Little Rivers’ Arrival

Little Rivers’ Arrival

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Little Rivers’ Arrival

Little Rivers

Scottsdale used to be one of Australia’s most significant hop growing regions. Today, there is just one remaining hop farm in that part of northeast Tasmania. One which is growing the increasingly unfashionable Pride of Ringwood hops. But, thanks to the arrival of a new brewery, there is fresh reason for beer lovers to cast their eyes in that direction.

Little Rivers launched earlier this year. Pouring beers at the equally new Saint John Craft Beer venue in Launceston for Craft Beer Rising. Quickly attracting the attention of venues across the state. Already co-owner Chris Cairns has had to give up his other job, working at Pipers Brook Vineyard, to focus on keeping up with demand for his four beers, demand that has seen him working seven days a week, 12 to 14 hours a day.


Homespun Creation Brewery

Little Rivers is very much a family affair. While Chris handles the majority of the brewing, packaging, labelling and other brewery duties, Jess’ stepdad is handling much of the business side of things while Jess learned the ropes – while raising an 11-month-old and working part-time as a nurse.

The brewery itself is something of a homespun creation too. Lacking the funds to purchase a turnkey brewery, they created their own double decoction brewhouse, with Chris’ uncle using his welding skills and some winery fermenters repurposed for beer. Originally they intended to build it on a family farm but, when a suitable site cropped up in Scottsdale itself, they snapped it up and now hope to add a cellar door ready for next summer.

As for their flying start and the subsequent long days and weeks, it turns out that there was demand for their beers before they had even got them ready.


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