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Drink in the Tweed

29 November, 2019

If you’re a thirsty traveler with a taste for tea, or something a bit stronger perhaps, you’ll find some proudly homegrown, globally known sips here in the Tweed.

Known far and wide for its fresh and tasty locally grown food, with organic farms and paddock to plate experiences delivering seasonal fruit and vegetables to satisfied foodies from all over, did you know the Tweed is also home to some much-loved liquid provenance?

Start your day with a spot of tea! Madura Tea, meaning ‘paradise’, has its plantation right here in our region and is Australia’s only sub-tropical tea estate. The full production process happens onsite, from plant to pack, with around 250,000 tea bushes nestled between pristine rainforests, rivers and green pastures near Murwillumbah.

If a sparkling ale is more your quench of choice, we’ve got you covered here too! Think Stone & Wood and you naturally think Byron Bay, with the delicious brew born and raised in the Bay, but did you know the team also has a large brewing operation in the Tweed? Take a half-day tour of the ‘Murbah Brewery’ including a brewery tour, exclusive tastings of pilot batches and a traditional pub lunch in Murwillumbah. Cheers to that!

Lovers of craft gin and rum should make tracks to Husk Farm Distillery in Tumbulgum to taste and learn more about Australia’s only Agricole rum (made from Husk Farm harvested cane sugar) and one of the country’s most captivating spirits, Ink Gin, which famously changes from purple to pink upon the pouring of tonic. Husk began from humble beginnings in a small farm shed and today creates premium paddock to bottle products. The Cellar Door is a warm and welcoming spot for snacks and a sip, and there’s a Distillery Tour to learn first-hand how the spirits are made, which generously starts with a gin and tonic and wraps up with rum tastings.

Sip the refreshing tastes of local craft beer at the Tweed’s Red Earth Brewery, a 12-hectolitre farm-style brewhouse kitted out with retro rustic furniture, recycled doors and stained-glass windows. Located on an avocado plantation on Cudgen Road, Red Earth will quench your thirst while taking in glimpses of stunning Wollumbin, Mount Warning in the distance.