Sinking beers at the end of the worldHobart, Australia
It started as a dream concocted in a cell in the old Hobart Gaol, back in the 1820s. Today it’s one of the world’s most beautiful brewing establishments, crafting draughts, lagers and stouts with waters sourced from Tasmania’s Mount Wellington.
Take a tour of the gothic sandstone establishment – more a castle than a factory – and learn all about ex-con Peter Degraves and his brother-in-law Major Macintosh who made it their business to supply Australia’s island state with a generous supply of beer. After uncovering the brewery's history, including the great fire that burned Cascade into an ashen shell back in 1967, and hearing how the beverages are made, you’ll shrug off your hi-viz vest and sample four different refreshing ales and ciders.
Travel from Melbourne to Hobart on the Spirit of Tasmania, with passenger tickets from US$80.
The Brewery Tour costs about US$22, and the Heritage Tour about US$15.