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Du Cane Brewing in Launceston has opened its $2.8 million brewery and eating corridor.

Based by Will Horan and Sam Reid, who additionally co-founded Willie Smith’s Cider and Willie Smith’s Apple Shed, the venue covers 1,500 sq. meters and operates as an on-site brewery that includes operate areas, a non-public eating room and a cellar door hub.

The enterprise was initially based as a homebrewing enterprise by Horan, who provided bushwalking huts he frequented as a information working alongside the Du Cane Vary at Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair Nationwide Park.

“I spent many hours strolling behind my group, daydreaming of various beers that I’d make and it has been actually rewarding to develop my ardour for craft beer and to lastly see this mission come to life,” Horan stated in a media launch.

“We will actually say that Northern Tasmania has one of many best beer trails in Australia that encompasses some actually common breweries from Ulverstone by to Penguin, Devonport, Railton, Beaconsfield and over to Scottsdale.”

One instance is Island State Brewing, which opened earlier this 12 months in Devonport.

The Du Cane house is constructed within the prior Tent Metropolis constructing on Princes Sq., which was first noticed by co-founder Sam Reid.

“I used to be driving previous someday and seen it was vacant and thought it was the perfect location proper throughout from the attractive Princes Sq. in Launceston after which made just a few calls to search out out who the proprietor was and received in contact – that was about march 2021,” co-founder Sam Reid advised BrewsNews.

“After just a few discussions we lastly settled on the constructing in October 2021.”

Whereas the appliance course of was lengthy, it was anticipated and Du Cane ready for the lengthy haul, in accordance with Reid.

“I made certain we engaged the council early, I began speaking to them in October 2020 to get them on board and confirmed the planning division by a few different various areas to get their perspective.”

He additionally suggested different breweries-in-planning to prioritize time administration.

“The important thing level is nobody likes surprises and so long as folks know issues are coming and also you give your self sufficient time then the method ought to go comparatively easily.

“We additionally made certain we engaged far and vast from the GM [general manager] to the tourism and occasions groups and constructed assist internally.”

Whereas collaboration is vital working in a group, it can be tough to cope with various opinions, in accordance with Reid.

“Attempting to sift by all of the differing opinions for the totally different areas and discovering the precise steadiness of spend vs. practicality has been tremendous exhausting,” Reid stated.

“Everybody has their very own opinion about what it’s best to and should not do and the place it’s best to make investments and the place it’s best to go low-cost and it would not matter.

“Ultimately I believe we have a reasonably superior brewery for the dimensions however throughout the entire course of now we have been making an attempt to future proof, so now we have most likely erred on the facet of investing forward of the curve, assuming we’ll want it someday.”

The brewery

When it comes to the brewing, Will Horan at present works as head brewer with the brewhouse estimated to supply 200,000 liters every year.

“It is a three vessel steam fired brewhouse which Ashur Corridor, head brewer from Stomping Floor ordered for us from China,” Du Cane co-founder Sam Reid stated.

“We determined to go steam as I would all the time heard it made a greater beer and Dave McGill at Deep South additionally runs steam and inspired that selection.

“It has been much more difficult to place collectively than we had thought however we have labored with Anthony Clem from Wellbrewd consulting and an area ex Boags engineer Andrew Mitchell to construct it.”


Study extra about Deep South Brewing and Dave Macgill on this Beer is a Dialog episode.


Du Cane Brewing launched with seven beers, together with its Pale Ale and Pilsner, which have been first brewed earlier this 12 months.

“Our two originals, Pale Ale and Pilsner plus our two more moderen core vary beers Mid (Pale) and Stout after which three completely new to market beers, IPA, Darkish Lager and a collaboration with Adams Distillery, an ex bourbon cask whiskey barrel from Adams Distillery which is fairly thrilling as we’re collaborating with all native beverage suppliers within the area to solely inventory their merchandise (and Willie Smith’s Cider after all).”

Du Cane Brewing is now open at 60/64 Elizabeth St, Launceston TAS 7250.


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