Cascade Brewery

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Cascade Brewery
Location Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Opened 1832
Barrels per year 36 million litres
Owner(s) SAB Miller
Active beers
Name Type
Cascade Premium Lager Lager
Cascade Premium Light Low-alcohol Lager
Cascade Pale Ale Lager
Cascade Blonde Lager
Cascade Draught Lager
Cascade Lager (Blue) Lager
Cascade Bitter (Red) Bitter Lager
Cascade Stout Stout
Cascade Bright Lager
Seasonal beers
Name Type
Cascade First Harvest Special Ale

Cascade Brewery is the oldest continually operating brewery in Australia. It is based in South Hobart, Tasmania. The Cascade estate (originally a saw milling operation) was founded beside the clean water of the Hobart Rivulet in 1824 by Peter Degraves (1778 – 31 December 1852), an entrepreneur who emigrated from England on the Hope in 1824.[1] In 1826 charges were laid against Degraves for debt and he was taken into custody until 1831. In 1832 Peter Degraves built a Brewery on his property.[2] It is now owned by Foster's Group. Cascade produces a range of beers, homebrew, apple cider ('Mercury Cider' brand) and non-alcoholic beverages including apple juice, blackcurrant syrup & carbonated beverages.

The image adopted for its label in 1987, H. C. Richter's nineteenth century illustration of the now extinct Tasmanian Tiger (Thylacinus cynocephalus), is from Gould's The Mammals of Australia.[3]

Cascade is unique among Australian breweries and rare among breweries worldwide in that it operates it own maltings, producing malt for its mainstream beers (including Premium Lager & Pale Ale) from locally grown barley. Specialty malts for dark beers and the seasonal range are imported from mainland Australia and from overseas. The Cascade name is also given to the sporting event 'The Cascade Cup'.

Beers[edit]

Iconic illustration of the Thylacine featured on the label[3]

Premium Range[edit]

  • Cascade Premium Lager is an Australian-style lager, hopped with "Hersbrucker" to give the beer a distinct spicy flavour. Alcohol Content: 5%

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  • Cascade Premium Light is a low-alcohol lager, which is currently the biggest selling light beer in Australia. Alcohol Content: 2.6%[5]

Degrave's Collection:

  • Cascade Pale Ale, also known as "green" or simply "Pale", is in fact an Australian-style lager, not an ale. The Pale Ale name has been used since the brewery was established and was originally an ale style beer. The Pale Ale has an excellent balance of the famous "Pride of Ringwood" Hop and Pale Malt giving the beer a fruity mid palette and spicy end palette. Alcohol Content: 5.0%
  • Cascade Stout is a stout beer, commonly enjoyed by an older audience. The Cascade Stout is brewed with a blend of different malts and grains including roasted barley which gives the brew chocolate and coffee overtones. Alcohol Content: 5.8%
  • Cascade Blonde is a premium lager beer brewed with a blend of barley and wheat malts, then hopped using the "Cascade" Hop to give a light bitterness. The wheat malt in this brew gives the beer a citrus like mid palette. Alcohol Content: 4.8%
  • Cascade Amber is an amber ale brewed with a blend of three malts including the Cara-Malt which gives this brew toffee like flavours and its rich amber colour. Alcohol Content: 4.8%
  • Cascade Pure was launched as "Cascade Green" Carbon Neutral Beer in March 2008. It is a low carbohydrate, preservative free beer. Cascade use accredited schemes to offset production emissions, and use vegetable inks on the label and a lightweight bottle. In 2008, it won the Tasmanian Premier's Award for Climate Action.[6] The name change to Cascade Pure took place in November 2010 and was an odd choice after only two years - rival Boags already offer a "Pure" beer. Cascade's media release said the change was “to reflect not only the environmental credentials of the 100 per cent carbon neutral beer and its great taste, neither of which will change, but also the quality of the local Tasmanian ingredients used in the brew with nothing artificial added.”[7] Alcohol content: 4.5%

This range was launched in September 2005, it consists of existing products with more focused marketing and labeling. There was a further major overhaul of the brand in 2010.[7]

Tasmanian Range[edit]

  • Cascade Draught is a traditional full strength lager. It is Tasmania's best selling beer. In Tasmania it is the most commonly found Cascade product on tap (draught). Alcohol Content: 4.7%
  • Cascade Lager, also known as "blue", is a traditional full strength lager. Although it is not as widely available as the other varieties, it has a cult following, particularly amongst uni students. Alcohol Content: 4.8%
  • Cascade Bitter, also known as "red", is a bitter lager. Alcohol Content: 4.8%
  • Cascade Export Stout, is similar to the stout featured in the Degrave's Collection however is brewed with a shorter maturation time and has a slightly stronger flavour. The beer is only brewed in a very small volume. Alcohol Content: 5.8%

These beers are only available in Tasmania.

Seasonal & limited edition beers:

Cascade has also produced an annual premium beer since 2002, "First Harvest", which has an extremely limited production. "First Harvest" refers to the first yield of Tasmanian hops, in which the actual unkilned hops flowers are used for the brew. First Harvest which is brewed to a different recipe every year, is brewed as an ale.

From 2003 until the launch of Degrave's collection Cascade produced a range of seasonal beers:

  • Cascade Summer Blonde now Cascade Blonde.
  • Cascade Autumn Amber now Cascade Amber.
  • Cascade Winter Warmer a dark wheat beer. Winter Warmer was available as a seasonal beer in Tasmania for at least 10 years, but only on tap at selected pubs.
  • Cascade Spring Fest a Bavarian helles style lager.

Homebrew range[edit]

  • Spicy Ghost Draught
  • Golden Harvest Lager
  • Imperial Voyage Pale Ale
  • Chocolate Mahogany Porter

Non-alcohol beverages[edit]

The non-alcoholic range of products was acquired by Coca-Cola Amatil in the third quarter of 2013. [8]

  • Ultra-C Blackcurrant Syrup is a fruit juice syrup made from Tasmanian grown blackcurrants.
  • Apple Isle Sparkling Apple Juice is a lightly carbonated clear Apple Juice made from Tasmanian grown apples. It is the largest selling brand in the sparkling apple juice category in Australia.
  • Cascade Real Range is a range of 100% fruit juices including Apple Juice, Apple & Blackcurrant, Apple & Raspberry, Australian Orange Juice and other variants.
  • Cascade Ginger Beer is a naturally brewed Ginger Beer.

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Coordinates: 42°53′45″S 147°17′33″E / 42.89583°S 147.29250°E / -42.89583; 147.29250