As you probably only need to visit a brewery once, what better one to explore than Cascade in Hobart? As Australia's oldest brewery, it has a reputation for making some of the best beers in the whole country and, on the Brewery Tour, you can see just how it's all done. As a behind the scenes tour, it's excellent and, at $20 per adult, great value, especially bearing in mind that you get to taste some beers at the bar after the tour for free - it's included in the cost.
Even if you're not a beer drinker, it's interesting to see the process by which the different brews get made. The tour follows the entire process, from where the water is sourced to the bottling and labelling, and all things in between. If beer's not really your thing, there's a lot of history in the buildings, the company and the grounds surrounding Cascade too, so the tour is worth the money, even if it's just from the historical perspective.
The tours of Cascade Brewery run throughout the day, but you're probably best to check with the brewery or get your accommodation to make a booking for a specific time (ours did when we were in town). Groups are limited to 20 at a time and, even though we visited in winter, all the groups for that day were fully booked, so, if possible, plan ahead: you won't be disappointed.
I believe that there's a bus from Hobart's town centre, however we chose to walk up the hill to the brewery which took about 90 minutes. If it's a nice day, give it a go; there are some good views and interesting housing along the way and it's fairly simple to get to as Cascade is perched on a main road.
When in Tasmania, a tour of Cascade Brewery is a must in my book, even if you're not a beer lover: my wife isn't really, but she enjoyed it as much as me. Remember though: book ahead.
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