National capitals Canberra and Wellington are teaming up to create a bespoke sister city beer: Ale of Two Cities
BentSpoke today welcomed acclaimed Wellingtonian Kelly Ryan from Fork and Brewer for a collab facilitated by the ACT government.
Quotes attributable to the Chief Minister Andrew Barr:
“Wellington and Canberra both have vibrant, established and growing craft beer markets, so this serves as an ideal partnership to celebrate and strengthen our sister-city relationship.
This opportunity for businesses in each city is an innovative one. I hope it is a catalyst for further improvements of knowledge, business development, social cohesion and market export and import growth.”
The brew started today will be launched by the Mayor of Wellington in early November before heading over the ditch for tap take-over events for Canberra Week in Wellington.
The Ale of Two Cities is a Bent-Fork variety of pale ale with a fusion of New Zealand and Australian hops carefully selected by Tracy, Kelly and Rich.
We’ve collaborated in mashing techniques to get the best malt base to allow the hops to shine.
Quotes attributable to BentSpoke owners Tracy Margrain and Richard Watkins:
“BentSpoke Brewing Co is really excited to enter into a collaboration with a New Zealand brewer to promote the Canberra/Wellington partnership. We have always been passionate about promoting Canberra and it is great to think that beer can be a product that brings these partnerships together. Kelly, who we have known for a number of years, is a champion brewer and we are really humbled to collaborating on a joint beer to benefit the Canberra/Wellington partnership.”
Quotes attributable to Kelly Ryan owner of Fork Brewing in Wellington.
“Richard and Tracy at BentSpoke are known as some of the best in the business and to be able to work with them is such an exciting proposition. Richard and I have both been in the industry for close to two decades but I’m sure we’ll each learn something new, and it’ll be awesome to be able to bring a little piece of Canberra to Wellington.”
Watch this space for updates on the release!