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Tasmania is a land of tribal tastes.

For a long time, you could tell which half of the island someone came from – north or south – by the beer they drank.

The rise of craft brews as an island-wide obsession has (happily) complicated the map. Whatever your poison – cider or single-malt whisky, small-batch gin or vodka - there’s a dedicated trail tracing the island’s best purveyors. 

 

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Culture clash

Tasmania is bisected by beer. In the north, Boag’s has been quenching thirsts for 140 years. In the south, Australia’s oldest brewery, Cascade, has been the locals’ choice for almost 200 years. 

Hit the road

Sample world-beating Tasmanian whiskies on guided tours from Hobart. If hard liquor’s not your thing, there are beer, cider and wine tours, too. 

One of a kind

Tasmanian distillers are leaders, not followers. They’re innovative and original, creators of smooth sheep’s whey vodka, gins enriched with sloe berries or lavender, a sassafras spirit, vodka made from Tassie taties, and Australia’s first rye distillery (and the only one in the world powered by biofuel).

Time travel

A colonial coach house. A Gothic-meets-Regency country estate. A city cellar door in a converted Georgian bond store. There’s a fascinating history behind every Tasmanian distillery.

Get crafty

Spend a day with distillers crafting spirits. Learn the art of gin making from the masters, mixing native and exotic botanicals with spring water to create your own G&T.

For peat’s sake

Tasmania has more whisky distilleries than any other state. Partly it’s the weather, which can be very Scottish at times and perfect for maturing whisky. Plus, all ingredients can be sourced on the island, from highland peat bogs to pure spring water. Follow the Tasmanian Whisky and Spirits Trail.

Crunch time

How about them apples? Tasmania’s burgeoning cider scene, anchored in the Huon Valley, includes century-old apple farms now turning their hands to hooch, apple brandy, and fruity blends of apple, pear and cherry. Learn more on the Tasmanian Cider Trail.

Go wild

Craft brewing’s gone mainstream. For a truly bespoke brew, however, try wild-fermented and barrel-aged beers and ciders made from homegrown grain, hops and fruits, and served at a farmhouse bar. For more inspiration, follow the Tasmanian Beer Trail.

Image of the sign and outside the Old Kempton Distillery, located in Dysart House. Lush green trees surround the building.
Old Kempton Distillery
Alastair Bett

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