Cascade Brewery tour, Hobart

Even if you were unaware that Cascade is Australia’s oldest brewery, the castle-like grey building standing tall among the trees provides hints to its history. The brewery was designed by its founder, Peter Degraves while he served time in the Old Hobart Gaol.

We booked online far in advance and paid AU$25 per person for the 90-minute tour that included the compulsory safety lecture, a lesson in the brewing process, a look inside the brewery, tastings, and lots of stories from Cascade’s interesting past, including more about the visionary Peter Degraves. The factory doesn’t operate on weekends although tours still take place then – we didn’t get the live spectacle and clatter of workers and moving machinery but watched a less noisy, less hazardous video of the bottling process instead.

When we checked in, we were each given two bottle caps to redeem at the bar at the conclusion of the tour, for Cascade beer or non-alcoholic drinks – this is the ‘tasting’ part of the tour. Note: the Cascade Brewery website said we’d get three drink tokens per person, but we all definitely each received two.

After the tour, we stayed for lunch in the cafe, ordering meals from the special tour menu (six dishes, all AU$15 each). It’s simple pub-style food, nothing outstanding or particularly memorable, but I was content on the day with my Cascade Stout & beef pie with chips and a cold bottle of Cascade ginger beer.

Even as a non-beer drinker, I thought the tour was a worthwhile activity, giving us an insight into part of Hobart’s rich history. The perks that brewery workers once enjoyed had may surprise you!

The gardens are beautiful and worth a walk through. The souvenir shop sells Cascade merchandise and beer by the carton. Besides ‘the castle’, the image that has stayed with me is the lush greenery, just another example of the beauty of Hobart.

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The tour includes an intro to how beer is made The tour includes an intro to how beer is made. The only problem with doing brewery tours is you get this lesson every time!

You'll get to wear a fetching high-vis jacket while on the tour Everyone gets to wear a fetching high-vis jacket while on the tour

DSCF6818In the background is Mount Wellington

Al fresco seating Al fresco seating

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Salt and pepper squid with chips and salad (AU$15 - tour menu) Salt and pepper squid with chips and salad (AU$15 – tour menu)

Chicken parmigiana with chunky chips and salad (AU$15 - tour menu) Chicken parmigiana with chunky chips and salad (AU$15)

Cascade Draught beer battered fish fillets with salad and chips (AU$15 - tour menu) Cascade Draught beer battered fish fillets with salad and chips (AU$15)

Cascade Stout and beef pie with chunky chips and salad (AU$15) Cascade Stout and beef pie with chunky chips and salad (AU$15 – tour menu)

Pie innards shotThe obligatory pie innards shot

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The Cascade soft drinks are no longer bottled on-site here in Hobart Cascade’s range of non-alcoholic products was acquired by Coca-Cola Amatil and are no longer produced in Hobart. Cascade Brewery is now owned by Foster’s Group.

Cascade Brewery
140 Cascade Road
South Hobart, Tasmania
Telephone: (03) 6224 1117
Open daily 10am to 4pm
Closed Christmas day, Boxing day, New Years day and Good Friday.
Brewery tours are 90 minutes (including tasting) and are run twice a day – 11am and 12.30pm.
You must be over 16 years old to go on the brewery tour.

About this series

In December 2013, my partner Jac and I went on holiday – 3 nights in Melbourne, then 3 nights in Launceston (Jac, to stay with a friend) and King Island (me, for a photographic safari with our friends Craig and Caroline), and finally, Hobart for 6 nights. This trip was not sponsored in any way.

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  • Craig Hind

    Ah, that brings back memories! That was a really good day, and a really interesting tour.

    I love your portrait photo of the brewery with the gardens in front. I took one like that too but still haven’t got around to processing and of our Hobart pics.

    • I’m looking fwd to seeing your Hobart pics when you get around to processing them. Always interesting to see someone else’s photos of the same experiences/events.

  • I’m not a beer drinker (not really drinking alcohol at all either!) but even so, I feel like I know too much about the beer-making process as my brother-in-law is a passionate home-brewer and loves talking about it to everyone! I have a feeling that he would enjoy visiting this brewery.

  • I like to have a glass of nice cold beer from time to time. I’ve been living inAmsterdam for a while and I didn’t even visit the Heineken brewery. I should do it one day. Sounds like fun :)

    • I’ve done a couple of brewery tours now… they’re fun and interesting (and even better if there’s food afterwards).

  • Helen (grabyourfork)

    I have this strange fascination with watching factory machinery. It’s so mesmerising! A shame it wasn’t in action when you visited but sounds like you had a blast anyway.

    • I like the tastings at the end of factory tours best. Favourite factory tour was of an ice cream factory in Malaysia when I was in primary school. We got drumsticks at the end in the factory cafeteria – and those who finished theirs first got a second one.

  • Cindy M

    Meat pie and chips for me.