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Hi guys,

I am heading to Tassie with the family next week for 12 days.

Can anyone recommend places to get GOOD beer in - Launceston, Devenport, Strahan and Hobart?

Also, are there any wholesale hops places somewhere that I would be able to pick up some bulk buy deals?

Thanks.
 

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Seven Sheds in Railton. About an hour from Launceston. Less from Devonport I think.
 

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+1 seven sheds. He grows his own hops too, don't know if he'll sell any.
Take aways or bars?
In Lonny the Cock and Bull is worth a visit (bar) and make sure you go to Crown Cellars (take aways).
Hobart - Cool Wine for take aways. If you are going to MONA, you might want to do the Moo Brew tour. I quite like their pale ale.
I know there is a bottle shop on the NW coast (I think it's in Burnie - near Devenport) with a huge range, someone else might know it's name.
Strahan - don't think they have a great range. Take some nice beers from your earlier bottle shop purchases. :)
 

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Jack Greene is a newish craft beer bar at Salamanca in Hobart, they don't have a website but they are on Facebook. There's also a place called Preachers 5 minutes walk from Salamanca. It can be a bit hit and miss but their beer garden is a pretty good spot to sit on a nice day.

Moo Brew is also worth a visit while you're down.
 

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davies grand central i got a few stubbies from in wellingtown street launceston.also Van Dieman Brewing 537 White Hills Lane
Evandale makes a nice beer.
 

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+1 for coolwine. New Sydney hotel is 50m from coolwine also. Pretty good, but preachers selection a bit more crafty. New Sydney Hotel has a randall as part of the bar setup.
 

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Plenty in Hobart

Preachers will have plenty to choose from in Hobart

Also The good people at preachers have taken over the bottle shop at what used to be The Mayfair hotel in Sandy Bay. It's now being called The Abbey. Haven't been there yet but their FB photos suggest a good range.

Did the Moo Brew tour in August, $15, only on Fridays, but if that doesn't work for you there is a bar there that will sell you a pint or a growler as fresh as you can get it. The MONA museum also has a bar on the lower level.

+1 for the New Sydney as well.
+1 for Jack Green and while you're in the Salamanca area knopwoods is worth a try and popping into Squires might find you something special. Chuck Hahn is making an appearance this Friday, with the suggestion that he'll bring a keg of something sneaky.

And to my surprise the Casino even had a local craft beer on tap last time I was there. Iron house Point lager from memory.

Shame you're not here this weekend for http://www.tasmanianbeerfest.com.au/ . I'm excited!
 

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As said above.....Cock and Bull in Launceston, has LC's Puffing Billy on tap at the moment (unless I've dissapeared it for them, had a regular knock off pint this week) plus a couple of quality regulars. Crown Cellars round the corner has the best take away range in town, and the staff there generally love to chat beer.

I've got a big soft spot for the New Sydney in Hobart, it was always my first stop when I arrived in Tassie before I moved here. Always had a good meal there matched with a couple of quality brews everytime I've been, so much so that I've ignored the newer venues since they've opened on my trips through Hobart down to the Huon. Can be a very busy on Friday nights though.

If you're into whisky the Lark Bar towards town from Constitution Dock in Hobart is worth a look too, the taster-sample-tour thing they do is quite good.....Starts you from the raw spirit before it hits the barrels and goes from there. Haven't been there for a year or two but they used to have a couple of Moo Brew varieties on tap too.

And if you like a decent lager.....Drink as much Moo Brew Pilsener on tap as you can while you're down here.



***And no-one (myself included) has given Morrison Brewery, home to an AHB member done good, a plug yet. I'm partial to the stout.
 

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Two Metre Tall brewing company is another i have heard about. watched a doco on ABC a while back about it. Brews Real Ales with ingredients from his farm. served on the hand pump in location as well. might be worth a look if you can get out there.
 

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Two Metre Tall brewing company is another i have heard about. watched a doco on ABC a while back about it. Brews Real Ales with ingredients from his farm. served on the hand pump in location as well. might be worth a look if you can get out there.
(Cough) Probably wouldn't waste my time going to his brewery (cough). The bottled product isn't too hard to find, I'd make my mind up from there.
 

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Yeah, I was going to add Morrison's (Launceston), but can't edit my post.
PM Paul (itmechanic) on here and see if he can show you around the brewery one evening / weekend (usually the times he's there). He might also be able to tell you if his brews are available in Strahan.
 

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As said above.....Cock and Bull in Launceston, has LC's Puffing Billy on tap at the moment (unless I've dissapeared it for them, had a regular knock off pint this week) plus a couple of quality regulars. Crown Cellars round the corner has the best take away range in town, and the staff there generally love to chat beer.

I've got a big soft spot for the New Sydney in Hobart, it was always my first stop when I arrived in Tassie before I moved here. Always had a good meal there matched with a couple of quality brews everytime I've been, so much so that I've ignored the newer venues since they've opened on my trips through Hobart down to the Huon. Can be a very busy on Friday nights though.

If you're into whisky the Lark Bar towards town from Constitution Dock in Hobart is worth a look too, the taster-sample-tour thing they do is quite good.....Starts you from the raw spirit before it hits the barrels and goes from there. Haven't been there for a year or two but they used to have a couple of Moo Brew varieties on tap too.

And if you like a decent lager.....Drink as much Moo Brew Pilsener on tap as you can while you're down here.



***And no-one (myself included) has given Morrison Brewery, home to an AHB member done good, a plug yet. I'm partial to the stout.

Thanks mate, if any AHB members are at the Hobart beerfest on the weekend, come and say hi.
 

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I'll be more socialable. If you get to Burnie, and I'm not working, your welcome to come and try a few beers with me. Geez, I might even whip up some whitebait patties for you.
Cheers
LagerBomb
 

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Two Metre Tall brewing company is another i have heard about. watched a doco on ABC a while back about it. Brews Real Ales with ingredients from his farm. served on the hand pump in location as well. might be worth a look if you can get out there.

(Cough) Probably wouldn't waste my time going to his brewery (cough). The bottled product isn't too hard to find, I'd make my mind up from there.
I called in here 2 weeks ago, and found it to be one of the most inspirational breweries i've ever visited. Yes, the head brewer is somewhat eccentric, but his passion for brewing is second to none.

Whether you like his (bretty/sour) beers or not is another matter, but i reckon any brewer that goes there and gets to have a good chat with Ashley & doesn't come away with their views on brewing slightly altered/bent wasn't there long enough!

You can either visit other conventional breweries, that use the exact same ingredients as ourselves & every other brewery in the world, or you can visit 2 metre tall, which uses products all grown on his farm, or sourced within a few k's from it, giving a uniquely Tasmanian spin on how terroir can play a positive part in the brewing process.

Great pear cider too...
 

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The idea of 2MT is great and I'd love it if they pulled it off consistently. The problem is they're super inconsistent and I'm not talking about variations in ingredients. I've tipped bottles because of infections and pretty much everyone I've spoken to about it has had a similar experience.
 

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If you're going out to 2MT, make sure they're open before you go. :( Also, they were about 5k past where my satnav said they would be.

I took a drive past Van Diemen Brewing and spoke to the brewer's dad who happened to be at the mail box. They're not (when I was there) open to the public.

When I was at MONA the Brewery was closed but we went for the wine tasting. $10 a head I think and if you buy a couple of bottles of wine you get it free. We were able to try all the Moo Brew beers including most of the seasonals as well. Good value and a great venue.

Ironhouse was a bit meh. Beers were ok but when we went in I asked at the bar if they did a tasting paddle. The barmaid said no problem. Went and got a table and when I came back it was the manager behind the bar. I asked for a tasting paddle and the reply was "we can give you a taste" then proceeded to pour a taster of 1 beer. I said no, I wanted a few to take back to the table so we could sample them there. I got a blank look and he obviously didn't understand the concept. They had all the little taster glasses but only give u one at a time at the bar.
Bought a couple of pots, decided I could brew better, went home.

Campbell
 

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I called in here 2 weeks ago, and found it to be one of the most inspirational breweries i've ever visited. Yes, the head brewer is somewhat eccentric, but his passion for brewing is second to none.

Whether you like his (bretty/sour) beers or not is another matter, but i reckon any brewer that goes there and gets to have a good chat with Ashley & doesn't come away with their views on brewing slightly altered/bent wasn't there long enough!

You can either visit other conventional breweries, that use the exact same ingredients as ourselves & every other brewery in the world, or you can visit 2 metre tall, which uses products all grown on his farm, or sourced within a few k's from it, giving a uniquely Tasmanian spin on how terroir can play a positive part in the brewing process.

Great pear cider too...
Yeah, I've drunk a lot of his beer draught and bottled, and chatted to him before. It's a great idea on paper but the end product in my opinion (and I'm not from the hop bomb/fruit salad in a glass school of thought) just isn't that great. Most of his beers are just "messy" and batches always inconsistent and often infected.
I'd really like to know what the maltster thinks of his barley as brewing grade is not the easiest thing to produce. Again, kudos to him for trying an interesting idea, but I suspect he's trying to wear too many hats at once.
 

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