Pictures by John Kruger (c)
Calling South Australians! Has anyone launched a new brewery or ciderie in your region in the past few weeks? Beer Airways is currently writing a comprehensive touring guide for the South Australian Tourism Commission and is terrified of leaving someone out – three new micro breweries have already launched in Adelaide this year, with a couple more in the pipeline. The new guide focusses on SA's major wine growing regions (the Adelaide Hills, Barossa, Clare and McLaren Vale) but I will also be listing small operators in other regions, such as the Riverland and Goolwa. As part of my research I was lucky enough to meet Ben Potts from Meechi Brewery in Langhorne Creek. Ben (pictured) is respected local winemaker who is currently contract brewing in Mildura but hopes to establish his own microbrewery in Langhorne Creek in the future. Meechi Pale Ale is a delightful drop, with plenty of punch for the hop heads but accessible to newbie craft beer types. The beer is available for tasting at The Winehouse on Wellington Road. Ben and his wife Lucy are exactly the type of artisan brewers I want to include in the guide, so if you know of a brewer or cider maker who is perhaps flying under the radar and deserves a listing in the new SATC guide let me know. Oh, and many thanks to John Kruger for the excellent pictures and research assistance.