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Thorny Devil brews beers and ciders that ignite drinker’s taste buds. Thorny Devil is available at local events and festivals. It’s wasn’t that long ago that your best – and pretty much only – hope for a decent selection of craft beer in Hobart was the New Sydney. Today, the beer scene is booming, with the likes of Preachers* and Jack Greene bringing better beer to Salamanca Place and, most recently, The Winston and the just reopened and restyled Tattersalls Beer and Food Hall giving beer lovers a bigger choice than ever before.
The Winston is the latest venture from Kris Miles, a food and booze connoisseur we first knew of at Brisbane’s now defunct Nectar bottleshop, then as the guy creating crazy beer cocktails at Melbourne’s Beer DeLuxe before he headed to Tasmania. Initially invited down to open the MONA Bar, he went on to help open Jack Greene before taking on a pretty rundown pub near his house in North Hobart with wife Caroline. In just a few short months, The Winston has returned to being a thriving local mixing quality beer, US-inspired food, pinball, pool, live music and, soon, the return of Kris’ beer cocktails and a new 12-tap beer system.
“It’s been flat out,” says Kris, who likens the Art Deco pub to the Great Northern in Melbourne: a local that’s gone craftier. “We built on what was there and are now doing 60 to 100 dinners every night of the week, which is definitely better than we anticipated for winter as people tend to hibernate. There’s a lot of beer heads in North Hobart that wouldn’t have gone here before.
“We’ve got mostly craft beer on tap and a bottle list that’s evolving due to seasonal availability of beers. We just had our first Long Lunch featuring beer and food matching – ending with a vertical tasting of Moo Brew’s Seasonal Stout from 2010, 2011 and 2012 with cheese and chocolate.
“[The scene is] pretty good. We’ve had $15 pints on [when rare, expensive kegs have landed] and no one seems too bothered; IPAs and stouts are our two biggest selling styles.
“For a place of just 200,000 people, Hobart has a pretty solid selection of beer bars. It’s definitely evolved in the three years that I’ve been here.”
A few kilometres away in the centre of Hobart is Tattersalls Beer and Food Hall. It’s been opened by Andrew Tynan, who Melbourne beer drinkers may know from first Grumpy’s Green and more recently The Alehouse Project. It had always been his intention to return to his hometown to bring back what he’d learned in hospo around the world, although the speed with which he made the decision to take over the large former Curly’s nightclub building surprised everyone, even himself.
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