In 2015/16, 7 new breweries in southern Tasmania opened their doors and we want to take you inside to meet the head-brewers, hear their stories and of course sample the wide variety of beers they have on offer. $129pp.
Drink Tasmania’s Beer Tours operate as private bookings and can be booked by request Friday’s and Saturday’s from October to April.
Our TASMANIAN BEER TOUR will introduce you to some of Tasmania’s leading brewers. We will have the opportunity to hear their stories, be shown around the breweries they’ve built, taste direct from the tanks, and learn about their journey into establishing a craft brewery and what sets their beers apart. Of course we will sample numerous beers along the way – from traditional Tasmanian Ale’s to Barrel-Aged Stout’s, and from German-influenced Heferweizen’s to hopped-up Indian Pale Ale’s and if the season’s right – fresh-hop Saison’s, as Tasmanian brewers prove to you they are world-class when it comes to making beer.
This tour is suitable for beer-lovers, home brewers, industry professionals and the uninitiated who just want to be entertained while drinking delicious beers. We’ll tell you the story of how Tasmanian brewing began in the early days of colonial settlement around 1804, when the island, known as Van Diemen’s Land, was home to many rogues and villains, some of whom played a major role in establishing Tasmania’s brewing industry, including Peter Degraves, founder of Australia’s oldest brewery, Cascade.
While there aren’t as many rogues left today (as far as we know) there are still some fantastic brewers and they are using some of the same techniques (and of course new ones) to re-establish Tasmania as Australia’s home of craft brewing. Come spend the day in the breweries and learn about Tasmania’s rich craft brewing industry.
Breweries we visit include – HOBART BREWING COMPANY / LAST RITES BREWING CO / DOUBLE HEAD BREWING / MOO BREW / CAPTAIN BLIGH’S / CASCADE BREWERY / T-BONE BREWING CO / WINSTON BREWING CO / SHAMBLES BREWERY.
FRIDAY TOUR – Brooke St Pier – Shambles Brewery (tour + *lunch destination) – Captain Bligh’s – Double Head Brewing – Hobart Brewing Company.
SATURDAY TOUR – Brooke St Pier – Shambles Brewery (tour + *lunch destination) – Winston Brewing Co – Last Rites Brewing Co – Hobart Brewing Company.
The tour will conclude back in Hobart at Hobart Brewing Company where you’re welcome to have more drinks and continue on into the evening. Red Square Markets are frequently held on a Friday evening and make for a great meeting place, right next door to the brewery.
When: Tours run every Friday and Saturday. Check the calendar for upcoming available dates. Approximately 5 hours. Half-day afternoon tours also available. See below.
Hobart, (just 5 mins walk from Brooke Street Pier).
What to bring: Please dress appropriately for the occasion, while it may appear warm in Hobart, the weather can change throughout the day, so please ensure to bring warm clothes, comfortable shoes and your camera!
*Please note lunch is not included in the price of the tour. Our lunch destination is Shambles Brewery where they have a wonderful southern American influenced menu perfect to accompany beer. Think sliders, pulled-pork burgers, char-grilled vegetables, braised white beans and chorizo, plus vegetarian options. The menu is constantly changing to reflect local produce and is approx $15-$25pp.
Please note, while this is our usual itinerary, the venues may change slightly due to industry operations, in which case we may visit other breweries, depending on availabilities. Start times are fixed, however end of tour times can change slightly depending upon traffic and other factors.