Countdown: Blog 135: brewing up a storm in the vale

Although wine is the main stay of the McLaren Vale region, we also have some relatively new and exciting brewers in our midst.

Goodieson Brewery is based on Sand Road in McLaren Vale ( and often open their brewery door for tastings. You can see all of the ins and outs of the brewery and they have a great deck to sit on and enjoy a quiet beverage. They also are often at the Willunga Markets on Saturday mornings for tastings and sales.

Bigger in scale, and soon to open a state of the art new brewery in Willunga are the boys from Vale Ale (  Having given the legendary Salopian Inn a new breath of life, the brand has been going from strength to strength, and the beers are popping up everywhere. Much deserved with their great packaging, excellent product and commitment to the region, not to mention the welcome provision of a new watering hole in the Vale!

Newest brewer on the block is a little closer to home for me. My husband Dan has just begun the journey from the back shed brewer (who you want to come to all of your parties because he always has his latest brew to taste) to releasing the brews commercially! Swell Brewing Co. brings together Dan’s two main loves: surfing and beer (I am sure the family runs a close third)! His launch party is being held at the Adelaide Central Markets on the 27th of May – free tastings with beer battered fish & chips-

There are a number of other passionate brewers in the Vale, most of them winemakers that more than dabble in the art of the brew. So don’t be surprised when more labels start to pop up around the place. Justin McNamee from Samuels Gorge has even released a cloudy Apple Cider- interestingly called “JustinCider”… (leave that one with you).

I encourage you to seek out some of our brilliant local brewers and support their tasty efforts.