Susan’s the religious one. (Erik grumbles about how the Holy Trinity doesn’t really make sense; Susan says because it’s not supposed to.) In cooking, the combination of onions, bell peppers, and celery is often called the Holy Trinity. It’s a kind of shorthand for three things that go together, but are still inherently different. What would the Holy Trinity of alcohol tourism be? Beer, wine, and….
Wood softened our footsteps as we made our way into the quiet atmosphere of Lark Distillery, located adjacent to Hobart’s main tourist information center. The golden colour of four whiskeys and two liquers graced our tasting glass. The whiskeys range from a 43% single malt to an incredible 58% cask strength, as well as one kept in rum barrels. The cask strength version had a hot alcohol flavour throughout, and the rum barrel-aged version had a hint of molasses in the finish. Their Bush liquer is made from Tasmanian pepperberries and is reminiscent of gin. A whiskey liquer tasted of candy cane, with an attendant sweetness like Drambuie. Like New Zealand spirits, the whiskeys on list at Lark were shockingly expensive, starting at $33 for 100mL bottle. Any would make a fine gift for friends, but would not replace our whiskey selection at home.
A champagne flute stood in the foreground, contrasting a row of beer glasses behind. We have never had a simultaneous beer and wine tasting before, so the Museum of Old an New Art (MONA) was a pleasant experience. A microbrewery and winery both showcase at the tasting bar. The stout was delightful- chocolate on the nose and a robust finish without any burnt or bitter character. The wine lineup was pricey and not distinguished. Starting with the beer, moving to wine, and back to beer had an interesting effect on our palate and we recommend you try it at home. MooBrew’s hefeweizen and stout and the Moorila Estate Winery’s pinot gris made it into the car with us, which brought our tasting bill to zero!
In pursuit of nostalgia tourism, we visited Cascade Brewery, where homebrewing started for us 4 years ago. The facade of the brewery, looming at the base of Mount Wellington, is alone enough to inspire respect and admiration. The beers themselves are suited to an average palate, and thus are quaffable without being remarkable. We’re pleased that the beer isn’t like crappy American beer- at least we were inspired by well-crafted, if unchallenging, brews!