Tasmania beer is in a class of its own. Tasmania is Australia’s only island state. This stunning island may be geographically small, but it is huge in terms of what it offers. Tasmania is the smallest state, though the Australian Capital Territory (Canberra) is the smallest territory.
At 315 kilometres west to east and 286 kilometres north to south, it appears on paper to be an easy drive around. However it is so rich and diverse that you do need to take time to explore each area.
It is 250 kilometres south of the state of Melbourne, across Bass Strait and easily accessible from anywhere in Australia.
Tasmania can be roughly divided into five sections – the east coast, the west coast, north coast, south coast and the centre. Each is so vastly different from the other. Each area is quite distinct from another. For a small island it is exceptionally diverse.
What all regions of Tamania do have however is an art for making beer.
Tasmania beer is in a class of its own. A huge apology to Tasmanians – when I recently published a post on How To Order A Beer In Australia – state by state, I inadvertently made an error and omitted, by accident, the information on ordering a beer in Tasmania. Now I know that this has happened before to Tasmania, but it is a state of Australia; in fact our only island state, and one that we all love dearly.
Just go to Tassie as we all affectionately call it and you will see that I am totally correct. This is a state where there is so much to see and to do that you will be very pleasantly surprised and so very glad that you have made it to our own island state. You will find the diversity that is Tasmania to be an unforgettable experience.
In fairness this is a post dedicated to Tasmanian beer.
First off, ordering a Tasmanian beer:
There are a couple of variations to the mainland of Australia.
170ml – a beer
235ml – an eight
285ml – a ten or a pot. These are called schooners in many of the mainlander states.
If you look at the slogan for Boag’s, “These pure waters just make things better” and Cascade’s slogan, “Brewed on the edge of the Earth”, you will start to understand just how special these beers are. It is all about the water and the climate that make these Tasmanian beers second to none.
Cascade is actually the oldest continually operating brewery in Australia, while Boag’s has been operating since 1883.
While these 2 breweries are very well know, it is the emergence of the micro breweries and the demand for many craft brews that is bringing Tasmania to international attention.
Tasmania is a fantastic island, and the pristine nature of the waters on the island make it ideal for making the perfect beer. If you want a beer in a class of its own, then Tasmanian beer is the way to go.