What’s Happening in SA: Issue #13


It is that time of year again, when it starts to hit peak beer drinking weather and the festivals start to pop up all over. In this issue, we have added yet another brewery to the directory, have removed one and found out about another that needs more investigation. There are a few jobs that are going around at the moment and we look in on the progress of some new venues.

But first, some incredibly sad news for the South Australian brewing industry. It saddens me to report on the passing of Marco Bona, owner and head brewer of Libation Army Brewing. He was one of the friendliest, nicest guys, that had a real passion for brewing and making great beer. Marco always had a smile on his face and loved talking about his beer to the punters. Marco, you have definitely left your mark on the industry and will be forever remembered.  R.I.P Marco.

If you wish to help out Marco’s family, a Go Fund Me page has been set up. You can donate here.

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.

Toastie Takeover-Beechworth Week @ Proof

Mayday Hills Masterclass-Beechworth Week @ The Wheaty

Little Bang Trivia Thursday @ Little Bang

5 Tap Takeover-Beechworth Week @ West Thebby

Trails and Ales-Beechworth Week @ Fox Creek MTB

Limited Release Takeover @ Woolshed Brewery

Wharf Garden Bier Fest @ Lighthouse Wharf Hotel

Spring Sunday Lunch Series – Beechworth Week @ Pink Moon Saloon

Robe Town Home Brew and Beer Festival @ Robe Town

Oktoberfest @ Newenham Road

Halloween @ South Coast Brewing

Ferment the Festival @ East Terrace

Day of the Dead @ NOLA

Barossa Beer and Cider Festival @ Angaston

Hare of the Dog Fair @ Little Bang

Pirate Life Brew Night @ Port Club

Beer and Bubbles @ Vardon Ave

Hot Rods and Brews @ Left Barrel

Shedfest 2018 @ Big Shed

Launch of Lot 100 @ Lot 100 (Mismatch)

 South Australian Craft Beer News

Lot 100: A launch date has now been finalised for Mismatch’s new venue. It is a ticketed event, there is still some tickets available here .

Pirate Life: If you follow Pirate Life of social media, currently they showcasing some of their artwork that is being plastered up on their new brewery. Their tanks and brew house have been installed and it seems that they will be ready to begin brewing soon.

Prancing Pony: Recently the Prancing Pony crew distributed a whole heap of karma kegs to venues to raise money for drought relief. This was an incredibly successful appeal, raising over $30 000.

Sparkke: In early September, Sparkke Change announced that they bought a pub. Works are now being done to the old Whitmore Hotel, to ensure it is ready for Sparkke’s beverages. Open date yet to be confirmed but it is looking late 2018.

Bridge Road: Not a South Australian company however, Bridge Road is hitting Adelaide hard this week with an array of events for Beechworth Week. Check the calendar for all the finer details but Tuesday they are at Proof for a toastie takeover, Thursday at the Wheaty for a Mayday Hills masterclass, Friday it is on to West Thebby for a 5 tap takeover, Saturday sees the head brewer jump on the mountain bike at Fox Creek and Sunday find them at Pink Moon Saloon. Owner and Founder Ben will be in town alongside head brewer James.

Little Bang: The Little Bang guys are still working hard on their new venue, with a few pics of the progress popping up on their social media. They have just canned their littlest beast;  Little Banger.

Wheatsheaf Hotel: Co-owner Liz O’Dea has decided to move on to another gig. Liz helped to build the legacy of the Wheaty and make it what it is today. Good luck Liz.

Lost Barrel Bar and Grill:  A new crafty venue has just opened in Norwood, located on the Parade. It seems all the taps are independent pouring a lot of local beers.

Uraidla: The Uraidla brewery has a unique job on offer. Head brewer Oscar Matthews needs a hand around the brewery and out and about selling beer. The job involves both the sales and brewery work. If you are interested, email Oscar@uraidlabrewery.com.au.

Clare: If you are a brewing company after some contract brewing space, the Clare Valley guys want to hear from you. They are opening up their brewery to the contracting world.

Pikes: While in the Clare Valley and while we are talking about contracting, it seems Pikes has also got some room available for contracting.

Beer Garden: The Port Lincoln brewery are looking for a chef/cook to work in their expanding kitchen. The hours of the role are negotiable but weekend work is a must. If you are interested, please contact the brewery.

Mismatch: As well as finalising an opening date for their mega venue, Lot 100, the Mismatch crew have also added to their brewery. A couple of very large (14 000L) fermenters made their way into the Mismatch brewery to ensure drinkers have enough beer ready for summer.

Swell: Swell’s new venue in McLaren Vale is taking shape, no longer looking like a shell with the walls going up.

Forktree: While we are on new venues, every time Ben puts up a new picture of his venue, it makes me salivate. New decals and labels have been whipped up in preparation, as it looks pretty close to ready.

Robe Town: The 5th annual Robe Home Brew and Beer Festival kicks off on the 26th of October. Home brewers can enter their beers all while the beer flows and music is amped up.

Molly Rose: Nic Sandery announced via email that he has found a suitable venue in Melbourne that will house his brewery and tap house. Molly Rose has been taken down from the directory however, we know he will always be SA at heart.

Silver Bark: Last week, I ventured up to Mount Barker, where I met Anthony, owner and brewer of Silver Bark Brewery. Anthony brews out of his back shed where he has made and packaged six different beers. Currently, his beer can be bought at ocal Mount Barker bottle shops as he looks to expand his sales.

New Beers:

Wheaty: Not really new due to the popularity of this beer but the 2018 version of Ice Coffee White Stout has been released and most likely drunk. While we are on the Wheaty, they have just collaborated with the Tallboy and Moose guys from Melbourne. They whipped up a hazy pale ale with experimental hops.

Thug Life:  After listening to customer feedback, the Thug Life crew tweaked their NEIPA recipe to ensure the second batch came out a lot hazier than the first.

Prancing Pony: The Adelaide Hills brewery have launched a new Dunkel ready for their Oktoberfest festival, alongside an XPA ready for smashing during summer.

Pirate Life: The Pirates have released a small flurry of new beers recently and their latest one comes in the form of a dark lager.

Mephisto: Pete successfully hosted his first ever tap take over the other week at the Franklin Hotel with four new beers, including his long awaited wheat beer. Joining the core range was a hoppy imperial lager (bloody brilliant), a Belgian Dark and a blended British Stock Ale.

Suburban: Tony’s new ESB batch is out and about now. This is the beer that was brewed via contract at Clare Valley.

SK Beverages: Stu Kirk successfully launched his very first beer, Black Top Blonde Ale, the other week. An easy drinking, summery beer, ready for the heat to burn.

Western Ridge: The Friendly Bison has now been canned up, along with some bottles of their 20K beer.

Shifty Lizard: In preparation for their own Oktoberfest party, Lee at Shifty Lizard whipped up a Dunkel and Kolsch to ensure the German theme flowed through to the drinkers.

Clare: Two new releases with hit the shelves soon, with a limited release run of a NEIPA and Brut IPA to come out in cans.

A huge issue this month, with heaps going on and new beers popping up. The birth of my first son is now imminent, therefore the next issue may be slightly delayed. I am sure my readers will be too busy drinking beer by then anyway.


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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