Ale you need to know: Best breweries in SA

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Writers pick: Golden Stout Time, Big Shed Brewing. Photo: Sarah Wildy.

South Australia is known for its wine regions, stretching from the Barossa to McLaren Vale.

The state produces 50 per cent of Australia’s bottled wine and almost 80 per cent of its premium wine, according to Tourism SA.

But forget the fermented grapes.

It’s time you came to SA and toured the state for the best craft beers. 

Quit whining, Carlton Draught, XXXX Gold, Victoria Bitter – the Aussie staples – just don’t cut it anymore.

Perfectly crafted frothies are brewed across SA to take you out of your comfort zone and tantalise your tastebuds.

Here are four unbeerlievable breweries all within an hour of the Adelaide CBD. 

Smiling Samoyed
Hansen Street, Myponga SA – an hour south of Adelaide.

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Simon was an ICT worker who dabbled in home brewing and would test his beers on mates at poker nights.

The home brewing got out of control and Smiling Samoyed – named after he and wife Kate’s Samoyed dogs – was born in Myponga.

Big Shed Brewing Company
13/2 Brandwood St, Royal Park SA – a 20-minute drive to the western suburbs.

Craig and Jason, founders of Big Shed Brewing Company. Photo: Broadsheet Adelaide.

My pick of the brews is Golden Stout Time, made to ‘invoke old memories’.

It’s a heavy beer, but don’t be put off, infused with toffee and honeycomb it tastes just like a Golden Gaytime ice-cream! 

Little Bang Brewing Company
25 Henry St, Stepney SA – a short drive from the city.

Live music on the weekends, 21 taps of the Little Bang Beer and more from local and international brewers, and indoor and outdoor seating options, Little Bang has it all!

Left Barrel
2E/37 Onkaparinga Valley Rd, Balhannah SA – 30 minutes up the freeway.

Left Barrel Brewing’s Alpaca Amber stacked. Photo: Johnny van Einem for City Mag.

From humble home-brewing beginnings comes a farmhouse style brewer, specialising in sour and barrel-aged beers.

Bring the whole crew to the family and dog friendly taproom for a relaxing weekend beverage.

Special mention to Pirate Life and its new brewery in Port Adelaide, just too mainstream these days. Open everyday, 24 taps and food trucks on the weekend! Photo: Pirate Life.

Quench your thirst at one of these craft breweries, or the many others, next time you visit SA. 

Stockists are listed on the brewery’s websites, some ‘cold ones’ are available at pubs and liquor stores Australia-wide. 

Drink responsibly. 

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