The Brew Hop was created to help spread the word about quality Tasmanian craft beer. Tasmania has long been famous for its wineries and in recent years for its whiskey and gin distilleries, but we’re doing what we can to help visitors and locals alike experience and appreciate some of Tasmania’s finest brews.
Your guide, Harrison Westlake is a Certified Cicerone® and a hospitality lifer, having worked in bars and restaurants all over the world. He was bitten by the beer bug whilst drinking Real Ale in London, then started drinking a lot more craft styles when he returned home. He has since worked in beer education and found true love in the arms of Belgian beer.
Tasmanian brewing is quickly catching up to the mainland. The home of two of Australia's iconic brands, Cascade and Boag's, the craft scene is rapidly expanding, with breweries opening up all over Hobart and along the North Coast. Tasmania is home to one of the largest hop fields in Australia, Bushy Park, about an hour North of Hobart, meaning that fresh hop beers in Tasmania are literally as fresh as it gets.
We're also lucky enough to have two different brewers that grow their own barley and do their own maltings for their wild fermented Belgian style ales at Two Metres Tall and Van Dieman. Being home to fresh hop fields means you'll see plenty of gutsy IPA's, bursting with Cascade and Galaxy hops, but keep your eyes peeled for a Greengage Plum Sour or a Tasmanian Whiskey Barrel Aged Stout. It gets cold down here and it's good to have a big beer to cuddle up to.