I love brewing these style of beers and I’m excited to put them in cans for the first time with Flemm. The wild yeast creates some funky characters with a touch of sweaty horse blanket and zoo like aromas. I cannot wait for people to taste what has been years in the barrelling..
~ Richard Watkins Co-founder and Head Brewer

Flemm owes its namesake to a Belgian farmer who guided Richard & Tracy’s beer selections during a trip to Belgium, where Richard discovered a deep appreciation of barrel-aged beers.

Complex and “isolating”, Flemm encourages flavours of toffee malt, plum & raisin fruity esters with lacto and acetic acids, as well as sweaty “horse blanket” wild yeast characters. Bentspoke has taken the long road with this beer, ageing it in oak for 12 months and then blending with other unoaked versions to balance the acid and add vibrance to the beer. Recommended to be enjoyed in a tulip glass – with some Passendale cow’s milk cheese.

What should you expect from this beer?

Wild yeast character adds a subtle “funk” to the beer, resulting in a more complex flavour profile in comparison to increasingly common lacto-only sour beers in the craft beer scene presently. This is welcomed; time spent in the barrel adds a depth of flavour that quick-turnaround beers typically cannot flemm_canachieve. Hops are stylistically non-existent here.

Flavour and aroma profile changes as the beer warms and introduces more malt complexity. Sourness is subtle and does not dominate – this is a good option for those keen on Belgian styles but not so keen on sour or “funky” notes as neither of these are overly prominent.

Where can you find it?

Flemm is available locally everywhere in the ACT and available throughout the country with Bentspoke’s great network of retail partners. It will also be available at their Braddon Brewpub in cans and for Traveller fills.

Canberra Brewers is proud to partner with local friends such as BentSpoke. These extraordinary times are ideal for checking out new styles and gaining inspiration as brewers.


The committee has decided that, in the interest of public safety, we are postponing the monthly meetings until further notice due to Covid-19.
We’re brainstorming ways to reach out to our community while we’re in isolation, particularly since many brewers will have some extra brewdays on the horizon. The forum, or our Facebook group “Canberra Brewers Members” is the place to go to post about your latest brewdays, ask for advice, or just show off some brew gear.
Keep an eye on www.health.act.gov.au for the latest advice and guidance. Stay safe, wash your hands, feel free to panic buy some Tooheys Extra Dry in case you need to distill something for sanitizer.


Happy New Year Brewers

The holidays are over and we have an update about our first meeting of 2020

We trust you had a chance to relax and maybe had some time to brew. 2020 is well under way and the exciting news is our new meeting location. We are trialling BentSpoke at Mitchell. That’s right, Richard Watkins has welcomed us to have meeting at BentSpoke’s Mitchell brewery on Thursday February 6th. We will be looking for feedback to see if it is suitable for our meetings.

The details for our February Meeting are:

First Thursday of the month – 6th Feb.

From 7:30pm to 10:30pm

At the BentSpoke Cannery, 63 Lysaght St, Mitchell   https://her.is/37uh6hb

Please bring some of your home brew to share, bottles, growlers, corny kegs are all welcome.

New brewers and vistors from other brewing clubs are always welcome.

This meeting will be a great start to the brewing year. There is an education session on electronic hydrometers at 7:30pm, the raffles, six pack swap (see the forum) and of course, the chance to talk to other brewers and try their tasty brews.

Education session

This session will be all about the latest brewing bling, the digital, wifi, remote sensing ‘I can check my ferment while travelling to Perth for work’ wonder toy. Yes – it is the electronic hydrometer.  We will be reviewing the DIY German-grown iSpindel, and electronic hydrometers overall. And there will be a live demonstration of the iSpindel integrated with a Brewfather.


This month the main prize with be a Grainfather Control box upgrade courtesy of our former member Nick Wiseman, now of Grainfather, as well as some other great prizes. Also the Nookie prize begins again. Last year’s went to Stephen Neilson AKA Kurtz, and he won a brew-day at Sailor’s Grave in Orbost in Gippsland with a Pamper Package for his partner. This year we will have another similar package with details later in the year. All you need to do is either enter is be a member and either buy $5 worth of raffle tickets and/or bring beer to the club meetings.

Mead Tasting

Last year a few club members got together and brewed several varietal meads. These are now finished, looking good and ready for sampling. Check out the forum* for details on how to get in on the action. https://www.canberrabrewers.com.au/forum/viewtopic.php?f=26&t=8423&p=68526&hilit=mead#p68526

Looking forward to a busy moth and a great year,

The CB Committee


*Forum access is for financial members.