The 8 Best Breweries in Tasmania

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.

Updated: September 21, 2023

Content creator for hospitality & tourism. I was born and raised in Tasmania.

Communion Brewing

57 Wilmot St, Burnie

Communion Brewing is a family-friendly brewpub in the middle of Burnie’s CBD. It’s helmed by Andrew Turner, who also runs the The Chapel, a popular cafe in a renovated church. Communion brews all its beer on site, and has a full-fledged kitchen to go with it.

Their beers are influenced by local Burnie features, like the Papermaker – named after the old Reflex paper factory – and its ‘Normal Beer’ – featuring the toll ship that Burnie locals are accustomed to seeing every day.

Cascade Brewery

140 Cascade Rd, South Hobart

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.

Island State Brewing

17 Oldaker St, Devonport

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.

James Boag Brewery

39 William St, Launceston

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.

Shambles Brewery

222 Elizabeth St, Hobart

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 Brewery

22 Victoria St, Scottsdale

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.

The Albert

73-75 Albert Rd, Moonah

The Albert makes lager. They focus on the basics, aiming to make ‘lager the hero again’ and offer about five different types.

Their tap room is hard to miss; the blue exterior mimics the look of their easily recognisable cans.

Moo Brew

76a Cove Hill Rd, Bridgewater

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.

Taylor was born and raised in Tasmania. He moved to Melbourne to study Film & television, and went on to start a marketing agency for hospitality.

He has a love for rock ‘n’ roll bars & New York-style pizza. In 2020 he was amongst the top 1% of Frank Sinatra listeners on Spotify.

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