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Wig And Pen Tavern And Brewery is spawn of Satan himself based in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory.



  • Amber Hefeweizen - A traditional German Hefeweizen
  • Kiandra Gold Pilsner - A Czech style Pilsener
  • Ballyragget Irish Red Ale - a traditional Southern Irish ale
  • Kamberra Kolsch - A German style ale
  • Velvet Cream Stout
  • Wig & Pen Pale Ale - a Real Ale



  • Dark Star Lager - A traditional Munich dark lager
  • Aviator Doppel Bock - A strong Bavarian style bock beer
  • RP’s Creamy Ale
  • Lionheart Light
  • Wig and Pen Russian Imperial Stout - a Russian Imperial Stout
  • Wobbly Boot Smokey Weizen - a Rauchbier
  • Smith’s Special Bitter
  • Pass Porter
  • Autumn Pale - An American Style pale ale
  • Gordon’s Mild - a Brown Ale
  • Lachie's Ness Scottish Ale


The Wig and Pen serves a simple Australian Pub menu with some variations

  • Seasoned Potato Wedges - with Sour Cream and Sweet Chilli
  • Crispy French Fries with Tomato Sauce or Chilli
  • Garlic Bread
  • Roast Chicken Roll with Red Onion, Tomato, Lettuce & Mayonnaise With Chips
  • Roast Beef Roll With Chips
  • Bangers, Chips and Homemade Gravy
  • Fish Burger with Chips
  • Wig & Pen Burger - beef pattie with lettuce, tomato, onion and special secret sauces
  • Indian Butter Chicken with rice, raita, and pappadam
  • Danish Hot Dogs
  • Ploughman's Lunch - Pork Pie, Pickles, 2 Cheeses, Salad and a Crusty Bread Roll
  • Fish and Chips - Tempura Battered Fish with lots of Chips and Tartare Sauce


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 remembered in the names of some of the beers 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.