Artisan crafted beers

South Australia is Australia’s wine hub and home to the perfect pint. Discover brewers and cider makers with the perfect drop to quench your thirst.

Old Coopers Extra Stout truck, Adelaide, South Australia

Staying in the city? Take a tour of Cooper’s Brewery. Coopers is one of Australia’s most recognisable beer brands. Established in 1862 by the Cooper family, they still own it today. Try the popular Sparkling or Pale Ale.

From boutique to bulk brewing

Port Dock Brewery is just up the road at historic Port Adelaide. Ask for the Brewers Tasting Paddle, a beer tasting experience where you will sample six beers, ranked from bitter to sweet.

Take a South Australian Brewing Company tour and see West End Draught produced. Visit fermentation cellars, the brew house and see bottling lines in action.

Going for a leisurely drive in the Adelaide Hills? Drop into Grumpy's Brewhaus at Hahndorf or Lobethal Bierhaus.

Get fired up and visit The Prancing Pony Brewery in Mount Barker, which is Australia's only fire brewery, where beer is brewed on an open flame.

Want something different? Try Johnston Wines at Oakbank for full-flavoured cordials.

Regional brews

Feel like a cider? Tony and Susan Thorogood at Thorogoods Apple Wines in the Clare Valley have been making award-winning organic cider for years.

Though the Barossa is famous for wine, its rich, German heritage extends to beer making as well. It has two main breweries: Barossa Brewing Company in Greenock and Barossa Valley Brewing in Tanunda. Taste local beers, such as Barossa Bock and Barossa Blonde at Seppeltsfield cellar door.

Gulf Brewery is in the main street of Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills and offers tastings of their hand crafted boutique beers. They guarantee a beer to suit your palette from a crisp lager to a smooth dark chocolate stout.

Known for its food, wine and coastal scenery, the Fleurieu Peninsula is also home to brewers. Visit Red Poles Restaurant & Gallery. Local craft beer & cider producer McLaren Vale Beer Company hold tastings of their award winning range here, including VALE/ALE.

Goodieson Brewery is another in the region and produces all natural pale ale, stout and a wheat beer. At Ekhidna Wines, try apple cider, dark or pale ale among other brews.

Cool down with a lemon bubbly at the Lovely Valley Beverage Factory in Myponga. At the end of the day, relax by the river, sit dockside and sip ale at the Steam Exchange Brewery in Goolwa.

Woolshed Brewery, the Riverland's only micro-brewery, is located on the historic sheep and wheat station Wilkadene on the banks of the Murray River at Murtho. Visit the brewery for a taste test of its Amazon Ale or Judas the Dark Ale. You can also join a guided tour or bring your own picnic lunch. 

Size matters

Ask for a “schooner” or “pint”. The South Australian schooner is the small one (285 millilitres). A pint is the big one (425 millilitres).

If you're after an even smaller glass of beer, you can ask for a butcher (200 millilitres). You might still be able to get a pony (140 millilitres) in some places too.

Things to do

Here are some great places to try a local brew while you're exploring South Australia.

What's on

There are plenty of events on in South Australia. Here are some ideas you might like.

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