Kick Snare Brewing and Not For Horses prepare for expansion

FLOWING: Andrew Swift, of Kick Snare Brewing, and Bill Armstrong, of Not For Horses, share a freshly brewed beer. Picture: Scott Gelston

FLOWING: Andrew Swift, of Kick Snare Brewing, and Bill Armstrong, of Not For Horses, share a freshly brewed beer. Picture: Scott Gelston

A passion for freshly brewed malt has seen Launceston brewing company Kick Snare Brewing expand its operations to the Mud Bar & Restaurant and Gunners Arms Tavern. 

Kick Snare Brewing founder Andrew Swift said he believes his startup is the only company to brew its own malt within Tasmania – having partnered with maltster Bill Armstrong.

“It’s common practice for Tasmanian brewers to be importing their malt, because that’s the only way we can get our hands on it,” he said. 

“Generally it’s just imported Australian-grown grains that have been malted by a large operation on the mainland.” 

Mr Armstrong said he was looking at expanding his malting operation Not For Horses, investigating the use of rye malt for beer and whisky, and increasing the variety of grains at Kick Snare Brewing.

“It’s been invaluable to have those networks online, to be able to talk to people in the US,” he said.

“This sort of malting hasn’t been done in Launceston for many decades.” 

Kick snare founder Andrew Swift, Not for horses founder Bill Armstrong and apprentice Gabbie Clifford, inside the malting kiln.

Kick snare founder Andrew Swift, Not for horses founder Bill Armstrong and apprentice Gabbie Clifford, inside the malting kiln.

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