I was in Canberra on the weekend and revisited some old haunts. Wig and Pen never fails to amaze and it is wonderful to see that Zierholz is digging in. My offspring are very excited about Groovin the Moo. One of the venues for this years Groovin the Moo is the University of Canberra or in this age of acronyms and shortenings of any name, UC. We went to check it out and were delighted to find that Zierholz has opened up a new branch at the University of Canberra. It is 100m from where I think that Groovin the Moo will occur.
When I was a university student (many moons ago), the choice of beer at the bars was pretty scant. To be honest, uni students weren’t picky in the 80’s – cold and wet was the criteria and if it was happy hour – then anything went. I even ran for Student Rep Council where one plank of our highly sophisticated platfrom was to get Coopers on Tap in Manning Bar (or was is Toohey’s Old?)(BTW, I was elected). So to discover that the students at the University of Canberra are the happy recipients of the first outpost of Zierholz brings on pangs of jealousy. Zierholz have done a great job. They haven’t compromised. The only beer I could see available was Zierholz (with at least 8 varieties), but they do make a range of wine, wine based drinks and spirit based drinks available as well.
Zierholz@UC will or should kick some serious arse. It has a great set-up. A full blown music stage. A great outdoor area. A really easy area to clean up. A Canberra based brewer that has made a commitment to his city. I’m really hoping that I can spend some time there during the Groovin the Moo. Will uni studnents appreciate the good beer? Probably not – but they’ll enjoy a great venue that is going to get good music acts where there is good beer. Zierholz has done something really cool and good bloody luck to them. BTW, I drank a tasting rack of Zierholz at the original site and enjoyed all of them. There hasn’t been a bad Zierholz beer and they are perfect beer novices. Zierholz makes good beer that isn’t super heavy – but it is really good. This is an interesting experiment. We’ll watch it with interest.