BentSpoke announced as Singapore Airlines beer partner for Sydney and Melbourne
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BentSpoke announced as Singapore Airlines beer partner for Sydney and Melbourne

You will soon be able to enjoy BentSpoke Brewing's beers at 30,000 feet.

Singapore Airlines has announced a range of Australian craft beers that will be served on board between Australian ports and Singapore, with Canberra's BentSpoke chosen for Sydney and Melbourne flights.

BentSpoke owners Richard Watkins and Tracy Margrain. BentSpoke Brewery has been announced as the craft beer partner for Singapore Airlines for Sydney and Melbourne flights.

BentSpoke owners Richard Watkins and Tracy Margrain. BentSpoke Brewery has been announced as the craft beer partner for Singapore Airlines for Sydney and Melbourne flights.Credit:Jamila Toderas

From this Sunday, BentSpoke's Barley Griffin pale ale will be available on inbound and outbound Singapore Airlines flights between Singapore and Sydney or Melbourne.

The beer will be available in first and business class, plus economy on request.

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Singapore Airlines' Karl Schubert said the craft beer additions are part of the airlines' ongoing dedication to a high quality food and beverage offering, as well as supporting local produce in the destinations they fly to.

"Over the last five years craft beer has had an incredible boost in both popularity and awareness, and it just feels right for us to put it on board," Mr Schubert said.

"It's reflective of what people expect when they go to whether it's a pub or a restaurant, there is generally a craft beer offering. And we believe it's right to offer that to our customers as well."

BentSpoke Brewing was announced alongside Margaret River brewery Cheeky Monkey, which will be served on Perth flights, and Brisbane's Green Beacon Brewing Co. for Brisbane flights.

BentSpoke owners Tracy Margrain and Richard Watkins said that the partnership is likely to open up even more opportunities.

"Singapore Airlines is a very prestigious airline and even for them to just consider BentSpoke to do major a uplift from the two biggest cities in Australia. Trace and I are pretty humbled that BentSpoke's been chosen to do this," said Mr Watkins.

"We've had a lot of interest for our beer in Singapore. We haven't been able to supply it at this stage but we are going to be able to do that going forward so we are looking at opportunities there and this is a great little fit for that, which means people will start to recognise our beer in Singapore."

Unfortunately BentSpoke beer won't be available on the Capital Express flights between Wellington, Canberra and Singapore for now, due to an existing partnership with Wellington craft brewery Garage Project. But Mr Schubert said this may be a possibility in the future.

"Obviously on our wish list is that we can, one day, be uplifted from Canberra," said Mr Watkins.

"Maybe we can trade with the Garage Project and they can do a bit of uplifting from Sydney and Melbourne. Who knows where we're going to go with that."

It's a big week for BentSpoke Brewing, who also launch their two new canned beers into the market from this Thursday.

Low gluten ginger beer 'GFG' and big and hoppy 'Sprocket' will join existing canned beers Barley Griffin and Crankshaft IPA at bottle shops around Canberra.

The two new canned beers, which were selected by public poll, are part of BentSpoke's 'drifter series' or seasonal releases, but may turn into permanent additions if they prove popular.

Jil Hogan is an food and lifestyle reporter at The Canberra Times.

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