The Share Plate Guide to... Cradle Coast distillers and brewers
What's better than a few days on the road, dropping in to local brewers and distillers for a sample of great regional drinks? The Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail has independent stop-offs for every taste!
Linking almost 50 producers, farm gates, retailers and foodie experiences from the state’s north-west to create a tour like no other, the Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail is a unique food experience. Sample itineraries are available and fantastic for midweek or weekend road-trips. Below we highlight the great brewers and distillers amongst all the great stops of the Tasting Trail!
Southern Wild Distillery, Devonport
We profile the Southern Wild owner George in our Northern Tasmania issue for good reason - he has created a unique, locally-focused, premium quality product that represents the place it is created. Southern Wild uses locally foraged ingredients; in a process with stills of George's own design; to produce gins available at a beautiful cellar door in the heart of Devonport; which also houses a local food market (providoreplace.com.au), amazing restaurant (instagram.com/charlottejack__) and a future food innovation hub. Talk about kicking goals.
- The Strawberry Gin, made with a damaged strawberry harvest from a local farm, is perfectly representative of what makes Southern Wild great - exceptional product and exceptional passion combined.
Visit at 13-17 Oldaker St, Devonport.
Red Brick Road Cider, Launceston and Deloraine
Family cider-makers using natural ingredients, traditional techniques and a twist of innovation - sounds like the perfect regional setup for a cidery. The Red Rock minimalist approach means you won't get a perfectly clear glass - but that occasionally cloudy bottle with a hint of funk is a reflection of their natural fermentation process; unfiltered, unpasteurised and sugar-free, with the real taste of their apples coming through. Also - their very wicked mobile bar, a 1971 Mini panel van complete with keg setup, tours around events and will come to you. Win-win!
- The Scrumpy is great, a tasty twist on old UK farmhouse style cider. But the Cider Rosé, combining Pink Ladys and Pinot Noir, is our team's standout fave.
Visit the Ciderhouse at 63a Brisbane St, Launceston.
Visit the Ciderworks at 30 East Parade, Deloraine.
Spreyton Cider, Spreyton
Home to the families behind the cider since the 1800s, and growing apples since 1908, this cidery is steeped in local history. Off the back of releasing apple juice commercially in the late 90s, 2011 saw the business begin experimenting with ferments and Spreyton Cider has been winning awards with their range ever since. It's a top place to visit - the staff are warm and welcoming, you can take your ciders outside and look over the orchards, plus with every year the range gets better.
- The Cidermakers Select releases are small batch, yearly vintages well worth the higher price.
Visit at the corner of Sheffield and Melrose Rds, Spreyton.
Hellyers Road Distillery, Burnie
Australia's largest boutique whisky distillery has a small core range of outstanding whisky that continue to impress after the first release in 2006. Definitely take up the option for a Whisky Walk tour (bookings are recommended) to get insights into the Hellyers process, before getting to pour and wax seal your own bottle - with a Certificate of Authenticity as well. The only whisky distillery in Northern Tasmania has set the bar pretty damn high.
- The Pinot Noir finish, aged in American Oak, finished in French Oak
Visit at 153 Old Surrey Rd, Burnie.
Seven Sheds Brewery, Railton
The Cradle Coast's original craft brewery. Offering a selection of traditional Belgian and English ales using quality Tasmanian malts and hops, owner Willie of Seven Sheds also has an experimental streak: over the years he's incorporated ingredients as diverse as foraged pepperberries, quinoa, sour cherries, peated malt and oatmeal. Duck up a laneway off the main street in Railton to find the brewery, where Willie's generous hospitality will happily recommend and walk you through the wide range of styles to sample.
- Visitors recommend the ever-popular Kentish Ale and we'll do the same - in a beer world chock full of IPAs it's refreshing to mix things up.
Visit at 22 Crockers St, Railton.
Buttons Brewing, Ulverstone
New boys on the block Buttons Brewing are based in Ulverstone and on a mission to supply the North-West of Tassie with quality, fresh beers. Brewing on a nano scale but with a cellar door and the ability to contract for the experiments that are well received, Josh, wife Cora and the team are growing in both output and reputation as time goes on. Named after Buttons Creek, a local swimming hole that every local has had a dip in, the Buttons team are well placed to cement themselves as the go-to option for beer lovers west of Devonport.
- The Buttons Kolsch is a great easy drink. When you stop into the cellar door, be sure to ask about the experimental brews - available in take-away 500ml cans (limited to one per person, don't be greedy!)
Visit at 32 Short St, Ulverstone.
The Angels Share, Stanley
So you've made your way to Stanley, seen the Nut, had a feed at the pub, and maybe are having a wander during the day... where to go? To The Angel's Share! Walk in, take a look around, have a good chat, sample a nip, buy some Tasmanian artisan products, and then probably come back again the next day, as once won't be enough. The Angel's Share is what's great about the Cradle Coast - small towns, friendly people, and a passion for local products that becomes infectious.
Visit at 14 Church St, Stanley.
The Spirit Bar, Burnie
Currently on the hunt for new premises, Spirit Bar is the bar the Share Plate team would open if we had the time... it's a small bar with a hyper-local focus, completely filled with Tasmanian spirits (over 100 at last count), honouring the artisan producers across the state that output high quality goods. As ideas go, we love it. We can't wait to see where they land in their next home. Follow the Spirit Bar team below and keep an eye out, as when they launch their next venue, it's going to be over-run.
- Too hard to narrow down, considering the options available.
Visit at 2/23 Cattley St, Burnie.
Explore the members through the Tasting Trail site and build your own itinerary to suit at your own pace. You can also find exceptional things to do through the Visit Cradle Coast site.
Discover the process of Southern Wild Distillery founder George Burgess alongside more of our favourite stories from Northern Tasmania in our current issue! Covering from Stanley in the northwest to the Bay of Fires in the east, through Burnie, Devonport and Launceston. We've jam packed 116 pages to bring you stories of our favourite eateries, farms, producers, wine, beer, spirits and social enterprises! Purchase here:
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