A Little Australian Beer History and our 2013 Trip to Australia

Thanks to Amber at “Go To Ale” Beer Blog, Dr. B and I can share with you a little Aussie Beer History. This is extra fun for us, as we are planning an adventure there this summer. Cheers!


“In my quest of learning how beer first got around, here is a brief – yet informative! – history of how beer first came to be in Australia! It all began in 1768 as Captain James Cook was loading his ship, the Endeavor, for a voyage to Australia.


I don’t know if y’all have looked at a map recently, but England and Australia aren’t exactly near each other. So Cook’s friend, Joseph Banks, recommended Cook take “molasses and turpentine” to brew beer with. (Turpentine? I don’t think I’d recommend anyone try that nowadays.)

Cook listened to Banks. He also believed that beer was good for his crew because it seemed to keep them healthy. They left in August of 1768 with four tons of beer on ship. It was almost gone just a month later.

So that’s the [short] story of how beer got to Australia. Here’s the story of the first brewery in Australia.


Cascade Brewery is gorgeous! The building is a marvel in itself. Located in Tasmania, Cascade has been around since 1824.
Peter Degraves built the beauty after spending several years in prison for being unable to pay off his debts. He died a rich man though, so no worries. Cascade is still around today and their pale ale has a great reputation.”


When Dr. B and I go to Australia this summer, we’d like to visit the following breweries and/or taphouses.


We’d like to go to the Mountain Goat, in Melbourne, to try the India Pale Ale because it’s full of Citra and Galaxy hops.


While in Sydney, we’ll head over to the Manly area and check out 4 Pines Brewing Company. I knew this would be the one to check out because they have a Sasquatch on their web page. I’ll be trying their Kellar Door series… off the wall and unique… my favorite!


When in Cairns, we’d like to try Blue Sky Brewery‘s FNQ (Far North Queensland) Lager. When it’s hot and muggy in the rainforesty weather of Cairns, a lager is what the doctor orders.


We’d also like to travel farther east, toward Port Douglas and the Great Barrier Reef. While there, we’ll change it up and grab some local wine at the Tin Shed. We are still looking for a good tap house to try. I’ll ask the locals when we get there. (Anyone out there have suggestions?)


Finally, we hope to be able to make it inland enough to explore Alice Springs, home of Uluru, or Ayer’s Rock. While visiting, we’ll grab a beer at Bojangles (not the same chicken chain found in southeastern US!). According to Wikitravel, “Bojangles, is the most popular joint for a beer. Every night people coming or leaving for a tour have some fun here.”

That’s all about Australia for now, we’ll share more about our travels as the year progresses. Have a great rest of your weekend!

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Kate says:

    Sounds divine! I want to try any beer that includes “dingo” and “baby” in its title. ( I’ll admit to being a sick puppy.)

  2. Landon says:

    I do not even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was great.
    I don’t know who you are but definitely you
    are going to a famous blogger if you aren’t already 😉 Cheers!

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