• Tasmanian Microbrew Festival

    Showcasing Tasmanian Microbrewers, organised by TasTAFE students.

  • Congratulations to Tassie brewers!

    Tasmanian breweries have excelled at the recent Independent Beer Awards 2018. The Awards, organised by the Independent Brewers Association, are judged by a panel of national and international beer judges and provide a platform for brewers to benchmark their beers and to showcase and celebrate excellence in independent craft beer.   Tasmania was well-represented at […]

  • The 2017 Hop Harvest in Tasmania

    If you want to know more about the 2017 hop harvest,  have a look at this video! You might even spot some of your favourite brewers.


    Thu Dec 29 2016, by Ruth Dawkins from the Crafty Pint A graphic designer and an IT worker form the unlikely pairing behind one of Tasmania’s newest breweries. Carla and Tom Bignell recently opened the doors to T-Bone Brewing Company on the North Hobart restaurant strip. Situated just a couple of blocks up from Shambles […]

  • Van Dieman moves to solar energy

    Van Dieman Brewing is brewing sustainable beer made with green energy. The brewery last week installed & turned on a 48-kilowatt solar array – one of only a handful of Australian craft breweries to invest in the technology – at their White Hills farm in northern Tasmania. The 300 solar panels should generate more than […]

  • Ironhouse gets summer ready

    Just in time for the start of summer sunshine, Iron House Brewery on Tasmania’s East Coast has released a brew specially crafted for Tasmania’s summer… SBF 50+ or Summer Beer Factor 50+. The Ironhouse team describe their latest limited release as a quaffable Ale, lightly hopped with summer and topaz, lightly malted with Pilsener and […]

  • Hobart Brewing Co. 2nd Anniversary Release

    Colorado IPA – First IPA release for Hobart Brewing Co. Hobart Brewing Co. is celebrating its 2nd anniversary since releasing their first beer, the Harbour Master Tasmanian Ale.  With Scott Overdorf, a former Colorado brewer at the helm, it was only a matter of time before they turned our energy to brewing a big American […]

  • Esk Beerfest & Hobart Beerfest lineup announced

    Not only does the Esk Beerfest and Hobart Beerfest have a brilliant lineup of Tasmanian beers on show, the live music and comedy entertainment is seriously impressive! With Josh Pyke and Potbelleez heading up the entertainment at the Esk Beerfest and The Beautiful Girls and Kid Kenobi taking the stage in Hobart, you will not […]

  • Devil’s Brewery opens new cellar door

    After spending months renovating a 1950’s steam train carriage, Devil’s Brewery is excited to open its unique cellar door in Margate. Grab a seat in the repurposed steam train carriage and soak up the ambience of a by-gone era, or enjoy the sunshine and views from the beer garden. They have a range of Devil’s […]

  • Brewery Update: Church Hill Brewery

    The Huon Valley might be famous for apples, but beer-lovers are about to have a hoppier reason to toast the region. Church Hill Brewery – Tasmania’s latest craft brewery – is set to open there in 2016. Bradley Churchill, the brewery’s founder, has been a passionate homebrewer for the last 20 years. Now he’s taking […]

  • Brewers applaud launch of Tasmanian Beer Trail

    The Brewers Association congratulates the Tasmanian Government in launching the Tasmanian Beer Trail in Hobart today.

  • Small brewery update — Tasmania

    Two new breweries are set to open later this year in Cambridge on the edge of Tasmania’s Coal River Valley wine region, just a couple of minutes’ drive from Hobart Airport.


The Tasmanian Beer Trail

It’s the people that make Tasmanian beer special.
Discover these characters and the stories, the love and the passion that goes into
crafting every bottle of Tasmanian beer.


Explore Tasmania’s beers and meet the passionate people behind them.

"We're recreating and paying homage to the original Tasmanian brewers – real brewers making real beer."

Steve Brooks

Meet the Makers

"I’m always on the lookout for interesting ingredients that could help create wild, unusual and original beers"

David Tottle

Meet the Makers


  • For thousands of years, beer was made without hops. Their first recorded use in brewing wasn’t until 822AD.

  • The difference between lagers and ales is in how they ferment. Lager is brewed at cool temperatures using bottom-fermenting yeast, ale is brewed at warmer temperatures using top-fermenting yeast.

  • A beer gets its bitter flavours and floral aromas from hops, which are a type of flower.

  • Over 60% of Australia’s hops come from the Derwent Valley in Tasmania’s south.

  • For early colonists, ale and beer were different drinks: ale was light and made with sugar, malt and hops, beer was stronger, made with only malt and hops.

  • Beer is made up of over 90% water.

  • Barley isn’t the only grain that can be made into beer. Other options include wheat, rye and rice.

  • Before Cascade brewery was built in 1832, the estate was home to a sawmilling operation.

  • Tasmania’s first hops were planted in 1804 on a penal settlement near the mouth of the Tamar River.

  • Sugar was a popular ingredient in early colonial beers – at least until its use was outlawed in January 1844.

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