It’s a bull market right now in Hobart for high-end booze. From distillers putting the whiskey world on notice to breweries filtering a taste of true Tassie, here are eight of the best.
The leader of the Tasmanian distillery revolution, the seed for Lark was planted during a trout fishing trip taken by founder Bill Lark in the Tassie highlands. The first licensed distillery to open in the state in 150 years, Lark and his family have been producing award-winning malt whisky since 1992. Also on offer are vodka, gin, brandy and rum. Try them all at their Hobart cellar door and whisky bar.
14 Davey Street, Hobart; (03) 6231 9088
T-Bone Brewing Co
Are the words choc-milk stout music to your ears? Then T-Bone, found on North Hobart’s main drag, is the place for you. It’s stout is brewed with milk sugar and finished with vanilla and cacao nibs. For those not so keen on chocolate beer, there’s also a simple golden ale, pale ale and IPA.
308 Elizabeth Street, North Hobart
On this farm 15 minutes’ drive from Hobart Airport, family-owned distillery Nonesuch is the home of small-batch, handcrafted gin and whisky. If you’ve always wanted to make your own, sign up for their Whisky Making Experience – held every Monday, it takes small groups through the distilling process and includes lunch in the distillery, morning tea, tastings of the Nonesuch range of products and a dram of the specially selected whiskies.
491 Arthur Highway, Forcett; 0408 616 442
“Making the world a better place, one beer at a time”. This lofty goal is the Shambles creed and when staring down a pot of their citrusy Afternoon Delight summer ale, it’s clear the team behind the beer has committed to it. A repeat winner at the Craft Beer Awards, Shambles also offers perfect beer chasers in the form of burgers, fries and maple-glazed pork ribs.
222 Elizabeth Street, Hobart; (03) 6289 5639
No examination of Tasmania’s beer industry is complete without a mention of Cascade, the all-conquering Apple Isle hero. Take a tour of the historic sandstone building, hear the inspiring story behind Australia’s oldest continuously operating brewery and finish with a tasting of their beers and ciders.
140 Cascade Road, South Hobart; (03) 6212 7800
Sullivans Cove Distillery
Is it the world’s best single malt whisky? Made with Tasmanian barley and clean mountain water, it has a trophy from the 2014 World Whiskies Awards to back up the claim – but you should be the judge at the distillery’s Cambridge headquarters. Book a tour led by one of the distillers – and follow it with a tasting, naturally.
1/10 Lamb Place, Cambridge; (03) 6248 5399
Who knew MONA, the all-conquering Hobart gallery, also has its own brewery? Located 10 minutes’ drive north on the banks of the Derwent River, Moo Brew houses state-of-the art facilities in an architect-designed space and produces a core range of five preservative- and additive-free beers year-round as well as some seasonals for good measure. Take a look behind the scenes with a tour each Friday.
76a Cove Hill Road, Bridgewater; (03) 6263 7773
Image: Remi Chauvin
Hobart Brewing Co.
It’s apt the red corrugated iron shed at Macquarie Point housing Hobart Brewing Co. is right near the city’s central historic waterfront. This outfit celebrates the maritime history with products such as its original Harbour Master Tasmanian Ale that combines three different locally grown hops. Check out the taproom with its views into the brewery and refuel with the food trucks parked out front.
16 Evans Street, Macquarie Point, Hobart; (03) 6231 9779
Top image: Shambles Brewery