What’s Happening in SA: Issue #3



I am back from Japan and there is a large collection of juicy South Australian craft beer news, events, new beers and general shenanigans going on.

Remember, if you have something that you think fits the parameters of this newsletter style post, please email the details through to me at thecraftbeerking@gmail.com. Let’s begin.


All SA craft beer events can be accessed via the events page for more detail, however, here is a simple run down of some events coming up. In order of date.

Fork Your Eyes Unley @ Goodwood Orphanage Park

CVBC Sunday Session @ The Maid Hotel

Tiny Rebel Tap Showcase @ The Wheatsheaf Hotel

Trivia Every Thursday @ Little Bang

Day of the Dead @ NOLA

Big Shed’s 4th Birthday @ Big Shed

Slo-Mo BBBQ @ Morphett Arms

Summer Street Party @ Two Sisters

New Beers:

Coopers Session: Coopers hasn’t added a new beer to its core range for a long time, the Session Ale uses Galaxy and Melba hops to create a tropical hop presence whilst keeping their signature yeast character.

Left Barrel: Three new beers from the Adelaide Hills, Pellicosis Red and Gold and Alt Skool. The Pellicosis Red is a barrel fermented flanders red sour, using amber and aromatic malts whereas the Golden is fermented in the same style and oats and rye have been used in the malt bill. The Alt Skool is a traditional German style Altbier, a malt driven beer that has been dry hopped with Spalter hops.

Pikes ‘Merica: An American style Pale Ale, the new Spring seasonal release is packed with American style hops, Cascade, Chinook, Mosaic and Eureka.

Wheaty: It wouldn’t be a South Australian wrap up without a new beer from the Wheaty. Cutlet and Milko are the new beers and are very different in style. The Cutlet is a juicy pale ale, whilst Milko is an easy drinking lighter stout.

Prancing Pony: Continuing to pay homage to their German heritage, Prancing Pony have release a new Pilsner called ‘Indie Kid’, a tribute the independents in the industry.

Clare Valley: The new core range IPA is now kicking around in most great bottle shops, whilst their Mango Saison is also being poured at select locations.

Molly Rose: After venturing across to Melbourne to participate in this year’s wine vintage, Nic has launched his very first beers under the Molly Rose label. A set of six beers, each taking inspiration from his travels abroad. At this stage, the only way to buy these beers are through a subscription via the Molly Rose website.

Shifty Lizard: Not technically new beers, but Shifty Lizard have their Irish Red Ale and Stout back in bottles.

Suburban Brew: Almost releasing a new style a month at the moment, Suburban have released a light florally pale ale in bottles.

Forktree: The second release from Ben at Forktree, is the Southern Sunset Ale which a red ale at 6 percent ABV.

Pirate Life: A very limited release Ruby Red IPA has seen its way into a select few venues and will not last long.

Mismatch: In preparation for their own brewery, Mismatch are solidifying their core range, dropping the XPA and adding a pale ale to the mix.

South Australian Craft Beer News

Vale Sale: Probably the biggest news in South Australia is the sale of Vale Brewing company to fellow South Australians, Bickfords Group. Vale Brewing was put on the market in the middle of 2017 and sold in early October.  The new owners will take over as of November 1 and have asked all the previous Vale employees to reapply for their positions.

Mismatch: As their new brewery continues to progress, Mismatch will feature quite prominently. Their new cans have now launch, with a lager, pale ale and their session ale the first to be released. Pictures of their brewhouse in place have also surfaced, meaning they are one step closer to operational date.

Wheaty: Another week and another collaboration for the Wheaty crew, this time with Two Birds Brewing Co. An orange and fennel table beer is the result, launching soon with a visit from the Two Birds themselves.

Sturt Street Cellars: Bottle shop manager Troy Brailsford has moved on, as he has accepted a distilling traineeship with Applewood Distillery. Craft beer nut Brendan Wingard has won the position of new bottle shop manager.

Rhen Bier: After months and months of work on his new cellar door, Brenton and the Rehn family have officially opened in the Barossa Valley. In other news, Rehn have also taken on ex Barossa Valley brewer Josh Pentreath to give some assistance in the brewhouse.

Barossa Craft Malts: Keeping in the Barossa Valley, where Barossa Craft Malts has begun this year’s barley harvest.

Pikes: The 2016 Cherry Kriek has made its way out of barrels in preparation for this year’s launch in December. Whilst long term head brewer Bradley Nolan says goodbye to the Clare Valley, moving back to Western Australia. Alister Pike will now take charge of the bulk of the brewing with the help of brewery assistances Zack and Liam.

Sweet Amber: Some more progress for Sweet Amber’s brewery, with some plumbing work being done at the venue and a few fermentation tanks arriving.

Smiling Samoyed: The smiling dogs have a new bottling line, which will give them ability to package some of their limited release beers.

Port Admiral: The Port Admiral hotel in Port Adelaide is nearing its opening date, with the finishing touches taking place as we speak. During the week, they canned and kegged their house lager that was brewed at Pirate Life.


There is so much happening at the moment in South Australia, which means the summer months are going to be huge.

The plan is to update my audience with a summary of the South Australia’s craft beer happenings, once a month. Again, as much as I try my hardest to keep up with everything that is going on, I miss some things. Please feel free to email through items that I have missed or information for my next wrap up. If we all support each other, the South Australian craft beer industry can grow to be the best in the country. Cheers

One Comment Add yours

  1. Jack says:

    Great wra up mate. A handy collection of up to date events and news. Hard to find this info in one spot anywhere else.

    Liked by 1 person

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