The Canberra Craft Beer and Cider Festival will host its first-ever street festival on Saturday the 24th of March for all enthusiasts from beginners to budding craft brewers. 

The event, which is in it’s 11th year, is set to be the biggest yet, showcasing over 200 beers and ciders available for tasting or for food matching sessions.

The festival will bring together more than 50 Australian breweries, as well as some international breweries such as German Liquor Specialities, which will feature European beer. Canberra’s rapidly emerging brewing scene will also make a huge presence with the likes of Bent Spoke Brewing Co, Capital Brewing Co and Jono’s Jerky.

Festival organiser, Jenny Farrell says brewers will also hold ‘mini events.’

“We will feature an expression session around the different types of IPA’s hosted by Sydney BreweryBentspoke Brewing Co. and Akasha Brewing,” she said.

“The famous Chuck Hahn from James Squire will be running a ‘Chuck and Cheese’ session.”

Along with sampling an extensive range of craft brews, gourmet food such as beer-inspired jerky, and live music by H-Cee and DJ Brother J will be on offer.

For the second year in a row, the Canberra Craft Beer and Cider Festival will help raise funds for the ACT’s Cancer Support’s Rise Above organisation, a local based group that provides support for over 950 cancer patients.

In addition to being held in the garden’s of the Mercure Hotel, the festival will expand out onto the Batman Street lawns.

Gates for the Canberra Craft Beer and Cider Festival open at 11am. Tickets are $15 available online or $22 at the door. 

Featured image by Mus. Musgrave