Tasmania offers countless places to sit back and enjoy a relaxing beverage, and both the northern and southern areas of the state are known for their beer. There is even competition between the north and the south, with Tasmanians showing strong allegiance to their traditional ‘home’ breweries.
And with many award winning ales and lagers, you won't want to miss out on having a taste of Tasmania's finest drops.
If you want a historic angle on Tasmania's beer making, it's essential you check out the Cascade Brewery. This is located in South Hobart, and is famed for being Aussie's oldest continuously operating brewery. Established in 1824 by an ex-convict, these days it combines the traditional brewing skills of its past with pure mountain water, Tasmanian barley and hops into a wide range of beers.
When you arrive at the brewery, you'll notice its beautiful sandstone Georgian façade, located at the bottom of looming Mount Wellington.
This brewery produces soft drinks along with its beer, and you can get a peek into the process with a two-hour brewery tour. This tour will show you the beer-making process from malting and brewing to packaging. Best of all? At the end you'll get a free taste of what you've been looking at.
Cascade also has a fantastic Visitor Centre, which once served as the brewery manager's house. Now it is a restaurant and function centre, bar, as well a retail shop. There are beautiful windows looking out onto a garden which you can also take a walk through if you feel like getting outdoors.
In Hobart check out Moorilla Estate, which creates boutique beers following classic German traditions, as another side to their business.
Heading to Launceston? Stop at James Boag's Premium brewery, scenically placed on the banks of the Tamar River, with its Centre for Beer Lovers open for visitors. It's not to be missed!
Craft beer is establishing another layer to the Tasmanian brewery experience with reputations being established in this pursuit. Many of our hotels and bars are also waking up to this and stock or have on tap the alternative to mainstream brands. Look out for farm based Two Metre Tall Brewery on the Lyell Highway near Hamilton, the Iron House Brewery on Tasmania’s East Coast at Whitesands Estate, Seven Sheds Brewery Meadery and Hop Garden at Railton in the State’s north, amongst others.