Can there be a brewery in Australia with a more beautiful location than IronHouse? Midway along Tasmania's east coast, the brewery forms part of the White Sands resort, looking out over its own private beach (complete with the whitest of white sand, of course) across the ocean.
Originally situated in a shed, the resort went through a major renovation in 2009 and the brewery moved into its new home. It now takes centre stage in White Sands' impressive main building, which also houses a restaurant, bar, shop, kids' play area and terrace, with an outdoor swimming pool completing the picture. Under the stewardship of Michael Briggs, IronHouse produces a range of traditional beers, from a quaffable lager through to a rich porter, that's embellished with the odd limited release, such as "The Hoff", a highly hopped IPA inspired by Mr Hasselhoff himself.
Stood at the bar, you can see straight though to the brewery, from where the draught beers are all poured direct from the tanks. There's a selection of quality imported beers in bottle in the fridges too, alongside mainly Tassie wines in a list that will soon be augmented by IronHouse's own vintages - a vineyard is set to open nearby in 2013.
Accommodation consists of cottages boasting views along the coast, while there are two onsite dining options - the casual Brewhaus and Le Blanc fine dining restaurant. Whichever one you opt for, bear in mind that some of Australia's best oysters are harvested just down the road - perfect for accompanying a beer or three on the terrace at sundown.