Last Rites Brewing Company at Tassie

Last Rites Brewing Company at Tassie

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Tassie’s craft brewing community has welcomed another member with the official opening of the Last Rites Brewing Company. Based at Cambridge, just a few minutes drive from Hobart airport, Last Rites will focus on New World hop-driven ales and offer visitors what Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman calls “a perfect arrival: a warm welcome and a cold beer.”


All for One, One for All

The five co-owners of Last Rites, describes themselves as friends and enthusiastic home brewers. They are Phil Zakaria, Jason and Brett Allchin, Tom Potter and Chris Cooper. Phil Zakaria, former research chemist, has given up the world of academia for ale. Jason Allchin, who along with brother Brett has been a part of the Tasmanian liquor industry for years. Jason will distribute Last Rites through his new business Liquor Industry Solutions. This is the Tasmanian agent for mainland beer brands including Clare Valley, Balmain, and Mornington Peninsula.

Tom Potter, a vineyard manager, and Chris Cooper, who has extensive experience in the hospitality industry, including opening popular Hobart pub Preachers.

According to Jason, the choice to work on New World, hop forward beers is a personal one as much as a business one.


Last Rites’s Beers


Last Rites has developed a core range of three beers. These are Horn of Diligence Pale Ale, She’s No Bette Midler Red Ale, and Dead Man’s Revenge Black IPA namely. Dead Man’s Revenge Black IPA being an appropriate moniker given that the brewery backs onto a graveyard.

Horn of Diligence is the first beer that Last Rites scaled up from their 20 litre pilot system to a full commercial brew. It produced several batches in late 2014 at Morrison Brewery in Launceston. It’s a deep, malty pale ale made with Munich and Vienna malts and Amarillo and Centennial hops.

Dead Man’s Revenge Black IPA also has a deep, hop-driven character, and a complexity that comes from the last minute addition of roasted barley.

The third mainstay of Last Rites – She’s No Bette Midler Red Ale. It is described by head brewer Phil as a “big, red caramel malt driven ale. It comes about as close as any beer could or should to being the liquid equivalent of Bette.”


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