|The Dead Man's poker hand, a pair of aces and eights. 1881?|
"Touch" the Deadman's Hand Coincidence
I have no reason why it is so popular with Russian readers of this blog.
|'Touched' by the Deadman's Hand?|
"This is one of my favourite Australian beers and I've been drinking it on and off all year, and it was only today that I noticed on the bottle that it has been brewed since 1881!?!"
|The t-shirt I bought at Boag's brewery|
|Boag's Brewery formally Esk Brewery, established 1881|
|Looking out at the car-park in the back from the 'Boag's Centre for Beer Lovers' window|
|Looking out at the Boag's Brewery from the 'Boag's Centre for Beer Lovers' window|
|"...where you are given ear plugs, safety glasses..."|
|The Boag's Centre for Beer Lovers|
George Radford and his family operated the hotel for 26 years.
The building was restored to house the Boag's Centre for Beer Lovers."
Oddly enough, the young lady who took our diverse group of travelers (travelers from Brisbane (me), two guys from Perth, and one from Adelaide) around the brewery was a pastor at a local church.
Great tour and I highly recommend doing it, if you like beer.
|My "no smoking" gun motel room in Launceston, Tasmania :-)|
|Inside room 233...not room 237 :-)|
This happened a few times during the night I was there and I couldn't work out how this was happening, as it wasn't something like pipe hammer.
This sink would just make a violent and very loud banging sound at random moments.
It was like a medieval room, which was cozy, but a bit spooky at the same time.
|Lifting the Venetian blinds to look across to the King's Bridge Bar|
|The King's Bridge Bar and Restaurant|
Unfortunately, the best team lost again. ;-)
|Fish and chips and a Wizard Smith to wash it down with|
I love the story behind the making of the Wizard Smith Ale, worthy of a major motion picture I thought, as I had never heard it told before.
"Wild and wet Tasmania was even wilder and wetter than usual in the autumn of 1929.
With 10 inches of rain on the old scale, across two sodden days, Launceston was inundated and 4000 residents left homeless.
James Boag’s, of course, kept heavy draft horses to deliver beer around town and malt to the brewery, and these hefty animals were stabled right in the thick of it on the town’s river flats.
Fortunately for the horses, Tasmania’s unique and rugged environment also yields unique and rugged individuals.
And the drayman at James Boag’s Brewery was one such, with the unlikely name of Wizard Smith.
Wizard rushed to the river, waded through the rising floods, and led his valuable and much-loved charges to dry ground and safety.
James Boag III, who knew quality just like his father and grandfather, awarded Wizard with a job for life and, eventually, a pale ale in his honour.
And with respect for a legendary Tasmanian, the legendary James Boag’s Wizard Smith Ale is only available in Tasmania."
Now there is a movie for Joel Edgerton and his brother to make, or Russell Crowe.
I'll let them fight over that one. ;-)
Oddly enough, I would be leaving Tasmania on June 23rd, which happens to be Joel Edgerton's birthday, as I just found out.
Consider the idea about the movie a gift from me Joel. ;-)
|King's Bridge Bar and Restaurant|
|King's Bridge Bar and Restaurant|
|The empty seat sitting across the table I was eating at with a Dark Mofo poster behind it|
|Room 233 is above the reception area of the motel|
The Windmills of My Mind
So, I would like to spend some more time in this town to look around in the future if I'm ever down this way again.
That's dependent on the cosmic dealer in life's poker game I guess. ;-)