I am a freelance writer and photographer from Sydney who has now had five books published on fishing. I also write for the Fishing Monthly Group and Australian Fishing Network.
I also like to travel and experience new things to do.
Published May 31st 2016
Treat your taste buds to some great beer after the tour
Having been to a couple of breweries over the years, I took the opportunity to join a couple of friends, Ian and Terry, on a tour of the Cascade Brewery, located about a 10-minute drive from where we were staying at the Lenna of Hobart. We had been informed that this tour was one of the must-do experiences while in Hobart.
The Cascade brewery is where great beer is brewed. Image by Gary Brown.
Not only would you be able to learn how beer is brewed, you would also get the chance to try out a few and then buy some to take home.
At the time of writing, all visitors on the Brewery tour must be over 16 years of age and the cost for an adult is $30, seniors and students $25 and youths $15, this includes four drink tokens per guest.
Tours depart between 11am and 2.15pm, places are limited so pre-booking is highly recommended. Please note, specific clothing requirements apply to all guests, so make sure that you read the fine print.
Our tour started in a small room filled with memorabilia of old beer bottles and cans. The room is located just off the store and adjacent to the bar and café, where we would return to try a few of the beers that they currently brew at Cascade. After a clothing check and the donning of our safety vest, we headed off across the road to the entrance of the brewery.
Don't forget to come back and check this room out when you have finished the tour. Image by Gary Brown.
Once there, you couldn't help notice a couple of very large beer kegs that were placed up high on either side of the gate. At first sight, you thought that these kegs were made of timber. To our amazement they were actual made of concrete.
Kegs made of concrete sit over the entrance. Image by Gary Brown.
It would have been great to be able to take a couple of photos inside the complex to give you an idea of how big the operation was, but this was not allowed. The main thing when inside was to stay within the yellow lines and not to touch anything. We visited the brewery on the weekend and it was not operational at the time, so you could imagine what it would be like when it is operational during the week.
While there, we learnt about where the ingredients came from and the process that it goes through until it is bottle ready for you to drink. There are seven process that are needed to make a great tasting beer. They are Malting, Mashing, Lautering, Boiling, Fermentation, Maturation, Filtration and Packing. To learn more about these processes, you can click here.
The tour takes around one and a half hours, which includes the tasting the finished product. This is carried out at the bar, back where we started.
This is where the decision can get a bit hard as you are allowed four free drinks on the tour and you have five beers to choose from. The choices were either Premium, Pale Ale, Bright Ale, Blonde or Stout. Choices, choices! What to do?
Even though the tour ended with the sampling at the bar, you could always order a meal from the café and then take a walk around the three acres of heritage gardens that overlook two of Hobart's icons, the Cascade Brewery and Mount Wellington, or just while away the day enjoying the serene surroundings.
Shame I could only have two small beers. Image by Gary Brown.
The Cascade Brewery does have on offer another tour that you may be interested in. If you have time, you could join the Heritage Tour and stroll around the surrounding areas that house the Brewery, including their 3 acres of heritage 'Woodstock' gardens and the Cascade museum. You will also learn the history behind the brewery, including stories of Peter Degraves and the interesting characters who graced its presence. While you're there, use the scenery as the perfect backdrop for your snapshot memories.
They have well maintained gardens at the Cascade Brewery. Image by Gary Brown.
The Heritage Tour runs seasonally, includes tastings and is suitable for families. Prices are $20 per adult, $10 for children under 18yrs, or a family ticket for two adults and two children is $50 (adult concession $15).
The Tasmanian Tiger keeps watch over the bar. Image by Gary Brown.
I found the hardest part of this tour was leaving all that lovely beer behind. This was really not a problem as the Cascade store has always been one of the most popular parts of the tour experience. And as it's now online you can look, order, buy and have it delivered directly from Tassie.