What’s Happening in SA: Issue #4


Summer is just around the corner, which by chance happens to be the busiest time for the craft beer industry. There has been quite a lot happening in SA and some exciting new ventures on the horizon.

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.

Thursday Trivia @ Little Bang

Summer Street Party @ Two Sisters Food and Wine

Howard-Life Terrace Sessions @ Howard Vinyard

Prancing Pony Turns 5 @ Prancing Pony

Nowhereman Take Over @ Gilbert Street Hotel

NOLA 2nd Birthday @NOLA

Christmas BBQ @ Sticky Fingers Brewing

Pirate Life Sunday Sessions @ MALOBO

BEER and BITE @ Gumeracha


New Beers:

Goodiesons: The Goodieson family in McLaren Vale have been playing around with some barrels and have just released their Barrel Aged Christmas Ale in bottle form.

Big Shed: Following the Bare Bones Irish Stout, Hef’s Robe Red Wheat is the second beer released as a part of the ‘Brewers Series’. An interesting combination of red toffee, caramel malts, with banana, clove, wheat flavours. There is also word that the Golden Stout Time will receive a slight vodka alteration before Christmas.

Benjamin on Franklin: The new owners of the Benjamin on Franklin have had a session house lager made for them.

Little Bang: Another new beer from the Stepney beer geeks, with ‘Fils Pils’ being released with a colourful Andy Warhol style decal.

Pirate Life: After getting their hands on some very hard to get Nelson Sauvin, the Pirate Life boys quickly whipped up a new Nelsen Pilsner, showcasing the hop.


South Australian Craft Beer News

Lady Burra: Not the newest of news but news that has not been spread around too much. Lady Burra has taken on James Collison as their new head brewer. James comes from White Rabbit and previous to that, he was the head brewer at Barossa Valley Brewing Company.

Treasury 1860: The Treasury 1860 has reopened again after a renovation, with some new craft beer taps ready to pour the good stuff.

Barossa Valley: Every Thursday night, Barossa Valley drinkers have the opportunity to meet the brewer of the beer, whilst he talks them through a different beer from the range each week.

Big Shed: Ex Vale salesman Tom Becker, has joined the team at Big Shed Brewing Concern. Tom will manage all the interstate distribution and sales.

Tonsley: An expression of interest has been released for an opportunity to open potentially a new brewery in the 1960s Boiler House building in the new Tonsley entertainment hub.

Pirate Life: The pirates have invested in a grain silo, securing the new vessel right next to their brewshed in Hindmarsh.

Mismatch: As mentioned in early posts, Mismatch will feature heavily in the near future, as they finialise their brewery in the Adelaide Hills. It seems, the tanks are now in and some of the hard plumbing has begun.

Beer Garden: Beer Garden Brewing in Port Lincoln has won the ‘New in Business’ award at the 2017 Port Lincoln Business Excellence Awards.

Left Barrel: Brad Bown enlisted the help of friends to bottle his next batch of Sauerpuss, which will be in bottle shops soon.

Ministry of Beer: Brett from Ministry of Beer in the Barossa Valley is just waiting on some labels before some of his barrel aged creations are launched into bottles. His dry hopped Mosaic Berliner Weisse, Raspberry sour, barrel aged saison and 12 month oak aged golden are the first to be released.

Western Ridge: Summer Rye has just been launched into cans, which joins their Galaxy, Mosaic, Warrior pale ale.

West Thebby Social: The West Thebarton Hotel will soon undergo a massive transformation, adding in craft taps and flipping the place into a great entertainment hub. The lads at Big Shed Brewing Co will be helping out with the fit out and the overall running of the joint.

Craftedeals: Craftedeals has officially launched in SA, a phone app that allows subscribers access to a load of cheap food, beer and cider deals across the state.


That is another wrap, with again a huge list of events, new beers and craft beer news. As the temperature soars, I am sure this newsletter style post will get even busier.

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


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