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Tasmania’s beer credentials are robust: pure mountain water, locally grown hops, and a brewing history that goes back to convict times.

Follow the Tasmanian Beer Trail for stories of brewing bans, beer entrepreneurs and north-south rivalry. 

Cascade Brewery, established at the foot of kunanyi / Mount Wellington in Hobart in 1824, is the nation’s oldest surviving brewery. Its northern arch-rival, Boag’s Brewery, was built on the banks of the North Esk River in Launceston in 1883. Both breweries offer tours of their historic buildings. 

Surrounding these two mainstays is a growing flotilla of about 20 craft breweries – and counting. 

While Hobart and Launceston are thick with breweries and brew bars, the north-west coastal towns of Ulverstone, Burnie and Penguin are also well-watered. In the south, there’s good beer brewed at Cambridge, New Norfolk and food-obsessed Bruny Island.

Moo Brew, in Hobart’s north and with a cellar door at Mona, is the state’s biggest craft brewery, among a raft of independent craft breweries and even nano-breweries that turn out just a handful of kegs for devoted followers. 

Use North Hobart as the base for a walking tour of independent breweries in the suburb and the city centre, including Shambles, T-Bone, Hobart Brewing Co and Deep South. Join a local beer tour to save on the legwork. 

The little town of Bushy Park in the Derwent Valley, 50km north-west of Hobart, has brought a lot of joy to the island as the site where the island’s first hops were planted in 1864. Keen beer historians head to the town to see the Text Kiln, a hops-drying house built in 1867. 

Nearby, at Two Metre Tall Farmhouse Ale & Cider, perhaps the most innovative of Tasmanian farmer-brewers produces wild-fermented and barrel-aged brews from ingredients grown on the property and nearby. Drop in for a hand-pumped pint at the farm bar, perhaps a spelt or apple ale. 

Close up of three hands doing a cheers with bottles of Pale Ale at Little Rivers Brewing Co.
Little Rivers Brewing Co.
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A couple stand at the Ironhouse bar and sample from a selection of beers.
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