Iron House Brewery
When White Sands Resort came on the market a few years ago it proved too tempting for Devonport businessman John White, who already runs several companies bearing his surname. Rebranded as White Sands Estate, the 80-hectare seaside resort – which sits on the east coast midway between St Helen’s and Bicheno – is being redeveloped into a multipurpose convention, hospitality and accommodation centre, with its own microbrewery and vineyard. White’s son-in-law Michael Briggs convinced him to install the brewery and to let him loose both making and marketing the beers (the latter along with Brigg’s wife Danyelle). Iron House beers were launched at the Hobart Beerfest in December 2007 and are now readily available throughout Tassie, both on tap and in bottles. The core range featured a US-style pale ale, a lager, a wheat beer and a porter; St Paddy’s Stout was added in the 2008 winter and a pilsener was rolled out for the following summer. The brewing equipment was acquired second-hand from the USA and includes an 8-hectolitre brewhouse and automatic bottling line. Currently housed in a large outbuilding, the microbrewery will be relocated within the combined bistro restaurant/convention centre complex (due to be completed by late ’09), where the glassed-in working brewery will be a major focus for visitors. It’s pretty hard to miss Michael Briggs when he’s travelling around Tasmania, delivering his beers in a large white van emblazoned with gigantic Iron House beer bottles and various logos.
Still evolving over the first year, the core range steers closer to easy drinkability than flavour-packed, boundary-pushing complexity.
Iron House Brewery Porter
Behind the Label
Ironhouse Point juts out into the Tasman Sea off White Sands Estate and takes its name from the first ironclad house built on the east coast of Tasmania, early last century. The surrounding stretch of coastline has long been a favourite spot for recreational activities including fishing, beach holidays and surfing. The locals say that when the wind blows from the southeast, the waves build in size and the surfies head to ‘the Ironhouse’. The distinctive headline and aqua-blue waters are featured in Iron House Brewery’s labels.
Tasman Highway, Ironhouse Point 7215
Tours by appointment; tastings; bar; restaurant; takeaway salescomments powered by Disqus