In a first for any stadium in Australia, Venues Canberra has opened Manuka Oval to multiple independent suppliers with specialty branded bars for the upcoming 20/21 cricket season.
BentSpoke Brewing is bringing its 12-tap container bar to the “Long On” Beer Garden with Easy Ale, Silly MID On hazy pale ale and a mid-strength Brindabella cider brewed just for the cricket. BentSpoke also has an Easy Ale service bar located right near the entry.
Capital Brewing Co have also brewed a special beer for the occasion, with 6 and Out Gose to debut in the starting line-up for Friday’s International alongside fellow opener Summit Session Ale. Two Capital Brewing Co bars are located behind The Hill and the Bradman/Menzies stands.
Cricket fans can expect the usual fun and quirky BentSpoke beer garden experience all in the shade of historic Manuka Oval. They will be able to stop in before the game or have a beer in between overs.
In a historic first for Australia the beer rights will be split between three suppliers at the stadium BentSpoke, Capital and multinational Lion.
“As a long-term cricket fan I can’t wait to see Canberrans get to enjoy great local craft beer at historic Manuka Oval. We are glad that we had just enough time to brew Silly MID On in time for the first over to be bowled.” – Richard Watkins Co-founder and Head Brewer
“It’s a fantastic outcome for lovers of cricket and good. We hope this agreement paves the way for more independent breweries to pour at stadiums around the country.” – Laurence Kain, Managing Director, Capital Brewing Co
“This is a major milestone for our local brewers and a reflection of the ACT Government’s commitment to encouraging Canberrans to choose local. We hope that this is just the beginning of the ACT Government’s increased partnership with our local breweries and look forward to continuing to provide positive experiences for punters going to the cricket.” – Ms Tara Chayne MLA, Assistant Minister for Economic Development
While Silly MID On and Brindabella Cider are specialty products for just the cricket. Easy Ale is a permanent BentSpoke beer and available nationally, with tropical fruit flavours it is the perfect companion to an Australian Summer.