Tasmania is considered the birthplace of beer in Australia and still boasts the longest continuously operating brewery in Australia. Free settler Peter Degraves established the Cascade Brewery in the foothills of Mount Wellington in 1832 and then half a century later James Boag and his son (also named James, funnily enough) took over the Esk Brewery in Launceston and renamed it the J.Boag & Son brewery. Traditionally the state’s drinkers have been divided by an imaginary beer equator that is located somewhere around Campbell Town in the state’s midlands – with Boag’s beers drunk in the north & Cascade in the south. As beer tastes have evolved over time, the parochialism has somewhat subsided but is still known to cause arguments in bars across the state. In addition to these traditional producers of beer, there has been a recent evolution of craft beer producers across the state. Names such as Moo Brew, Iron House and Seven Sheds are now synonymous with craft beer production in Tasmania.
Tasmania is known as the Apple Isle so it’s only fitting that we know how to make a good drop of cider! In the early days it was all about Mercury Cider but more recently there has been a growth in the more craftier side to cider with the likes of Pagan, Spreyton, Dickens, Willie Smith, Franks & Lost Pippin.
Some stores stock a limited range of craft & Tasmanian – Gasworks is the place to be for the best range.