Established by Willie Simpson and Catherine Stark in 2008, Seven Sheds has evolved from offering a single beer – Kentish Ale - to having five brews available all-year-round, plus regular seasonals and a range of single-batch “brewers reserve” beers that provide examples of diverse beer styles from around the world.
Seven Sheds beers are handcrafted in an alehouse designed around traditional brewing methods. Flagship Kentish Ale typifies the robust, flavoursome beers that form the backbone of the Seven Sheds range. A great match for bratwurst sausages or a rabbit pie, Kentish Ale is the most popular Seven Sheds brew and can be enjoyed at select tap locations including Cradle Mountain Hotel, Mole Creek Hotel (where it’s sold as Tassie Tiger Ale) and Stanely Hotel as well as Hobart’s Lark Distillery Cafe.
Other regular brews include Willie Warmer, a spiced dark ale; the Belgian-style Elephants Trunk which at 7% is one to enjoy while strapped to your favourite armchair; and the raspberry wheat beer Razzamatazz, which is a great thirst quencher on a hot day. Winter seasonal Stark Raven is a full-bodied oatmeal stout and Paradise Pale, now a part of the permanent lineup, is a refreshing brew designed to wash down seafood, salads and other summer fare. The Seven Sheds Brewers Reserve range includes brews such as Royal Willie (11.6%), St Ella IPA and Peru-inspired chocolate and quinoa Black Inca (6.8%) which are only available in 500ml bottles.
Seven Sheds beers are available by the glass at Tasmanian events throughout the year including Launceston’s Festivale, Devonport’s Taste the Harvest, Sheffield’s Taste of the North West, Wynyard’s Bloomin’ Tulips, Deloraine’s Tasmanian Craft Fair, and Hobart’s Taste of Tasmania Festival, plus the Seven Sheds Hop Harvest (March) and Oktoberfest on-site in Railton.
Railton is a great place to stop and stretch your legs with level, easy walking. Visitors can check out the cafes, gift shops and topiary, a stroll along the Tasmanian Trail to contemplate the edicts in Sykes Sanctuary reserve or take the kids up to Goliath Park to kick a footie or play on the swings. Grab a Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail map for other tasty treats ranging from chocolate to salmon and ginseng, raspberries, apples, honeys, cherries, cheese, fresh fruit and vegetables, pinot noir and cider, jams and relish. Check out http://www.cradletocoasttastingtrail.com.au for more information about food; and http://www.sheffieldcradleinfo.com.au for local visitor information and accommodation options.