Canberra ‘brews up’ the perfect weekend getaway

Canberra Craft Beer & Cider Festival

Canberra ‘brews up’ the perfect weekend getaway

Canberra ‘brews up’ the perfect weekend getaway

Canberra will showcase its flourishing food and craft beer scene with the 11th Canberra Craft Beer & Cider Festival being held on Saturday 24 March between 11am – 6pm, providing the perfect incentive for a weekend away in the national capital.

The Festival will be staged in the gardens of the heritage Mercure Canberra in Braddon and will feature breweries from across Australia along with live bands, food, entertainment and a wide range of kids’ activities.

Over 200 beers and ciders will be available for tasting and visitors will be able to take part in beer/cider food matching sessions, hear guest speakers, and meet the brewers.

Canberra’s rapidly emerging brewing scene is reflected in the presence of Bent Spoke Brewing Co, Captial Brewing Co, Jono’s Jerky and others, while interstate exhibitors include many of Australia’s most renowned breweries such as Sydney Brewery, Endeavour Beer, Pirate Life, Stone Dog Meadery, Akasha Brewing, Young Henrys, HopDog Beer Works, Mountain Goat Beer, Goose Island Brewery and James Squire. Specialist cideries such as Nightingale Bros Alpine Cider and Willie Smith’s Cider will exhibit their range of ciders.

Tickets are now available for $15 pre-purchase (via Moshtix) or $22 at the door (a booking fee applies). Festival bookings:

Special Festival accommodation packages – Mercure Canberra

The ‘Beer Fest 2018’ package includes two nights’ accommodation (Friday 23 and Saturday 24 March) at the 4-star Mercure Canberra, a 4-pack of award-winning Sydney Brewery beer or cider, entry to the Festival, 5 Festival tasting tickets, breakfast each morning and a 4pm check out on Sunday, allowing a full weekend to experience the ‘buzz’ of Canberra. The package is available from $199 per room per night (conditions apply).

Mercure Canberra combines heritage character with modern comforts. Opened in 1927, the hotel is set around an impressive internal courtyard and offers spacious grounds to relax. Superbly located, the hotel is moments from the city centres’ shops, bars, restaurants and major attractions. The Mercure offers a variety of accommodation options, along with a gym, a restaurant, bistro, bar and beer garden.

Hotel package bookings – Tel: +612 6243000; E:


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