A small, artisan brewery based at Railton in Tasmania’s north-west, Seven Sheds Brewery was opened in April 2008 by Catherine Stark and Willie Simpson. Their property is home to the brewery, a purpose-built tasting room and a boutique hop garden. Seven Sheds specializes in traditional ales brewed in shallow open fermenters which are bottle- and keg-conditioned without filtration or additives of any description (and vegan friendly). All beers are naturally carbonated by secondary fermentation in both bottle and keg.
Seven Sheds beers are available at 50-odd select outlets within Tasmania, at Harvest farmers’ market in Launceston (first Saturday of the month) and at various festivals and events throughout the state. Tasmanian and mainland customers can also order through www.sevensheds.com (minimum one carton).
Around 6,000 visitors per year make the pilgrimage to Seven Sheds for free tastings (Wednesday-Sunday, 11am-5pm), direct sales, and tours of the hop garden and brewery (by appointment). Undercover outdoor seating allows visitors to enjoy beer by the glass and they are encouraged to bring their own picnic.
Seven Sheds’ regular brews include Kentish Ale, Paradise Pale, Willie Warmer and Elephant’s Trunk, with several seasonal, annual and one-off brews also available on a rotating basis.