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Australian Kong Off V and Pinball Championships

More than 60 pinball machines and 40 classic arcade games are taking over BrewDog's riverside Brisbane brewery.
By Sarah Ward
June 29, 2022
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By Sarah Ward
June 29, 2022
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Sinking beers, mashing buttons: now that's a winning combo. It's the whole reason that pubs have long had pinball machines and arcade games. It's why bars wholly dedicated to boozy pinball and arcade gaming exist, and seem to keep popping up. And it's why BrewDog's riverside Brisbane brewery will play host to more than 60 pinball machines and 40 classic arcade games this July.

The occasion: the Australian Kong Off V and Pinball Championships. That's what on at BrewDog DogTap at Murarrie from Friday, July 15–Sunday, July 24. There are multiple parts to it, but whether you're keen to play or to watch others attempt impressive feats — or you're just a fan of the documentary The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters — you'll want to head on down.

Watching is an option every day — and so is entering the competitions, as long as there are tickets available. Across Saturday, July 16–Sunday, July 17, the Australian Kong Off V will take place. No, there's no prizes for guessing which game is being played.

Keen to press buttons yourself, but just casually? From Monday, July 18–Wednesday, July 20, at night, you can score unlimited gaming for $10.

Then, on Friday, July 22, the Australian Women's Pinball Championship will be held — followed by the Brisbane Pinball Masters from Saturday, July 23–Sunday, July 24.

The Brisbane Pinball and Arcade Collective and Netherworld are running the fun, but BrewDog is doing a special beer for the event, naturally. Called Unleash the Beast, it's a German style helles.

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