Monday, August 15

South Australia Goes Coastal

Good to see that craft beer’s tentacles are spreading across the entire geological landmass of South Australia, and out to sea. While Adelaide continues to power ahead with exciting developments at Pirate Life and Little Bang, word comes to us of some exciting coastal (and island) developments with the new Kangaroo Island Brewery now up and running. The rustic brew house, located just outside Kingscote, is making a small range of authentic Kangaroo Island ales – brewer Mike Holden has promised more details soon. KIB is using hops grown, planted and harvested on the island.

Meanwhile, plans are well advanced for brewery openings on both Yorke and Eyre peninsulas. 

Beer Garden Brewing in Port Lincoln is due to begin trading in the next few weeks – owners Mark and Janie Butterworth (pictured in the Port Lincoln Times) will brew interesting small batch ales in a converted bakery on London Street. The couple plan to make six types of beer using mostly local ingredients – barley grown on the Eyre Peninsula already makes its way to major breweries in Japan and Europe. Details of the proposed Yorke Peninsula brewery are a little more vague, but I’m told this is slated for some time in 2017. If anyone has a contact please forward it to me.

Further east, well a lot further east in fact, Robe Town Brewery, continues has hit its straps. The tiny Millicent Road brewery is making a range of slow-brewed ales, including Pale Ale, Amber Ale, Stout and Porter, which are being sold by several pubs and restaurants in town. Tastings and tours are available at the brewery.

And don’t forget the Robe Home Brew & Craft Beer Festival (17 & 18 September 2016) is just around the corner. The festival attracts home brewers from Robe, the Limestone Coast, Coonawarra and even across the state border. Entries close on September 2.

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