Hop on – the ultimate Fleurieu craft beer trail

Hop to it, beer lovers. South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula is the place to be, with a number of well-established brewers and newer, boutique operators calling the region home.

With its outstanding wines, white sandy beaches and alfresco cafés, the Fleurieu has long been appreciated for its delectable food and wine offerings, but it’s time to give the stouts, ales, and pilsners a pour.

So, grab a designated driver and buckle up. Head for McLaren Vale, the heart of brewery territory and further south into Willunga, before visiting a few watering holes on the outskirts and along the coast. Let the ultimate beer trail begin!

1. Victor’s Place
62 Victor Harbor Road, Old Noarlunga

This restaurant, cellar door and brewery is a three-in-one delight set in an old 1870s stone barn, rebuilt with rustic charm. If the sun is shining, head for the outdoor area with a pint in hand and enjoy the views overlooking the Onkaparinga Valley. As far as beer goes, the Sour Cherry Berliner Weisse is a relatively new release and worth a try, as are the rest of its range including the Pale Ale, India Pale Ale, Extra Special Bitter, Saison and Summer Session Ale.

Inside Victor’s Place.

2. Swell Brewing Co.
168 Olivers Road, McLaren Vale

This new brewery and taphouse is the newest kid on the block to join the gang of McLaren Vale’s fellow craft brewery hotspots. Swell Brewing Co.’s new McLaren Vale space is the project of winemaker Corrina Wright of Oliver’s Taranga and her brewer husband Dan Wright. Coastal inspirations and a love for surfing are evident in the brand’s name and overall style, with the brewery offering a selection of its own beers, as well as others, and complemented by classic beer-matching eats such as burgers, chicken wings and sweet potato chips.

Inside Swell’s new taphouse. Photo by Kate Elmes Photography.

3. Vale Brewing
Within the Beresford Tasting Pavilion at 252 Blewitt Springs Road, McLaren Flat.

You can find these guys within Beresford Estate (so it’ll please wine lovers) in McLaren Flat. Have a go at the $15 tasting of the refreshing and sessionable lagers including the Vale Mid Coast, Vale Ale, Vale Lager, Vale Knee Slapper and Vale IPA. Vale has a decade-long history of brewing in the region, starting with small run releases of its original Vale Ale before expanding the core range and growing into a craft beer label well-recognised on SA shelves.

Cheese and beer among the vines at Beresford Estate.

4. Goodieson Brewery
194 Sand Road, McLaren Vale

Family owned and operated Goodieson Brewery is run by Jeff and Mary Goodieson whose property overlooks a tree-lined creek, vineyards and the valley. They’re serious about beer, with the pale ale, pilsner, wheat beer, brown ale, red ale, Maiblock, Christmas ale, autumn ale and stout on offer (although some of these are seasonal styles and have limited availability). Feel free to bring your own picnic snacks and nibbles to enjoy in the outdoor space overlooking the big beautiful gum trees and vineyards.

A beautiful setting on a sunny day.

5. Ekhidna
67 Branson Road, McLaren Vale

This cellar door features beers, ciders and wine from winemaker Matt Rechner. Ekhidna’s traditional Aussie ginger beer is highly sought after, with its strong ginger flavour, hit of spice and hint of sweetness. A restaurant is also on site, offering share plates, heartier mains, and desserts for those who need it. A great all-round experience that will tick boxes not only for beer lovers, but wine lovers, foodies and those partial to a crisp cider too.

Try the beer paddle at Ekhidna.

6. South Coast Brewing Co.
1/11 Jay Drive, Willunga

Beers and beaches – the perfect combination. South Coast Brewing Co. recognises this ideal match and brews its beers with the coast in mind. Three blokes Scott, Brett and Mark are behind this independent operation, with a line of Southern Session Ale a crisp, summery beer that’s almost too easy to drink, the Porties Pale Ale, named after Port Noarlunga, and the Maslin’s Red Ale, named after Australia’s first nudie beach. There’s also the Butter Sou’Westerly, a dry hopped brew that pays homage to winter time’s bitter, cold winds, and the Earl of Seaford Bitter, a delight for true beer appreciators.

The South Coast Brewing Co. trio. Photo sourced from Facebook.

7. Shifty Lizard
33 High Street, Willunga

A relatively new kid on the block, Shifty Lizard owners Lee and Danny opened this new venture in an old butcher’s shop in Willunga about a year ago. The beer bottle and can labels alone are impressive, featuring quirky characters and label names by the likes of the Bruce Lee-zard IPA, Stouty McStout Face and the Lizard’s Dinner. This microbrewery features outdoor dining nestled in the heart of Willunga. Definitely a spot for those who appreciate simple yet stylish interiors and something a little quirky.

8. Smiling Samoyed
Hansen Street, Myponga

Recognised not only for its beer, but the brewery’s two white and fluffy Samoyed dogs, Mia and Hoppy, who will greet you upon arrival. Smiling Samoyed, south west of Willunga, like many breweries is laid back in its style and offers much to look at with small, rustic trinkets and memorabilia scattered throughout facility. Beer wise, the brewery offers both award-winning and limited release brews including the Poppet, Kolsch, Dark Ale, IPA and 12 Paws. Rumour has it that they’ve just re-released the popular Hop Bandit, but be quick because it won’t last long! Grazing plates feature local cheeses, smallgoods and other nibbles while wood oven pizzas, some smaller snacks, and desserts are also on offer.

The fluffy Samoyed dogs are a real crowd-puller.

9. Forktree Brewing
935 Forktree Road, Carrickalinga

With stunning views over the ocean, Forktree Brewing is housed in an old shearing shed – the perfect location for downing a beer, right?! The beers are currently contract brewed, but hopes are to one day have a brewery on site. The froths include the Sunrise Pale Ale, with its citrus and tropical fruit hop aroma, and the Sunset Ale, a fuller bodied, malt driven red ale. The food menu is simple yet satisfying, with burgers enjoying names such as The Ringer beef burger, the Roustabout lamb burger, the Flamin’ Galah chicken burger, the Squeezer pork burger, and the Guesser sweet potato and chickpea burger.

How’s that for a sunset?

10. Meechi Brewery Company
The Wine House, 1509 Langhorne Creek Road, Langhorne Creek

A little out of the way from the other Fleurieu breweries (but still within an hour or so’s drive) is Meechi Brewery Company in wine region Langhorne Creek. Meechi’s winemaker owners proudly launched this small-batch brewery from their backyard shed because “we think every wine region needs a beer label”, and we agree! They were the Creek’s first craft beer label and have been a perfect addition within The Wine House, a wine tasting and dining venue where you’ll also be able to crack open one of Meechi’s handcrafted beers. Meechi is an Aboriginal name for the Bremer River, which runs through the town and then into Lake Alexandrina.

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Craft beers creating top brew of SA entrepreneurs

A heady mix of top South Australian creators of beer, gin and wine are about to launch a unique Adelaide Hills cellar door with two of the state’s leading chefs running the kitchen.

“Lot 100 is being launched on December 8 and I’m getting married there next Friday,” Mismatch Brewing and group brand manager Leigh Morgan says.

The ambitious, all-in-one brewery, distillery, cellar door and restaurant just outside of Nairne will showcase produce from Mismatch Brewing, Adelaide Hills Distillery, Adelaide Hills Cider, Vinteloper and Ashton Valley Fresh.

The creators of the $4.5 million production facility and cellar door want it to be a memorable experience. From the entry gates to the sprawling 84 ha property, a driveway sweeps up the hill to a modern barn-style cellar door featuring raw timber and concrete, surrounded by 100-year-old gum trees.

Inside Lot 100 at Nairne in the Adelaide Hills.

Inside, the kitchen will be overseen by acclaimed chefs Shannon Fleming formerly from Orana and Tom Bubner from Pizza e Mozzarella Bar, Chicken and Pig – and there’s enough space to host weddings of 660 people.

Next Friday marks its first outing with 226 guests arriving to celebrate Leigh tying the knot with Adelaide occupational therapist Hayley Foreman.

“We won’t be honeymooning yet, I’ve managed to convince my beautiful soon-to-be wife we should escape winter next year instead, which gives me six months working with the team,” Leigh says.

It’s been a jam-packed few years for the co-founder of successful online wine company Vinomofo after joining forces with Mismatch Brewing head brewer and founder Ewan Brewerton full time earlier this year.

All will be revealed at Lot 100 on December 8.

Having launched in 2013 as a gypsy brewer using space in other facilities, Mismatch last year built its own brewery alongside the Adelaide Hills Distillery company famed for its hand crafted spirits.

Its first beer was completed in December 2017 and, in June this year, it took out the Champion Trophy at the prestigious Australian Independent Brewers Association Awards.

At Lot 100, Leigh says the team wants to create leading products but sustainably. There are solar panels and water from two onsite bores is put through a reverse osmosis system and any waste is used to irrigate surrounding orchards. Plans are also afoot to plant a market garden and hops for the brewing process.

“We’re doing this for our children’s children, if more companies think that way it’s going to be so much better for everyone,” Leigh says.

The Wilkadene Woolshed Brewery in the Riverland is another craft brewery operating sustainably.

It’s a similar theme in the Riverland, where Tom and Sarah Freeman first opened their craft brewery, Wilkadene Woolshed Brewery, in a 100-year-old shearing shed overlooking the River Murray in 2009.

At that stage, only five other SA businesses were operating in the niche market.

“Now I think there’s about 37 craft or independent brewers in SA alone and another 11 or more applications are with councils,” Tom says.

Wilkadene is 20km north of Renmark with a cellar door overlooking the picturesque river.

It’s 100% family owned with a focus on producing its beers and Utopia range of ales, cider, hard lemonade and the Rude Ruby, a grapefruit drink which the brewery produced 100,000 litres of last year. Its beverages are produced with zero waste, with wastewater used to irrigate the garden, there’s 40kW of solar panels installed and used grain is fed to the chickens.

Rainwater is also used to save on the River Murray with Tom saying as the brewery has expanded so too has the amount of roofs capturing water.

“We have a good relationship with our neighbours who have a packing shed, they give us water and we give them beer,” Tom says.

The Woolshed Brewery is located on the banks of the mighty Murray at Wilkadene.

Tom says ever-increasing consumer interest in craft beers has spurred growth at Wilkadene Station where he grew up before moving to study and work in wine marketing in Adelaide.

It was when his parents were looking to sell the farm and houseboat business that Tom and his wife Sarah came up with the brewery idea.

“I’d developed a real passion for the beer industry particularly the craft industry, and we’d always wanted to do more with the shearing shed,” Tom says.

Over the past seven years the business’s beer production increased by 80% per year and last year by a further 30%, with 70,000 litres of beer now produced on site and another 15,000 litres at other breweries.

Tom’s personal favourite from the Woolshed Brewery is the drop most sought after in the colder months, a dark ale made with locally grown and roasted wattleseed called Judas the Dark.

“We get the wattleseed from just down the road at Australian Native Bush Foods, it’s run by Mark Lucas and he was a wool classer here when I was a kid,” he adds.

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Eyre Peninsula craft brewery has a crack at oyster stout

An Eyre Peninsula craft brewing company has incorporated a Coffin Bay delicacy into its latest creation – an oyster stout which is believed to be the first for South Australia.

Port Lincoln’s Beer Garden Brewing is preparing to officially launch Angasi, which creator Mark Butterworth says will help showcase the region’s seafood industry.

Mark, a former chemical engineer, says oyster stout has been around for centuries but he believes he’s the first South Australian craft brewer to release the seafood-inspired beverage.

He describes the latest brew as a “relatively smooth, full bodied, English-style stout” with a “pleasant depth of flavour”.

The first batch was made from about 40 dozen Coffin Bay native Angasi and Pacific oysters.

The Angasi stout showcases Coffin Bay’s most renowned seafood – oysters.

Mark says the oyster stout doesn’t have an overbearing fishy taste and that “you won’t be picking oyster meat out of your beer”.

“The process is not too different to a normal brew that we do,” he says.

“When we boil the batch to sterilise the beer, that’s when we add the shucked oysters in a muslin bag, resulting in a smooth flavour.”

“It’s not meant to be drunk cold, but at about 5C-10C. As it warms up it releases a bit of the oyster flavour.”

Mark recently took four kegs of the Angasi to a beer festival in Melbourne and is preparing to launch it officially in Coffin Bay soon.

Beer Garden Brewing owners Janie, left, and Mark Butterworth with brewer Dan Treagus.

He says craft brewers are increasingly experimenting with interesting ingredients.

“There were beers (at the Melbourne festival) that had crushed up snails in it, there was one that tasted like bubblegum and another like Bertie Beetles,” Mark says.

“There are a few extreme ones out there and I guess ours is lumped in that category.”

Mark has been experimenting with oyster stout for some years, and in 2015 “gave it a crack” when he home brewed a batch with half-a-dozen oysters.

In December 2016, he and chemist wife Janie launched Beer Garden Brewing, a brewery that prides itself on sustainable practices and sourcing local products, including Eyre Peninsula grain.

The brewery began with just two beers on offer, and now the oyster stout is one of 10 soon to be slurped up by seafood lovers and craft beer aficionados.

While some might find a seafood-inspired brew unappealing, Mark says those who otherwise enjoy stout would take to the oyster variety.

“We have a coffee stout (brewed with local Eyre Roasted coffee) and people really enjoy that,” he says.

“We’re seeing tastes change on the Eyre Peninsula, people were mainly drinking mainstream beer but in the last 18 months we are seeing people take a liking to craft beer.”

Mark and wife Janie moved to Port Lincoln after working at the Olympic Dam mine near Roxby Downs in the state’s Far North.

Longing for a sea change, the pair had family in Port Lincoln (Mark’s brother works in the oyster industry) and decided the coastal town was the perfect place to raise their three children and pursue their interests in craft brewing.

Visitors can take a tour of the brewery before relaxing with a pint in the beer garden.

The Butterworths are passionate about showcasing the seafood and tourism offerings of their region, and are also dedicated to remaining as environmentally sustainable.

“We have solar panels, we reuse all wastewater from the brewing processes on the garden and the spent grain goes to our head brewer’s cows,” Mark says.

“We want to have as low of an impact as possible.”

Beer Garden Brewing is facing a period of growth, with upgrades to the kitchen to accommodate for greater food offerings for visitors.

It is also upgrading the manual bottling equipment with a packaging line to allow for greater efficiency.

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Prancing Pony gallops to success … again!

By Melissa Keogh

Almost a year since its glory win at the International Beer Challenge (IBC) in London, and Prancing Pony Brewery in the Adelaide Hills is again a nose ahead of the field.

In 2016 Prancing Pony’s India Red Ale was crowned the world’s best beer by IBC judges, who have this year slapped the Totness Brewery’s beers with five medals.

Among the accolades is the Black India Pale Ale (IPA) – The Hunt for the Red Velvet – which took a gold medal.

Prancing Pony co-founder and head brewer Frank Samson says the strong brew tastes “just like a black forest cake” and is reminiscent of rich chocolate.

It also packs a wild punch at 9.6% abv (alcohol by volume), meaning it’s not for the faint hearted.

Prancing Pony beers are becoming regular award-winners.

Prancing Pony beers are becoming regular award-winners.

“The idea was to create an improbable blend of a fruity double IPA with a Russian Imperial Stout, where rich and opulent fruity hop flavours would blend with dark malt flavours,” he says.

Prancing Pony also won silver for its Imperial Pale Ale, Pagan’s Empire, a bronze for the Magic Midnight Carpet Ride Stout and a bronze for the Black Ale.

The 2016 world’s best beer, the India Red Ale, laid relatively low this year, but still snagged a silver.

The IBC attracts entries from more than 30 countries.

The Hunt for the Red Velvet will go into the running for the Best in Class trophy and the Supreme Champion Beer, announced in London in September 4.

Prancing Pony co-founder and CEO, Corinna Steeb, says last year’s Supreme Champion Trophy was a game changer for the business which grew from humble beginnings.

Prancing Pony has grown from a two-person operation to a popular brewery that supports apprentices.

Prancing Pony has grown from a two-person operation to a popular brewery that supports apprentices.

Corinna and Frank – both from Germany – launched Prancing Pony in 2011.

Sharing her wisdom at Brand South Australia’s I Choose SA For Industry Briefing this week, Corinna says her very first beer sale is among her biggest highlights.

“The first dude walked into our brew shed and ordered some beer, actually handed over some cash, that was an amazing moment and I think that everyone remembers the first $5 that they made,” she says.

Last year saw a large upgrade to Prancing Pony’s bottling line to ensure the business keeps up with demand.

“We are quite a motley crew, we have a lot of fun,” Corinna says.

“We now have a female apprentice, male apprentice and an apprentice chef … to me that’s an amazing highlight for our company.”

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Crafty thirst quenchers crack open success

By Melissa Keogh

Father and son duo Michael (MC) and Jack Cameron and his best mate Jared (Red) Proudfoot are South Australia’s most dedicated hop heads.

Almost three years ago the trio packed their bags in their home state of Western Australia and headed for Adelaide – all in the name of beer.

In the beginning the lads behind Pirate Life Brewing in Hindmarsh were the new kids on SA’s brewing block.

But now their brews are on the lips of beer lovers here and overseas, with beer production volumes hitting the millions.

Pirate Life Brewing was born through the mateship of Jack and ‘Red’ who met while undertaking apprenticeships at Scottish craft brewery, BrewDog.

 Jared (Red) Proudfoot, left, Jack Cameron and Michael (MC) Cameron moved from WA to Adelaide to establish Pirate Life.

Jared (Red) Proudfoot, left, Jack Cameron and Michael (MC) Cameron moved from WA to Adelaide to establish Pirate Life. Photo: John Krüger.

The pair lived, studied and worked together, bonding over their love for a pint or two and a shared dream to one day launch their own craft brewery.

Beer runs in the blood of the Cameron boys, as MC also worked at BrewDog among other hospitality ventures.

Once the Scottish stint came to an end, the men travelled home to hone their skills with Jack working for Little Creatures, while Red went to the Margaret River and spearheaded Cheeky Monkey.

Meanwhile, the best friends and MC began exploring South Australia for potential sites to launch their own brewery.

It was to be Adelaide – a city they yearned to make famous for more than “churches and an ice coffee fetish”.

They settled in Hindmarsh in 2014 before the first ‘tinny’ rolled off the production line in 2015.

MC, who takes the reins of Pirate Life as CEO, says SA was the perfect fit because of its distribution capabilities and reputation as a premium food and wine destination.

“It’s a fantastic place as a distribution hub,” he says.

“We can send fresh beer to Sydney and Melbourne overnight and Brisbane and Perth in two days.

“SA is also well-renowned for its premium produce, especially within the wine regions and the products coming out of Kangaroo Island and other areas.

“It’s as good as you could find anywhere in the world.”

Quality is key at Pirate Life. Photo: John Krüger

Quality is key at Pirate Life. Photo: John Krüger

The word about Pirate Life Brewing quickly got out, with craft beer aficionados lapping up the Pale Ale, the IPA (India Pale Ale) and more recently, the Mosaic IPA.

The brewery snagged three big wins at last week’s Royal Adelaide Beer and Cider Awards, while the Mosaic IPA was crowned Champion IPA at the recent National Craft Beer Awards.

From just three employees, Pirate Life grew to take on 41 staff and now exports its product to Singapore, New Zealand, Hong Kong and the UK.

While Pirate Life beers are recognised for their punchy, West Coast style flavours, they are also renowned for canning as opposed to bottling to maintain freshness and flavour.

The Pirate Life pale ale.

The Pirate Life pale ale.

This month the Pirate Life boys revealed plans for a brewery expansion in Port Adelaide in 2018.

The exact location is yet to be revealed, but MC says it will include a new restaurant/bar and will double its employment numbers.

He says SA’s craft beer industry is going from strength to strength.

“I think craft beer challenges the palate and taste buds,” MC says.

“People are really keen to try something different.”

International Beer Day: Five SA froths with a twist

By Melissa Keogh

From Thomas Cooper’s first batch of ale brewed in 1862 to the modern-day crafty drops spilling from boutique breweries, South Australia knows how to do beer.

If we need even more of an excuse to pop the cap off a frothie on a Friday, well, Friday August 4 was International Beer Day.

While there’s nothing wrong with sipping on a run-of-the-mill beer, we’ve given some thought to the brews that have captured something a little out of the ordinary.

From chocolate to hibiscus, and a beer worthy of being crowned the world’s best, here’s our top five glorious SA brews to celebrate this divine occasion.

1. CHOCOLATE STOUT
Chocolate and beer? Say no more.

Bracegirdle’s House of Fine Chocolate and Goodieson’s Brewery at McLaren Vale have joined forces to combine the best of both worlds – choccie and beer.

Raw cocoa nibs were infused into the beer, creating a sweet and smooth limited edition brew that’s far less bitter than your usual stout.

Chocolate

Bracegirdle’s and Goodieson’s Chocolate Stout.

2. PINK BEER
Yep, you read right. Pink beer.

Stepney beer legends Little Bang Brewing Company are behind this sour Hibiscus Wheat Ale, The Pickening.

Infused with the tropical bloom hibiscus, it’s a “zippy pink drink” that is “looking for the middle ground between beer and sour iced tea”.

The Hibiscus Wheat Ale is pretty in pink. Photo: Iain Dalrymple

The Hibiscus Wheat Ale is pretty in pink. Photo: Iain Dalrymple

3. DRUNKEN HONEY BEER
Small microbrewery Drunken Drone Brewery on Kangaroo Island hand-crafted this sweet little number, Honey Wheat Ale, using Ligurian honey from the island.

The beauty of South Australia’s microbreweries is their ability to play scientist and experiment.

The result is this easy drinking, yet ultra sweet brew.

Oh, and while you’re here, Kangaroo Island is under the spotlight at La Boca Bar and Grill in Adelaide this month. Check it out.

The Honey Wheat Ale is brewed and bottled on Kangaroo Island.

The Honey Wheat Ale is brewed and bottled on Kangaroo Island.

4. PELLICOSIS RED
A beer named after brewing lingo and fermented in ex-wine barrels must mean business.

The Pellicosis Red is made by Adelaide Hills brewery Left Barrel.

Head brewer Brad Bown says its low bitterness allows complex sourness to develop from the house blend of yeast and bacteria.

“(Pellicle) is the name of the delicate membrane formed by the bacteria across the top of the beer, protecting it from oxygen while it slowly sours the beer over time adding complexity and flavours,” he says.

Two kegs from the first barrel of this Flanders style sour ale were poured at last month’s Adelaide Beer and Barbecue Festival.

Featuring in the upcoming 2017 Ferment The Festival, Brad has hinted at an exciting future brew featuring Kombucha, a fermented tea renowned for its health benefits.
Watch this space!

Left Barrel Balhannah

The Pellicosis Red is a Flanders style sour ale fermented in ex-wine barrels.

5. WORLD’S BEST BEER
Adelaide Hills brewery Prancing Pony galloped all the way to the top in 2016 when its India Red Ale was crowned the World’s Best Beer at the International Beer Challenge in London.

Praised for its big and bold flavours, the India Red Ale packs a solid punch at 7.9% abv (alcohol-by-volume).

The Totness brewery won World's Best

The Totness brewery’s India Red Ale won World’s Best Beer in 2016.

South Australia tastes sweet brewing success

By Melissa Keogh

South Australia was the flavour of this year’s Royal Adelaide Beer and Cider Awards (RABCA) as local breweries snagged several big wins on Friday night (July 28).

Among beer connoisseurs raising their glass this weekend are SA brew icons Pirate Life Brewing.

The Hindmarsh brewer snagged trophies for Champion India Pale Ale, Champion SA Exhibit and Champion Large Brewery.

Announced at the Adelaide Beer and Barbecue Festival at the Adelaide Showground, the annual awards program attracted hot competition from 50 brewers across Australia and New Zealand.

Successful McLaren Vale boutique brewer Vale Brewing came home with three major awards, Champion Reduced Alcohol Beer, Champion Pilsener and Champion Other Lager.

RABCA committee chair Simon Fahey said the awards, run by the Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society of SA, recognised the importance of Australia’s $7 billion beer and cider industry.

“This year’s awards attracted 224 entries from 50 brewers of all sizes from across Australia and New Zealand, with all entries judged blind by an expert industry panel,” he says.

Much-loved SA cider maker, Hills Cider Company, dominated the cider awards after walking away with Best Cider and Best Perry.

Other SA award winners included Coopers Brewery, Little Bang Brewing Co, Woolshed Brewery and Clare Valley Brewing Co.

The Beer and Barbecue Festival unfolds at the Adelaide Showground on July 29-30.

The Beer and Barbecue Festival unfolds at the Adelaide Showground on July 29-30.

Scores of beer and cider lovers were able to sample the trophy and award-winning beers on Friday night as part of the opening of the beer and barbecue fest.

The pouring and sizzling will continue as the festival stretches out across Saturday and Sunday (July 29-30).

2017 WINNERS

Champion Reduced Alcohol Beer
Vale Brewing (SA) – Vale Mid Coast

Champion Australian Style Lager
Australian Beer Company – Alehouse Premium Lager

Champion Pilsener
Vale Brewing (SA) – Vale Knee Slapper German Pilsner

Champion Other Lager
Vale Brewing – Vale Amber Lager

Champion Traditional Australian Style Pale Ale
Coopers Brewery (SA) – Coopers Sparkling Ale

Champion American Style Pale Ale
Bodriggy Brewing Company (VIC)– Highbinder American Pale Ale

Champion India Pale Ale 
Pirate Life Brewing (SA) – Pirate Life IIPA

Champion Other Ale
Nail Brewing Australia (WA) – Nail Red

Champion Stout Beer
Nail Brewing Australia (WA) – Clout Stout
Clare Valley Brewing Co (SA) – CVBC Extra Stout

Champion Porter Beer
Little Bang Brewing Co (SA) – May Contain Traces of Panther

Champion Hybrid Beer
Woolshed Brewery (SA) – Firehouse Coffee Stout

Best New Exhibit
Bodriggy Brewing Company (VIC)– Highbinder American Pale Ale

Best Cider In Show
The Hills Cider Company (SA) – The Hills Cider Company Apple

Best Perry In Show
The Hills Cider Company (SA) – The Hills Cider Company Pear

Champion Small Brewery
Clare Valley Brewing Co (SA)

Champion Medium Brewery
Nail Brewing Australia (WA)

Champion Large Brewery
Pirate Life Brewing (SA)

Champion South Australian Beer Exhibit
Pirate Life Brewing (SA) – Pirate Life IIPA

Best South Australian Cider Exhibit 
The Hills Cider Company (SA) – The Hills Cider Company Apple

Most Outstanding Beer In Show
Bodriggy Brewing Company (VIC) – Highbinder American Pale Ale