This English-style brewpub in downtown Canberra is a must-visit. They have set out to create a hearty English pub atmosphere and they have done it pretty well, from the wood-pannelled frontage to the Tudor-style beams and the collages of beer mats and labels framed on the walls. The only things missing are a local squire, a buxom barmaid and a few horse brasses. Instead you get students from the nearby university quoting "The Young Ones" at one another while the bar staff play Pink Floyd over and over and over... There is a terrific range of beers - 12 on tap the night we visited, including three seasonals. And the bar supplied tasting notes! How cool is that? First time I’ve seen it in Australia. The overall standard of the beer was good, with a couple of real stand-outs. The bar staff seemed to know their stuff. The crowd ebbed and flowed on the Friday night before Christmas that we visited. It was busy when we arrived at 7pm, quiet as the grave at 9.30pm, then suddenly mobbed with rowdy students. Go figure.
Located right on campus - seems a bit strange for a brewpub, but it works. Feels very student-y with mostly students as clientele it seems. 14 house beers on tap when we visited. You can order a paddle of 5 for $20, which is rather exorbitant especially considering it’s on campus. Beer quality was mediocre, mostly standard styles with a couple of more ambitious ones. Service was friendly and helpful. Worth stopping when in Canberra, but the new BentSpoke Brewing provides a much better experience all round.
dmarsha4 (120) , Australia | March 10, 2014| Updated February 22, 2015
One of the original Australian brewpubs and still one of the best. I’ve been coming here for years (in the old location) and always loved the experience. The new location is in the ground floor of a concert hall on the ANU campus and retains much of the same vibe. Once they have their outdoor area sorted it will be even better. The beer itself is all brewed on site and there is always at least a dozen on offer including regular, seasonal and one-off brews.On food, the wedges are great but the rest of the food is average pub style at best and not always available. All up the Wig and Pen is an outstanding venue and must be on the ’to do’ list of all serious beer drinkers. I love it.
Bif (121) St. Charles, Missouri | September 15, 2012
Pub is located in central Canberra near the university. It is not much to look at from the outside but inside looks more like a Engish pub with low ceilings. It is fairly small but never seems crowded. In the back is where the beer is produced. The bartender is very knowledgeable about the beers on tap and will provide a sample if you are not sure about a particular beer. There is a small menu of pub grub, but everyone is here for the beer and good company. Too bad that Canberra is so far off the beaten track. Worth checking out if you are ever in the area.
Best brewpub in Australia. Bar none.
English style pub with three hand pumps. Nice.
Food is very average at best.
Good pricing and some creative beers that are on tap.
Edit. This is the new location. Lost a lot of the old character and feel in moving to a new location. Beers are pedestrian at best now.
What’s going on guys? Not open until 2:30PM!
From the outside, this place looks pretty ordinary, and blends in well among the corny Irish-style pubs which surround it.
Once inside, the atmosphere is transformed and it is more like a traditional English pub with exposed beams etc. Excellent selection of well-made house beers on tap and food is available.
Real ale pub which probably triggered my interest in beer. It tries to be like an English pub with rustic furniture and low ceilings, but its not cosy enough. Being able to see the brewery vats is good and so are the potato wedges.