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He specialises in traditional English and Irish malt styles, including a stout, bitter, and red ale.

On top of that, we have some of the purest water in the world." Campling helps organise the Fresh Hop Festival at St John; a two-day event celebrating the annual hop harvest in Tasmania around Easter.

This year all of the local brewers will be encouraged to create a one-off fresh hop harvest beer to bring along.

The small beer museum in the Boag's visitor's centre is also worth a quick look, especially if you have an unhealthy interest in vintage bottle tops.

The breweries are few and far between as the trail winds its way through hops and barley country towards Hobart. I'd heard that it had some lovely estate ales worth checking out.

No thanks; I'm more than capable of drinking my way across Tasmania under my own steam.

The Tasmanian Beer Trail is a relatively recent initiative of the Brewers Association and craft brewing industry, in cahoots with Tourism Tasmania.

But when I arrived it became apparent that it wasn't open to the public and the tastings were only available at a winery back down the road.

I trudged back to the winery to be told (rather officiously) that the beer is for purchasing, but not for tasting I didn't hit another brewery until I drove into Hobart (one along the way – The T-Bone Brewing Co – in Kempton is by appointment only) and by which time I was feeling the need for some amber coloured refreshment.

"Three years ago there would have been about four microbreweries in the state, now we there are more than twenty-seven," he says.

"It's great to be able to stand behind the taps and say these are uniquely Tasmanian beers and well worth trying." Campling believes the secret to Tasmanian beer comes down to the cool climate and ingredients, making it possible for brewers to create beer from the paddock to the bottle."We have some unique strains of barley that are grown here in Tasmania, along with 98 per cent of Australia's hops.

Which only made me wonder why the so-called interactive map couldn't have indicated this?