Check out our other craft beer recommendations in McLaren Vale and create yourself a trail. But remember to pop in for a cleansing wine at Oliver’s Taranga in between 😉
Swell Brewing Company
Dan Wright has been in search of the perfect wave since he first waxed a surfboard. He’s also been in search of the perfect beer. While trekking the world on a two-year surf and snowboard odyssey, an idea brewed. Swell Brewing Co. is the result. Originally brewed in the back shed of Dan and wife Corrina’s vineyard in McLaren Vale, the aim of Swell Brewing Co. is to share their premium craft beer with others.
They are passionate about craft beer, using the finest ingredients we can source and our brewing skills to bring their individual flavour. Coming to brewing from a wine background, he wanted his beers to represent new layers of flavour and texture, and to be a first choice for matching with food.
Best enjoyed cold, from a glass with your mates, after a day on the coast.
>Swell Brewing Co.
The Shifty Lizard Brewing Company
The Shifty Lizard Taphouse is Located in the picturesque town of Willunga SA.
The co-founders, Lee and Danny have been mates going on twenty years now. Growing up in the picturesque Onkaparinga district of Adelaide, they spent their days on their push bikes and kicking the footy around the local football club.
Fast forward to the present day, brush over the ten years Lee spent in the UK working for some of Europe’s largest breweries, and the two year stint Danny spent OS traveling and developing his illustration style. And you will come crashing into the pair of them combining talents and experiences to build a fine range of ales with a unique images.
Come in and chat to these blokes while you sample all fresh beer from the tap. Then take a bunch home to share with your mates!
>Shifty Lizard Brewing Company
Jeff and Mary Goodieson bring to McLaren Vale the essence of ‘craft beer’. After fleeing Sydney for a sea change and an opportunity for Jeff to follow his brewing dreams – Goodieson Brewery was formed. A couple of acres, a couple of kids and more than a couple of years of blood, sweat and tears they have become respected members of the community. With over five different brews to call their own, a seven days a week cellar door, online presence and a thriving stall at the Willunga Farmers Market –they can feel confident that they will keep us and visitors in supply of the ‘good stuff ’.
A converted shearing shed perched on Ben Hatcher’s family property in Carrickalinga is home to the latest brewery to open on the Fleurieu Peninsula. Forktree Estate was a sprawling farm dating back to the 1800’s but the shearing shed had not been used in years.
Ben has a passion for brewing, along with some handy experience with brewing mate Stephen Nelsen who brews at the Woolshed Brewery in Renmark. This combined with lots of advice and assistance from local established brewers from the Smiling Samoyed, Forktree Brewing has the recipe for success. This has been a sympathetic renovation to the original building using old materials from the farm with addition of shiny new walls complete with a glass frontage and a 18 metre deck with panoramic view of the sprawling hills to the coast all the way to Cape Jervis. I can’t think of a better place to enjoy a ‘Forktree’ Sunrise ale, I wonder if they would let me in that early?
> Forktree Brewing
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