The Australian mainland isn’t the only place producing award-winning spirits. From craft beers to single-malt whiskies, here are five places in and around Hobart to sample tasty Tasmanian tipples.
Cascade Brewery: Founded in 1824 and located just outside downtown Hobart, Cascade Brewery is the oldest of its kind in Australia and still one of the best—and most picturesque—in Tasmania. Learn about its storied history on a 1.5-tour, held daily, that includes a walk around the grounds and four drink tokens (AUD$30).
Hobart Brewing Company: Where Cascade Brewery is the granddaddy of Tasmanian brewing, Hobart Brewing Company is a bonafide neophyte having just opened its buzzy tap room in 2016. Conveniently situated at Macquarie Point, Hobart Brewing Co. hosts live music nights, welcomes local food trucks, and offers brewery tours.
Lark Distillery: When it debuted in 1992, this downtown distillery became Tasmania’s first licensed producer of malt whiskey to open in some 150 years. Lark has since pocketed a slew of awards and become a fixture of the local spirits scene. The two-hour tours are AU$75 (US$50) and including tastings.
Shambles Brewery: Similar to Hobart Brewing Co., Shambles Brewery is a recent (and welcome) addition to the Hobart booze trail. Located just down the road from HBC on Elizabeth Street, the 12-hectolitre Shambles Brewery counts a heavily hopped IPA, rich porter, and sessionable summer ale among its year-round range.
Southern Wine Route: Southern Tasmania’s temperate climate is quite conducive to grape cultivation, with chardonnay and pinot noir grapes especially thriving—these two grapes account for more than 50% of the wines produced in the region. The Coal River, Huon, and Derwent valleys are home to numerous vineyards and well within reach of Hobart. If you don’t have time for a day trip, head downtown to Gasworks Cellar Door, which offers tasting flights and stocks more than 300 local wines.