The idea for @henrysgingerbeer is from the husband's memory of the delicious ginger beer his mother used to make. After searching through old notebooks, the couple found a rough recipe and spent six months developing the recipe into a commercial product. This grant will fund the expansion of a local ginger beer brewery to increase their productivity and employ local tradesmen. Their aim is to create something uniquely Tasmanian and synonymous with their small town, Penguin , 7316. #AustraliaConnected, #Australia, #Tasmania, #postcode7316, #OurNeighbourhood, #gingerbeer.
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We’re excited to announce that we have received a very generous $5000 grant from the Australia Post, Our Neighbourhood Small Business Grants.
Henry’s Ginger Beer is intrinsically linked to our neighbourhood. At first people would ask “where is this made” and we would proudly say ‘Penguin’, now the question is more often ”is this the ginger beer from Penguin”.
Being located in a small regional town has the benefit that as our business grows it has a positive impact on our community through partnerships with other local businesses and trades people, employment and promotion. This grant will enable our small brewery to increase our production capacity through the purchase of an essential piece of equipment. Our goals are to double our production over the next twelve months to meet demand from stockists around the state and on the mainland.
We are focused on designing more efficient production systems that will allow us to retain our traditional techniques – which are paramount to why our ginger beers taste so good. We are passionate about crafting exceptional quality ginger beers and with this grant we will be able to continue to do so while growing our business and being a proud contributor to our neighbourhood.
This is the first of my ravings about the incredible cafes, restaurants, providores and cellar doors that stock Henry’s Ginger Beer. We choose our stockists carefully and we’re honoured to be associated with their businesses. They’re doing amazing things and they’re doing Tassie proud.
One of the most enjoyable parts of our business is that we’re often on the road to an event or doing deliveries and it’s always a treat to grab something delicious from one of our stockists. Recently we pulled into Longford on our way down to Hobart just in time for a late breakfast at Hubert & Dan. Housed stylishly in a quirky old chemist shop, the owners have retained much of the original chemist shop shelving and features.
The fabulous old world charm of the cafe was perfectly matched by a fabulous contemporary style breakfast. The Brewer had avocado on toasted brioche with chorizo and fried egg and I enjoyed a gluten free bacon and eggs. Henry downed a hot chocolate and croissant with great gusto. Coffees were excellent and the staff were super friendly. Great little spot.
The lunch menu looked equally as tempting so hopefully we’ll be travelling through beautiful Longford a bit later in the day next time.
Hubert & Dan open Tuesday – Friday for breakfast and lunch, plus Thursday nights for dinner.
We’re having some seriously cold winter days this year. The weather seems to be swinging from perfect sunny, still and cool days to icy cold, snow down to 200m, it’s too cold to get out of bed days. Of course these are the best days to jump in the car and head south into Tasmania’s mountain regions to throw snow balls and spot wombats.
The weather report says we are to expect some more epically cold weather. Awesome!
BREWING NOTE: Ginger Beer takes twice as long to brew in winter.
We put loads of lovely fresh lemon juice in our ginger beer. The acidity of lemon balances the sweetness and the ginger spiciness perfectly and the fresher the lemons the better. So we decided to plant a small grove of meyer lemons on our acre in Penguin and see if we could produce our own fresh fruit for the brew.
Meyer lemon trees seemed to be a good choice because they’re hardy in a temperate climate. Penguin is pretty mild but we still get a few nasty frosts over winter. Meyers are a cross between mandarin and lemon so they’re slightly sweeter than a normal lemon but if picked early enough they still have plenty of acidity.
This little darling is our first lemon from our small grove. We picked all the other fruit off before they had a chance to develop so the young trees could put their energy into getting bigger rather than fruit development, but this one was hiding behind a leaf and went unnoticed until it turned sunshine yellow.
We’ve been fussing about for months in the brewery kitchen whipping up our new flavour of ginger beer. It’s all about the wild flavours of Tasmania.
Tasmanian pepperberries have an exquisite flavour accompanied with an awesome spicy, hot punch. We combined them with the sweet smoothness of Tasmanian leatherwood and clover honeys to create a uniquely flavoured ginger beer.
This completes our trio of unique ginger beers and in the name of good design, we’ll keep it simple and leave it there. Three great ginger beers that we’ll never stop perfecting.
Wow, this has taken us a ridiculously long time to get up and running. We’ve procrastinated, changed our minds, put it on the back burner and completely ignored it for long enough. In our defence we do prioritise brewing ginger beer, but we know, websites are important.
So here it is.
We’ll keep this space regularly updated with where we’ll be, markets, festivals etc. This blog will keep you informed of what we’re up to in the brewery and our shop will make it even easier for you to pick up a box of the good stuff. We only have our Original Ginger Beer in the shop at the moment but Wasabi and Pepperberry & Honey will be online shortly.
Thanks for your patience and let us know what you think of the new site.