Adelaide's top 6 brewhouses for craft beer and food
Come for the cult beers, stay for the woodfired pizza, burgers, tapas or mod Oz food at these bars and breweries in the South Australia capital.
- April 2020
Yes, South Australia does wines very well – but as these cool beer pubs and breweries in Adelaide reveal, the craft beer, with food to match, isn’t far behind.
Lady Burra brewhouse bar & kitchen
An inner-city pedestrian mall is an unlikely location for Adelaide’s first microbrewery but don’t let that stop you. Five core beers are accompanied by seasonal specials, however it is the food that sets Lady Burra apart. It is quite possibly the city’s best Portuguese fare – think pub grub such as crispy wings marinated in spices alongside pizzas and petiscos, the Portuguese version of tapas.
This cult brewery’s beer, with its cool movie-inspired labels, can be found in three locations but their cosy original home in the seaside suburb of Semaphore is worth visiting. Grab a comfy couch, choose between four taps then have your beer and eat it too with one of their ale-infused woodfired pizzas.
Save the driving and get the best of the Adelaide Hills at this one-stop-shop with an onsite brewery, distillery and winery (they also have fresh juices) in Hay Valley. The tropical Mismatch Session Ale is always pouring on one of 40 taps and the simple Italian-influenced mod Oz menu of sharing plates includes pappardelle with rich pork and fennel ragu and beef tartare accompanied by charred leek and spent grain from the brewery. A smaller menu is available in the outdoor courtyard.
Big Shed Brewing Company
This brewery might be famous for its Golden Gaytime-inspired beer but there is nothing experimental about their simple, filling burgers that complement their tipples.
Sparkke at the Whitmore
The motto at this female-owned and run brewery is “made by women, for everyone”. Limited-edition brews come from the small nanobrewery and the gorgeous 180-year-old building’s refit also includes a breezy rooftop terrace. In the kitchen, chef Emma McCaskill’s inclusive menu reflects her Indian heritage.
Little Bang Brewing Co
It will take a few visits to try all of the 20-plus offerings at this taproom just east of the CBD. Fortunately, regular trivia, movie and comedy nights provide plenty of excuses to stop by. And with a recent move to larger digs at Stepney, a short drive east of the city, there is now a permanent kitchen serving light East Asian-inspired dishes such as bun cha pork meatballs.