Take it easy this summer and relax in the company of your friends or family with some craft beer in hand.
From quirky or hipster bars to traditions ones with views of lush parklands, botanic gardens and rivers – South Australia is home to a diverse range of breweries, each with their unique decor and taste.
In correlation with Beer Cartel’s 2018 awards, here are Hunter and Bligh’s Best Craft Beer Breweries in South Australia:
Big Shed Brewing HQ
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. The tasting bar and kitchen is comprised of 6 taps, carb-filled burgers, fries and smoking’ Buffalo wings – being the perfect place to go for a large feed, or just some afternoon drinks with friends. It also provides a unique experience for beer lovers, who under the guidance of the brew team, can be brewers for a day. Afterwards, they’re provided with a tasty lunch and beer! Big Shed Brewing is open Wednesday through to Sunday.
Little Bang Brewing
This quirky brewery and tap room makes for a fun night out with friends. Having a plethora of options to choose from, customers can enjoy a few glasses, a growler (sharing jug) or a tasting paddle from their 21 taps of Little Bang beer. The designs of the beer cans are particularly eccentric, which makes the tasting experience all the more exciting! There is also a nice outdoorsy beer garden, where you can relax and enjoy your meal from Adelaide’s best food trucks that are on regular rotation. And if you’re down for a challenge, there’s a weekly Thursday Quiz Night in which you can show off your general knowledge skills. Little Bang Brewing is open Thursday through Sunday.
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. 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 have live music performances and brewery events throughout the year.
This Belgian style Malt House, Brewery, Cellar Door and Restaurant is a crowd favourite in Adelaide. It’s known for its winning Buffalo wings and has a large variety of pizza and 12 different beer styles available on tap. The place is also loved for its family and dog friendly atmosphere, and has quite an open and expansive interior. Just make sure to book before you go, because it can get quite busy!
Smiling Samoyed Brewery
Husband, Wife and their Samoyed dogs are owners of an award-winning brewery that has earned a reputation for its craft beers, delicious food and pleasant atmosphere. And dogs of course. They have a range of beers, the favourites being ’12 Paws’ Pale Ale, a Dark Ale, an Australian Kolsch and an IPA. Besides having a large indoor space, the venue features a beer garden for those sunny days.
Pirate Life Brewing
The owners of Pirate Life Brewing are 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. Their Brewery offers tasting paddles, has a casual vibe to it, and due to their success, the passionate owners are in the process of launching another one in Port Adelaide, scheduling to open this December.
The once famous sheep and wheat station was bought by the Freeman family 30 years ago and the 100 year old woolshed now exists as a brewery. Woolshed provides a unique, relaxing outdoor experience, with a view 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. Free BBQ facilities are also provided and each weekend, there are local food trucks.
Cooper’s family brewery has been in the business for quite some time now, 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 ales 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 and the wood fired pizza is popular. The place can get really busy, so if you’re organising a group dinner, be sure to book.
Sweet Amber Brew Café
A couple operates this artsy beer-cafe, offering four rotating taps and bottled beers and ciders. 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, where you can find picnic tables.