Shai Lambert, Al Kirk, James Goodrick, and Nathan Judd at Hutch bar at the Hamlet in Braddon. Photo: Jamila Toderas
"About 11 months ago we were sitting out the front of BrodDogs, the day they opened - and there was a photo taken [at that moment] that appears in Canberra Life," says Shai Lambert.
"We had just eaten our first BrodDog and we all looked at each other and went, 'Man, something's missing, what's missing? No one's having beer.'"So they set out to rectify the problem – putting together designs for a tiny tapas bar at the Hamlet and coming down after work to build the caravan themselves. They'll be pouring Canberra beers. Zierholz is on tap, thanks to brewer Christoph Zierholz who sponsored their hardware and fridges, and there are plans to add a third tap with a rotating roster of other local beers. And there'll be bottles of Pact Beer from Kevin Hingston.
"We'll keep it local Canberra brewers, Canberra food, because we're also doing charcuterie and pickles and olives, things that you want to have when you have a beer or a glass of wine," Lambert says.Judd says the "flat pack, Ikea-style tapas" menu is takeaway boxes filled with charcuterie and other nibbles put together by Travis Cutler from the Ainslie IGA's cult deli. "He's got a really good selection of meats ready for us to go," Kirk says. They can serve four people inside the bar but it won't be a scrum to get in the door – the liquor license covers the entire Hamlet beer garden so you can purchase your drinks and take them to your table. And you can still BYO. The Hutch Bar opens on Saturday, October 17, from noon. The boys will be pouring beers Wednesday to Friday from 6pm after a full day's work at the architecture firm. On Saturday and Sunday, they'll open from noon. The Hutch Bar is at the Hamlet on Lonsdale Street, Braddon. Know a new foodie venue or bar opening soon in Canberra? Tell us on firstname.lastname@example.org Image via Visit Canberra