A few excellent reasons to pop over to Tassie this month


Our over-achieving southern friends are putting on some fun festivals in the next month, writes Froth’s Tassie correspondent Roger Hanson.

Lovers of fine craft beer have an exciting few weeks ahead with beer events including the Tasmanian Microbrew Festival next Saturday and upcoming Oktoberfest celebrations.

A crowd of 4000 is expected to soak up offerings from about 21 of Tasmania’s craft brewers at the Microbrew Fest at Princes Wharf in Hobart.

Bruce Arnold, of Shambles Brewery, says the festival is an invaluable event for smaller brewers because “it helps the public understand what us craft brewers do”.

“The festival gives the public access to a whole range of brewers and styles of beers and ciders,” he says.

A former aeronautical engineer and cyber security expert, Arnold moved from Canberra to Hobart to open the brewery, which will have four beers on tap during the festival – an IPA, porter, golden ale and summer ale.

The annual Microbrew Fest is organised by 25 Drysdale (TasTAFE) Advanced Diploma of Hospitality and Tourism students, in partnership with the Tasmanian Beer Trail and the Department of State Growth.

Student project team leader Bec Goodman says this year’s festival will be a celebration of great craft beers with matching food.

An excellent beer from the jolly peeps at The Shambles Brewery in Hobart.

“We have hired both the inside of PW1 and the deck facing Salamanca Market enabling us to accommodate a larger crowd,” she says.

Fellow student team leader Fra Recchia says it is also a great opportunity to promote the Tasmanian Beer Trail, while TasTAFE teacher Graham Haskell says students plan and implement “hands on” tourism and hospitality industry events.

Shambles Brewery’s Cornel Lanculovici, a former science teacher, will be one of the brewers giving beer masterclasses.

Entry is $5 at the door – check out the Tasmanian Microbrew festival Facebook page for more information.

  • Meanwhile, tickets are on sale for Oktoberfest, which will be held at The Red Shed, Macquarie Point, Hobart, on Saturday, October 8. The event’s co-organiser is Brendan Parnell, Hobart Brewing Company’s general manager, and it includes spring seasonal beers in steins, a Bavarian-style beer hall, German cuisine cooked over the fire pit and live music on an outdoor stage.
  • In another event, Shambles Brewery in North Hobart is hosting a Shambolic Oktoberfest on Saturday, September 24, 12.30pm-4.30pm, featuring a special new brew of a traditional German Märzen, which is the official beer style of Oktoberfest.