After placing first in the Hobart Beerfest Brewing Competition and receiving good placings at the Melbourne Beerfest, brewer Paul Morrison along with his family decided to take his hobby to the next level.
With a focus on traditional styles, a 500 litre brew house was up and running midway through 2011 with the first beers of the Morrison range launched at the Tasmanian Beerfest in Hobart to thousands of eager drinkers.
5 years on business is booming with major equipment upgrades planned for 2016 to increase production. Very much a family business, all members get together regularly for bottling days, tastings and to discuss future beer styles to be brewed.
Morrison Brewery Beers
Irish red Ale
This is Morrison's flagship beer. It is a smooth, medium-bodied take on the style with a beer that is all about the malt, with flavours that range from sweet caramel through toffee to toasted malt with just enough bitterness to tidy it up at the backend.
Morrison's second beer inspired by Irish traditions is this stout, which is very much of the dry variety. Lightly carbonated, opaque and as close to black as makes no difference, there are aromas of cocoa, while in the mouth look out for some dark treacle too before the lingering back palate roasty bitterness comes into play.
A zesty, dry and refreshing brew with herbal and spicy characteristics.
This is Morrison's take on the relatively low alcohol English pub bitters prevalent across the UK. Golden in colour, it gives off aromas of soft malt floral hops. There are some pleasant earthy hop flavours in what is a balanced beer with a soft lingering bitter finish. perfect for easy-drinking in the summertime.
Angus Scotch Ale
This is an 11.8% strength, whisky barrel-aged beast to boot. It started off as a Scotch Ale and then spent four months inside oak from Tasmania's Lark Distillery, picking up touches of oak and vanilla to complement the multilayered, sweet and boozy malts of the base beer.
The Morrison Brewery also produces a range of limited release brews for its customers including pilsner and a smoked chilli IPA.
Descriptions are from the Crafty Pint
Morrison Brewery is located in Launceston, Tasmania – gateway to a number of attractions including the Tamar Valley, Cataract Gorge Reserve, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Design Centre Tasmania and a large range of wineries.