a string around a series of railings. Dogs are also more than welcome, with doggie water bowls provided in the shade.
On our visit, just after opening time on a Saturday, we watched as all ages started pouring in to enjoy the lawn games, cold beers and burgers on offer. It is a relaxing venue to slow down and simply enjoy the weekend atmosphere of this creative new eatery and brewery. As well as going for a good time, you are also supporting two local Canberra businesses in the one venue - both creating some of the best flavours in the Canberra region.
One visit will NOT be enough!
It's so good - you will want to go again next weekend!