What’s Happening in SA: Issue #8


Since the last edition, so much has happened in the South Australian craft beer industry, the government has handed some more money out, new venues have opened, and the season has ticked over to autumn. With nearly twenty new beers to announce and even a few industry jobs available. Grab a beer, settle in to your comfiest chair because this edition is lengthy.

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.

St Paddys Day @ Shifty Lizard

IPA Madness @ Gilbert Street Hotel

La Boca X Prancing Pony Dinner @ La Boca

Blackmans Tap Takeover @ West Thebby Social

Artisan Experience- Mismatch @ Duke of Brunswick

Heaps Good Friday @ Warradale

Feral the 13th @ West Thebby

Beer and BBQ Festival 2018 @ Wayville


New Beers:

Pirate Life: Four new beers are introduced into the market from the Pirate Life guys, mainly being brewed up for their third birthday bash. A strawberry milkshake IPA, a black IPA and another beer that fits between an IPA and NEIPA called ‘Unfazed with the Haze,’ taking a shot at the recent haze craze in beers. The fourth beer, ‘Alfonse Ale’, is a 5.7 percent pale ale brewed up for the Canadian circus troupe Cirque Alfonse.

Mismatch: All throughout last year, Mismatch conducted IPA tests to determine what would eventually become their core range IPA. After starting brewing in their Nairne facility, they have finally decided on a winning combination and their new core range IPA has hit taps in Adelaide. Only in keg form for now before being canned later on this year.

Uraidla: After releasing their first beer (Third Eye Pale) earlier in the year, Uraidla have launched a session ale called Half Moon.

Woolshed: Two new beers coming from the Riverland and one of them is via a collaboration. The Barley Sandwich was brewed in conjunction with wild yeast experts Robe Town Brewery and is brewed with a ute-load of left over bread collected from bakeries in the area. It is that time of year again, where the wet hop beers pop up all over the place and this is the first. Victoria and Cascade hops were picked from Lupulin Farm and added to a pale ale base. 

Left Barrel: A double release for Brad up in the Adelaide Hills, with the Sunk Gose Down, bottled two ways, in standard form and a strawberry version.

Little Bang: After receiving quite a few requests to brew an ESB, the folk at Little Bang have caved in and whipped up the Geezer Pleaser.

Fresh Hop Beers: Fresh hop beers can now be found on tap from the likes of Clare Valley, Rehn Bier, Smiling Samoyed, Western Ridge and Barossa Valley.

Clare:  A new beer floats into the Clare Valley core range, slotting in between the Pale and IPA. The XPA is light but punchy, with some nice tropical hop aromas.

 Cape Jaffa: Probably not 100 percent a new beer but one that is little unknown. Being contract brewed out of Barossa Valley, the Cape Jaffa Session Ale, takes on light tropical aromas. The Cape Jaffa winery are hoping to separate the beer label, creating a variety of styles.

Goodieson: The folk at Goodieson Brewery in McLaren Vale seem to be pumping out a different style a month at the moment and they have another new beer on the horizon. A cherry barrel aged saison has hit the market right in time for Easter.

South Australian Craft Beer News

Smiling Samoyed: A new bottling line has made the venture to the Myponga based brewery, giving Simon and Kate a more relaxing bottling day, as the new machine is more fully automated.

Sweet Amber: Sweet Amber’s new brewery officially opened in late February and fresh beers are now on tap. They are opened Thursday, Friday and Saturday at this stage and drinkers can take away 1 and 2 L bottles directly from the taps or take a seat and drink the afternoon away. The brewery is located behind Coopers at 5/21 Naweena Rd Regency Park.

One Barrel: Looks like a new craft brewery is about to emerge, with One Barrel Brewing obtaining their license. Beers are still awhile away but it is great to see the industry in SA grow larger.

Forktree: Ben at Forktree is starting to show off a little, unleashing a photo of his spectacular view whilst building works continue on his brewery/restaurant. Check out Forktree’s social media account for the photos. Whilst we are with Forktree, they have just started contract brewing through Smiling Samoyed and are hoping for their brewery to be finished a soon as possible.

Pirate Life: It may be oldish news now, but the Pirate Life crew have found their new home in Port Adelaide, securing the old woolsheds. The state government chipped in some money alongside the $10 million they received from their owners AB InBev.

Coopers: Session ale is now Coopers second most popular beer on tap, still being surpassed by the original pale ale. Due to its success, Coopers have decided to release the beer in both bottles and cans, hitting the market early March.

Clare: Extensions have been built on to the Jeanneret Wines building in the Clare Valley where Clare Valley Brewing share a cellar door. A large balcony now protrudes on the top level, giving drinkers the ability to sit in the sunshine and drink Clare beer.

Sparkke: The girls at Sparkke are going to have an extremely busy year, with the announcement of a new pub in the city and a new brewery less than 10 minutes from the CBD. More details to come soon but brewer Agi said “we’re all pretty pumped, I’ll catch some zzzs in 2020.”

Mismatch: A photo has emerged of a steel shell being erected at the Mismatch site, which will become the cellar door. Mismatch are also looking for some packaging employees to help can and pack their cartons. If you are interested in this job, email owen@mismatchbrewing.com.au.

Vale/Fox Hat/Hobo: The newly acquired Bickfords brands are looking for a new assistant brewer that will be based in Salisbury. If you are interested, the advertisement can be found at seek.com.au.

And that is all for this issue, hopefully I haven’t missed anything but in usual fashion, as soon as I press publish, I will have 5 breweries create events and another 3 contact me to tell me I have missed something. Please do send me an email if you know of anything else going on in the SA craft beer industry.


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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