Two Metre Tall Farmhouse Ale Sustainable Stories

 In Collaboration, Sustainability, Sustainable Stories

Sustainable Stories No 2. Two Metre Tall Farmhouse Ale & Cider

At Fish & Co we are dedicated to sustainability not only for seafood but also in business. We thought it would be interesting to share a little background on our sustainable partners so you could get to know a little more about the people and their businesses that makes it all possible for us to deliver our delicious sustainable experience here at Fish & Co.
We would love to hear what you think or on ways we can improve on connecting sustainable stories?

Your Name   Jane & Ashley Huntington

Where do you live?

We living in the stunning Derwent Valley in southern Tasmania, a great region for growing produce.

Tell us a bit about yourself:

We started our farming & brewing business back in 2004 after nearly a decade in the wine industry in southern France. The climate of the Derwent Valley attracted us here & was a perfect spot to plant a vineyard … but we became distracted by hops, grain & all sorts of different fruit! No grape vines in the ground and, in fact, our first crop grown was malting barley.

Tell us about your business:

Two Metre Tall Farmhouse Ale & Cider is our business and we are gaining a growing reputation for producing naturally brewed beverages using often rare & hard to find ingredients. For example, our Derwent Aromatic Spelt Ale is made from raw spelt and rare, aromatic hop varieties grown on our farm. It is also brewed using a sour mash process and is a combination of Ashley’s winemaker training and practical brewing experience.

We are situated on a 600 hectare farming property where we grow grain & hops for our ales. We also raise delicious Two Metre Tall ‘Beer-Fed’ Beef from our herd of Black Angus/Wagyu cattle. This beef benefits from extended dry aging and the ‘Beer-Fed’ term refers to the free ranging pasture diet being supplemented with spent grain from the brewery & bottoms from our still.

We source many ingredients directly from other Tasmanian farmers including morello cherries, plums, apples, pears, raspberries, whole hop flowers, and grains. These are all used in our farmhouse ales & ciders. A range of soured ales released in 2013 was the result of many years work and resulted in Sour Cherry & Wild Soured Plum Ales. The brewery now looks more like a winery as Ashley fills barrel after barrel with soured ale, cider, wild ferments & plenty of natural fruit ales to boot.

What are your longer term goals for the business?

We are passionate about changing what people understand beer & cider to be. We do this by remaining fiercely independent and dogged in our determination to produce naturally brewed beverages of integrity and flavour.

Our Farm Bar operation is integral to our communication with our customer and we will continue to develop our facilities to welcome more people to our on farm operation in Tasmania.

Who are your customers?

Our customers are as passionate as we are about flavour & integrity in the food they consume.

What does ʻsustainabilityʼ mean to your business?

As farmers and brewers we are acutely aware of the impact we can have on the landscape. Our production methods equally have an impact on the quality of the ingredients we rely on to make our produce. It is so important for us to look after what we have and to also improve the land on which we farm.

At Two Metre Tall we do our utmost to use sustainable practices when brewing our beverages and raising our beef. We do this in a number of ways in water conservation & re use as well as reducing waste streams. On our farm we do not use any synthetic fertilisers and no herbicides. Our cattle’s free ranging pasture diet is supplemented with brewery waste – this being the spent grain from each brew. It is important to reduce our impact on the place we live so that we can continue sustainable production into the future.

What is your businesses biggest achievement?

After 10 years of the Two Metre Tall Company, our biggest achievement is to still be in business! We started a brewery and farm business from scratch with no inheritance of land to help out and just 2 people with a dream. Working hard to create beverages of integrity at a time when the ‘craft beer’ landscape was nearly non existent, we have seen businesses come and go. Our barrel cellar and range of farmhouse ale & cider make us most proud.

If you could chose, what would be your last meal and with who (dead or alive)?

We eat every meal as though it will be our last made using ingredients of quality, often that have been grown by us or people we know. Our last meal would be simple, prepared by us with a glass of something delicious in hand and in the company of good friends.

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