The Tasmanian beer scene has a long history. It is home to Cascade Brewery, Australia’s oldest continually operating brewery. And now there are many micro-breweries across the state. There is no denying that the crisp water of Tasmania makes damn good beer. Here are the best breweries in the state to visit and sample.
Cascade is the oldest operating brewery in Australia and produces Tasmania’s most popular beer, Cascade Draught. Just a ten-minute drive out of Hobart, Cascade Brewery offers several experiences for beer lovers.
Take a guided tour, learn about their brewing process, visit previously unseen areas, and then finish with a beer paddle. You can also stroll the lush gardens and settle in at Cascade Brewery Bar.
Cascade is easily accessible by bus from the city centre. Take the 446 from near the waterfront, and there’s a stop at the brewery.
Fun Fact: Cascade limits the production of its beer and sells it mainly in Tasmania. They use excess production to brew for other brands.
Island State Brewing is Devonport’s only brewery. Here they brew roughly ten different varieties – notably the ‘Devonporter,’ ‘Port City Pale Ale, ’ and ‘Mersey River Mid.’
Alongside the fermenting equipment is a tap room that fits around 60 patrons; here, you can enjoy a fresh pot or pint from the tap. There’s also a beer garden for the warmer days.
In 1853 James Boag arrived in Australia from Scotland with his wife and four kids in tow. Three months later, they moved to Tasmania. In 1883 James Boag took over the Esk Brewery, and it became known as Boags Brewery.
You can visit the James Boag Brewery Experience in Launceston, enjoy a guided tour of the brewery and finish with a tasting paddle.
Fun Fact: As of 2010, James Boag produces over 76,000,000 litres of beer annually.
In 2016 Shambles Brewery took over an old warehouse in Hobart and turned it into a spacious beer hall. They have a fully-fledged kitchen pumping out burgers and tacos.
Little Rivers started production in 2014 after the head brewer moved back to Tasmania after working at Burleigh Brewing in Queensland.
Their core range features lagers & ales – but they also produce a ‘Trails’ range inspired by the nearby Blue Derby bike tracks.
Located in Scottsdale, about 65km from Launceston, Little Rivers offers an intimate venue experience. You’re welcome to bring your own food, or they can serve you a classic Margherita.
Moo Brew was started in 2005 by David Walsh, the eccentric millionaire behind the popular Museum of New and Old Art (MONA.)
Its local focus was a big ‘F-U’ to the idea of ‘Tasmanian’ breweries owned by large multinational corporations.
David already had his finger in the alcohol business after purchasing Moorilla Estate in the nineties.
Moo Brew produces seven beers all year round and will also experiment with some seasonals. You can enjoy some Moo Brew at the Moorilla Cellar Door at Mona.