Seven Sheds

After more than two decades as the country's leading - and for long periods - only beer writer, Willie Simpson decided to put his money where his mouth was. Or more precisely, his mash tun where his pen was. Along with partner Catherine Stark, he opened Seven Sheds in 2008, a brewery and meadery on a property in Railton, in Tasmania's northwest, comprising, you've guessed it, seven sheds.

A purist and traditionalist, he brews a wide range of ales, from the refreshingly quaffable Paradise Pale summer seasonal and raspberry flavoured Razzamatazz to bolder affairs, such as the Belgian style Elephant's Trunk, Stark Raven oatmeal stout and Willie Warmer spiced ale. Where possible, the beers use hops grown on trellises next to the brewhouse. And, when time permits, he likes to turn his hand to creating meads and fruit-infused melomels.

Also onsite is the Seven Sheds cellar door, built from the ground up, that welcomes several thousand guests every year through its door. It's the best place to sample a wide range of his beers, often including Willie's Brewer's Reserves, which have included a Smoking Bagpipes beer made with 100 per cent peat smoked malt - smoked onsite with Tasmanian peat - and the Royal Willie, a wonderfully rich, high alcohol version of the Willie Warmer aged in barrels from Lark Distillery. You can also find Seven Sheds beers at Tasmania's leading beer venues and, on occasion, on the mainland, while Willie and Catherine are regular supporters of a huge number of festivals around the state.

The Leggett, Fuggle and Cascade hops grown at Seven Sheds are used for a series of “hop harvest” brews including Leggett India Pale Ale, Fuggled Porter and ELF. In 2017, a Fuggling Mild was created for Launceston’s Fresh Hop Festival and the first season harvest of Cascade ended up in Island Hopper - Seven Sheds’ inaugural collaboration brew with Bruny Island Beer Co.

Name
Seven Sheds
Address

22 Crockers Street
Railton
TAS 7305

Phone
(03) 6496 1139
Website
Hours

Sept to May
Wed to Sun: 11am to 5pm

June & July: 11am to 5pm Fri to Sun
Closed August

Tours

Brewery tours by prior arrangement

Current Crafty Cabal offers

Two for One Brewery Tour at Seven Sheds

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Seven Sheds Regulars

Seven Sheds Stark Raven

A Seven Sheds classic from the brewery's earliest days, this oatmeal stout packs a fair old punch. medium-bodied and dark brown, it's a robust affair, eschewing the softer end of the dark malt spectrum for aromas and flavours of the more roasted, bitter chocolate kind. There's a distinct woody nature to Stark Raven, a touch of nuttiness too, all combining to give it a solid, old school appeal. The brewers recommend pairing it with some Bruny Island oysters.… Read more
Style
Oatmeal Stout
ABV
6.7%

Seven Sheds St Ella IPA (SIPA)

You'll find a few IPAs being brewed around the year at Seven Sheds; indeed, you'd have found the odd one there well before the style become one of the hottest properties in the Aussie craft beer world. However, being Seven Sheds beers, they're typically IPAs with both feet planted firmly in beer's past – inspired by the English IPAs of yore. That said, in the case of the SIPA, you can find some common ground with those of more contemporary leanings as the Tasmanian grown Ella hops deliver upfront… Read more
Style
English IPA
ABV
6.8%

Seven Sheds ELF ESB

Tapped June 17th, 2015
To mark its seventh birthday, Tasmania's Seven Sheds once again made full use of ingredients on its doorstep – literally. Originally a "very limited release" ESB (Extra Special Bitter) but now regularly brewed, ELF features two hop varieties grown at Seven Sheds within metres of the brew shed. They are the ultra rare Leggett and English variety Fuggle. A third variety, Ella, was grown at Bushy Park elsewhere on the island. The first batch was titled 77 in reference to the name of the… Read more
Style
ESB
ABV
5.9%
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New Sydney Hotel

Seven Sheds Cellar Door

Seven Sheds Fuggled Porter

Tapped April 25th, 2013
What was intended to be a double batch of Stark Raven became the first batch of Fuggled Porter when Willie discovered while mashing in that he couldn’t fit that much grain into the mash tun. In a beautiful coincidence, Seven Sheds had just completed its annual hop harvest so a new black beer was created quite literally “on the hop” and has been a part of the hop harvest lineup ever since. The first batch was sent off to traverse the Bass Strait over and over on the Spirit of Tasmania to recreate… Read more
Style
Estate Hopped Porter
ABV
5.8%

Seven Sheds Leggett IPA

Tapped June 8th, 2012
Seven Sheds' full name includes the words "hop garden" and, should you visit, you'll find just that next to the cellar door. Willie his brewers use the hops grown there in a number of beers throughout the year, including one variety you won't find used commercially elsewhere: Leggett. It was one of the three trial varieties that went into the first ever Cascade First Harvest but never graduated to Hop Products Australia's commercial crop. These days, most of the annual hop harvest at Seven… Read more
Style
IPA
ABV
6.8%

Seven Sheds Kentish Ale

The Seven Sheds flagship ale, Kentish Ale takes its name from the council region in which its based. A traditional English ale the colour of burnished copper, it uses a classic blend of Maris Otter malt and both English and Tasmanian hops to create a subtle blend of floral and peachy hop aromas, sweet biscuit and caramel malts and a soft, earthy bitterness.… Read more
Style
English Pale Ale
ABV
5.2%

Seven Sheds Elephant's Trunk

A mouthfeel of a beer in the best way, this strong Belgian ale has all the complexity you'd expect of the style. Nutty, spicy, fruity and with some caramel sweetness on the nose, it boasts a full creamy body and is similarly multi-layered in the mouth, with dark and stewed fruit flavours mixing with some pepper, candi sweetness and finishing with a lengthy bitterness.… Read more
Style
Belgian Strong Ale
ABV
7.0%

Seven Sheds Willie Warmer

A playful name for a serious beer. This is a spiced dark ale designed to warm you from top to bottom in the cooler months. A rich dark ale given a twist with the addition of cassia bark and star anise, it pours a deep, near black, brown with a tan head and gives off plenty of dark chocolate and roasty aromas. The spices are subtle, the mouthfeel velvety, the result warming.… Read more
Style
Spiced Dark Ale
ABV
6.3%

Seven Sheds Paradise Pale

Another Seven Sheds beer to take its name from its locality, the Paradise Pale is a summer ale brewed with malted barley, wheat and Styrian Golding hops. Refreshing from the first whiff of floral hops through its breezy, lifted flavours and light bitterness, it's the brewery's summer release so designed to entice you back for more.… Read more
Style
Summer Ale
ABV
5.0%

Seven Sheds Razzamatazz

A beer that's very much of its region, this fruit ale uses raspberries from Seven Sheds' neighbours at the Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm and Leggett hops grown in Willie's own hop garden. The base beer - a light wheat ale - has been stripped right back to allow the fruit to take centre stage, which it does from the moment the bottle is popped until it's making its way down your throat.… Read more
Style
Fruit Ale
ABV
5.2%

Seven Sheds Specials

Seven Sheds Platypus 400

Tapped Yesterday
Willie Simpson has been around the blocks of the beer world, both as a beer writer and brewer, but more than ten years into his tenure at the helm of Seven Sheds, there still seems to be plenty of inspiration out there. Celebrating another milestone – the 400th batch of Seven Sheds beer – he's released the Platypus 400, a dark brown ale, loaded up with a labyrinth of malt varieties and combined with locally-sourced ingredients from Willie’s neighbours in Tasmania’s north-west: organic buckwheat… Read more
Style
Buckwheat & Hemp Dark Ale
ABV
6.0%
Stockists

Just 666 750ml bottles were packaged off, with Seven Sheds’ tasting room in Railton the best place to find one.

Seven Sheds Whisky IPA (WIPA)

Tapped June 16th, 2017
For this beer, Seven Sheds took some of their St Ella IPA (SIPA) and aged it in whisky barrels from Lark Distillery and, boy, has it turned out a treat. First poured at the 2017 DARK MOFO festival in Hobart and available in tiny volumes at the brewery's cellar door, it's departed the realms of IPA and moved into barley wine territory. There's a Brett like ripe pineapple fruitiness, lots of oaky vanilla character and a whisky enhanced juiciness to be savoured amid its creamy body. And, despite all… Read more
Style
Whisky Barrel Aged IPA
ABV
9.2%

Seven Sheds Mole Kriek

Tapped May 1st, 2016
Mole Kriek is a blend, one that showcases locally sourced cherries from Mole Creek. First released in autumn 2016, the annual brew starts out when the brewing team puts 100 litres of each year’s Cherry Saison into an infected oak cask to condition for 12 months before blending it with the same quantity of fresh Cherry Saison the next year. The result is a beer in which the acidic tang is much more subdued than you'd find in Kriek style beers (the name here appears to be more a pun than a style… Read more
Style
Naturally Soured Cherry Saison
ABV
6.6%

Seven Sheds Eisbock

Tapped March 1st, 2017
Another tiny batch brew from Seven Sheds and one in which the journey before it reached the inside of the limited number of handwritten bottles was lengthy. The base beer was brewed in July 2016 then frozen after primary fermentation; the ice crystals were then extracted to leave behind an more intense and boozier drop. Dark in hue, feisty in terms of rich dark malt and sweet alcohol aromas and flavours, it's a sipper to warm your cockles through cold Tasmanian nights.… Read more
Style
Eisbock
ABV
9.4%

Seven Sheds Smokin' Bagpipes

An experiment as much as a beer and one where similar projects have garnered far more column inches, Smokin' Bagpipes is a beer brewed with nothing other than Tasmanian peat smoked malt. Once the entire batch has been malted, it's used to brew a Scotch ale, replacing what would typically be subtle smoky characters in beers of the style with seriously intense smoky characters. There's a sticky, dark fruit like sweetness underpinning the peat smoke derived elements but really it's all about the smoke,… Read more
Style
Peat Smoked Scotch Ale
ABV
7.5%

Seven Sheds Cherry Saison

Tapped March 4th, 2015
Seven Sheds' Cherry Saison is another beer that showcases more of their local region's producers. Here, one a year since 2015, they gather up tart, white-fleshed Kentish cherries from Mole Creek and Spreyton and put them through the wine press for the brew. The cherries add a pink hue and tart refreshing quality to what's a relatively full-bodied saison, joining soft spicy, banana like esters in a beer that starts out pretty sweet and ends much drier.… Read more
Style
Cherry Saison
ABV
5.8%

Seven Sheds & Bruny Island Beer Co Island Hopper

Tapped June 10th, 2017
Tasmanian brewer Evan Hunter gets about. On various trips to the island since The Crafty Pint started out, we've met him making wash at Lark Distillery and brewing beer at Seven Sheds. He's turned out at Moo Brew and, at one point, ran a crowdfunding campaign to launch a brewing company that would specialise in unique, off kilter brews featuring lesser used ingredients from his home state. In the end, he joined forces with Bruny Island Cheese, where he's bringing many of those ideas to life. And… Read more
Style
Belgo Tasmanian Ale
ABV
5.0%

Seven Sheds Swordfishtrombones

Tapped June 15th, 2016
On the day that we post a beer from a Victorian brewer that reckons it's the first Aussie nitro can, a beer from a Tasmanian brewer that comes with a claim to be the country's first sonically-infused brew. Swordfishtrombones takes its name from the iconic 1983 Tom Waits album and is inspired by his "honking saxophones, farting trombones and smoking xylophones" but much else besides. Head brewer Willie Simpson says the beer is also something of a homage to Italian craft beer pioneer Teo… Read more
Style
Beated Beet Ale
ABV
6.2%
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Dark Mofo Winter Feast

Seven Sheds Cellar Door

Seven Sheds Platypus 300

Tapped April 15th, 2016
Willie Simpson and his team rarely need an invitation to get a little adventurous with their brew day recipes, frequently incorporating unique or unusual ingredients – and on occasion sending beers on long journeys by sea before presenting them to the public. Thus, when a special occasion does come around, such as the Tasmanian brewery's 300th brew since starting out in 2008, you know to expect something a little different. For Platypus 300, they've once again decided to showcase some of the other… Read more
Style
Nut Brown Ale
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A limited edition of 650 individually-numbered bottles is available through Seven Sheds Brewery’s tasting room at 22 Crockers Street, Railton.

Seven Sheds Sooty Porter

Tapped October 7th, 2015
The team at Tasmania's Seven Sheds continues to showcase the talents of the island's diverse craftsmen and women with its latest one-off release. Sooty Porter was created in partnership with Adam Bones of the Tasmanian Cask Company, which re-models bourbon, port and muscat barrels for the island's growing number of distillers. But this was no "pop a beer into a cask and see what develops" occasion; this was something entirely different. Willie Simpson and his brewers obtained wood shavings… Read more
Style
Smoked Porter
ABV
6.0%
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Seven Sheds cellar door (or via ordering online)

New Sydney Hotel

Westend Pumphouse

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Seven Sheds Pilgrim Pilsner

Tapped February 6th, 2015
One thing you're almost always guaranteed when a new beer appears from the Tasmanian brewery of beer writer turned brewer Willie Simpson is that you're going to learn something. The beer may be brewed to mark an occasion, feature unusual local collaborators, or be an attempt to recreate a classic style from the past – no matter the lengths this means going to. And the Pilgrim Pilsner is no different, even coming with a personal tale to boot. Let's start with the personal. Many times over the years,… Read more
Style
Pilsner
ABV
5.9%
Stockists

Seven Sheds Brewery

New Sydney Hotel, Hobart

Harvest Farmers Market, Launceston, on Saturday 7 February.

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Seven Sheds Summer Saison

Tapped November 18th, 2014
Seven years into brewing at their home and hop farm in Northwest Tassie, Seven Sheds has created its first saison. And, once again, it's a beer in which Willie Simpson and his brewing team has made full use of local ingredients. Among the fruits of their surrounds to be featured in the beer are locally-grown lemongrass and lemon zest, spelt and oats from Kindred Organics, as well as locally malted barley, plus Aussie Ella and Kiwi Motueka hops and, for good measure, a dose of raw ginger. It was debuted… Read more
Style
Saison
ABV
6.0%
Stockists

New Sydney Hotel

Seven Sheds (bottles)

Seven Sheds Black Inca

Tapped June 13th, 2014
Having been somewhat shunned in the past, there is an ever greater focus these days on the delights to be found in Tasmania's northwest. Quite right too as, not only is it a beautiful part of the world, but it is home to a richly diverse collection of small, independent producers. Among them is Seven Sheds, the Railton brewery run by former beer writer Willie Simpson and partner Catherine Stark, who have been prominent in bringing attention to the region. They've also taken opportunities to involve… Read more
Style
Oatmeal Cacao Dark Ale
ABV
5.3%
Stockists

Seven Sheds

Seven Sheds Platypus 200

Tapped January 22nd, 2014
Tasmania's northwest doesn't tend to be lavished with as much attention by tourist bods as some of its other regions. But on a trip there for a travel feature a couple of years ago, in the company of brewer and beer writer Willie Simpson, we were introduced to all manner of colourful, quirky and fascinating local producers, often hailing from other parts of the world and settling in NW Tassie after years travelling the globe. For his 200th batch of Seven Sheds beer, Willie decided to bring a few… Read more
Style
Spiced Brown Ale
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Just 500 bottles available from Seven Sheds

Seven Sheds Ferry-Aged Fuggled Porter

Tapped August 5th, 2013
One of the most intriguing of all Aussie brewed beers released last year was Seven Sheds' Bass Strait IPA. Brewer Willie Simpson teamed up with the Spirit of Tasmania to stow away a couple of wooden casks containing an IPA brewed with beers from his own hop farm on one of their ferries. They travelled the equivalent distance of the original IPAs from the UK to India before being taken off the boat and bottled. Interest in the seriously limited release came from far and wide, inspiring Willie to undertake… Read more
Style
Ferry-Aged Porter
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Seven Sheds

Seven Sheds Bass Strait IPA

Tapped August 14th, 2012
With suitable company on hand, we finally plucked up the courage to crack our bottle of a beer that is unlikely to ever be brewed again. If you missed the stories about its inception, the Bass Strait IPA is a singe hop British style IPA brewed with Leggett hops grown on Seven Sheds' own farm that was placed inside two oak casks from Lark Distillery, mounted in a specially designed cradle and placed onto the Spirit of Tasmania ferry. From there, it travelled between Devonport and Melbourne back and… Read more
Style
Cask-aged IPA
ABV
6.8%
Stockists

Seven Sheds

Just 400 numbered bottles available direct from the cellar door

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