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Wig and Pen Tavern & Brewery

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by Natasha Stewart (subscribe)
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Published December 30th 2012
The Wig and Pen is a classic British brewpub, where they serve a range of house brewed beers and traditional British pub food. It's often packed out, with people filling the cavernous pub and spilling out onto the outdoor seating as well.

Brewpubs started back in the middle ages, and while many were replaced by large scale breweries, you can still find them scattered all over the UK. Wig and Pen brings the same feel of the traditional UK brewpub to Canberra.

The pub has a very cosy feel, with warm lighting and low ceilings. There's a dart board up on one wall, and several long tables you'll likely share with a few strangers. If they're busy it might take a long while for empty glasses to be cleared from the table, but all in all it's a very charming pub.

There are 10 regularly brewed beers on tap, although this does include their cider. Regardless of your beer preference there's plenty of choice, from pale ales, to creamy stouts, IPAs and pilsners.

So, are they any good? They were named the best small brewery at the 2012 Australian International Beer Awards, so that's got to stand for something.

They also have seasonal beers available, and these can be a little more strange. A few examples are the Beetroot Berlinerweiss, which has a rosy beetroot his, or Bob's Armpit which claims to get it's name from it's aroma. Hunt down a seasonal beer menu while you're there to see what is on offer. You can get wines and other drinks, but all the bears served are brewed on premises.

The actual pub menu is very English, and there's not a schnitzel in sight. Instead grab some fish and chips, a curry, or a pie. While some pubs focus on delivering great food, Wig and Pen's focus is definitely on the beer. The food isn't bad, but it's just simple pub grub and nothing to write home about.

Pop into the Wig and Pen, and see if you can drink your way through their beer list. It's not the sort of pub you'd pop into for a quiet meal, but if you're a fan of interesting brews you can't give it a miss.
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Why? A traditional English brewpub with bloody good beer
When: Weekdays: 12pm - late; Weekends: 2.30pm - late; Public holidays: 2.30pm - late; Christmas Day: Closed; Good Friday: Closed
Where: 53 Alinga St, Canberra City
Cost: Moderate
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