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Wig & Pen Tavern & Brewery
Bar/Tasting RoomBeer GardenRestaurant
40 Marcus Clark Street
Canberra House Arcade
Canberra 2601
Telephone: +61 (0) 6 2480 171
Hours: Monday-Thursday noon-midnight, Friday-Saturday noon-1:00am, Sunday 3;30pm-8:00pm. Closed on public holidays. Kitchen is closed on Sundays.
Brewer: Richard Watkins
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Opened: 1994

Annual Production: 660 bbl

Contributors: Diane Crawford, Richard R Tinurelli

Shaun Gambrill tells us about the Wig & Pen:

The Wig and Pen was the brainchild of microbiologist Lachie McOmish, who in about 1991 began thinking seriously about establishing a micro-brewery in Canberra.
The dream came to fruition as the Wig and Pen in 1993 after McOmish had assembled the essential ingredients of premises, brew house, and brewer. The latter was Richard Pass, a talented home-brewer with a keen beer palate. Pass has since moved on, but his contribution is immortalised in the names of some of the award-winning beers which he created.
The brewing equipment was purchased from the Craig Brewery at Darling Harbour, Sydney, which closed in 1992. It was an extract brewery only, so had to be augmented to create the Wig and Pen's full-mash brew house.

Updated: December 22, 2013

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