In news that will be welcomed by beer lovers across Australia, Canberra's BentSpoke Brewing today announced that they are to open a second site. The new location will combine a family friendly venue and additional production facilities, which will allow them to start packaging and distributing beers hitherto only available at their brewpub in Braddon.
BentSpoke was opened 18 months ago by former Wig & Pen brewer Richard Watkins and partner Tracy Margrain. Richard, twice named Champion Brewer at the Australian International Beer Awards while at Wig & Pen, has since produced an impressive 160,000 litres of beer at the brewpub, which has proved hugely popular since day one.
However, the only way to taste his wide array of beers, plus Tracy's ciders, was to visit the venue – or have a friend who could bring you a growler. Now, with the development of a site in Lysaght Street, Mitchell, that is set to change.
In a media release put out today as they took possession of the keys for their second site, 18 months earlier than they originally planned to embark on phase two of the business, Richard said: “Packaging was always a dream for us.
"Canberrans enthusiastically supporting locally made product has encouraged us to set up the Mitchell facility sooner than we'd anticipated, which in turn will allow BentSpoke beer to be readily available throughout the region.”
BentSpoke will soon take delivery of a canning line and more fermenters. Initially, brewing will continue to take place at the Braddon brewery, with a new brewery expected to come online at "The Cannery" later next year.
“Advances in can technology over the past decade have been fantastic” said Richard. “Cans cut out 100 percent of the light which means the beer will arrive to you in the best possible condition. They also chill down faster, and are more friendly to take into the great outdoors, which we're blessed with in abundance here in Canberra. You can recycle almost 100 percent of a can too, so it really was an easy choice.”
Of the decision to make The Cannery a venue too, Tracy said: “We're excited that the Cannery will be a conveniently located venue for the people of Gungahlin and the Inner North to come and enjoy a beer and something to eat.”