I’ve done a little, let’s call it “research”, and compiled what I call “The 6 Pack of Terrific Tassie Beers” – six beers I’d recommend you drink while you’re in Tassie.

Yoda. Drink, do not try.
Yoda’s beer advice: Do or do not. There is no try.

Tassie is revered for its whisky, wine and gin. It should not be short changed on its beer either.

Tasmania’s beer is rich in history and has been dominated by two breweries.

One in the north. One in the south.

For many, many years the north vs south battle has waged on this island. It may even be fair  to say much of it has been about which end of the state of Tasmania has the better brewery.

James Boag & Son in the north. Cascade in the south.

You wouldn’t be caught dead with a Boag’s in the south. Mainly because in most places you couldn’t get it in pubs, bars or clubs.

Thankfully these beer sentiments have subsided and now beer is shared and available around the state. If you do happen to find yourself in a small town pub, I’d still advise go with Campbell Town Line rule. Above, choose Boags. Below, opt for Cascade. Just to be safe.

Boag’s Premium Lager has taken on an international flavour, being found in far reaching places including getting a mention under “Tasmania” in Brussels’ 2000 beer mecca, Delirium Café.

Cascade has only three beers available for purchase outside of Tasmania: Pale Ale, Stout and Light. You can read about my tour of Cascade brewery right here.

The beer market has opened considerably in the past 15 years.

This expanded beer market includes the introduction of Moo Brew as another large player in the Tasmanian beer scene. Microbreweries have popped up all over the place adding unique flavours and takes in their brewing.

Terrific Tassie Beers

The Terrific 6
The Chosen

This 6 Pack of Terrific Tassie beers I recommend because I like them and because I think they are part of the Tassie Story. You’ll also notice each beer is an ale, and each is from the south. This was purely an accident… or was it? Liking a beer is very subjective.

Although, further advice would include not stopping at these six.

So, without any further ado:  “Where’s the fuckin’ beer, man?”

Cascade Sparkling Pale Ale – Cascade Brewing Co

Check the website: cascadebreweryco.com.au


This Tasmanian favourite has been brewed continuously since 1832 at Australia’s oldest brewery, making it the oldest beer in Australia.

I would think it would be the most available Cascade beer around Tasmania, from Queenstown to Cygnet. From Launceston to Hobart.

Did you know can drop in to the Cascade Function Centre in South Hobart for a beer direct from Cascades own taps? You can!

Suited to drink anywhere, anytime, it is the great Tasmanian all-rounder.

The Green Can Pale Ale
The old lady of Australian beer: Cascade Pale Ale

One of the great losses in the pub scene in Hobart is being able to say “I’ll have a Pale thanks, mate” and get served a Cascade Pale Ale without any further description or clarification.

To add a quirk to the tale, the Cascade Pale Ale is not really an ale. It is closer to a modern day lager. True story. Cascade call it a sparkling pale ale.

What the brewery says:

An Australian-style Pale Ale, well-loved in our southernmost state for generations, Cascade Pale Ale is the oldest continuously brewed beer in the country.

Hopped with Pride of Ringwood hops, it has a fragrant hoppy nose with a fine malt note in the mid-palate and a firm hop bitter finish. It uses our Cascade yeast.


Bangarang Brown Ale – Fox Friday

Check the website: foxfriday.com.au


I’m biased. I love a brown ale. This one is the best one I have had recently. It happens to be from a brewery based in Moonah, north of Hobart, so it’s very accessible to me. It is also a regular on the ever-changing taps at my favourite Hobart pub, The New Sydney Hotel in Bathurst St.

Terrific Tassie Beers
Banarang Brown

A pint is a perfect amount for the Bangarang. Two pints are even “perfecter”.

It’s like a beer infused choc-malt milkshake. You can’t go wrong!

What the brewery says:

Banarang Brown melds a smooth caramel biscuit profile with touches of toffee, chocolate and coffee. Carefully balancing the heaviness of a darker beer with earthy and fruity hop flavours.

It’s not a light beer by any means, weighing in at 5.4%, but for a darker style ale, that’s not too heavy. Definitely not a 18% Belgian ale.

Harbour Master Tasmanian Pale Ale – Hobart Brewing Co

Check the website: hobartbrewingco.com.au


I think this is the heir apparent to the Cascade Pale Ale. The Harbour Master is a tasty and very drinkable beverage. After your first, you will have another. I guarantee it.

I can be convinced it has a unique ale flavour, and it certainly gets extra points for being called a Tasmanian Pale Ale. Bias alert!!! Haha!

The Harbour Master Pale Ale

The brewery’s Red Shed at Macquarie Point is well situated and a good place for a beer, a wood-fired pizza and some tunes.

What the brewery says:

Harbour Master is a uniquely Tasmanian Ale that blends three distinct hop varieties grown right here in the Derwent Valley. This copper ale is tightly balanced and highly sessional. With this beer we wanted to showcase some of Tassie’s finest hops. While there are now many great examples of American pales, as well as English, German and Belgian-style beers, there hasn’t been a distinct Tasmanian style. We created Harbour Master as a beer that we imagined to be a distinctive Tasmanian Ale.

Moo Brew Pale Ale – Moo Brew

Check the website: moobrew.com.au


Iconic as it’s linked with the resurgence of Tasmania. Moo Brew is David Walsh’s brewery (of Mona and Dark Mofo fame), and is a good choice to have a cheeky Moo Brew Pale or two after checking out the wonder that is MONA or any event at Dark Mofo.

Moo Brew Pale Ale Can

To my mind it’s one of the two better Moo Brew beers. The other being the Dark Ale. I’m sorry, but I can’t bring myself to rate the others very highly.

What the brewery says:

The one explicitly referred to as our Pale Ale is a contemporary American style featuring US Centennial and Tasmanian grown Cascade hops. These hops offer a pungent floral and citrus aroma, with a satisfying dose of bitterness. The Pale Ale has a complex malt palate, with densely layered Dark Crystal and Carapils malts making for a flavoursome well-balanced beer


She’s No Bette Midler X – Red Ale – Last Rites

Check: facebook.com/lastritesbrewing


The red ale (tannin brown with a deep red) is very drinkable but I found it is not a session beer. The first few sips are really special.


She’s No Bette Midler

Last Rites have a great setting at their cellar door in Cambridge Park. They also do some memorable names and artwork for their beers. Their beers also taste good and they’re not afraid to try some things.

Last Rites Artwork

As a bonus, the cellar door has proven to be a fun afternoon out. Please plan ahead, you will need a designated driver.

What the brewery says:

She’s No Bette Midler Tasmanian Red Ale

Early addition of red malts combined with a small amount of dark malt gives a rich, malty backbone to contrast the strong addition of columbus hops early in the boil. Late hopping with local Ella hops adds a floral contrast to this big bodied red ale.





Portland Pale Ale – Spotty Dog Brew & BBQ

Check: facebook/SpottyDogBrewers


Spotty Dog Portland Pale

I first tried this beer a couple of years ago. Often hard to find but is one of my fave beers at the moment. A touch hoppy given it’s Portland leanings but not “too-over hoppy” in flavour.

These guys currently brew out of Last Rites.

What the brewery says:

We brew Tasmanian craft beer, inspired by the American West Coast styles of beer.  Our beers are craft, but still approachable.

Portland Pale Ale is a crisp, fruit driven pale ale that tastes of passion-fruit, citrus and melon.  Firm bitterness and light malts compliment the hops in this beer, which won Best Ale at the Taste of Tasmania 2016/17 out of a category with 35 ales!


That’s my 6 pack for you. Have you tried these Terrific Tassie Beers?

Do have a favourite Tasmanian beer?  If so, why is it your favourite?

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