Canberra Craft Beer & Cider Festival returns for 2021

18 January, 2021 by Andy Young

The 14th Canberra Craft Beer & Cider Festival will take place this year at Mercure Canberra on Saturday 20 March and will be bigger than ever.

The festival area will be reconfigured this year to include the grounds of the Mercure Canberra as well as the adjoining lawns of Batman and Gooreen Streets in Braddon. The expansion of the event has been made possible as a result of a grant from the ACT Government to support events.

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In addition there will be over 40 local and interstate exhibitors presenting around 250 craft beers and ciders for tasting. To ensure a comfortable, safe and uncrowded environment, the Festival will now be split into two ticketed sessions from 11am to 2pm and 3pm to 6pm. All transactions will be cashless, with a simple tap-and-go system in place for purchases.

Canberra Craft Beer & Cider Festival organiser, Jenny Farrell, said that after the disappointment of having to cancel the event in 2020, the new-look Festival will provide a tremendous showcase for Australia’s best brewers.

“To have such easy access to 40 craft brewers and three hours of entertainment for as little as $20 entry provides a perfect opportunity for both serious lovers of beer and cider and those who just want to enjoy a fun, family-friendly event in a really attractive venue,” she said.

“Canberra is the perfect place for a long weekend, so we will be expecting a large number of visitors who want to combine the Festival with visits to the many other nearby attractions.”

Canberra’s rapidly emerging brewing scene will be reflected in the presence of BentSpoke Brewing Co, Capital Brewing Co, Jono’s Jerky and others, while interstate exhibitors include breweries such as Sydney Brewery, Stone Dog Meadery, 4 Pines Brewing, Mountain Goat Beer, Lord Nelson Brewery and James Squire. Specialist cideries such as Franks Cider and Willie Smith’s Cider will also exhibit their range of ciders.

Advance purchase tickets will be available for $20pp and $30pp on the day through Moshtix (booking fees apply). Children have free access to the event when accompanying parents. Tastings (150ml) are available for $4 each.

Once again, the Festival will help raise funds for Rise Above Capital Region Cancer Relief, a locally based group that provides support for over 950 cancer patients.