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Tasmanian Beer
Tasmania country

Reviewed By

Sue Dyson And Roger McShane
Address: Tasmania
Country: Australia

The Tasmanian beer scene is changing rapidly as it is throughout the world. There is a strong trend towards boutique, hand-crafted, micro-brewery beers of specific styles that use local hops and local grains.
The leader of this movement is the Moorilla Moo Brew brewery on the shores of the Derwent River in Hobart's northern suburbs. Here they produce a range of premium beers with possibly the most popular being the Pilsner which is brewed with German Spalt hops for the bitterness they impart to the beer. They also produce a Pale Ale, a wheat beer called Hefeweizen, a sweetish Dark Ale and an occasional Imperial Stout.
Another important player is The Two Metre Tall Company situated at Hayes in the Derwent Valley. They not only produce their own range of beers, they also grow the grain that is used for the malt that is the base for their beers. In fact, so serious are they about their grains, that they are currently propagating seeds of the Maris Otter barley variety which is used in the best malts in the United Kingdom. They are also raising the famed Golden Promise barley as well.
They produce a wheat and barley malt Derwent Real Ale, a citrusy Cleansing Ale made from all Tasmanian produce, a Huon Dark Apple Ale that uses 20% apple juice and a triple fermentation technique and the Forester Real Ale that uses Pride of Ringwood hops from north east Tasmania to produce a lovely bitter ale with a long finish.
Another of our favourites is the beer produced by Willie Simpson and Catherine Stark at their Seven Sheds brewery in Railton on the North West Coast. We particularly like the bottle-conditioned Seven Sheds Kentish Ale with its velvety texture, appealing bitterness and long lingering flavour profile.
Van Dieman Brewing is a small microbrewery operation in northern Tasmania producing an interesting selection of small batch beers.
They are trying hard to also be environmentally conscious with their water being recycled onto their farm and the used grains being fed to their cattle.
Their products are called Jacobs Ladder (a malty, English-style ale), Stacks Bluff (an oatmeal stout), Ragged Jack (an English-style pale ale), Giblin (a stout with six different malts), Little Hell (a seasonal special bitter) and White Hills (a light ale spiced with orange peel and coriander).
There are two major commercial breweries in Tasmania: Cascade in the south and Boags in the north. Loyalties are fierce. Northerners swear by Boags, who produce amongst other things Boags Export Lager and James Boag Premium. The latter is especially good. Chances are, if you read any lifestyle magazines, you'll have seen the ‘Who is James Boag' ads and know it already. South of the Mason-Dixon line are Cascade adherents. We especially like Cascade's Pale Ale and Premium Lager - flavoursome beers of some charm.
You can visit both breweries. The Cascade tour is especially impressive. Cascade also make four 'seasonal' beers. Our favourite is the First Harvest Ale made from fresh hops that are hand-picked and sent straight to the brewery.

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