T-Bone Brewing Co

There are clear benefits to having an old man who makes award-winning whisky. The ability to sample each release is perhaps the most obvious but, for Tom Bignell, there was another: it offered him a place to brew with an excise licence already in place.

Tom’s old man, Peter Bignell, started Belgrove Distillery on his Kempton farm back in 2008 after a bumper rye crop led him down the path of building his own still and turning his excess grain into whisky.

As a long-time homebrewer, Tom wasn’t quite as keen on whisky as Peter but the space in a back shed did encourage him to turn his long-standing love for brewing into a profession. So, in 2015, he and his wife Carla launched T-Bone Brewing Co, taking its title from a high school nickname of Tom’s, at Belgrove Distillery’s Kempton home.

When the brewery first launched, Tom and Carla initially focused on getting the T-Bone name – and, of course, its kegs – across the wider state, but the plan was always to give the brewery its own space. And, with the couple living in Hobart, the idea was to ensure the next stage of T-Bone took shape closer to home.

That happened when they found an ideal location in an abandoned fishmonger’s in Elizabeth Street in North Hobart and, with Carla's brother Aaron now on board, set about turning it into brewpub. With Elizabeth Street also home to Shambles Brewery, Boodle Beasley and The Winston, it can comfortably claim to be the best strip in Hobart for anyone on a hunt for good beer.

On T-Bone’s corner, all twelve taps pour beers brewed just a couple of metres away. At any given time, they'll be filled with the core range Easy Ale, Pale Ale, Golden Ale, Fruit Bowl IPA and Choc-Milk Stout plus a mix of limited releases. Being based in Tasmania, those limited run beers tend to make use of either the hops or fruit grown down the road and, with a ready supply of whisky laced oak, there’s plenty of barrel ageing going on too.

As a small brewpub, most of the T-Bone beers are sold right next to where they are brewed – often poured straight from one of four brite tanks. But some make it further afield, whether as kegs hitting taps at other Tassie venues or thanks to a canning machine that allows Tom’s beers to find fridge space in some of Hobart’s craftier bottleshops as well as further north.

The beers may well be the only in Australia brewed thanks to food waste too. Carla’s brother owns Flippers, one of the fish and chipperies that are a permanent fixture on Hobart’s Franklin Wharf, and, using an idea swiped from his old man, Tom uses old cooking oil to create enough steam energy to power the brewery.

The bar itself opens Wednesday through to Sunday, when you’ll find locals filing in to have their growlers filled, pick up some T-Bone tinnies, or wile their time away at the bar. As they do, a steady stream of charcuterie boards and small eats are shared although, with no kitchen, those settling in for a session can take advantage of BYO food from the myriad takeaway spots that surround the venue.

On Friday nights, local musicians take to the stage or, rather, brew floor by the stainless, sending their tunes floating out into Elizabeth Street, often accompanied by the aromas of the next batch of beer taking shape. Given it’s amid Hobart’s craftiest strip, it’s a combination that feels just right.

Name
T-Bone Brewing Co
Address

308 Elizabeth Stret
North Hobart
TAS 7000

Phone
0415 826 655
Website
Hours

Wed & Thurs: 4pm to midnight
Fri & Sat: 2pm to midnight
Sunday: 2pm to 8.30pm

T-Bone Brewing Co Regulars

T-Bone Brewing Fruit Bowl IPA

While there’s plenty of IPAs in the world of beer that are loaded with fruit, T-Bone’s Fruit Bowl is instead named after the platter of fruits served up by the hops added at various stages – late and dry-hopping – throughout the brewing process. When you use a combination of Chinook, Cascade, Centennial, Simcoe and Amarillo, it’s little surprise it delivers the punch it does. Keeping the malt body restrained, it’s a beer in which flavours scurry between one another, from Starburst lollies… Read more
Style
IPA
ABV
6.5%

T-Bone Brewing Choc-Milk Stout

Among T-Bone’s biggest sellers is the Choc-Milk Stout and, when you brew in the only capital city in Australia where you are likely to see snow fall, having a dark beer as a top seller is a good thing. The milk stout is brewed with chocolate nibs and vanilla and tastes about as close as beer can get to what would happen if you shoved a block of chocolate in a blender. Against those adjunct and malt flavours, the hops contribute a woody earthiness in a beer that’s particularly lush for one registering… Read more
Style
Chocolate Milk Stout
ABV
4.7%

T-Bone Brewing Golden Ale

Golden ales were once pretty much ubiquitous in the local beer world, yet with many an exercise in keeping malt and hop characters to a minimum, they were at times easy to deride for their proximity to more mainstream offerings. These days, as crafty palates have gone seeking bolder flavours, pales – maybe even IPAs – are where more brewers are looking, yet there’s much to like about in a beer designed to bring new drinkers into the craftier fold. One such beer is T-Bone’s Golden Ale that… Read more
Style
Golden Ale
ABV
5.2%

T-Bone Brewing Pale Ale

What makes a pale ale in the modern brewing world? It’s a style that seems to be able to run the gamut of alcohol content, can swing from lean and hop forward to sweeter and fuller and, visually speaking, can rock up anywhere between a pale yellow and a dark copper colour. For T-Bone, the brewery seems to have aimed to land its pale straight in classic American territory by brewing a beer that’s decidedly malty, with some biscuit and slight caramel flavours sitting alongside piney, earthy hops. Will… Read more
Style
American Pale Ale
ABV
5.0%

T-Bone Brewing Easy Ale

Craft breweries may have spent years avoiding brewing mid-strength options but, increasingly, they're recognising lower alcohol needn't mean compromising on flavour and learning more about the ingredients and techniques that can pack plenty into a small package. That's been the aim with T-Bone’s Easy Ale, which showcases plenty of hops and malt flavours while keeping the ABV to 3.5 percent. On the hop front, it's mostly melon and citrus, malt wise, it's biscuit flavours leading the way. Will… Read more
Style
Mid-Strength
ABV
3.5%

T-Bone Brewing Co Specials

T-Bone Brewing Puck 'N Peaches

Originally debuting at the Fresh Hop Festival in Launceston, Puck ‘N Peaches makes full use of fresh local peaches and fresh, wet Galaxy hops being available at the same time. The kettle-soured Berliner weisse matches some of Galaxy’s tropical flavours with fresh juice, creating a beer in which the tartness is kept in check, sitting against what comes across as tickly peach and passionfruit juice. … Read more
Style
Fresh Hop Peach Sour
ABV
4.2%
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