Grab your mates and get ready to drink your way through the best microbreweries and craft breweries in South Australia.
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Whether you’re looking for a beer garden to relax in, quirky locations in regional South Australia, or a craft beer brewery close to Adelaide’s CBD, our guide will have all of this covered and more.
Clear your schedule, team up some friends and get ready to explore the 10 best craft beer breweries in South Australia of 2021!
Big Shed Brewing Concern
Big Shed Brewing has what the owners describe a “love affair with making beer”, so if you’re passionate about beer, you’ll want to experience their love story. Big Shed’s tasting bar and kitchen is comprised of taps, carb-filled burgers that require two hands, fries and their legendary Memphis-inspired Chicken Wings ($18). This is the perfect place to go for a large feed, or just some afternoon drinks with friends. With trivia every Wednesday, regardless of your reason to visit, for beer lovers Big Shed Brewing is a must-visit for a cold one… or two.
Little Bang Brewing
From the legends who brought us eccentric beer can illustrations, the Pinkening and Schwang Black, this quirky South Australian brewery and tap room also makes for a fun night out with friends. With plenty of brews to choose from, guests can enjoy a few glasses, a growler (sharing jug) or a tasting paddle from their taps of Little Bang beer. With an outdoor beer garden where you can relax and enjoy a freshly poured craft beer, you can also take your pick from some of Adelaide’s best food trucks that are on regular rotation. Titled as South Australia’s Favourite Craft Beer Venue by Beer Cartel, this is one brewery you must visit in 2021.
Prancing Pony Brewery
Prancing Pony Brewery is owned by a group of friends who are very community-oriented and pride themselves on providing a homely experience for their customers. Found under a 45-minute drive south-west of Adelaide’s CBD, Prancing Pony takes the title as one of the best regional South Australian breweries. The venue is fitted with rustic furniture, is family friendly and has a beer garden where well-behaved furry friends are welcome. Prancing Pony Brewery supports emerging performers and visual artists and feature live music performances and various brewery events throughout the year. Add this one to your list!
This Belgian-style malt house, brewery, cellar door and restaurant in South Australia’s south-west town of Lobethal is a crowd favourite in the area. Another regional South Australian brewery making headlines, they’re known for their legendary spicy Buffalo Wings ($14). But, if you’d rather keep your lunch or dinnertime visit more traditional, you can’t wrong with Lobethal’s Spiced Birdwood Venison and Prosciutto Sausage Rolls ($15) or the Local Cheese Plate ($23.50). Family- and dog-friendly, Lobethal Bierhaus features a welcoming atmosphere thanks to their expansive interior and relaxing outdoor beer garden. Just book before you visit, they can get quite busy!
Smiling Samoyed Brewery
Do you love dogs? Who doesn’t! Well, if you love dogs as much as we do, then you’ll fall in love with the husband, wife and samoyed dog team of this award-winning brewery that has earned a reputation for its craft beers, delicious food and pleasant atmosphere. Meet Smiling Samoyed – a regional South Australian brewery you need to visit. Overlooking Myponga Reservoir, here they have a range of beers for every palate to enjoy, a large indoor space and, of course their spectacular beer garden that overlooks down onto the water. And, if you’re lucky, you might even meet the samoyeds behind the story!
Pirate Life Brewing
Looking for some treasure? Forget diamonds and jewels, we’re talking about liquid gold. And, thanks to the owners of Pirate Life Brewing becoming increasingly successful (running their own distribution company around Australia and in the UK, and exporting to countries including New Zealand, Singapore and Hong Kong) as does their beer! This Adelaide-based craft beer micro-brewery offers tasting paddles, live entertainment and, of course pub classics to munch on.
The once famous sheep and wheat station was bought by the Freeman family more than 30 years ago and now the 100-year-old wool shed exists as one of the best regional South Australian breweries. Woolshed provides a unique, relaxing, outdoor experience with mesmerising views of the Murray River, proving to be a great lunch day with family and friends. Guests can enjoy a range of beers and wines that are available for tasting, as well as local food platters, bar snacks or freshly brewed Arrosto coffee. If you’re looking for a unique brewery experience in South Australia, this is it.
Coopers family-operated brewery has been in the business since 1862. Their “naturally conditioned” ale, which Thomas Cooper intended to be a tonic for his sick wife, yet grew to be popular amongst his friends and neighbours, is what distinguishes Coopers beers from others. The natural conditioning helps to retain their ale’s distinctive flavours as it eliminates the need for pasteurisation and extends its shelf life, hence there’s no need for additives or preservatives. You can learn all about Coopers’ unique techniques in their brewery tour, as well as enjoy their delicious beers.
Lady Burra Brewhouse
Lady Burra Brewhouse is the only microbrewery, bar and kitchen located in Adelaide’s CBD. All beers are unfiltered, with no additives or preservatives, and there is also a range of local South Australian wines and spirits. The food menu is Portuguese inspired mixed with traditional brewhouse fare. Think Chilli Con Carne ($20), Grilled Chorizo ($15), Stuffed Mushrooms ($15) and Pork Sanga Sliders ($15). A go-to spot for locals and visitors, so be sure to book before you visit.
Sweet Amber Beer + Pizza
A couple operates this artsy brewery, offering rotating taps, bottled beers, ciders and, of course, their delicious bites. On the food front, wood-fired pizza and charcuterie platters are served, with appearances by local food trucks that add variety to the menu. There are also fire pit and marshmallow events in winter, brew days by local brewers, and every month the owners showcase works by local artists. You can expect a sophisticated yet homely aesthetic interior, which then carries through to the beer garden outside, for visitors to then find picnic tables.
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