Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Cascade Brewery Tour

I got back to Hobart basics at the weekend with a trip to Cascade Brewery.
I've been to Cascade before (see my South Hobart post here) but I've never done the Brewery Tour.

We arrived early for the 2.15pm tour to check out the onsite restaurant.
The regular menu is pretty extensive but we decided to take advantage of the tour menu ($18 main courses offered to tour guests).
I opted for fish and chips.
And D went for steak and stout pie.
Both served with chips and salad.
Both pretty huge servings, nothing extra special but tasty and filling.
The dining room has a pretty basic set up but its dotted with cascade memorabilia.
 Along with a pretty cool looking bar and conservatory area.
The gardens are pretty fabulous too!
It's a great venue for lunch and a taste of the local tipple if you don't fancy the tour.
I've seen the building a thousand times but it was time to go inside!
Unfortunately photo taking inside is prohibited so you'll just have to go and check it out! 
It's pretty cool to see the inner workings of one of our icons.
The tour lasts for around an hour and a half and mainly focuses on the brewing process, there is some of the history but I would have liked a bit more. (I did however see that Cascade do a Heritage Tour, maybe that's more your bag!)
And then it's back to the bar for tastings and taking in the view. 
The brewery tour costs $25 p/p but if you're living locally (proof of address required) you can go in for $15.
The price of entry includes three 7oz tasters of any of Cascades many beers and ciders.
So, if you're a Tasmanian this is pretty awesome value.
If you're not it's a must see on our isle so you're $25 is well spent.

We went on a Sunday so didn't get to see some of the processes first hand but our guide informed me the best time is the 11am tour if you're keen to see some of the bottling etc (they can't however guarantee that you'll see this at any given time).
I would suggest trying to catch it though, it sounded cool!

Finally another local bonus, if you're a Tassie local the gift shop offers a 10% discount off all the beers purchased at any time from the onsite shop. 
 I really like that some places offer locals a discount, don't you? Do you know anywhere else that offers discounts for Tasmanian residents? It'd be cool to know!

Find all the info for Cascade at there awesome website here!

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