What’s Happening in SA: Issue #5


2017 is drawing to a close and this issue will be the last until 2018. Closer to New Years, I will be releasing a reflection on what each brewery has been up to this year and some news about what is on the horizon. There has been plenty happening around SA and again this issue is packed with news, events and new beers.

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.

Christmas Quiz @ Little Bang

A Xmas Shopping Bonanza @ Sturt Street Cellars

A Very Sloppy Christmas @ Sweet Amber

Newyearootpa @ Steins Taphouse

Australia’s Top 100 Beers and Songs @ Gilbert Street

Summer Festival @ Albert Street

BEER and BITE @ Gumeracha

New Beers:

Commercial Hotel Port Adelaide: The folks at Prancing Pony created the Watson Bros 1841 Draught for the newly refurbished Commercial Hotel. A German inspired beer to fit their new menu and décor.

Inglewood Inn: Keeping with beers made for venues, the Inglewood Inn in the Adelaide Hills has just released their ‘Up To No Good’ lager in bottles. Another Hills brewery in Lobethal Bierhaus, brewed this one for the Inn.

Clare Red IPA: Technically not a new beer however, a re-brew. Clare Valley’s Red IPA proved to be incredibly popular on the first release, therefore it has been made again and will be in stores shortly.

Molly Rose: Nic from Molly Rose has just released his first three (out of six) new beers via a subscription service. The beers are inspired by his travels abroad and see an American IPA, a Japanese Dark Lager and a German style sour wheat made with strawberries realesed. The three beers were sent with the story behind the beer, tasting notes and ideas of what food to pair with the beers.

Wheaty: Three new beers for the Wheaty crew.  A Table Beer, called Twheaty Bird, brewed with orange and fennel, in collaboration with Two Birds Brewing. The second is also a collaboration, this time with COMA, producing an easy drinking, clean rice lager. Finally, Heaps Berry Saison, is a kettle soured saison with an array of different fruits, malts and honey.

Mismatch: Medicine man NEIPA, released for the first time at NOLA’s second birthday. The New England is thick and juicy.

Western Ridge: Releasing two new beers at NOLA’s second birthday, the guys from the Barossa Valley had a play around with some Mulberries and lots and lots of hops. The first release was a Mulberry cleansing ale, which turned out to be deep purple in colour. The second beer being a NEIPA, named King Jong Boom, which was loaded with a ridiculous amount of hops.

Big Shed: Another fruit beer release and yes you guessed it, for NOLA’s second birthday. A Red Cherry East Coast IPA.

Brewboys: One more NOLA second birthday release, this time a Bavarian Wheat style beer from the Brewboys.

Left Barrel: Again, not a new beer but new into bottles. Brad from Left Barrel bottled his Sauer Puss, a lemony Berliner Weisse.

South Australian Craft Beer News

Woolshed: Woolshed’s summer smasher, River Time, has been given a fresh new label ready for the hot weather to hit SA.

Shifty Lizard: The guys at Shifty Lizard successfully knocked up the one year notch and have some very exciting news on the horizon that I will be able to share with you soon.

Mephisto: While on first birthdays, Pete Wellington from Mephisto Brewing Co, also cracked the one year barrier.

Sweet Amber: More progress for Dane at his new brewery, with a whole row of taps being installed into a white tiled wall. His brew house and fermenters are on the boat along with the Uraidla Breweries in the Adelaide Hills.

Swell: Plans emerged recently of a giant cellar door and brewery in McLaren Vale for Dan Wright and the Swell brewing team.

West Thebby Social: The gents at Big Shed Brewing got their elbows dirty, revamping the old West Thebarton Hotel’s front bar and turning it into a craft bar. After having experience running their own venue, the Westside Massive, Craig and Jason acted as consultant alongside bar manager Amy Lowe with the bar’s face lift. The Big Shed beers are pouring along with a few other of their favourites. The venue officially opened on Saturday 16th December 2017.

Pirate Life: Huge news for the Pirates, being bought out by international giants AB InBev. In a blog post on their website, the Pirates said

When we sold our business to AB InBev two weeks ago, the passion for great beer wasn’t sold with it. Rather, a world of possibilities which were far beyond our reach has suddenly opened to us. When we founded Pirate Life, our aim was to become a global player. This next step will help us realise our dream of seeing Pirate Life on shelves and in bars all over the world.”

Watsacowie: A new brewery has just opened on the 9th December on the Yorke Peninsula, at Minlaton. What is Watsacowie? I asked the same question, managing director Brendan Phasey explains,

“There are a lot of places, properties and towns on the Yorke Peninsula with the word ‘Cowie’ in it.  (Orrie-cowie, Minlacowie, Bublacowie etc.)  For a long time, we wondered what it meant but couldn’t find a reliable source to confirm, hence the name Watsacowie is kind of a tongue-in-cheek question and an old family ‘Dad joke’.  We’ve since learned that it means ‘water’ in the local Aboriginal language which is quite fitting, in our eyes at least.”

Their Brewhouse is 8 hectolitres in size and was purchased from Red Tap brewery in Sydney. The first initial offerings are a Kolsch, a German Hefeweizen and an Indian Red Ale, with more styles being explored in the next coming months. Check out their Facebook page for opening times.

Another loaded wrap up and the last for 2017. Aforementioned earlier, I will be publishing a 2017 reflection closer to New Years. ‘What’s Happening in SA’ will continue in SA, therefore if you have any news, events or general shenanigans about the SA craft beer industry, please send through an email, thecraftbeerking@gmail.com. Have a safe break and a joyous Merry Christmas. Cheers.





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