Our History

Australia's Oldest Brewery

Established in 1824, Cascade Brewery Co. proudly holds a revered place in Australia's Brewing History. From humble beginnings as a sawmilling operation in the foothills of Mount Wellington, Cascade is now the country's oldest operating brewery. The business was founded by English settlers, Peter Degraves and brother-in-law, Major McIntosh, who arrived on Tasmania’s shores in 1824. Plans for Cascade Brewery were born during Degraves’ stint in the old Hobart Gaol, serving time for an offence that he had committed prior to emigrating.

Degraves recognised that he had access to the pure waters flowing from Mount Wellington and devised a strategy for a groundbreaking brewery. Upon his release from Gaol in 1831 Degraves set about realising his vision to brew a genuine and pure beer and in December 1832 the first Cascade Brewery Co. beer was sold.

The Great Fire

Over the years Cascade has had to overcome many adversities, but it always managed to produce a constant supply of beer to the thirsty people of Tasmania. That was until 1967.

In February of that year a terrible bushfire swept through southern Tasmania devastating homes and properties and ripping through the Cascade Brewery. Rather than being deterred by the fires, the Cascade team vowed to rebuild the shell of a brewery and be back in operation within three months. The people of Hobart jumped in to help, joining the brewery staff to rebuild the brewery as a symbol of their indefatigable spirit and a bastion of the Hobart community. On April 3, three months and one day after the fires, brewing recommenced at Cascade and a month later, on May 10 the Cascade team and local volunteers came together to enjoy a richly deserved beer.

Cascade today

Today Cascade continues to uphold Degraves' values, brewing beers "that cannot be excelled" behind the gothic sandstone façade of this iconic brewery. Pure Tasmanian water sourced from Mount Wellington and Tasmanian grown hops and barley continue to form the backbone of our brews.

From the classic Tasmanian range of Draught, "Red" (Bitter) and "Blue" (Lager) to the class leading Pale Ale and Stout and ever popular Cascade Premium Light, Cascade remains at the forefront of Australian brewing after over 170 years of honing its craft.

The Cascade brewery is also the home of Mercury Cider producing a range of delicious Tasmanian ciders. However, the range of cordials and soft drinks now produced under the Cascade brand, which were originally produced by Cascade Brewery Co., are no longer associated with the brewery.

Cascade Brewery Co. founder Peter Degraves

The Cascade Brewery following the 1967 bushfire