As we’ve been building the Whisky Academy we’ve had the enviable opportunity of speaking to many of the distillers, brewers, distillery owners, enthusiasts, supporters of the industry and consumers of this fine product on the journey.
The one thing that is evident across this diverse array of people is a common passion and enthusiasm for the industry and for our great Tasmanian product. It isn’t all beer and skittles of course, the backbone of brewing and distilling in Tasmania is the many hardworking business people that have carved their piece of the industry through sheer hard work, sometimes luck and without doubt and a good dose of passion. We thank all those we’ve already worked with for their generosity in sharing their knowledge.
Through this process we’ve come to understand that this work, this craft, the individual stories and the product is what makes our distilling and brewing industries so great. They, and the people that work in them, bring a vibrancy to Tasmania that is creating ripples through hospitality, tourism and is being felt by the many visitors that grace our shores.
There has certainly never been a better time to put your toe in the water of niche food and beverage industries in Tasmania. We’re hoping that over the next year we can help both the distilling and brewing industries, but equally industries such as cider-making and cheese and chocolate making to be able to further grow and provide opportunity for clever, talented and passionate people to find their way into these industries.
Exciting times ahead.