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22 October, 2020

Cheers to Trans-Tasman Lager

An across-the-ditch collaboration between Far North Queensland brewing company, Hemingway’s Brewery and New Zealand’s Deep Creek Brewing Co has culminated in the tapping of a new and neighbourly brew, Trans-Tasman Lager.

By Tanya Murphy

Launched on Tuesday October 20, the duo’s Trans-Tasman Lager is the first of six Aussie – Kiwi collaborative beers that form part of a new Local Lockdown Series initiated by Deep Creek Brewing Co.

After visiting Hemingway’s Brewery in Cairns last month, Deep Creek Brewing Co’s general manager in Australia, Luke Phillips said the whole idea was to have a bit of friendly fun while lending their distribution clout to some of Australia’s growing breweries.

Mr Phillips said each collaboration has been designed to play to the individual brewer’s strength and in the case of Hemingway’s tropical location, lager with a mix of New Zealand and Australian hops lent itself beautifully.

Hemingway’s Brewery CEO Tony Fyfe said the opportunity to get creative with Kiwi counterparts was too good to pass up along with the added benefit of breaking into the southern states and a market that has been previously unavailable.

A few months in the making, the Trans-Tasman lager was born when Hemingway’s head brewer Nico Leffler worked with Deep Creek’s head brewer Hamish Ward via several Zoom meetings to craft and refine the recipe described as a light-gold, hoppy brew.

Trans-Tasman Lager is now available on tap at Hemingway’s Brewery Cairns and Port Douglas and online by the case from Beer Cartel (18 x 355 ml). 

Hemingway’s is moving to more sustainable, cost effective packaging comprising a printed stick on label and plain carton packaging which also makes packaging easier and more flexible when it comes to releasing limited edition beers in pack.

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