Five Breweries Guaranteed to Keep You Warm on a Tasmanian Winter Getaway
Where to sip a cold one on the island state.
April 28, 2019
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Tasmania might get a little dark and stormy throughout winter, but the occasional blustery conditions mean that there's an even greater focus on spending quality time with your favourite people. That good-natured spirit is particularly apparent in the state's selection of breweries — places that'll keep you and your loved ones warm and cosy, and immediately charm your souls.
From waterfront industrial-chic breweries to farms that roll over the hillsides, Tasmania's brewhouses make the most of their wealth of ingredients by creating elegant drinks that travellers will want to keep sipping. So we've tracked down five perfect spots that will not only have you revelling in the winter climes but also enjoying some fantastic beers along the way. Embrace the wild weather and start planning your midwinter Tassie escape.
SAINT JOHN CRAFT BEER
Craft beer bars might seem a dime a dozen these days, but Saint John Craft Beer would enhance any city's beer drinking scene. And when it comes to finding a toasty spot to escape Launceston's wintery streets and enjoy a lively evening with friends, there's no better spot than here.
The cooler months are the perfect time to pay Saint John a visit, with a number of stouts usually featuring among the bar's tap list — offering beer-lovers a chance to sample some devilishly dark brews from local, mainland and international producers. Plus, you'll find great burgers and snacks to match, all thanks to a permanent food van serving in the spacious rear outdoor section.
HOBART BREWING CO
Inspired by Hobart's lengthy history of brewing, the Hobart Brewing Co set out to create a venue that welcomes beer obsessives with open arms while pouring a selection of spectacular drinks made on-site. And it's safe to say that it has achieved this goal, with the brewery ranking among Hobart's premier bars — and drawing visitors in from the cold in the droves.
Set across the harbour from Salamanca Place, this industrial waterfront warehouse is an ace place to delve into a great selection of drinks, including a few nifty partnerships with other local brewers. Also on offer? Regular food trucks and live music, plus a fire pit to warm yourself by as you settle in for a few quality brews.
TWO METRE TALL
Take a 45-minute drive from Hobart and you'll arrive at the sprawling fields of the Two Metre Tall brewery. Tucked away in the Derwent Valley, this 580-hectare property produces some of the finest farmhouse ales and ciders anywhere in Tasmania, using a production process that combines mixed and wild fermentation — which gives its brews some truly spectacular flavours.
Spread out across plenty of lawn, the brewery encourages you to bring your friends, your blankets (for both sitting and rugging up) and a well-stocked picnic basket. Park yourself by one of the many onsite barbecues (there are even woodfired options) and start cooking — it's an excellent way to keep warm and toasty, too. All you've gotta do next is grab a hand-pumped tipple to perfect your luncheon.
BRUNY ISLAND CHEESE AND BEER CO
The Bruny Island Cheese Co has been around for years, specialising in artisan and small-batch cheeses. But when owner Nick Haddow met brewer Evan Hunter, they decided to combine their renowned talents. We're certainly glad that they did because the Bruny Island Cheese and Beer Co now provides visitors with quite the range of culinary pleasures — of the edible and drinkable kind. Made with Tasmanian-grown hops and grains from neighbouring farms on the island, the beers on offer here set a very high standard. Plus, each brew is created with a sustainable mindset. All wastage is recycled and put back into the farm, whether that be wastewater being treated then used as irrigation water or beer and cheese byproducts becoming feed for the pigs at a nearby farm.
For a drop that'll warm you from the inside out, opt for the hearty whey stout, made with lactose from organic cow's milk whey leftover from cheesemaking. It's a sweet, textured beverage and pairs very well with a wedge of Saint: a ooey, gooey surface-ripened soft cheese.
Since opening in 2016, Shambles Brewery has become one of the best spots to get a beer on the North Hobart strip. This large-scale chic warehouse space has been transformed into a beer drinker's utopia, featuring everything you could want — from a huge open beer hall to a roaring fire pit to concrete table tennis tables that even withstand the chilliest of winter days.
Serving Tasmanian wine, cider and spirits, the Shambles Brewery's line-up of beer packs quite the punch with an offering that includes experimental pale ales, American IPA and even a robust porter that has hints of chocolate and coffee. And as for the food, it's perfectly suited for winter; think 12-hour lamb ribs, six types of burger, brisket tacos and crispy fried chicken.
Top image: Saint John Craft Beer by Chris Crerar.