The Apple of my Isle – Even more reasons to visit Tasmania

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Bloody Tassie. Not only do they have killer landscapes and awesome wildlife, now they have an increasingly awesome craft beer scene. Tassie writer Roger Hanson chats with newcomers Fox Friday who have set up their small but tasty operation in north Hobart.

THE PASSION for brewing good beer is rapidly making Hobart a destination point for craft beer, says a local brewer.

Wayne and Naomi Clarkson started independent nano brewery Fox Friday in April, focused on providing unfiltered small batches of quality beer in the heart of Moonah in Hobart’s north because they “love brewing”.

Fox Friday’s Bombshell Blonde Ale

Mrs Clarkson said they are not following any trends, instead making good sessional beers and brewing the beer by hand.“We do brewing on a small scale and currently only supply Tasmania, but Hobart is becoming known as a national destination point for craft beer drinkers,” Mrs Clarkson said.

Craft breweries numbers have exploded in Tasmanian over the past two years, with more than 21 breweries and Tasmanian independent Brewers Association becoming established.

The co-owners of Hobart bar Society – Salamanca, Angela Nichols and Emma Davis, have a hard rule when it comes to choosing beers for their eight taps – it has to be local and 100 per cent Tasmanian owned. Fox Friday is on tap at Society.

Fox Friday’s Bangarang Brown Ale

“We made a decision early on not to contract our taps and open up to local brewers,” Mrs Nichols said.

When first starting with craft beer four years ago, Mrs Nichols said there were only three breweries but now she can draw upon more than 21 to retail at her bar.

“They are brewing everything from sessional pale ales to highly experimental beers,” Mrs Nichols said.

“We love dealing with local breweries, when the actual brewer walks in to deliver their keg we can have a chat about the beer, the story behind it and learn more details about the product. It’s close and more intimate way of dealing with a suppler. We love that.”

Fox Friday beers are inspired by Pacific and American styles, and the Clarksons runs a small cellar door at their brewery in Moonah.

They have developed a “prototype” label, which is their experimental space for new beers.

The couple both work as well as brew, but have a long-term plan to be working in the brewery full-time.

“We just want to brew beer,” Mrs Clarkson said.

Check out more at foxfriday.com.au and societysalamanca.com

Fox Friday
Unit 6, 14a Main Road, Moonah

Cellar door hours:
Wed: 5pm-7pm
Fri: 3.30pm-7pm

Society – Salamanca
22 Montpelier Retreat, Battery Point, 7004 Tasmania
Open Tuesday – Saturday from 4pm

Craft Beer Alert: Hobart hosts the Tasmanian Microbrew Festival on September 17 – read more at www.facebook.com/tasmicrobrewfest.