New Norfolk, located near Pulpit Rock just half an hour north of Hobart, has an unfairly disproportionate number of great craft breweries for a town of 5,000 people. It’s well worth adding to a Tasmanian craft beer itinerary for any beer lovers visiting Hobart.
Famously elusive and stand-offish in style, with an almost Nordic mystique about it, The Eleventh Order quietly produce some superb dark lagers and pale ales that have won several awards in recent years. There was a regular pop-up bar on site, as part of New Norfolk Providore. Although Covid19 has made that tough to sustain, you can still visit, and try The Eleventh Order’s beers at one of several local bars, by ordering direct online, or by visiting the brewery site for occasional events and collaborations (such as Oktoberfest with New Norfolk Distillery).
Located a few hundred metres from The Eleventh Order just off Ring Road, Welcome Swallow are great at hoppy beers and serious about hops in general, growing their own and celebrating the Derwent Valley’s climate and soils as “one of the best hop-growing regions in the world.” They produce everything in small batches (800 litres and under), which allows for great creativity and seasonality that you can’t taste in any old beers – even craft ones. They also grow their own fruit for seasonal special editions, like a Refreshing Raspberry or Tropical Fruit Sour. Taste their delicious beers straight from the source at Welcome Swallow’s brewery Tap Room, open Friday-Sunday from 1pm.