The small town of Railton in northwest Tasmania is home to Seven Sheds Brewery, Meadery & Hop Garden.
Michael had been invited to join friend, Neil Gray, to play at this year’s Oktoberfest. Arriving early, I had the opportunity to poke around and take photos before the crowds descended. The cellar door, opened in 2008, was ready for the afternoon tasters.
Outside, the rustic bar offered three tasty options on tap – the deliciously golden Paradise Pale, the flagship Kentish Ale and the exquisitely rich Black Inca, infused with Peruvian cacao beans and locally grown organic oats and quinoa.
The remnants of last season’s hops rested against the sky,
while below, the hop garden awaited new plantings.
This magnificent 1912 McLaren Steam Tractor made a guest appearance for the afternoon, peacefully chugging away in the background.
The music kicked off with talented ukulele maestro, John Beck, his beaming smile and obvious enjoyment were infectious.
To complement the beverages
there were tempting choices of wood-fired pizzas and seafood as well as the Oktoberfest stalwart, Bratwurst.
The sun kept us company on a beautiful spring day
while the musicians entertained with their usual outstanding performance.
Later in the afternoon, we farewelled Annie. I expect it was a very slow drive home.
As the shadows lengthened, the punters departed and a calmness settled over Seven Sheds once more.
This was the first time I had seen or heard of John Beck and I have since learned more about his enviable lifestyle in rural Tasmania. I challenge anyone to watch this video without a smile.