Pact Beer

When you've gone from drinking slabs of VB to being named the best homebrewer in Australia in little more than the blink of an eyelid, there's a strong argument to be made for taking brewing seriously. So Kevin Hingston decided to do just that, joining forces with a couple of mates to launch Pact Beer in Canberra in June 2015.

Armed with the recipes that brought him success via the homebrew kit in his kitchen, the trio – Kevin, Transit Bar owner Marc Grainger and operations man and keg counter Tim Osbourne – set about winning over their hometown while also spreading Pact into other cities as quickly as possible. And, as the craft beer scene comes into its own in Canberra, they've found plenty of willing customers; when they launched none of the capital's breweries had much in the way of distribution or packaged beer, leaving the door open for their brightly-liveried core range to step in. At the time of writing, 80 percent of Pact's beers were being sold in their hometown.

The core four are beers that possess the sort of tight construction one imagines would have impressed homebrew judges and come with names that pay homage to where they were conceived: Mt Tennent Pale doffs its cap to the mountain and bushranger it was (inaccurately) named after; 42.2 Summer Ale takes its moniker from the hottest temperature ever recorded in Canberra.

But while those four beers, which are brewed at Hawkers in Melbourne, stay true to style, Kevin's fondness for experimentation is found elsewhere. Recipes first devised in his kitchen have since been brewed commercially at the likes of Prickly Moses in Victoria and St Peter's in Sydney, while there's been a flourishing relationship with fellow Canberrans Wig & Pen, with whom Pact collaborates regularly.

As of 2016, the threesome who made the pact to bring Kevin's beers to a wider audience were still working full time jobs, while roping in Kevin's wife for graphic design work and Tim's to assist with accounts. Presumably their next pact is to sell enough to focus on beer alone.

Name
Pact Beer
Address

Paragon Mall Lane
Fyshwick
ACT 2609

Phone
0401 188 438
Website
Hours

Not open to the public

Pact Beer Regulars

Pact Beer L Yeah Hoppy Lager (bottles)

Tapped February 17th, 2017
The world of hop growing and cultivating is becoming as innovative as the new world of brewing it is supplying. Several new varieties land on these shores each year; among those making a first appearance in 2016 was Loral, initially released commercially in the States after trials by the likes of Sierra Nevada and Lagunitas. One of the first local brewers to get their hands on it was Kevin Hingston, part of the triumvirate behind Canberra's Pact Beer, with L Yeah debuting as one of a flurry of draught… Read more
Style
Lager
Strength
5.4%
Stockists

Available where you usually find Pact Beer

Pact Beer 42.2 Summer Ale (cans)

Tapped December 11th, 2016
It's fair to say that, four years on from the Australian Brewery becoming the first Aussie micro to put its beer into cans, the trend is taking off somewhat. And, hot on the heels of fellow Canberrans BentSpoke with their 360 degree tinnies, a second brewing company from the capital has released one for Summer. It's Pact Beer and it's their 42.2 Summer Ale. The cans first appeared at the Spilt Milk festival and will be available through the warmer months and, beyond that, "they may stick around".… Read more
Style
Summer Ale
Strength
4.2%

Pact Beer Brickworks Brown

Tapped June 23rd, 2016
The fourth and final member of the Pact Beer core range has been bottled. And, while it's not the first appearance for the Brickworks Brown, which made its debut on tap in 2015, the beer is the lone malt dominated brew alongside three hop forward beers in the brewing company's permanent lineup – Mt Tennent Pale, 42.2 Summer Ale and 100 Acres IPA. That said, brewer Kevin Hingston hasn't held back much on the hops here either, with what we assume is fairly liberal use of Aussie Ella hops nudging… Read more
Style
American Brown Ale
Strength
5.6%

Pact Beer 100 Acres

Tapped May 2nd, 2016
The third beer to enter Pact's core range continues their travels down the road of hop forward pale beers, while stepping things up a notch. That said, it really is just a notch from the Mt Tennent Pale Ale as, with what seems to be something of a signature of brewer Kevin Hingston's beer – at least for the year round lineup as opposed to the oft quirky seasonals – 100 Acres is a tight and constrained IPA It might say "big and bitter" on the label but said bitterness isn't as aggressive… Read more
Style
IPA
Strength
6.0%

Pact Beer 42.2 Summer Ale

Tapped August 15th, 2015
In keeping with their plan to be first and foremost a Canberra brewing company, even as they explore other markets, Pact's summer ale takes its name from the hottest temperature recorded in the country's capital. With the way things are going, it shouldn't be too long before the record is broken (not that those in charge at Parliament House at time of writing seem to think there's an issue), with one potential benefit for the Pact trio that warmer temperatures should at least have more people reaching… Read more
Style
Summer Ale
Strength
4.2%

Pact Beer Mt Tennent Pale Ale

Tapped June 22nd, 2015
The Mt Tennent Pale Ale is a fine way for a new brewing company to announce itself to the world. Based upon one of Kevin Hingston's much honed homebrew recipes and brought to life on a commercial scale by the team at Hawkers Beer, it's an impressively tight contemporary pale ale. It takes its name from the mountain of the same name found in ACT and also the region's old bushranger of lore. Meanwhile, its inspiration comes from the States. What that translates to is a hazy yellow / gold beer with… Read more
Style
Pale Ale
Strength
5.2%

Pact Beer Specials

Pact Beer Alter Ego Cold Brew Cream Ale

Tapped November 3rd, 2017
A meeting of the gypsy brewers this one, although not solely in the beer sense. Alter Ego sees ACT's reigning AIBA Champion Gypsy Brewer Pact hook up with Bellerophon Cold Brew, a business with no café or retail outlet that instead creates its coffee at founder Alex Leech's home. Following a trip to Seattle, where he'd enjoyed some fine coffee beers, Alex got chatting with Pact brewer Kevin Hingston about creating a beer that brought together their respective art forms. They wanted something a little… Read more
Style
Coffee Cream Ale
Strength
6.1%
Stockists

Keg only release

Pact Beer Marc of the Beast

Tapped November 5th, 2016
A few weeks back, Pact released several beers at once, including a couple of collaborations. There was another they'd created at the same time that they were holding back a little longer, however, and that was Marc of the Beast. Named for one of the Pact founders, it's being launched at Canberra's 2016 Beer Day Out and is a Brett fermented IPA. For the uninitiated, which will likely be reducing in number with each passing day as its use becomes more widespread, Brett (or Brettanomyces) is a yeast… Read more
Style
Brett Pale Ale
Strength
6.66%
Stockists

Beer Day Out

Then good beer venues around ACT

Pact Beer L Yeah Hoppy Lager

Tapped October 17th, 2016
Brewer's notes: According to Urban Dictionary, "L Yeah" is derived from, "In the name of hell, Yes!". This saying expresses either great joy or agreement with either a speaker or an ongoing situation. It has been made popular by the WWE's "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. Pact doesn't really care for wrestling, but we've wrestled with a new experimental hop, Loral, for this bad boy. This Kellerbier (a fresh, unfiltered lager) has clean lager characteristics with the fresh… Read more
Style
Hoppy Lager
Strength
5.7%
Stockists

Find it at venues across ACT

Pact Beer & Wig & Pen Barnaby's Choice IPA

Tapped October 17th, 2016
Brewer's notes: Invited to brew for The Alehouse Project's Spring Hopfest, we knew we'd have to run the gauntlet for fresh, hoppy beers. New England IPAs are sweeping the globe and polarising beer lovers everywhere. They are hoppy, cloudy, and juicy. New England IPA? Made by the boys who made the Tracy Grimshaw beer? Barnaby's Choice was the only answer. Get some hoppy deputy PM inta ya! NB: FInd it on tap at The DOG Hotel during Sydney Craft Beer Week as part of the venue's Pint of Origin: Schooner… Read more
Style
New England IPA
Strength
6.0%
Stockists

The Alehouse Project

Wig & Pen

Venues across the ACT

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Pact & Bad Shepherd & Little Bang Stop, Collaborate & Saison

Tapped October 17th, 2016
It's unlikely that you're going to gather together many of the country's keenest homebrewers plus heaps of homebrewers turned pro brewers – and add in some high quality international guests – without there being a beer to mark the occasion. So, for the fifth Australian National Homebrewing Conference (ANHC), that's just what happened, with Pact, Bad Shepherd and Little Bang collaborating on a hoppy saison for the occasion. They enlisted the support of suppliers and conference sponsors Bintani,… Read more
Style
Hoppy Saison
Strength
5.5%
Stockists

Bad Shepherd

Little Bang Brewery

Various outlets around ACT

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Pact Beer Tennent's Peak

Tapped October 17th, 2016
Mount Tennent is the name of Pact's mainstay pale ale, an enjoyably tight and fruity take on the style. And, as the name suggests, Tennent’s Peak is its relation, one that aims for the top. It's a double IPA that we're told "draws upon the legendary ‘first batch’ of Mount Tennent Pale Ale." Brewer Kevin Hingston has used the same hop combination and malty backbone, but "scaled it up a couple of notches and blown the beer out to be a bolder, stronger, bitterer hop bomb of deliciousness… Read more
Style
Double IPA
Strength
8.0%
Stockists

Find it on tap at bars around ACT

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