What’s Happening in SA: Issue #7



Another jam packed issue of ‘What’s Happening in SA’, with some huge news, heaps of events and some new beers too. With the beginning of the working year behind me, I finally found some time to whip up another edition. Here we go.

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 details, however, here is a simple run down of some events coming up. In order of date.

Font of Tartness @ The Wheatsheaf Hotel

Food Trucks @ Little Bang

Wharf Beer and Cider Festival @ The Lighthouse Wharf Hotel

ACT On Tap @ The Franklin Hotel

Westside Fork @ King’s Reserve

Beer and Cider Festival @ Pretoria Hotel Mannum

Tinny Tuesdays @ Sweet Amber Brew Café

Craf-T Hour @ Little Pub on Hindley

Beer and Bites @ Gumeracha

South African Hop Safari With Hawkers @ The Wheatsheaf Hotel

Cellar Door Fest @ Adelaide Convention Centre

Pirate Life’s Third Birthday @ Gilbert Street Hotel

NZ Craft Beer Symposium @ Wheatsheaf Hotel

Pasteur St Showcase @ Wheatsheaf Hotel 

Cellar Door Fest 2018:

Over three days, the Adelaide Convention Centre will be transformed into a South Australian producer’s wonderland, with over 180 wine, beer, cider and food companies flaunting their wares. I will be in the beer garden hosting several events over the weekend, including a live brewing demonstration, a long table lunch brewers battle and a game show style segment called ‘Beer Geek Vs Beer Brewer’. I am holding a competition on my Facebook page to win tickets to the event. Just comment on the competition posts and help me build a beer recipe to brew at the festival. There is a total of eight tickets up for grabs. For more details, check their website cellardoorfestival.com. 

New Beers:

Wheaty: Thebartonia has come and gone and another new beer has emerged from the festival, which comes in the form of a Golden ale. The winner of the South Australian Brew club’s Helles challenge also got the opportunity to brew his beer on Jade’s system.

Uraidla: The first beer to come from the Adelaide Hills brewery is the ‘Third Eye’ pale ale. With their brewery still being set up and commissioned, this beer was contracted elsewhere.

Clare: The next limited release for the Clare Valley team sees them double up their IPA, hitting 8.1 percent ABV.

Barossa: It’s that time of year again, where the hops are fresh and ready to be picked. The Barossa Valley Brewing team managed to purchase some fresh hops from a local company called ‘Hills Hops’. The fresh hops were added into their latest batch of Hop Heaven.

Mismatch: Whilst commissioning their new brewhouse in Naire, head brewer Ewan decided to shake up their Session ale, cranking out a ‘Double Session’. Having tasted it directly from the fermenters, I can safely say that this beer is bloody delicious.

Left Barrel: A summer seasonal is set to be released mid to late February, with limited information to date.

South Australian Craft Beer News

Left Barrel: Brad picked up the keys to his new taproom in Balhannah this week and showed us around on his social media pages. Two 1500L fermenters arrived at the property and he now has some hard work ahead to get the place up and running.

Coopers: The newish Session Ale is set to be canned soon.

Kangaroo Island: This little brewery on KI seems to be super busy and has started to run dry, with locals clearly loving their product. The team are now scrambling to produce enough beer to keep up with demand.

Mismatch: With the brewery side of their new facility up and running, the Mismatch team have begun canning their core range beers. The pale ale, IPA, session ale and lager are coming in fresh and the pale ale is already in hot demand, with some bottle shops limiting customers to just a six pack each.

Prancing Pony: Keeping in the Hills, the Prancing Pony team are selling their old bottling line and are after an experienced brewer to add to their team. Check out their social media for details.

Shifty Lizard: After recently opening their new tap house in Willunga, the Shifty Lizard guys are after a casual staff member to help pour some beers. While on Shifty Lizard, they had some new fermenters delivered during the week, which left head brewer Lee Stone very happy.

Western Ridge: While on new fermenters, the Western Ridge crew also accepted delivery of some new fermenters; struggling to get them out of their packaging along the way.

Forktree: Construction has begun on Forktree Road, with ground being broken and the foundations being poured.

Sweet Amber: With Sweet Amber Brewing about to officially launch, Dane is holding a competition. Head over to their Facebook page to win his Beer Cart for a weekend party.

Rehn Bier: Any home brewers want to up your brewing scale? Brenton from Rehn Bier in the Barossa is selling his 100L system. This system was used to launch their brand and produce the gold medal winning foreign extra stout.

Clare Valley: Clare Valley’s cellar door just got a lot more appealing, with the addition of a new deck, built on top of the Jeanneret Wines building in Clare.

Little Bang: Another beer has been given the can treatment over at Stepney, with their Hoppy Steam Ale, Icon being put into #greentins.

Beer Garden: It seems it is coming close to an election, as Jay Weatherill gallivants around the state handing out money. It’s great to see that some of that money is being given to SA breweries, with Beer Garden brewing announcing a matched funding support for the Port Lincoln brewery. The money will be used to upgrade their venue and put in a beer packaging line.

Big Shed: Another government money splurge sees the Big Shed guys benefit with a $50 000 grant and a low interest million-dollar loan. For full details of their plans, check out the article I wrote for the Crafty Pint website.

Heaps of news in this edition and with the list of new equipment delivered and new venues being built, this newsletter is set to get busier.

If you have any news, events or general shenanigans about the SA craft beer industry, please send through an email, thecraftbeerking@gmail.com. Cheers.





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