Many people realise that Tasmania is home to some stunning wine, but did you know that there are also a bunch of delectable breweries as well? Not to mention the state's delicious distilleries, and places where our cider is made – what are they called?.
It's time to put your trust in Tasmanian beers, as its ales and lagers receive international awards regularly. Why not take a tour of one of the breweries to see where all the magic is made? Of course, along the way you'll get to taste plenty of the old drop yourself!
Explore the finest Tasmanian breweries
To begin your brewery bonanza, head to the Cascade Brewery which looks more like a castle than a factory. Australia's oldest continually operated beer making centre is found in South Hobart on the foothills of Mount Wellington. On a two-hour tour you can see how the beer is made from scratch right up to the packaging stage. Straight after you've learnt about this fascinating process you'll be able to enjoy all the tastes on offer!
Don't miss out on the Brewery's bar and restaurant either, where the meals are perfectly complemented by the range of tasty beers.
Next, make your way to the Moorilla Estate, not far from central Hobart. While this is actually Tasmania's oldest contemporary vineyard and is famous for its wines, there is an on-site micro-brewery called Moo Brew. Here, you can sample chilled beers, completely free from additives and preservatives and that are also unpasteurised! When beer finds a way to be healthy, you know you're onto a good thing.
To find the next point on the beer trail, head up north to Launceston and visit James Boag's Historic Brewery. In the Tamar Hotel you can visit Boag's Centre for Beer Lovers, three-floors full of brewing memorabilia and merchandise.
Tours will also take you through the brewery where you can gain an understanding of the traditional process – and of course, you'll get to sample a few varieties!
If you're really enthusiastic you might even want to purchase an Amber Ticket, which will allow you to taste the entire range of Boag's beers!
Destinations for whisky lovers
Fine whisky is produced all around Tasmania, which benefits from pure mountain water, great barley and Tasmania's wild flavours!
Hobart's Lark Distillery is definitely worth a visit. Its specialties are a multi-award winning single malt whisky, apple schnapps, cherry max, pepperberry vodka and gin and bush liqueur! The flavours are extremely unique, from the use of native mountain pepper berries. This creates an inimitable Tasmanian flavour not to be found anywhere else.
Don't forget to head to Hellyers Road Distillery, Australia's largest distiller of Australian single malt whisky. Not only can you try the famous whisky, you might even want a sample of its boutique vodka and whisky cream liqueur. Here, you can embark upon a 'Whisky Walk' where you'll get to see the inner workings of the distillery, experience a product tasting and enjoy the on-site restaurant.
This restaurant is enjoyable not only for its great selection of meals, snacks and drinks. It also offers beautiful views from a repurposed mill across the Emu Valley, with its gently sloping green hills and wide skies. It's certainly the right place for a leisurely meal, complete of course with some of the distillery's fine produce.
So there you have it. Tasmania isn't just a haven for wine lovers, it's a dream destination for beer and whisky enthusiasts, not to mention those who enjoy other delicious liqueurs and liquor.
Head to these destinations and enjoy what they have to offer – maybe even take a few bottles back home to spread the word.
We haven’t even touched on the craft beer and smaller beer and cider producers, that will have to wait for another time.