If your tastes run more to the amber and bubbly, there are now a handful of microbreweries and craft beer bars blazing a hops-and-malt-scented trail around Canberra.

The bright and shiny BentSpoke Brewing Co. in Braddon is a hops spot for brews such as the Reflector Amber Ale and Sprocket IPA.

This loved taphouse with the beer-and-bikes theme also has a well thought-out, beer-driven menu, with options such as hop- and malt-dusted chips, or a cider-braised pulled pork belly burger.

Wig & Pen Tavern & Brewery is also pouring pints of the 16 different beers brewed on-site at its new(ish) premises in Llewellyn Hall at Australian National University.

Tap into the crisp, refreshing kettle-soured Berlinerweisse, the salted Göse beer or even the mysterious Multigrass – a one-off blend of similarly one-off house brews, that seems to contain every ingredient in the pantry (even Japanese sake yeast).

You can also get a glass of the good stuff at the ‘beerhemoth’ Zierholz Premium Brewery, the region’s only commercial-scale microbrewery, located in Fyshwick.

Zierholz is also available at Zierholz@UC at the University of Canberra, where the predominantly student crowd gives thanks for the Schankbier and the Hopmeister.

Australian Traveller magazine 66

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