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Chug your heart out at the top 8 breweries in Adelaide

Chug your heart out at the top 8 breweries in Adelaide

Discover Adelaide’s heartbeat by sharing a cold one with the locals! And where better to enjoy a brew than directly from the breweries where they’re made?

Embark on a beer odyssey in the best breweries in Adelaide listed below. From the old fashioned breweries down to the most posh ones, we got you covered!

Prancing Pony Brewery

Website: https://prancingponybrewery.com.au/

Address: 42 Mount Barker Rd, Totness SA 5250, Australia

Contact details: +61 8 8398 3881

Operating hours: 

  • Monday to Tuesday – 12 PM-6 PM
  • Wednesday to Thursday – 12 PM-9 PM
  • Friday to Saturday- 11 AM-10 PM
  • Sunday – 10:30 AM to 9 PM

Prancing Pony Brewery is renowned for crafting brews that dance on your palate, creating an unforgettable “long taste” that lingers even after the last sip.

Sip on their stellar India Red Ale, with a bold and tropical flavor that creates a symphony for your taste buds. 

For a vegan-friendly delight, sipping the Sunshine Ale is a must because of its refreshing citrus notes, best enjoyed against the backdrop of the scenic Adelaide Hills.

While the beers are the stars, it’s the vibrant community vibe that steals the show. Step into the brewery’s open space filled with friendly energy, and you’ll understand why Prancing Pony Brewery has many regulars that are here to stay.

Pro tips:
Prancing Pony’s beers are amazing, but so is their food. They have many family-friendly grubs like fried chicken fingers, fries, and wings which are must-tries.

The brewery conducts Quiz Nights on Wednesdays, so be here if on the day and channel your competitive spirit.

On weekdays, enjoy a 10% discount when you bring a group of 4 or more friends to the brewery.

Big Shed Brewing

Website: https://bigshed.beer/

Address: 1154 Old Port Rd, Royal Park SA 5014, Australia

Contact details: +61 8 8240 5037

Operating hours: 

  • Sunday to Monday – 12 PM-6 PM
  • Tuesday to Thursday – 12 PM-9 PM
  • Friday to Saturday- 12 PM-9 PM

Big Shed Brewing has a relaxed industrial vibe that matches the energy of its owners, Jason Harris and Craig Basford, who went from making homemade craft beer to developing award-winning brews.

Try their core range beers: The Californicator, a blend of citrus, pine, and caramel malts; The Jetty Jumper, a refreshingly light 3.5% alcohol delight; The Non-Alcoholic Desi Driver, boasting resin flavors with a hint of tartness; and The F-Yeah, an aromatic and pale malt sensation.

Pair these drinks with their mouth-watering grub, including the Smokezilla 2024, which has generous portions of brisket, pulled pork, and bacon, or the Boozy Barramundi featuring fish drenched in savory laksa sauce. 

Pro tips:
For those who enjoy a game of pool or pinball between sips, the brewery has you covered!

The lively atmosphere inside is filled with loud, rock music, so be ready to raise your voice a bit if you want to chat.

Take note that their mezzanine floor isn’t wheelchair accessible.

Bowden Brewing

Website: https://bowdenbrewing.com/

Address: 12 Fourth St, Bowden SA 5007, Australia

Contact details: [email protected]

Operating hours: 

  • Tuesday to Thursday – 4 PM-10 PM
  • Friday to Saturday – 12 PM-11 PM
  • Sunday – 12 PM-9 PM
  • Monday – Closed

If you’re a regular of New Orleans’-inspired Nola in Vardon Avenue, brace yourself for a blast at Bowden Brewery made by the same crew. With 14 options for their tap bar, every beer lover will have something to rave about upon leaving. 

Leading the pack is the Bowden IPA, with its invigorating floral notes harmonized by a bold blend of bitter and resiny pine flavors. If you’re up for something a little more local, dive into the rich nutty taste of Bowden’s Own Draught.

The industrial charm of the brewery is magnetic, offering a laid-back atmosphere.

Pro tips:
The Purple Yeet Juice Hard Lemonade is a must-try for those who want a light drink that still gives a bit of a buzz. 

The brewery is a great function venue because of its simplistic design that lends itself well to almost any event.

If you’re a beer can collector, Bowden Brewing’s selection is especially recommendable because of its clean yet vibrant print design.

Yellow Matter

Website: https://yellowmatter.beer/

Address: Unit 18/108/120 Marion Rd, Brooklyn Park SA 5032, Australia

Contact details: +61 8 8234 0945

Operating hours: 

  • Wednesday to Thursday – 5 PM-10 PM
  • Friday – 3:30 PM-12 AM
  • Saturday – 1:30 PM-12 PM
  • Sunday – 1:30 PM-9 PM
  • Monday to Tuesday – Closed

Step into Yellow Matter Adelaide, where the sophisticated ambiance might not scream brewery at first glance, but one taste from their taps will set the record straight.

Start your tasting session with a cup of their pale mild that is light on the tongue and on the alcohol (at 3.7%). 

From there, you can take on their more adventurous choices like the fruity Peach and Blueberry Berliner Weisse (4.8%) or the chocolatey and velvety Stout (4.6%).

The brewery is also a vegetarian’s haven, serving the Ronny Coot pizza with pomegranate molasses and beetroot (with an option to make the base gluten-free). 

The Boom Town pizza is also an amazing companion to the beer because of its rich white truffle oil and mushrooms.

Pro tips:
Go there early to sit at the circular booth in the middle! It’s a fabulous space for some IG-worthy pics because of its soft lighting and comfy seats.

The brewery is dog-friendly, so don’t there’s no need to leave fiddo at home while you get some beers

Lady Burra Brewhouse

Website: https://www.ladyburrabrewhouse.com.au/

Address: 4 Topham Mall, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia

Contact details: +61 8 8231 8928

Operating hours: 

  • Monday to Thursday – 11 AM-10 PM
  • Friday – 11 AM-3 AM
  • Saturday – 5 PM-2 AM

Lady Burra Brewhouse immediately makes a strong impression through its wine bottle-laden walls that give it a cozy and relaxed vibe. 

Being one of the first microbreweries in Adelaide, the key to its expanding customer base lies in its dedication to the craft of beer.

For starters, you get to see the beer being made live in the shop. The shop’s specialties include the India Pale Ale with a fruity hop flavor and the smooth and creamy Irish Red Ale.

Lady Burra elevates your tasting adventure with Portuguese delights—think paella croquettes kissed by smoky bravas sauce, the crunch of gambas a guilho (prawn cutlets) mingled with rose wine, and the cheesy goodness of roasted capsicums.

Pro tip:
Some of their dishes may be a tad too spicy for some. Be sure to ask their friendly servers about the spice level of your chosen dish if you have a low spice tolerance. 

If your group likes a spacious and breezy space, the patio is especially recommendable. It has a great view of the CBD too. 

Wheatsheaf Hotel 

Website: http://wheatsheafhotel.com.au/

Address: 39 George St, Thebarton SA 5031, Australia

Contact details: +61 8 8443 4546

Operating hours: 

  • Monday, Wednesday to Thursday- 3 PM-10 PM
  • Friday – 3 PM-11 PM
  • Saturday – 2 PM-11 PM
  • Sunday – 2 PM-9 PM

Wheatsheaf Hotel, affectionately known as the Wheaty, is one of Adelaide’s strongholds for beer, having been in the business for 100 years. 

Its atmosphere and design encapsulate what makes beer such a staple: it’s simple, unpretentious, and most of all, straightforward.

Try their Glasshopper beer tap, where they play with flavors of coffee beans, spices, and fruits regularly to keep your taste buds guessing. Those looking for something bitter and strong will love the White Stout made with iced coffee.

Beyond the brews, Wheatsheaf is your local hub for nightly entertainment. From live bands to DJs and even orchestras, this place is where the community gathers for an unforgettable time.

Pro tips:
There’s no escaping from music or talking while inside! If you’re more reserved, be prepared for engaging conversations with regulars.

The brewery doesn’t serve food in-house, so you’ll have to buy it from the food trucks outside. 

Families with children frequent this place, so be mindful if you’re not a fan of lively youngsters in the brewery.

Lobethal Bierhaus

Website: https://bierhaus.com.au/

Address: 3A Main St, Lobethal SA 5241, Australia

Contact details: +61 8 8389 5570

Operating hours: 

  • Friday to Saturday – 12 NN-10 PM
  • Sunday – 12 PM to 6 PM 
  • Monday to Thursday – Closed

Lobethal Bierhaus offers delicious beer in the heart of breezy Adelaide Hills. Founded in 2007, it blends the charm and sophisticated service of a winery with the delectable pub bites that pair flawlessly with their beers.

Speaking of beers, their dedication to the craft of beer crafting can be seen in how they malt their own barley and hand-bottle all their beers on site. 

Owner Alistair Turnbull, a true aficionado, always hits the mark with recommendations tailored to your preferences.

Their Crème Brulee bree provides a decadent and creamy taste that’s perfect for those accustomed to cocktails. They also have the earthy Lentil Beer that leaves a creamy mouth sensation.

Pro tips:
Drinking during the night is fun, but keep in mind that they close quite early during Sundays (at 6 PM).

The restaurant has plenty of parking space, so don’t worry about bringing many vehicles with you. 

Penny Red Beer Co

Website: https://www.pennyredbeerco.com/

Address: 97 Pennys Hill Rd, The Range SA 5172, Australia

Contact details: [email protected]

Operating hours: 

  • Wednesday to Thursday – 2 PM-7 PM
  • Friday – 2 PM-10 PM
  • Saturday- 12 PM to 10 PM
  • Sunday – 12 PM to 7 PM 
  • Monday to Tuesday – Closed

Penny Red Beer Co. is a charming family-owned brewery in The Range, just minutes from McLaren Vale. Here, you can enjoy the scenic backdrop of sprawling vines.

Its interior feels just like a South Australian rural family living room, featuring personal memorabilia, household plants, and living room couches. Sipping their strong yet suave Iced Coffee beer while the cool winds blow is definitely an experience.

Saturdays come alive with acoustic nights, perfectly complemented by the light and mildly sweet Milk Stout. With regularly changing stouts to suit the seasons, every visit is exciting at Penny Red Beer Co.

Pro tips:
Pet dogs will have a great time hanging by the open space of the bar, so bring them along if you want.

The brewery is a good 45-minute drive from the CBD, so there should always be a designated (sober!) driver when you visit. 
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