"Tasmanian beer has an international reputation"
Queen Elizabeth, March 2000
story of Cascade Premium begins in 1985.
Brewery decided it needed a product that could compete in the rapidly
growing premium and imported beer market.
A beer was needed that could be marketed nationally and internationally.
first step that was taken was that a number of tasting panels were set up and
beer was flown to the Tasmanian brewery from around the world.
The tasting panels identified the most desired characteristics of a
These were to be reproduced or surpassed.
primary means for creating a superior beer were decided to be an increased
period of maturation and the use of premium quality malt.
Cascade already had some of the world’s best water.
The maturation time for ordinary lager is about three weeks, this was
increased to six weeks for Cascade Premium.
The longer maturation serves to bring out more flavour.
The malt used for Cascade Premium comes from the best of the Tasmanian
grown barley which is malted by the Cascade brewery itself.
This ensures that the malt is of the highest quality.
The quality hops are locally produced too.
the technical side, Cascade
appointed brewing consultants from Copenhagen, Alfred Jorgensen, to advise on
necessary upgrades to plant and processes.
New storage vessels were purchased and staff were sent overseas for
distinctive green bottle was chosen to ensure that the beer would stand out from
other Australian beers in its class.
The label was designed on the basis a famous John Gould lithograph.
The two animals on the label are thylacines or Tasmanian tigers.
These magnificent marsupial predators were unfortunately hunted to
extinction in the 1930s.
They are considered to be synonymous with Tasmania.
Premium was officially launched in June 1987 with an award winning marketing
The marketing slogan was “Pure Beer”.
By December it was already voted to be Australia’s best beer by the
In 1990 Cascade Premium won a gold medal at the prestigious Monde
Selection in Brussels.
does it taste? Beautiful.
It is a
hefty beer with robust flavour that has an air of Europe in its flavour.
It has a fully developed hop flavour with distinctive bitterness.
This is a big beer and goes with big dishes; sirloin beef, roast lamb or fillet of beef with strong sauce such as Béarnaise or cheese sauces. A bit too overpowering for most subtle fish flavours but Cascade Premium complements grilled or stir fried seafood. This beer is flavoursome and full and probably best enjoyed on its own. A strong 5.2% alc/vol.
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