Something special brewing

7 June 2022|Community News| Off Comments off on Something special brewing|

GLENORCHY is fast becoming the micro-brewing capital of Tasmania, as a new wave of burgeoning brewers set up shop in the city.

The northern suburbs are now home to several microbreweries, distilleries and outlets including The Albert, Fox Friday, Moo Brew, Devils Distillery, the Tasmanian Spirit Company and 7K Distillery; while Spotty Dog Brewery’s new waterfront brewery and taphouse is currently under construction on Bender Drive overlooking Prince of Wales Bay.

Just across the water, Lesley van Tuil and Dave Lawrence opened their new small-batch brewery and licensed cafe, Brewlab, in Gepp Parade in late April.

Brewlab is located in the same complex as complimentary businesses Sonic Syrup Distribution and Currawong Products, with the three working together with other locals in the industry to ensure that they all succeed.

“It has been incredible so far, and has definitely exceeded our expectations,” Lesley said.

“We’ve been really surprised by the response from the community.

“I feel like we’re really part of something. This movement is actually happening, and we’re getting that feedback from a lot of our customers.

“There’s a lot of young homeowners out here, people in our demographic, and we felt there was a need for somewhere people can go that isn’t Salamanca or North Hobart, where they don’t have to fight for a park but can experience what Tassie has to offer.”

The Brewlab team are passionate about promoting the state’s craft brew industry and hope the venue will become a hub for Tasmanian craft brewers, helping them learn the craft or upscale their operations.

“We’ll have a gypsy brewing operation so anyone who wants to start brewing can come out and use our equipment and facilities at a cheap rate, and start creating some awesome products,” Lesley said.

Glenorchy Mayor Bec Thomas said the council is currently working with a number of other microbreweries keen to potentially operate from Glenorchy.

“Brewlab is a fantastic example of what we are striving for in Glenorchy,” she said.

“It’s an innovative local business, with delicious products, that celebrates and helps activate our city.

“Last year, Council developed the Marine and Innovation Masterplan for Prince of Wales Bay to encourage this type of development. It’s wonderful to see that plan working already.

“Council assisted Brewlab with various approvals processes, and Brewlab used the Glenorchy Jobs Hub to find an apprentice for the kitchen.

“Brewlab is a local business, serving and employing locals. I couldn’t think of a better reason to drop in and enjoy a cold one!”

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