Craft Beer and Local Breweries in South Australia


Want to enjoy some awesome, locally brewed craft beer, crisp, fruity ciders and super fine spirits? Then head to one of the popular Breweries in South Australia.

From boutique to bulk brewing, there’s a range of breweries to check out. Head to port Dock Brewery, just up the road in historic Port Adelaide. Make sure you ask for the Brewers Tasting Paddle and experience a flight of six beers ranked from bitter to sweet.

Maybe take a South Australian Brewing Company tour and see how West End Draught is made. Check out the fermentation cellars, the brew house and see the bottling lines in all their wallace-and-gromit-esque production line glory.

When visiting the Hills, take a drive out to Grumpy’s Brewhaus at Hahndorf or Lobethal Bierhaus. It’s true that South Australia has some fantastic German heritage, it’s also true that Germans make some of the best beer in the world. You’ll want to visit these places.

Check out The Prancing Pony at Mount Barker, Australia’s only fire brewery where an open flame is used to brew up the ale.


If you’re looking for something maybe a little artisan or a change in palate, head to the ever popular Thorogood Apple Wines in the Clare Valley with their award winning organic cider and fantastic country hospitality.

Though the Barossa Valley is famous for wine, it’s rich German heritage extends to beer making as well. You’ll find the Barossa Brewing Company in Greenock and Barossa Valley Brewing in Tanunda. Taste their fantastic local flavours and down a pint or two of their best at any good establishment in the Barossa Valley.

All of these places usually boast great visitor centres with huge rustic halls to eat, drink, shop and relax.

What’s on offer here are many custom brews and  artisan flavours as well as the perfect accompaniment, hearty pub fare and a friendly atmosphere.

Head there for happy hour of a day and bump shoulders with the locals, whose motto is surely “the more the merrier”.

Get really into your beer tasting. Talk in depth about full malt bills, the subtlety of standard amber ale and the balancing of hops against roasted malt flavours with the knowledgeable and passionate staff.


Whether you’re after something subtly spicy, a hint of floral sweetness, something clean and crisp or an earthy, malty draught, it’s all available in South Australia these craft beer places are must visits!


In South Australia, ask for a “schooner” or “pint”. The South Australian schooner is about a glass, 285ml, and the pint is nearly a proper half-litre, at 425ml. A “butcher” will get you a slightly smaller glass at 200ml and some places may even offer 140ml “pony”.