Bruny Island Beer Co. started with a conversation between a cheese maker and a brewer. Nick Haddow, founder of Bruny Island Cheese Co., and Evan Hunter, formerly of Seven Sheds, Moo Brew and Lark Distillery, designed the brewery around a shared enthusiasm for fermentation and regionally distinctive, artisan produce. The brewery was built behind the cheesery in Great Bay, Bruny Island and our first beer was released in February 2016.
We make beers that are inspired by Tasmania's people, places and produce. Locally grown ingredients and an eye towards Tasmania’s seasons and moods guide us down an unconventional path. Our goal is to create intrinsically Tasmanian flavours, and the rare opportunities for collaboration offered by a brewery and cheesery operating right next to each other are explored in the production of both beer and cheese. Our own farm, Glen Huon Dairy CO., began operating in 2017 and will eventually enable us to grow some of our own ingredients.
Our unique brewing and fermentation vessels have been built out of decommissioned milk tanks sourced from former dairy farms across Tasmania. Our slow and simple approach to brewing harks back to older methods of making and maturing beer. We brew in small batches, and lift, tip and stir everything by hand.
Our beers are open fermented, unfiltered, naturally conditioned and free from preservatives.
A unique pale ale made with barley, wheat, oats and hops from Tasmanian farms. Our flagship session ale is hazy golden, with a smooth bitterness and fruity hop aroma balanced by earthy cereal sweetness. 4.8% a/v
Our signature dark ale - or is it a pale ale disguised as a dark? Does it matter if you drink it with your eyes closed? Either way, Oxymoron straddles the gulf between pale and dark and is every bit as intriguing as it sounds, with spicy rye notes meeting pungent, fruit driven hop aromas. 5.5% a/v
Cloudy Bay IPA
A hazy India Pale Pale (IPA) with deeply Tasmanian roots, made entirely with locally grown and malted barley, Bruny Island red wheat and Bushy Park hops. 5.8% a/v
A roasty milk stout enriched with lactose from our very own organic cow's milk whey left over after cheese making. Out brewer's yeast cannot digest the lactose sugar, meaning that is stays behind in the beer and enhances the sweetness and texture. 5.8% a/v
A malty session red ale, with biscuity malt flavours balanced by firm bitterness. Late kettle additions of three Tasmanian aromatic hop varieties - Galaxy, Willamette, and Cascade - deliver subtle fruity and floral notes. 2.8% a/v
Frogs (2018) - Limited Release
Our annual limited release 'extra hoppy' double IPA. This year's Frogs uses Tasmanian pale and Munich malts, the latter contributing rich bready malt flavours, and a copper hue. We have exclusively used Tasmanian Galaxy hops, all harvested at Bushy Park during March this ear, providing a satisfying bitterness and intense mango, passionfruit and dried apricot notes. 8.2% a/v
Rambling Red - Limited Release
Our second collaboration with Seven Sheds Brewery. It is a malty red ale made from a ramblers pick of local ingredients - Bruny Island red wheat, an ancient wheat variety called spelt that was grown near Seven Sheds in Tasmania's North West and, most special of all, the last hops from Seven Sheds' 2018 harvest, Cascade and Fuggle, grown right by the back door of their brewery. 6.0% a/v
Metric Stout (2018) - Limited Release
Our annual release post-imperial stout. It is jet black and viscous, with rich malty aromas hinting of raisins, chocolate ristretto and campfire ash mingling with an edge of citrusy Cascade and woody Willamette hops. Intense mocha, roast malt, caramelised fig and dark fruit flavours coat the mouth, balanced by a hop bitterness that is firm while young and will gently fade with time. 10.5% a/v
Second Breakfast - Limited Release
Released in March 2018 for our second anniversary. It was brewed using local honey and organic oats, and fermented with a mixed culture of saison and brettanomyces yeasts. Floral notes from the honey mingle with funky brett flavours, while the oats help balance the beer's dryness with a silken texture. 7.3% a/v